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Solidtec Solutions Helps Essa Australia Streamline their Technical Documentation Process

Essa Australia Limited is an ASX listed company that specialises in the design and manufacture of sampling and sample preparation equipment for mineral exploration and mining companies in Australia and around the world. 

Essa’s range of equipment has been globally recognized since the company’s inception in 1981 with offices and distributors in all major markets including Africa, South America and Europe.  Essa’s design experience has expanded to automation and robotics where they are a preferred supplier to many mining companies and commercial laboratories around the world. 

In April 2010 Solidtec Solutions (a value added reseller of SolidWorks products in Australia/New Zealand) provided Essa with 3DVIA Composer, an unrivaled technical documentation package within the SolidWorks/Dassault Systemes product line. Since then Essa has seen a drastic reduction in both the cost and time consumed to produce their technical documentation.

“Our current system of creating manuals was a time consuming process of creating multiple views of our equipment using SolidWorks and photo editing programs and then pasting the pictures into word documents” states Xavier Sequeira, Essa’s Engineering Manager.  “By using 3DVIA we have saved countless hours by being able to import assemblies directly from SolidWorks and create the views we need instantly.”

“3DVIA can produce better quality images and illustrations without the need to disrupt production. Its editing capabilities have also cut down the time it takes to produce good quality manuals. Overall it would be close to a 25% reduction in the costs of our manuals and they look great”

One of the most important features of 3DVIA in relation to Essa’s operations is the ability to manipulate SolidWorks parts and assemblies outside of SolidWorks without the need of an engineering resource.  Essa’s previous version manuals contained photos of machines in various stages of assembly as well as screen shots of equipment for the hard to capture shots. By Solidtec providing Essa with 3DVIA they have simplified and streamlined their technical documentation process to great benefit.

When asked why Essa chose Solidtec Solutions as their software provider, Essa’s IT Manager, Mark Waclawik says: “Based in WA it is important we have local support to resolve issues quickly rather than wait for a response from interstate which has taken hours or even days in the past.  Solidtec provides this with service and training to match.”

To learn more about 3DVIA or any of the products in the SolidWorks range. visit or 1800 824 883.

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