Reifenhäuser Group is one of the world’s leading providers of machinery and plants for plasticizing thermoplastic materials, headquartered in Troisdorf, Germany, near Cologne. With subsidiaries such as Reifenhäuser EXTRUSION, Reifenhäuser KIEFEL Extrusion, Reifenhäuser REICOFIL, Reiloy Metall, Polyrema and Reimotec, the Group is perfectly placed to meet the most diverse and exacting requirements of its national and international client base. The Group draws on decades of experience and expertise in the development and economical deployment of new plastics processing technologies. The technological edge provided by Reifenhäuser’s highly efficient and reliable products is practically legendary.
A Successful Team for over 25 Years
Innovation has always been key to Reifenhäuser’s R&D projects. Technical Services Manager Joachim Bremer remembers his 1985 remit to acquire a future-proof CAD system. The company chose the MEDUSA software, which even then distinguished itself through its advanced parametric capabilities, its coherent data structure and compact data format. What started as a five-seater pilot project soon developed into a long-term technology strategy and partnership.
Today, over 25 years after the pilot implementation, Reifenhäuser deploys 34 floating MEDUSA4 (Fourth Generation) licenses across 50 workstations. Its requirements for innovative, reliable software have continued to be met with each new release. “MEDUSA4 has been and remains the best 2D system for us. Its parametric functionality, comprehensive interfaces, extremely compact data format, and a transparent data structure are all big advantages,” Joachim Bremer explains, “MEDUSA4 offers drafting freedom and flexibility with a myriad of design options; at the same time, it is easy to create a clear and mandatory structure for users to work within, drastically reducing errors and ensuring standards compliance.”
A Long-Term Partnership
As a CAD Schroer customer, Reifenhäuser benefits from the multi-faceted support offered by a long-standing, successful engineering solutions provider. More than a software supplier, CAD Schroer will rise to any technical challenge, and offers comprehensive training, consultancy and customer-specific development and integration services. One of the special features of the relationship between Reifenhäuser and CAD Schroer is their technical partnership in support of MEDUSA4’s continual development. Reifenhäuser is one of a select group of customers which regularly conducts beta tests of the latest MEDUSA4 releases, ensuring that development efforts always remain customer-driven. Over the years the company has frequently contributed to the development of new - and the improvement of existing -functionality.
About CAD Schroer
CAD Schroer (cad-schroer.de) is a global software development company and engineering solutions provider, helping to raise the productivity and competitiveness of customers working in manufacturing and plant design, including the automotive sector and its supply chain, the energy sector and public utilities. CAD Schroer has offices throughout Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, and independent subsidiaries in France, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
CAD Schroer’s product portfolio includes 2D/3D CAD, plant design, factory layout and data management solutions. Customers in 39 countries rely on MEDUSA4®, MPDS4™ and STHENO/PRO® to provide an efficient, flexible and integrated design environment for all phases of product or plant design – cutting costs while raising quality. CAD Schroer emphasises close customer partnerships and supports its clients’ objectives through extensive consultancy, training, development, software support and maintenance services.