Bison Gear Selects CADENAS PARTsolutions to Create 3D CAD Catalog & Online Product Configurator

Industrial Manufacturer Launches Interactive Digital Part Catalog Project to Provide Free, Configurable 3D Models, CAD Downloads to Engineering Customers

November 11, 2016 – Bison Gear, a St. Charles, Illinois based gearmotor manufacturer partnered with CADENAS PARTsolutions to create an all-new interactive 3D digital parts catalog. Built by CADENAS PARTsolutions, the catalog will enable Bison Gear’s engineering customers to instantly configure and download the exact product they need for their design. The new catalog, scheduled for launch in early 2017, will provide an industry-leading digital customer experience, streamlining the product specification process and providing on-demand access to digital product data in more than 150 formats.

Bison Gear Selects CADENAS PARTsolutions to Create 3D CAD Catalog & Online Product Configurator

Bison Gear manufactures fractional and integral gearmotors, electric motors and gear reducers for hundreds of customers from a variety of industries, including multinational industrial and commercial equipment OEMs. With such a large and diverse customer base, Bison Gear needed a powerful and flexible digital catalog solution, says Mike Niemela, Director of Marketing & Strategic Business Development at Bison Gear.

“3D CAD model downloads are our best sales leads, so we knew we had to get this right,” says Niemela, “We performed an exhaustive search of the various 3D digital catalog & configuration platforms available. We even considered creating our own solution in-house. After weighing the various capabilities, platform flexibility and long term cost-of-ownership, we selected CADENAS PARTsolutions as the best overall business partner and strongest service provider. They came to the table with the most complete package, experienced team and hands-down the highest quality outputs.”

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Bison Gear Selects CADENAS PARTsolutions to Create 3D CAD Catalog & Online Product Configurator


Niemela also said he is excited about the ability to expand Bison’s reach by publishing their 3D CAD catalog data to PARTsolutions 85 plus PARTcommunities and to enable distributors to leverage Bison product data within their sites as well.

“Plus, the PARTsolutions platform provides 3D CAD models in 150 formats. That was a real differentiator,” said Niemela.

The Bison Gear 3D CAD catalog is currently in development by CADENAS PARTsolutions. The two companies are planning to have product families live for engineers to access by early 2017.

“Bison did their homework,” says Tim Thomas, PARTsolutions CEO. “We’re excited and privileged to be working with such a smart and innovative team at Bison and we look forward to helping them deliver an exceptional digital experience for their customers.”

About Bison

Bison Gear and Engineering began in 1960 by designing problem‐solving gearboxes and gear motors for their customers. Today, the company has grown into an industry leader for fractional and integral horsepower electric motor, gearmotor and gear reducer products by implementing innovative lean manufacturing processes, world class engineering and customer support teams driven by their Robusticity® design philosophy; allowing Bison to consistently expand its product line with new motion control and power transmission solutions. For more information on Bison or their products, please visit

About CADENAS PARTsolutions

CADENAS PARTsolutions is a leading provider of next generation 3D CAD catalog management and sales configuration solutions. For large manufacturers, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides centralized 3D parts libraries making it easy for global design teams to find, reuse, and control standard and proprietary parts. For component manufacturers, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides 3D product catalogs with digital CAD download technology, helping businesses increase sales lead generation and to ensure that components get “designed in” to OEM products.

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Adam Beck

Director of Marketing at CADENAS PARTsolutions | A Marketing graduate from the Miami University, Farmer School of Business in Oxford Ohio, Adam has years of experience in marketing and design for a variety of industries.