CET Designer

Configura announces special Catalogue Creator workshop

One-day course will be held at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 13, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces a special Catalogue Creator workshop – a one-day, in-person course offered twice, June 10 and June 19, at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, office.

The course is designed for data / product managers with companies that manufacturer furniture and fixtures for office, healthcare / lab, industrial machinery, material handling, and kitchen and bath.

Configura launched Catalogues as a way to help manufacturers “fast track” their products into CET Designer, which is space-planning software used by manufacturers and dealers worldwide to specify products. In short, a Catalogue is a collection of a manufacturer’s products and prices, stored as drawing components in an online database managed by Configura. Catalogues is ideal for so-called solitary products such as chairs, desks and cabinets.

Catalogues helps manufacturers to get the benefits of CET Designer and also instantly get their products in front of the thousands of interior designers who use the program.

The Catalogue Creator enables manufacturers to create their own Catalogues. The tool makes it easy and efficient to structure and process the product data.

The one-day Catalogue Creator workshop will train users in how to quickly create their own product symbols and Catalogue.

The workshop will be led by Shi Jia Ooi, who will guide participants through every step in the process. A 3D designer based in Configura’s Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, office, he is an expert in product, industrial and furniture design as well as product data formats and Catalogue creation.

“We’re excited for Shi Jia to teach this workshop in Grand Rapids. This is a great opportunity for manufacturers to learn about Catalogues and how to quickly get their products into CET Designer through the Catalogue Creator,” Configura Business Development Manager Brooke Snow said.

The cost for the workshop is $200 per person and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Participants can register at www.configura.com/catalogues or www.configura.com/cet/training

Please contact Brooke Snow with questions at brooke [dot] snow [at] configura [dot] com.

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About Configura
Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®
Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura announces plans for 8th annual CET Designer User Conference

Early registration starts during NeoCon; also, Configura will give away a free conference registration during NeoCon

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 11, 2015—Configura announces plans for its 8th annual CET Designer User Conference – to be held Oct. 28-29 in Orlando – with designer Debbie Millman keynoting the event that’s expected to draw hundreds of design professionals and office furniture manufacturers.

NeoCon early registration opportunity

During NeoCon (starting June 15), Configura kick-starts conference registration with an “early bird” special: $350/person for the first 50 designers and dealer representatives who sign up to attend the conference (regular price after June 21 is $400/person). The cost for manufacturer representatives is $750/person. User Conference details and registration information are available at http://www.configura.com/userconference. Space at the conference is limited to the first 300 registrants. People with questions are welcome to contact Configura toll free at 866-922-2200 or by sending an email to hello [at] configura [dot] com.

Contest during NeoCon to win a free registration to the CET Designer User Conference

Configura invites CET Designer users to stop by its NeoCon booth June 15-17 to register for a chance to win a spot at the 8thannual CET Designer User Conference in Orlando. The winner will be drawn June 17 at NeoCon. The winner does not need to be present to win. CET Designer users who aren’t attending NeoCon can also participate by tagging themselves on the CET Designer Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cetdesigner with a short comment explaining why they think it’s important for dealers and designers to attend the conference. The picture to tag oneself will be posted on June 8. 

Conference to be held in Orlando

After two years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and, before that, five years in Las Vegas, the annual conference heads to the East Coast. This year’s event will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

“We’ve held our conference out west and also in the Midwest, so it’s good to have our conference on the East Coast too. Orlando’s a great city that’s convenient to get to, and it offers so many attractions. Plus, our host hotel is offering a great room rate. We’re hoping our attendees will be able to spend more time in Orlando before or after the conference, maybe make it a vacation for the family,” Lanning said.

A pre-conference welcome event for attendees will be the evening of Oct. 27.

Free subscription to CET Designer

Configura is offering a free, one-year new subscription to CET Designer for each dealer that sends a user to the conference, a value of $1,000. (Extensions not included; offer applies to additional, new subscriptions only, not renewals. Limit of one free subscription per dealership.)

