Mecalectro extends its reputation and its international customer base thanks to TraceParts

The specialist solenoid actuator manufacturer makes 3D models of its core product range available

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Mecalectro is the number one company in France for designing, manufacturing and selling solenoid actuators.

With a turnover of EUR 16 million and more than 3,500 customers, the company also features in the leading pack of manufacturers in Europe. It generates 30% of its turnover from exports, with the European countries and the US as the main destinations.

Mecalectro has 110 employees and is based in Massy, in the suburbs of Paris. Its range of solenoids, electromagnetic holders and shotbolts are deployed in three main types of application:

  •  Property protection: safes, bicycles from bicycle sharing schemes, vending machines, access control systems, etc.
  •  Personal protection: machine safety, fire safety, emergency exit control, elevator car locks, underground train doors, X-ray tables, etc.
  •  Equipment safety: circuit-breakers, missile locking-on carrying beam, diesel engine control system, cabin seat security lock, etc.

The main sectors supplied by Mecalectro products include aeronautics and defense, construction, medical and transport, not to mention manufacturers of machine tools and packing machines, as well as electrical appliances whose circuit-breakers are fitted with solenoids.

Components integrated early on in projects

2006 was the year when the partnership with TraceParts started, aimed at putting the 3D models online. Philippe Maire is sales manager for the north and east of France, as well as for Northern Europe and the United States. He explains the reason behind this decision:

Our customers are engineering firms that work for main contractors, subcontractors that handle complete automation products or straight construction consultancy firms.

The designers therefore need to access the 3D models very quickly at their offices. In fact, Mecalectro was receiving increasingly frequent requests for CAD files. 

We weren’t able to provide our 3D models in all the formats being requested. We therefore approached TraceParts, which already had a good reputation among our customers.

Catalogs produced from physical models

The demos carried out by TraceParts at Mecalectro persuaded the company to take the plunge. It decided to target this action at the core products in its standard range (linear solenoids, shotbolts and holders).

The company’s turnover is actually split equally between catalog or slightly customized products and specific custom-made products.

mecalectro Shotbolts for dangerous machinery and anti-drift stop

Mecalectro gave TraceParts the physical models for each component, along with the plans and catalogs so that they could be classified correctly, as Philippe Maire explains:

We supplied the parts because we wanted to be sure that the plans would be interpreted correctly. In fact, we got the 3D models back quickly. We verified them all and the rare defects were quickly corrected by the TraceParts technical team.

Standing out

The Mecalectro website (www.mecalectro.com) offers 3D views of its products. To download them, the designer directs its customers and prospects to the TraceParts libraries. In addition to models in the largest CAD formats in the market, customers can access the PDF pages in the Mecalectro catalog for each of the components on offer.

Apart from the good service provided to our customers, we have found with this partnership a way to make us stand out and give our company a dynamic image. This was quite an important argument influencing our decision. comments Philippe Maire

Commercial surprise

Our main objective – customer service – has been fully met, as has our position in relation to our competitors, mentions Philippe Maire with delight.

For further information:
Mecalectro : www.mecalectro.com
Mecalectro CAD data on TraceParts.com: www.TraceParts.com
Contact us: info@traceparts.com

Other testimonials

“We owe a lot to TraceParts for our growth”

Since we were evaluating the investment only in terms of supplying CAD models, the financial effort seemed very high and we hesitated for a long time, especially since part of our catalogs are made up of parts manufactured by third parties. The sales and technical teams at TraceParts were finally able to convince us and we do not regret it at all, because the benefits largely surpass the simple service offered to our customers.

Marcel Dubois, General Manager for CSR
FACOM offers a new key to productivity

We had already used CAD to sketch some tools before Facom put the TraceParts library online. It will save time for modeling and enable us to provide a list of references to our customers. We recently simulated maintenance operations for a dual-engine 100-seat airplane. The engines contained many parts within a very confined area. We were able to supply our customer with a “Toolbox” that includes a list of recommended tools, including several specific tools. Our customer was impressed by this service!

Hervé GOMAS, Manager for Marketing and R&D
A CAD Library for better visibility and anticipating customer needs

The implementation time was exactly the same as what had been previously announced. We had set priorities for the initial parts, in this case about thirty products offered in 5 sizes. Beyond mastering the deadlines, we appreciated the great reliability of the models that were generated.

Jean-Paul Coron, CEO of Kinetic Systems