CET Designer

Configura announces dates, location and keynote presenters of 9th annual CET Designer User Conference

Early bird registration happens the week of NeoCon, June 13-17

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 9, 2016——Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the dates, location and keynote presenters of its 2016 user conference.

The 9th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Oct. 18 and 19 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A pre-conference welcome event for attendees will be the evening of Oct. 17. The conference previously was held in 2013 and 2014 in Grand Rapids – the city known as the office furniture capital of the world. It has also been held in Las Vegas and Orlando.

Our users especially love Grand Rapids. It’s where Configura’s U.S. office is based, and our major manufacturer customers are headquartered in West Michigan,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “The city has a vibrant arts culture, and its architecture is gorgeous.”

Color expert Laura Guido Clark will keynote the conference that’s expected to draw hundreds of design professionals and office furniture manufacturers. International Association of Interior Designers CEO Cheryl Durst will also speak at the conference.

Laura Guido Clark

Laura Guido Clark, principal of Laura Guido Clark Design based in Berkeley, California, specializes in the skin of products – their colors, materials and finishes. Her expertise extends from manufacturing work for such clients as Toyota, Samsung, LG and Hewlett-Packard to textiles and pattern design for FLOR, HBF, Pallas and Uncommon. In 2011, she founded Project Color Corps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to painting urban neighborhoods with color and pattern to convey messages of optimism and hope.

Cheryl Durst

Cheryl S. Durst, Honorary FIIDA, LEED AP, is the executive vice president and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) where she leads the board and members of the organization, and champions and elevates the profession of interior design. Part of the IIDA team since 1997, Durst started her career in sales at Knoll and in marketing at The Washington Design Center in Washington, DC. She is a sought-after speaker on “The Future of Design” and other explorations into the value of design as a social, cultural and economic force. She is the creator and curator of IIDA’s innovative What Clients Want publication series that examines the designer-client relationship. Durst has been called by Interior Design magazine “an ambassador for innovation and expansion, and a visionary strategist.”

In conjunction with the CET Designer User Conference, Configura will also host a developer conference.

“The goal is to bring designers and developers together, so they can talk with each other about what’s possible with the software. Their conversations will be the start of new ideas and features for CET Designer,” Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten said.

Both conferences will also include breakout sessions and tracks specific to space planning and design, and IT and software development. Full conference programming will be announced soon.

Early registration opportunity during NeoCon

During the week of NeoCon (June 13-17), Configura kick-starts conference registration with an “early bird” special: $400/person for the first 50 designers and dealer representatives who sign up to attend the conference (regular price after June 17 is $450/person). The cost for manufacturer representatives is $750/person. Attendees can sign up at Configura’s NeoCon booth 7-4129 or online at www.configura.com/userconference. User Conference details and registration information are available at www.configura.com/userconference. Space at the conference is limited to the first 350 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 13-15 to register for a chance to win a spot at the 9th annual CET Designer User Conference. The winner will be drawn June 15 at NeoCon, with the drawing live-streamed at 10 a.m. Chicago (Central) time on Configura’s CET Designer Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cetdesigner. The winner does not need to be present to win. CET Designer users who aren’t attending NeoCon can enter to win starting June 12 on the CET Designer Facebook page with a short comment under the user conference photo explaining why they want to attend the conference. 

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.)

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 virtual reality at NeoCon 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, officially launches its virtual reality technology at NeoCon 2016.

Virtual Viewer Extension

Configura’s CET Designer Virtual Viewer Extension, launching this June at NeoCon, lets users “walk around” in a drawing in full-screen mode using gaming controls. Wearing Oculus Rift goggles, an individual can have an immersive virtual reality experience of a designed space.

Meanwhile, an entire audience can take part in the “walk around,” no goggles needed, by viewing on a screen as a user guides them with the gaming controls. The designer can make changes that can be applied instantly, and immediately viewed and experienced by the individual or the audience.

“The technology helps designers to help their customers visualize their space like never before,” Configura Business Development Manager Brooke Snow said. “The experience is incredible.”

CET Designer 7.0

In May, Configura released CET Designer 7.0 with major additions and new features that will benefit the contract furniture designer, including the ability for users to reduce rendering times, choose among more generic products to enhance drawings, and take the designed experience to the next level with stairs, multiple floors and 3D text.