About the keynote speaker and other presenters

Debbie Millman is founder and host of Design Matters, the world’s first podcast about design, which has garnered millions of downloads and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. She is also president of Sterling Brands where she has worked on redesign projects for more than 200 global brands, including P&G, Colgate, Nestle, Kraft and Pepsi. Graphic Design USA named Millman one of the most influential designers working today. She has authored six books, including two collections of interviews that extend the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits.

“We’re thrilled to have Debbie speak at our conference,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “Our attendees are always looking for the broader design trends and implications – what’s timeless, and what’s next on the horizon. A gifted presenter on a multitude of design topics, Debbie will offer great insights at our conference.”

Additional speakers slated for the conference to date include American Society of Interior Designers CEO Randy Fiser, Chad Bewley of Business Interiors of Idaho, Jason Lund of Target Commercial Interiors, Amy Helm of Hannahers and Amy Wright of Encompas. The conference will include a state-of-the-industry presentation and breakout sessions for designers, IT professionals and dealer management. Also, CET Designer “power-user” instructors will share their techniques and best practices in using the software.

Best of CET Designer® Awards Program

CET Designer users are encouraged to share their best work created using the software, with the chance to win a high-end laptop and a free CET Designer license plus other great prizes.

Categories:

  • Best Success Story
  • Best Video
  • Best Rendering

Winners will be announced at the 8th annual CET Designer User Conference. Entrants don’t need to attend the conference to enter the awards program. Submission details are at www.configura.com/userconference.

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About Configura

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura announces CET Designer for A+D firms and facilities managers

Free licenses through 2015 for architects, designers and facilities managers

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—April 24, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the opportunity for architecture and design firms and facilities managers to receive free CET Designer licenses through the end of 2015.

CET Designer is primarily used by designers and salespeople at dealerships for space planning, product specification and ordering. Making the software easily available to A+D firms and facilities managers benefits them and their dealer partners.

“We’re seeing more and more dealerships, A+D firms and facilities managers collaborate using CET Designer,” said Kendra Steinhaus, a training and support specialist and interior designer at Configura. “The software streamlines how they communicate and work together to provide the best solutions for their customers.”

CET Designer is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products. The rules-based program helps designers to eliminate errors and work faster to produce more for clients. CET Designer is an all-in-one solution for creating layouts, quotes, renderings, installation drawings, fly-thru videos and reconfigurations. The software integrates with Revit®, AutoCAD® and SketchUp®.

Configura is offering A+D firms and facilities managers:

  • Free licenses through 2015
  • Free virtual training with one of Configura’s CET Designer specialists during 2015
  • Free chat, phone and email support for CET Designer-related questions

Learn more at www.configura.com/a+d

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About Configura

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura’s Niclas Tilly named 2015 OFDAxml committee chair

Tilly hosts an OFDAxml planning meeting at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office on April 13, 2015

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—March 24, 2015—Configura Strategic Development Manager Niclas Tilly has been named the 2015 OFDAxml committee chair.

The purpose of the OFDAxml (extensible markup language) initiative is to establish a common platform for receiving and sending content in the commercial office furniture industry.

“With his many years of industry knowledge, Tilly will make an excellent chair of the committee,” said Rod Manson, president, IOPFDA.

Tilly has worked for Configura since 1998. The company creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the contract furniture, kitchen and bath, material handling, industrial machinery, and laboratory and healthcare industries. Configura’s software solutions include Configura, CET Designer and InstantPlanner.

The OFDAxml industry standard provides a technology umbrella for sustained schema development and offers a unified way of communicating information throughout the entire order fulfillment process: from the publishing of manufacturer catalogs to the placing and shipping of customer orders.

“Traditional formats such as SIF, CSV and EDI ended up being specific to particular accounts and having multiple versions, causing companies to spend time and resources reading and writing to various formats. The XML schemas allow for a standard platform that everyone can use while still accommodating specific usages to better integrate with individual requirements,” Tilly said.

