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  • Configura, OFS Brands announce launch of First Office STAKS product series in CET Designer

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Aug. 4, 2016—Configura and OFS Brands have announced the launch of OFS Brands’ First Office STAKS product series in CET Designer.

    The product series – STAKS Crossover Casegoods – is used in work environments of all kinds, from private offices to open-plan workspaces. Because of CET Designer’s rules-based programming, designers now can specify STAKS up to 60 percent faster, ensure specification accuracy, and visualize configurations much more easily with CET Designer’s photorealism rendering and fly-thru video capabilities.

    "Understanding how important time, rapid product adaptation and accuracy are to designers and specifiers, we continue to expand our presence in CET Designer by adding intelligence to products for the most efficient specification. Via the CET platform, our goal is to make the OFS Brands user experience as simple and user-friendly as possible," OFS Brands Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Menke said. "Integrating intelligence with a highly specified product like STAKS epitomizes our pursuit to be extremely easy to do business with and deliver value to our dealer-partners."

    CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers and designers to more quickly bring product to market by providing a single software solution for accurately designing, specifying, rendering, ordering and creating installation documents. 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, faster and more accurate.

    OFS Brands became a Configura partner in June 2015 and launched its CET Designer Extension in November 2015. The company partnered with Configura because the CET Designer platform offers a simple approach to specifying option-rich products. The addition of STAKS in CET Designer opens up new possibilities for designers.

    "CET Designer delivers a straightforward yet highly versatile tool for designers to clearly communicate their intent, further instilling confidence and clarity as they tailor solutions for their customers," OFS Brands Technology Manager Wes Harper said. "One of our biggest goals is to make sure we’re giving our dealers and designers the most productive tools they need to be able to specify our products, and CET Designer is perfect for that."

    Configura had surveyed its CET Designer users around the globe, and many said they wanted OFS Brands included in CET Designer.

    "We’re excited that OFS Brands continues to expand its product offerings in CET Designer," Configura Vice President Peter Brandinger said. "More products in CET Designer give dealers and customers more choices to meet their space-planning needs."

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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 OFS Brands

    OFS Brands makes furniture and develops logistics solutions for office, healthcare, education, government and home office markets across the world. OFS Brands is comprised of five distinct brands – OFS, First Office, Loewenstein, Carolina and Highmark – that provide furniture to a wide range of contract interior environments. OFS and First Office produce a wide range of furniture and accessories for the office environment, from technology-savvy mixed-use collections to casegoods to modern lounge pieces. Loewenstein primarily caters to lifestyle interiors, while Carolina is best known as a provider in the healthcare market. Highmark is a leading provider of ergonomic seating. Based in Huntingburg, Indiana, USA, OFS Brands is a family owned corporation. More at www.ofsbrands.com.

  • Configura announces free August CET Designer webinars

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

    Getting Started with CET Designer

    Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. ET
    Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. ET

    Edit Graphics in CET Designer

    Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. ET
    Aug. 24 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 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.