Enhancements to CET Designer 7.0 include:

“Renderings are a central part of the sales process in the contract furniture industry – they help customers to visualize their space before making a big investment. Time is money, so in the new release, CET Designer users can take advantage of their local network to create renderings even faster than before,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said.

More generic products to enhance drawings. CET Designer 7.0 offers a Generic Kitchen Extension to depict break-room areas. CET Designer 7.0 also adds more symbols depicting plants and other objects, bringing enhanced realism to the envisioned space.

Stairs and multiple-floors functionality. CET Designer 7.0 offers a new Extension that lets users place stairs in the drawing. Meanwhile, new multiple-floors functionality enables users to easily create lofts and mezzanine spaces in 3D.

3D text on walls. Configura regularly surveys CET Designer users about which new features they would like to see incorporated into CET Designer. This time, the top user-requested feature was the ability to place 3D text on walls, a function that’s now a part of CET Designer.

CET platform

Configura also continues to build upon its CET platform, which makes it easier for manufacturers to develop their own Extensions or Catalogues. Configura leaders and software developers will be at NeoCon to talk with interested manufacturers about the benefits of the platform.

Configura will demo these products at NeoCon 2016 in space 7-4129 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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, Chief to partner for CET Designer Extension

Extension first will include Chief’s Kontour™ product line

Press kit with images of Chief products: http://bit.ly/1P5fiL4

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—June 1, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, today announced a collaboration agreement with Chief, a global manufacturer of mounts, racks and accessories for flat displays, monitors, projectors and other AV components. Configura will partner with the Minnesota-based company to develop a CET Designer Extension that incorporates Chief products into CET Designer. The first Chief product line will be the Kontour family of monitor mounts.

“We’ve experienced significant growth with office furniture dealers specifying Kontour products. Our attention has turned to: ‘How can we be a better partner for our dealers? How can we make specifying and selling Chief products even easier for design and sales teams?’ With this in mind, Configura’s CET Designer is the ideal solution,” Chief Business Development Manager David Albright said.

CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers and designers to more quickly bring products to the end customer; the technology simplifies the specification and ordering of products by providing a single software solution for the entire space-planning process.

“Chief products in CET Designer add to the growing diversity in the kinds of products found in our solution. It’s so much more than furniture now, with all kinds of products that enhance and complete the workspace,” Configura Business Development Manager Brooke Snow said.

For 35 years, Chief has been providing AV mounts and accessories for a variety of technologies. In addition to Kontour, product lines include the industry-leading Fusion family of mobile AV carts, flat-panel display mounts and other accessories that contribute to a modern workspace. The company plans to include Fusion and other award-winning Chief product lines in CET Designer in the future.

“We’re excited to provide CET Designer users with a new Extension that will offer a simple, user-friendly way to specify and sell Chief products,” Albright said. “Partnering with Configura will offer immense value to our dealers.”


 

For more information about our solution, contact Business Development Manager, Brooke Snow.

+616.288.0615 phone

brooke.snow@configura.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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 Chief
Chief is part of Milestone AV Technologies, parent company of Chief, Sanus, Da-lite, Vaddio and Projecta brand names. Milestone AV Technologies is a leading global provider of innovative solutions for various audiovisual technologies. Products are sold through numerous channels, including Pro AV dealers, regional home theater dealers, consumer electronics retailers, mass merchants and original equipment manufacturers. The brands of Milestone formed independently and, when united, provide the most comprehensive offering of AV solutions on the market. The company serves a broad base of more than 6,000 global customers. U.S. headquarters is just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information at http://www.milestone.com/products/brands/chief.

Configura announces free June CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 27, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free June webinars with CET Designer instructors:

Getting Started with CET Designer

  • June 7 at 1 p.m. ET
  • June 22 at 4 p.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.

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 Designer 7.0

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 20, 2016—Configura has released CET Designer 7.0 with major additions and new features that will benefit the contract furniture designer, including the ability for users to reduce rendering times, choose among more generic products to enhance drawings, and take the designed experience to the next level with stairs, multiple floors and 3D text.

Enhancements to CET Designer 7.0 include:
“Renderings are a central part of the sales process in the contract furniture industry – they help customers to visualize their space before making a big investment. Time is money, so in the new release, CET Designer users can take advantage of their local network to create renderings even faster than before,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said.