For example, a manufacturer may only read a portion of the elements available in the order entry schema, but those elements are still common to everyone. This standardization allows developers to provide industry-wide solutions to their customers, and assures companies that any integration with the schemas is sustainable over the life of their business. Online, interactive applications using the OFDAxml schemas become easier to integrate into business requirements, improving communication and providing the information required to properly communicate with customers for all of their business needs.

“Dealers who represent many product brands can select the software applications that meet their needs and still do business with all of their suppliers with a single work-order process flow. For office product dealers, the days of only being able to integrate with primary suppliers should be in the past,” Manson said.

To learn more about the OFDAxml standard, please visit http://iopfda.org/?page=OFDAXmlCatalog.

Tilly will host an OFDAxml planning meeting at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office on April 13, 2015. During the meeting, the committee will outline its scope of work for 2015 and beyond. Those interested in attending the planning meeting can contact IOPFDA Managing Director Paula Kreuzburg at paulak [at] clemonsmgmt [dot] com (paulak [at] clemonsmgmt [dot] com). Read more about the meeting at http://bit.ly/1xdmotv.  

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About Configura

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

About OFDA

In January 1904, a group of 80 office product, equipment and furniture dealers gathered in Chicago to lay the groundwork for a national association, the National Association of Stationers and Manufacturers. The association grew over the years into what is now known as the Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA). Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2014, IOPFDA offers two interactive divisions based on the dealers' primary offering: the National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) and the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA). The association represents over 1,200 members including dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, manufacturers representatives and industry service providers.

Configura announces free March CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Feb. 27, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free March webinars with CET Designer instructors:

Getting Started with CET Designer
March 5 at 4 p.m. ET
March 5 at 9 p.m. ET
March 16 at 4 p.m. ET
March 18 at 10 p.m. ET
March 24 at 10 p.m. ET

 

Calculation View
March 16 at 2 p.m. ET
March 30 at 1 p.m. ET

 

Reconfiguration Tool
March 17 at 11 a.m. ET
March 31 at 11 a.m. ET

 

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Please call 877-568-4106 and click on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com/cet/training.

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About the company

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

 

Configura launches 24-hour global support for CET Designer

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Feb. 15, 2015—Configura has launched 24-hour live-chat global support for its space-planning software solution, CET Designer. The expanded support is in response to a growing user base and in preparation for continued growth on multiple continents.

“Our users are increasing in every time zone. To better serve them wherever they are in the world, we’ve expanded our Support and Training team capabilities and capacity,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said.

Live-chat support is provided around the clock, Monday through Friday. CET Designer support is included with each CET Designer license.

“Helping users to adopt a new solution and advance in proficiency goes hand in hand with the software solution. In fact, we consider support to be an integral part of the solution,” Lanning said.

Configura has full-time Support and Training team members who have backgrounds in contract furniture, interior design and space-planning technologies.

“Providing real people who really know the office furniture industry, and can offer hands-on technical and design support, is a point of quality that sets Configura apart from other software companies. We pride ourselves on having the best support in the space-planning industry,” Lanning said.

Configura’s Support and Training team members are based at Configura’s three main locations: headquarters in Linköping, Sweden; in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA; and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

All Configura locations are expanding. Configura is especially growing its customer base in Asia. The company recently hired two new support team members for the Kuala Lumpur office.

“Creating a Support and Training team in Malaysia is an obvious requirement to best serve new customers in this growing region,” Lanning said.

Although each team primarily serves a particular region – the Sweden-based team handles European customers, the USA-based team handles the Americas, and the Malaysia-based team handles the Asia-Pacific region – team members have been cross-trained to provide support from any location.

The Configura team also provides extensive in-person and virtual training opportunities – including webinars, videos, regional classes and an international user conference.

More than 10,000 end-users across the globe now use Configura’s software solutions.

The core solution, CET Designer, is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies the specifying and selling of complex, configurable products such as office furniture. The complete solution quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process.

