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  • 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.

  • Configura announces launch of CET Designer Extension for OFS Brands

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Nov. 18, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, today announced that the CET Designer Extension for OFS Brands products has launched. OFS Brands based in Huntingburg, Indiana, manufactures furniture, cabinetry and seating for office, healthcare, education, government and home office markets around the world. “One of our biggest goals is to make sure we’re giving our dealers and designers the tools they need to be able to sell our products, and CET Designer is perfect for that,” OFS Brands eTools Developer Steven Dunn said.

    OFS Brands became a Configura partner in June when work began on developing the Extension. 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.

    “We partnered with Configura because CET Designer offers a simple approach to specifying option-rich products,” OFS Brands Technology Manager Wes Harper noted. 

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

    “We’re excited to offer OFS Brands products 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 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 Designer 6.5

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—Nov. 16, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the release of CET Designer 6.5 with enhancements that include more image-rich options and rendering functionality, as well as the top “feature vote getter” requested by CET Designer users – the hatch fill option.

    “Our users are our collaborators in continuing to make CET Designer the best solution for design, specification and space planning,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “We work to bring them the new features and improvements that make CET Designer a great tool.”

    CET Designer 6.5 features the new hatch fill option. The much-asked-for hatch fill option works with 2D circles and rectangles as well as custom shapes. CET Designer users can use default patterns or import their own patterns from other programs, including from AutoCAD.

    CET Designer 6.5 includes more image-rich options that bring enhanced realism to renderings. More office accessories have been added to the software, including furniture, bags and backpacks, file notes and vases. Additionally, users can apply their own images to different displays by dragging-and-dropping or double-clicking. Users can also apply logos – such as a logo of their dealership – to the office accessories, bringing further realism and branding to renderings produced in CET Designer.

    With simplified 3D clipping now available in CET Designer 6.5, portions of drawings can immediately be sent to CET Designer’s Photo Lab for quick rendering. Another new render option is the Outline Overlay. With this new option, CET Designer renders two images: one normal render, and one contour render, which are then “overlayed” to create detailed outlines that can then be further adjusted in the post-processing stage. 

    Learn more about what’s new in CET Designer 6.5 at http://configura.com/cet/whats-new.

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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 November CET Designer webinars

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Nov. 11, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free November webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    What’s New in CET Designer 6.5

    • Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. ET
    • Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. ET
    • Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. ET
    • Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. ET
    • Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. ET
    • Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. ET
    • Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. ET
    • Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. ET
    • Nov. 23 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 winners of the 8th annual Best of CET Designer Awards

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—November 2, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, has announced the winners of the 8th 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 60 submissions in the Rendering category.

    SUCCESS STORY CATEGORY

    Entrants’ submissions were created using CET Designer and a variety of CET Designer Extensions. The winners in the Best Success Story category are:
    1st place - Sarah Jackson, Price Modern
    2nd place - Juan Carlos Bosch, Haworth by papsa
    3rd place - Alisa Dunn, Creative Office Environments

    VIDEO CATEGORY

    Entrants’ submissions were created using CET Designer’s Movie Studio Extension. The winners in the Video category are:
    1st place - Lorna Marcuzzo, Price Modern
    2nd place - Ashley Harris, A. Pomerantz & Company 
    3rd place - Maria Iovan, Solutions Business Interiors

    RENDERING CATEGORY

    Entrants’ submissions were created using CET Designer. The winners in the Rendering category are:
    1st place - Juan Carlos Bosch, Haworth by papsa
    2nd place - Ashley Harris, A. Pomerantz & Company
    3rd place - Nicole Puma, Waldners

    All winning entries will be available for viewing at soon at www.configura.com.

    Winners were announced during the Best of CET Designer Awards Program held Oct. 28-29 in Orlando, Florida, during the 8th annual CET Designer User Conference.

    The 9th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Oct. 18-19, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More details on the conference and information on the 9th annual Best of CET Designer Awards Program will be announced in 2016.

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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 8th annual CET Designer User Conference is a wrap

    > Press kit with high-resolution images, attendee remarks and more from the conference: http://bit.ly/1HlUxqL

    Growing conference, major partners and more users underscore that Configura’s solution has become an industry standard

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—November 4, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, recently wrapped its 8th annual CET Designer User Conference, held Oct. 28-29 in Orlando.

    A record number of attendees, nearly 300 people from the Americas and Europe – including contract furniture manufacturers, dealers, interior designers and IT professionals – participated in the two-day conference held at the Renaissance SeaWorld at Orlando.

    All three founders of Configura – Sune Rydqvist, Johan Lyreborn (CEO) and Göran Rydqvist – were in attendance.