More generic products to enhance drawings. CET Designer 7.0 offers a Generic Kitchen Extension to depict break-room areas. CET Designer 7.0 also adds more symbols depicting plants and other objects, bringing enhanced realism to the envisioned space.

Stairs and multiple-floors functionality. CET Designer 7.0 offers a new Extension that lets users place stairs in the drawing. Meanwhile, new multiple-floors functionality enables users to easily create lofts and mezzanine spaces in 3D.

3D text on walls. Configura regularly surveys CET Designer users about which new features they would like to see incorporated into CET Designer. This time, the top user-requested feature was the ability to place 3D text on walls, a function that’s now a part of CET Designer.

Coming in June: the latest virtual reality technology that gives customers a virtual experience of a designed space. Configura’s CET Designer Virtual Viewer Extension, launching this June at NeoCon, lets users “walk around” in a drawing in full-screen mode using gaming controls. Wearing Oculus Rift goggles, an individual can have an immersive virtual reality experience of a designed space. Meanwhile, an entire audience can take part in the “walk around,” no goggles needed, by viewing on a screen as a user guides them with the gaming controls. The designer can make changes that can be applied instantly, and immediately viewed and experienced by the individual or the audience. The technology helps designers to help their customers visualize their space like never before.

Configura will demo CET Designer 7.0’s new features and the Virtual Viewer Extension at NeoCon 2016 in space 7-4129 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

More information about CET Designer 7.0 is available at http://www.configura.com/cet/whats-new and http://www.configura.com/cet/support/cet-designer-7-0-2/.

 

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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, 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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 May CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 2, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free May webinars with CET Designer instructors:  

What’s New in CET Designer 7.0

  • May 16 at 10 a.m. ET
  • May 16 at 2 p.m.ET
  • May 16 at 4 p.m. ET
  • May 17 at 9 a.m. ET
  • May 17 at 11 a.m. ET
  • May 17 at 2 p.m. ET
  • May 18 at 11 a.m. ET
  • May 18 at 2 p.m. ET
  • May 19 at 11 a.m. ET
  • May 20 at 11 a.m. ET 

Getting Started with CET Designer

  • May 9 at 2 p.m. ET
  • May 24 at 1 p.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.  

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 offers preview of its NeoCon 2016 products

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—April 27, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, at NeoCon 2016 will demo CET Designer 7.0 with new features that include:

  • The latest virtual reality technology that gives customers a virtual experience of a designed space. Configura’s CET Designer Virtual Viewer Extension, launching this June at NeoCon, lets users “walk around” in a drawing in full-screen mode using gaming controls. Wearing Oculus Rift goggles, an individual can have an immersive virtual reality experience of a designed space. Meanwhile, an entire audience can take part in the “walk around,” no goggles needed, by viewing on a screen as a user guides them with the gaming controls. The designer can make changes that can be applied instantly, and immediately viewed and experienced by the individual or the audience. The technology helps designers to help their customers visualize their space like never before.
  • The ability for users to accelerate the rendering process. Dubbed Render Accelerator, this Extension to CET Designer works as a “cluster” – when a user clicks the render button in CET Designer, it uses the power of all nearby connected computers instead of just the user’s computer, making the time to render incredibly fast. Render Accelerator works by installing a small program on designated computers; those computers then automatically become a part of that “cluster” and can help anyone in that cluster to render faster.
  • The ability for manufacturers who have invested CET Designer to determine exactly what features in CET Designer can be used by their end-users. Dubbed Work Modes, the new feature will let manufacturers turn on and off those CET Designer features that they choose.

Configura also continues to build upon its CET platform, which makes it easier for manufacturers to develop their own Extensions or Catalogues. Configura leaders and software developers will be at NeoCon to talk with interested manufacturers about the benefits of the platform.

Configura will demo these products at NeoCon 2016 in space 7-4129 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Learn more at www.configura.com/neocon

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 April CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—April 1, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free April webinars with CET Designer instructors:

Photo Lab and Rendering

April 5 at 1 p.m. ET

April 22 at 1 p.m. ET

Getting Started with CET Designer

April 6 at 1 p.m. ET

April 20 at 4 p.m. ET

April 28 at 1 p.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.