Such contract-furniture manufacturers as Steelcase, Haworth, Teknion, KI, Inscape, Bisley and others have invested in their own “smart” CET Designer Extensions to help their dealers easily specify their products.

More manufacturers are investing in Configura’s solutions so their dealers also have an all-in-one tool for space planning.

Configura’s expanded support also reflects changing work patterns: People are no longer limiting their work hours to the traditional nine-to-five workday.

“With 24-hour support, we serve our users whenever and wherever they happen to be working,” Lanning said.

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About the company

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

 

 

Configura announces free February CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Jan. 30, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free February webinars:

Tools for Working in CET Designer: Favorites, Blocks and Alternatives

Feb. 3 – 11 a.m. ET
Feb. 12 – 4 p.m. ET

Photo Lab and Rendering

Feb. 4 – 2 p.m. ET
Feb. 25 – 2 p.m. ET

Getting Started with CET Designer

Feb. 18 – 4 p.m. ET
Feb. 24 – 11 a.m. ET

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com.

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About the company

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura releases CET Developer, platform to create CET Designer Extensions

New development environment provides complete control – from a project’s beginning to the release and maintenance of an Extension

LINKÖPING, SWEDEN—January 15, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the release of its new programming environment: CET Developer. CET Developer is a complete development environment with all of the necessary tools that programmers and developers need to create their own CET Designer Extensions.

What makes the CET Developer environment unique is it enables manufacturers to have complete control over all of their content, from the beginning of the project to the release and maintenance of the finalized Extension. Customers can now publish their Extension independently of Configura or still choose to work with Configura for developing and publishing the Extension.

“With CET Developer, we empower not only our internal developers but also future and current independent partners to develop, publish and make a profit with their own Extensions,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said. “Our business model is based on partnering with others, and the strength of CET Developer is that it enables them to handle the entire process, from start to finish, without having to rely on our internal developers. This opens up new possibilities for external manufacturers and developers who want to partner with Configura and invest in CET Designer.”

CET Designer is Configura’s all-in-one space planning software that simplifies the specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. An Extension adds products or functionality to the program. Furniture manufacturers such as Steelcase and Haworth are currently entering their products into CET Designer through their Extensions.

CET Developer simplifies the previous process of creating an Extension by collecting all necessary programs and tools into the same environment. It will enable developers to spend less time on administration, and more time creating features, as programmers have instant access to everything needed to create and publish an Extension.

“CET Developer will enable developers and testers to focus on what they do best, which is to create great software,” Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten said. “It ties together the development environment for CET Designer developers and automates many of the tasks that were previously performed manually.”

Through the cloud-based Developer Center, which is a part of the CET Developer package, developers and manufacturers can access the developer documentation and handle all billing information, user permissions, release notes and Marketplace information for their Extension, from anywhere in the world. This gives the owner full control over who can access the entire Extension or, for example, just region-specific parts of the Extension.

Dagersten explained: “The sophisticated system controls more than permissions to each Extension. A global company uses, for example, different pricelists in different countries. Our system allows them to develop one Extension for all and then easily change and distribute access to the different pricelists through the cloud-based Developer Center. It’s a really powerful tool.”

In conjunction with CET Developer, Configura also releases premium support for developers. Premium support for developers is an additional support service that includes immediate chat and phone support, access to the CET Developer Briefcase and discounts on CET Developer Conference and CET Designer User Conference.

CET Developer was released on January 1, 2015, at configura.com/developer. It can be purchased at www.configura.com/marketplace.

Read the recent blog post on CET Developer here: http://bit.ly/17LNdtd.

Configura also recently announced that it will hold its annual Developer Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on March 10.

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About Configura

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura announces CLEO as new Catalogues customer

CLEO cabinet specified in CET Designer.
 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 31, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer™ software, announces CLEO™ as a new customer in Configura’s Catalogues solution.

