Catalog Data Solutions boosts online CAD model downloads at Gates Corporation

Over 2500 3D CAD models available, downloads already 400 per month

San Jose, CA, August 22, 2006. Catalog Data Solutions (CDS), a leading provider of online product selection tools for industrial suppliers and distributors, today announced that Gates Fluid Power division has adopted its CAD model download solutions through an application CDS designed and developed for Gates, titled DesignConnect™.

Products manufactured by Gates Fluid Power division serve an almost endless range of applications to transfer a variety of materials, from the finest wines to various chemicals, steam, and crude oil. Car, truck and heavy equipment engines stay cool in the harshest conditions thanks to Gates coolant hose. And Gates hydraulic hoses and coupling assemblies provide fluid power to agricultural, construction, coal mining, and timber harvesting markets.

"Catalog Data Solutions has provided Gates customer base with 24 hours a day access to 1,536 Coupling CAD models and 1,060 Adapter CAD models of our products via an online catalog and downloads are already running at 400 a month,” said Todd Mueller, Manager, Business Development at Gates Corporation. “In addition, the enhanced product information and part attributes available via CDS’s advanced search functionality allow customer engineers to quickly find parts, confirm selection through CAD interrogation or via download into their own system, resulting in reduced overall design cycle time."

“We are delighted that Gates Fluid Power division has selected CDS as their partner to enable CAD downloads,” said John Major, CEO Catalog Data Solutions. “Online 3D models are an important sales and marketing tool for all industrial suppliers and distributors. With many customers moving from 2D to 3D CAD systems, providing online 3D CAD model downloads often gives suppliers an earlier opportunity in customers design processes to become utilized in new platforms later benefiting from the sales of the selected components. Suppliers without 3D models on their website are at risk of losing customers to their competition who do offer 3D models.”

Studies show that over 90% of designers and engineers now use the Internet to locate components for their new designs. Catalog Data Solutions helps industrial suppliers and distributors grow sales and strengthen customer loyalty through interactive online catalogs, ecommerce, 3D CAD model delivery and product configurator solutions.

About Gates Corporation
Gates Corporation is the largest non-tire rubber manufacturer of automotive and industrial products, systems and components in North America. Gates maintains sales and marketing operations in every major automotive market, including North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Gates is part of the Industrial and Automotive Group of Tomkins plc. Headquartered in London, Tomkins is a publicly traded company (NYSE) with 37,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Gates DesignConnect™ application, please visit www.gates.com/designconnect

About Catalog Data Solutions (CDS)
Founded in 2005, with headquarters in San Jose, CA and a local sales office in Boston, MA, Catalog Data Solutions enables industrial suppliers to convert more of their website visitors into customers. CDS interactive online solutions streamline sales of standard components and complex industrial products. CDS online catalog and product configurator deliver the technical information needed for industrial products to be specified into new engineering designs including CAD drawings for standard and configured products. For more information, visit www.catalogdatasolutions.com.

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