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 partner meeting brings leading manufacturers together

Software solution CET Designer is changing the industry

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—March 24, 2016—Configura held its biannual partner meeting on March 15 with more than 50 people from major office furniture manufacturing companies attending to talk about Configura’s space-planning solution. All of Configura’s top executives from headquarters in Sweden, and from the company’s Malaysia and Grand Rapids offices, joined with representatives from Dekko, Haworth, Herman Miller, Inscape, KI, Kimball, Midmark, OFS, Steelcase and Teknion for the meeting hosted by Configura in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Configura makes CET Designer, intelligent design and specification software invested in by each of these manufacturers and used by their dealers around the globe.

“If you look at the culture of Configura and our partners, you see that we come together with a mutual goal of solving the problem of selling configurable system products. Meetings like this help us to talk about the possibilities with the software. We all benefit by sharing and learning from each other,” CEO Johan Lyreborn said.

Offering a look at CET Designer 7.0 and 7.5

At the meeting, Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten shared some of the updates that the May 16 release of CET Designer 7.0 will include, many centered around the visualization capabilities that users want.

Virtual Viewer is a CET Designer Extension for demo purposes that will enable users to “walk around” a drawing in full-screen mode using gaming controls. Meanwhile, Virtual Reality for CET Designer combines Configura’s technology with Oculus Rift glasses to give customers an immersive, virtual experience of a designed space. First demo’ed last June at NeoCon, the VR Extension will go live this summer when Oculus Rift releases its glasses from beta.

“The users who have tried VR love it,” Dagersten said. “It’s the future of experiencing a designed space.”

Also coming with CET Designer 7.0 is the ability to accelerate the rendering process. Dubbed Render Accelerator, this Extension to CET Designer works as a “cluster” – when a user clicks the render button in CET Designer, it uses the power of all nearby connected computers instead of just the user’s computer, making the time to render incredibly fast.

Configura also will release new and improved accessories symbols – including plants, flowers and kitchenettes – to enhance the realism of renderings. CET Designer’s SketchUp Extension will be improved to enable users to download symbols from SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse directly into CET Designer. Work Modes in CET Designer will enable manufacturers to tailor the user interface depending on needs.

Configura will continue to focus on visualization capabilities with its CET Designer 7.5 release, scheduled for November. This release is planned to include a version of VR that works with lower-end headsets. Configura also will continue to improve the realism of images and add more functionality to the rendering engine.

“We’ll be demo’ing many of these capabilities at NeoCon this June in Chicago,” Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said.

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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 free March CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Feb. 26, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free March webinars with CET Designer instructors:

Movie Studio
March 4 at 3 p.m. ET
March 22 at 11 a.m. ET

Getting Started with CET Designer
March 7 at 1 p.m. ET
March 18 at 1 p.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.

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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 launch of CET Designer Extension for Dekko

CET Designer Rendering

Press kit with renderings and images: http://bit.ly/1QwX4YN
Video showing how easy it is to specify Ashley products in CET Designer is
https://youtu.be/dYDekMXqc70.

Free Extension is for Dekko’s Ashley product line

Ashley is first power tap product in CET Designer

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—Feb. 24, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, today announced the launch of a CET Designer Extension for Dekko. The Extension is for Dekko’s award-winning Ashley desktop power solutions product line. Ashley is first power tap product in CET Designer.

Free to specifiers of Dekko products, the Extension features seven of the 2015 Best of NeoCon Gold Award-winning Ashley power tap models.

“Our Ashley power taps sales have really taken off since launch last June at NeoCon,” Dekko CEO John R. May said. “The release of the CET Designer Extension for our Ashley products will help designers easily showcase them in their workspace plans.”

Configura partnered with Dekko last fall to develop the CET Designer Extension for the Garrett, Indiana-based company, which is a leading provider of workplace power solutions, architectural lighting, and electrical components and assemblies.

Dekko designed the Ashley product line to meet market demand for power and fast-charging devices with an elegant and refined design, state-of-the-art technology interface and fast USB-charging capabilities.

Configura and Dekko “soft launched” the CET Designer Extension for Dekko’s Ashley line earlier this month. A video showing how easy it is to specify Ashley products in CET Designer:

“Beta test users of the Ashley Extension have expressed delight in having an actual power tap product to include in their space planning and specifying process,” May said. “We’re very pleased with the positive reception that we’re already getting from designers.”

