SolidBox has the privilege of providing businesses on the cutting edge of many exciting technologies with the workstations and servers they need to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We take special pride in working with small and medium American companies that have harnessed the power of ingenuity to develop technologies and rise to the top of a highly competitive market. We love having our socks knocked off by the innovations of our customers that are changing the face of their respective industries. Marathon Heater is just such a company, by using the most advanced technologies and processes to accommodate customers seeking electric heating elements and sensors.
What exactly is a heating element? As you might guess, a heating element is a device that translates electricity into heat for a specific application. The corresponding sensors keep track of the energy consumption/output to ensure the element is working at optimal efficiency and performing its job. Heating elements are used in a vast array of industries that require specific amounts of heat to be delivered to a given area, such as packaging, heat sealing, laminating, injection molds and plastic extrusion, hot stamping, food processing, and a host of other industries. Marathon Heater is the premiere manufacturer of electric heating elements and sensors in the US.
Based in Del Rio, TX, Marathon Heater has been providing the aforementioned industries with heating elements and sensors for 18 years. In that time, their catalog has grown to include hundreds of products with seemingly infinite configurations from which to choose. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on their comprehensive website, Marathon Heater will design the unit you need based on your individual specifications for no charge. With a commitment to customer service and industry know-how, it’s no surprise that Inc. magazine selected Marathon Heater as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the US.
The SolidBox team recently had the opportunity to visit with Marathon Heater when company owner and President Mike Wrob decided to make the company-wide switch from outdated and underpowered design software (AutoCad 2D and Alibre) to a network license of SolidWorks 2014. Naturally, Mike wanted his team of engineers to get the most out of the mightiest CAD software on the planet, so he made the wise decision to invest in ten new SolidBox CAD Workstations to make sure his engineers weren’t being paid to watch an under-powered computer try and crank through the 3D data intrinsic to SolidWorks. With these ten new Creative Desktop Level 2s, complete with 3Dconnexion SpaceMice Wireless and Wireless Logitech keyboards and mice, Mike and the whole Marathon Heater team will embark on a whole new era of design.
Del Rio, TX native and SolidBox owner and co-founder, Chris Castle had the pleasure of helping Marathon Heater set up their new SolidBox workstations, as well as provide a few days of hands-on SolidWorks training. While their ten workstations were still in our lab, we teamed up with Marathon Heater’s SolidWorks Reseller, MLC CAD Systems, to ensure that the hardware implementation was truly a plug-and-play experience. Once all of the workstations were in place and fired up, the whole Marathon Heater engineering team jumped into their MLC CAD Systems Custom On-Site Training course with an emphasis on SolidWorks Essentials. It’s always exciting and gratifying to watch a group of SolidWorks newbies evolve into 3D mouse-wielding CAD ninjas, and we have no doubt that Mike’s crew will become SolidWorks masters very soon.
Mike and every one of his over 130 employees are committed to providing industry leading customer service as well as the best heating elements and sensors money can buy. This is evident after spending time with this dedicated staff. We’ll check back with Mike and Marathon Heater one year from now with a full report that documents their progress as SolidWorks users, and of course an evaluation of how each SolidBox workstation has fared after a full year of heavy use. Stay tuned for that, and other Customer Spotlights featuring industry-leading SolidBox customers.
Contact Marathon Heaters about their industry leading heating elements and sensors:
808 Hackberry Ln, Del Rio, TX 78840
Chris even helped guide the Marathon Heater bowling team to a 1st place finish after the On-Site SolidWorks training was completed. Chris is available to substitute for any and all bowling league teams with the purchase of any SolidBox workstation.*
*Offer applies to any order of 10 or more systems!