A Catalogue is a collection of a manufacturer’s products, stored in an online database managed by Configura and made available to thousands of CET Designer users around the world. For manufacturers, Catalogues is a fast way to get products into CET Designer. For users, Catalogues expands the number and diversity of manufacturers’ products available in CET Designer.

“The new CLEO Catalogue makes it easier than ever to give contract-furniture clients a design solution that fits their kitchen and break room needs as well as offers additional options for the workplace,” CLEO Designer and Product Manager Amy Edington said.

CLEO cabinet furniture is a full line of free-standing, custom-manufactured, commercial-grade cabinets and countertops made in Michigan and sold across the Midwest. The company plans to expand into dealerships across North America.

Configura’s Catalogues solution will help CLEO to expand even farther – in fact, globally.

“Catalogues is a fast-track way for manufacturers to make their products accessible to any designer, dealer, salesperson or specifier – anyone, anywhere in the world who uses CET Designer,” said Brooke Snow, business development manager, Configura.

Manufacturers control who has access to their products in CET Designer and, when updating products, also can instantly publish without involving Configura. For example, Haworth and Steelcase both independently manage their own Catalogues, making their products loaded into Catalogues available to their respective dealers.

In CLEO’s case, the company plans to make its products available to anyone using CET Designer. Users simply download the CLEO Catalogue from Configura’s website and into CET Designer’s Catalogue Browser Extension to begin specifying CLEO products.

“We see our new Catalogue as a growth tool for CLEO because it instantly gets our products in front of a huge number of decision-makers – especially those who may be looking for cabinet solutions that are not your typical built-ins,” Edington said.

CLEO cabinets are not anchored; rather, like furniture, CLEO base cabinets are free standing, and upper-wall cabinets are free hanging with a wall-mounted track that eliminates the need for direct anchoring.

“CLEO cabinets are flexible and customizable – easy to specify, reconfigure, move, add to, change, re-design, etc. – which makes Catalogues coupled with CET Designer an ideal specification solution for the system,” Edington said.

CET Designer users can quickly and accurately specify products, create 2D and 3D layouts and complete price quotes, and even make changes on-the-fly – from sizes to finishes to hardware. This work can be done in collaboration with customers, significantly shortening the design and decision-making process. The software also produces photorealistic renderings and videos as well as bills of materials and installation documents.

“The best thing about CET Designer is it gives designers and salespeople the opportunity to speak to clients in a language they understand – images. Images speak volumes to clients because they can visualize and feel comfortable with what they are ordering,” Edington said.

There are two ways that manufacturers can get products into Catalogues: use Configura’s Catalogue Creator software or have Configura create the Catalogue. Manufacturers can learn more at www.configura.com/catalogues.

CET Designer users can view and download publicly available Catalogues and the Catalogue Browser at Configura’s online Marketplace at www.configura.com/marketplace.

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About the company

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

About CLEO™

CLEO™ products are designed, produced and marketed by Viable and distributed through a network office furniture dealers and kitchen cabinet distributors. The full line of standalone cabinet furniture delivers with more storage, more style, more quality and more flexibility to configure (and reconfigure) at work or home. More information at www.cleocab.com

Configura announces free January CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Jan. 2, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free January webinars:

Edit Graphics in CET Designer
Jan. 5 – 4 p.m. ET
Jan. 19 – 4 p.m. ET

Getting Started with CET Designer
Jan. 12 – 4 p.m. ET
Jan. 21 – 1 p.m. ET

Material Lab
Jan. 13 – 2 p.m. ET
Jan. 29 – 1 p.m. ET

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com.

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About the company

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura announces December webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 3, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free December webinars:

Getting Started with CET Designer

Dec. 3 – 1 p.m. ET
Dec. 16 – 4 p.m. ET

Installation Documents and Titleblocks

Dec. 4 – 1 p.m. ET
Dec. 18 – 4 p.m. ET

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com.