Configura will next develop a CET Designer Extension for Dekko’s Stafford Conference Room products.

CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers and designers to more quickly bring products to market by providing a single software solution for the entire space-planning process. The solution lets users create drawings in 2D and 3D, produce photorealistic renderings and fly-thru videos of the designed space, and generate accurate bills of materials and detailed installation documents.

CET Designer is Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC)-based software residing on the Configura Extension Technology (CET) 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, faster and more accurate.

Users of CET Designer simply “drag and drop” manufacturers’ product symbols into the highly visual 2D and 3D layouts while the software handles the technical product details behind the scenes, automatically calculating parts and prices. This functionality lets the user focus on design, and even collaborate with customers in real-time to plan spaces and order products.

“CET Designer simplifies space planning. Dealers, designers and their customers are already benefitting from having Dekko products in CET Designer,” Configura Business Development Manager Brooke Snow said. “We’re excited about working with Dekko on getting more of their products into CET Designer.”

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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 Dekko
Dekko is a privately held company and North American leader in workspace power solutions with 1,300 associates across seven facilities in three states and Mexico. For over 40 years, Dekko has been a preferred electrical distribution product solutions provider for leading office furniture original equipment manufacturers. The Ashley product line is being specified in office, hospitality, education and medical markets. The company, founded in 1952, is headquartered in Garrett, Indiana, USA. More information at www.dekko.com.


MEDIA CONTACTS:
Configura
Molly Klimas
M: (616) 443-4647
klimas [at] intentpr [dot] com
klimasmolly [at] gmail [dot] com

Dekko
Bonnie Joustra
Office: 260-599-3143
bjoustra [at] dekko [dot] com

 

Configura, Kimball Office to partner for CET Designer Extension

Extension is planned for all Kimball Office product lines


Press kit with images of Kimball Office products is here: http://bit.ly/1Tf0Mq7

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—Feb. 11, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, today announced a collaboration agreement with Kimball Office, a leading manufacturer of products for commercial, education, healthcare and government markets. Configura will partner with the Jasper, Indiana-based company to develop a CET Designer Extension that incorporates all Kimball Office product lines into CET Designer.

“Technology has changed the way products are visualized, and CET Designer has met the challenge of how end-users and the A&D industry partner in a responsive drawing environment,” Kimball Office Vice President of Sales Mike Donahue said.

CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers and designers to more quickly bring products to the end customer; the technology simplifies the specification and ordering of products by providing a single software solution for the entire space-planning process.

CET stands for Configura Extension Technology. CET Designer is Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC)-based software; an Extension is an addition to CET Designer 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 specifying products easier, faster and more accurate.

“We’re proud to welcome Kimball Office, and to partner with them for a CET Designer Extension,” Configura Business Development Manager Brooke Snow said. “Kimball Office and all of our customers are collaborators with us in the process of bringing a single design and specification solution to the entire contract furniture industry. Together, we’re simplifying the space planning and selling process.”

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About ConfiguraConfigura 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 Kimball Office

Kimball Office has been transforming workspaces for nearly 45 years with an ever-widening breadth of relevant, sustainable office furniture solutions. As one of America’s most respected environmentally-conscious contract office furniture manufacturers, they provide architects, designers, facility managers, and employers with open plan system solutions, both modern and classic desking, and a range of conference and seating options. The company is a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc., (NASDAQ:KBALB), a publicly-traded company headquartered in Jasper, Ind.  Learn how Kimball Office is changing workspaces by visiting www.kimballoffice.com.

Configura announces free February CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Jan. 28, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free February webinars with CET Designer instructors:

Getting Started with CET Designer

Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. ET
Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. ET
Feb. 29 at 4 p.m. ET

 

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

Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. ET
Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. ET

 

Edit Graphics in CET Designer

Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. ET
Feb. 23 at 2 p.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.

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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 free January CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Jan. 8, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free January webinars with CET Designer instructors:

Photo Lab and Rendering
Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. ET
Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. ET

 

Getting Started with CET Designer
Jan. 28 at 4 p.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.

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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 free December CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 3, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free December webinars with CET Designer instructors:

Getting Started with CET Designer
Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. ET
Dec. 15 at 1 p.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.

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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.

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