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About the company

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura signs Maars Living Walls for CET Designer Extension

Netherlands-based company will add all of its product lines

Linköping, Sweden—November 28, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces a collaboration with Maars Living Walls of the Netherlands. The company is a leading partition-walls manufacturer serving global customers. For more than 65 years, Maars has offered standard and customized solutions for offices, airports, factories, cinemas, shops, hotels, hospitals, public institutions, universities and schools.

“After having done extensive research on several software programs, we have decided to collaborate with Configura and implement CET Designer software,” Maars Living Walls CEO Menno de Vries said. “Doing so will not only lead to an even more professional way of presenting our products; it will also contribute to a better support of our dealers throughout the world. Providing this tool will help them to respond to customer needs in a quick and professional way.”

CET Designer is Configura’s “core” Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC)-based software platform; an Extension is an addition to the program with functionality that incorporates all of the rules, parts and pricing of a given manufacturer’s products. Manufacturers invest in proprietary CET Designer Extensions to make selling products easier and more accurate.

Maars will add all of its product lines to CET Designer: String², Panorama, lalinea, Metaline, Styleline and Glassline, according to Maars Living Walls Project Manager Erik Maat.

“CET Designer is able to handle the complexity of Maars’ products with ease,” Configura Project Manager Daniel Andersson said. “That’s a key reason that Maars chose Configura’s solution.”

The CET Designer Extension will be available for Maars Living Walls’ product collection in phases starting in 2015.

Said Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn: “Maars and all of our customers are collaborators with us in the process of bringing a truly comprehensive design and specification solution to the entire contract furniture industry. Together, we’re simplifying the manufacturing and sales process.”

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About Configura

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

About Maars Living Walls

Maars is the world market leader in the field of partition walls. They combine years of experience by effortlessly merging special innovations, aesthetics and performance. Maars pushes the boundaries, continually making progress in the fields of design, soundproofing, multimedia and fireproofing. The integration of new high-tech systems and intelligent solutions in walls creates a wealth of new opportunities. Maars brings walls to life with the unique concept of Maars Living Walls.

Maars offers both standard and customized solutions in, for example, offices, airports, factories, cinemas, shops and hotels. Also in the public sector Maars has taken the lead with applications including hospitals, public institutions, universities and schools.

More information at www.maarslivingwalls.com and download the Maars app in the App Store or Google Play.

 

Configura releases CET Designer 5.2

 Latest software release includes new Material Pack Extension, user-requested 2D Positions and wall transparency features

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—November 19, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, just released CET Designer 5.2, with most updates based on user feedback.

"Our users are collaborators with Configura in developing the most comprehensive space-planning software solution on the market,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “We’re excited to bring these latest features to market to make our users’ work even more efficient and rewarding.”

 

The new Material Pack Extension

CET Designer’s new Material Pack Extension offers more than 600 materials. Users can go to Configura’s Marketplace to install the new Extension. Upon download, materials will appear in the Material Explorer. Material Pack will automatically download new materials as they are released.

2D Positions

Configura asked CET Designer users to rank their feature requests in order of priority. 2D Positions received the most votes. With this feature, users can control the layer in which 2D images, such as lines and revision clouds, will appear. 

New options for wall transparency

In Configura’s user poll, transparent walls received the second-most number of votes. Transparent walls are now available in the 3D work area. Users can adjust the transparency on individual walls in order to easily see into individual rooms and make beautiful renderings.

 

Calculate areas

With the most recent update, rectangle-shaped and even odd-shaped rooms can be calculated.

 

Receive notifications from Briefcases

Briefcase notifications are now available from within CET Designer. Via Briefcases, users can receive weekly tips on how to use CET Designer more efficiently and get the latest updates about releases and training. 

Improvements in Photo Lab

CET Designer users can make presentations more impressive with a simple new feature that renders the drawing and automatically goes to full screen straight from Photo Lab. A clipping feature has also been added, which enables users to choose when walls and products should disappear from view as one zooms in. 


 

More information is at http://configura.com/cet/whats-new and the complete release notes are at http://www.configura.com/cet/support/cet-designer-version-5-2/.

 

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About Configura

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

 

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura announces November webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Nov. 5, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free November webinars:
 
Getting Started with CET Designer
Nov. 11 – 1 p.m. ET
Nov. 20 – 4 p.m. ET
 
What’s New in CET Designer 5.2
Nov. 17 – 11 a.m. ET
Nov. 17 – 4 p.m. ET
Nov. 18 – 11 a.m. ET
Nov. 19 – 1 p.m. ET
 
The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.
 
Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com.
 
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About the company
Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.
 
About CET Designer®
Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura announces winners in 7th annual Best of CET Designer Awards

Grand-prize winner Isela Cadena receives a trip for two to Configura’s headquarters in Sweden

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—October 29, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the winners of the 7th annual Best of CET Designer Awards, a competition honoring best uses of the space-planning software used throughout the world by commercial interior designers, salespeople and facility planners. A record number of submissions were received this year, including 32 submissions in the Best Success Story category in which entrants showed how CET Designer resulted in major project wins with customers.

“We had a huge number of incredible submissions to review. The top entries especially had great stories of how CET Designer helped them to win major projects. From start to finish, the designers showed how CET Designer made their work seamless for their customers,” said Kendra Steinhaus, a support and training specialist and interior designer with Configura. Steinhaus coordinated the competition.

Fast and accurate renderings and bills of material sealed the deal for all three users’ projects.

Configura’s CET Designer software is an all-on-one tool that lets contract furniture dealerships and customers collaborate in order to quickly and accurately design spaces. The software enables users to draw and specify, render in 2D and 3D and video, order products and create complete installation documents.

Best Success Story category

Isela Cadena, a designer with Haworth by Papsa in Mexico, received first place in the Best Success Story category. As the first-place winner, Cadena will receive a trip for two to Configura’s headquarters in Sweden. Cadena also won top honors in the Rendering category.

Cadena was challenged to design and specify furnishings for a 13,500-square-foot corporate headquarters.

“CET Designer helped me from the beginning until the last step to close the deal,” Cadena said. “Using this solution can give you a huge advantage. The all-in-one tools [built into CET Designer] work really well together. The key for this project was time, and I had all of the tools to have a fast answer for my client’s needs. Specifically, the rendering capabilities are amazing, and the time you spend to produce a beautiful rendering is amazingly short.”

Second-place Best Success Story winner Chelsea Keiller, who is a designer with Red Thread, a Steelcase dealer with locations in Massachusetts and throughout the Northeastern United States, submitted an entry for a 13,000 square-foot project.

“CET Designer helped me to succeed with this project by quickly producing 3D photorealistic renderings; creating clear, concise presentations and accurate specials applications on the drawings and specifications; and producing elaborate installation drawings. Overall, CET Designer helped us to show the importance of our role [as designers] in creating functional, healthy and aesthetically pleasing work environments,” Keiller said.

Noura Salem, a designer with Empire Office, a Steelcase dealer in New York City with additional locations in Florida, received third place in the Best Success Story category. Salem designed and specified a 24,000 square-foot space in a very short timeframe using CET Designer.

“Creating convincing visuals was the main aim in the success of the project. CET Designer allowed me to show the varying features of the products and their customized aspects. The client was impressed with the software’s multiple features and capabilities in honing the design details. With the success of this project, we have been awarded several other locations. The account manager [on the client side] is excited about how CET Designer will allow Empire to develop and turnaround future spaces for them,” Salem said.

Video category 

Entrants’ submissions were created using CET Designer’s MovieStudio Extension. The winners in the Video category are:

Rendering category 

Entrants’ submissions were created using CET Designer. The winners in the Rendering category are:

All winning entries can be viewed at http://www.configura.com/userconference/2014/.

Winners were announced during the Best of CET Designer Awards Program held Oct. 23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference. Details of the 8th annual CET Designer User Conference and Best of CET Designer Awards Program will be announced in early 2015.

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About the company

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

 

 

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