    Established in 1990 in Sweden, the software solutions company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In addition to headquarters in Sweden, the company also has locations in the United States and Malaysia.

    Configura’s space-planning software simplifies how manufacturers and their dealers and designers sell products.

    “It’s wonderful to see how our solution has grown across the globe, and to talk with users in person at our conference about how CET Designer helps them to do their best work,” Sune Rydqvist said.

    Configura’s solution has become an industry standard

    In the late 1980s, Sune Rydqvist – owner of an office furniture company in Sweden – asked his son Göran Rydqvist and Johan Lyreborn to help him find a better way to specify and sell his products. The solution they developed became CET Designer – intelligent, highly visual software now used by thousands of people around the world. Such global companies as Martela, Kinnarps, Steelcase, Haworth, Teknion, KI, Inscape, Midmark, Tranquil, Maars, OFS Brands and others have invested in Configura solutions.

    During the conference, two additional manufacturer partners – Herman Miller and Group Dekko – were announced.

    “These new partnerships reinforce that CET Designer has become the leading solution for design and specification,” Lyreborn said.

    The day before the CET Designer User Conference, Configura hosted a gathering of its manufacturer partners – a twice yearly event that brings competing companies to the table to talk about the CET Designer solution that each has invested in.

    “We get together to talk about the technology and how to make it even better for the future. Having more companies on board as partners means we get more feedback, more input, into developing our solution,” Lyreborn said.

    User conference sessions focused on designers, IT professionals

    Day one of the CET Designer User Conference featured keynote speaker Debbie Millman, a Cooper Hewitt recipient honored for her work as host of the New York City-based radio podcast Design Matters. At the conference, Millman explored the different functions of the brain and how a human desire for self-expression and connectedness has led to an evolution in design and branding. (Watch the video of her keynote at http://bit.ly/1Q43Ti7.)

    “It’s not about marketing or advertising. … It’s about belonging – to a tribe, a religion, a family, a work environment. … Any brand that fosters the ability to create mutual experiences in which we can share or relate allows our brains to resonate with others,” Millman said. “This is an opportunity for designers to design spaces so we can better connect with people. You have a profound impact on human behavior in that the spaces you design allow us to live a certain kind of life.”

    During the first day of the conference, Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten highlighted some of the updates that will occur with the Nov. 16 release of CET Designer 6.5. He also talked about the planned 2016 launches of CET Designer for Sales, CET Designer Cloud and Virtual Reality for CET Designer.

    CET Designer for Sales will be a version of CET Designer that’s “lite” so salespersons can use it to do quick presentations for customers. Meanwhile, CET Designer Cloud will let users run Configura’s software through a browser.

    “What CET Designer Cloud means for designers and dealerships is huge,” said Brooke Snow, Configura business development manager. “It means they can use any Internet-connected device – a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer – to access and run our software, at anytime and from anywhere.”

    Configura first unveiled the beta version of Virtual Reality for CET Designer at NeoCon in Chicago in June. At the CET Designer User Conference in Orlando, Configura had VR demo stations set up to let attendees experience the technology. Virtual Reality for CET Designer puts the designer or the customer “into” the space that he or she is creating or buying.

    “VR has so much application. It’s experiential. It’s a powerful communication tool. You can give someone exactly the experience you have designed for them,” said conference presenter and attendee Jason Lund, IT manager for Atmosphere Commercial Interiors, a Steelcase dealership. “I’m very excited about how this will change how we design and communicate with our clients, and I’m impressed that Configura had the vision to produce it even before the hardware is commercially available.”

    Idea-sharing, networking and learning

    A big part of the conference is the idea sharing between Configura developers and the manufacturers who invest in and dealers who use the solution. Day one of the conference featured Configura Founder Göran Rydqvist, who heads up research and development at the company, talking about Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC) – the technology and business philosophy on which CET Designer is based.

    A “Chat with the Programmers” session invited manufacturers and users to talk directly with the people developing new functionalities in CET Designer.

    The conference included a variety of breakout sessions, many taught by what Configura calls CET Designer “Power Users.” The first day included a number of such sessions, including a presentation by Design Manager Chad Bewley of Business Interiors of Idaho who spoke on using CET Designer to redefine the designer role and improve the sales process.

    Attendee Lorna Marcuzzo, a senior mobile marketing designer for Price Modern, a Haworth dealership in Baltimore, said she liked getting to see how others are using the tool. “It’s interesting to see everyone in their job roles – I’m in marketing, not in design – we’ve also got salespeople, designers, marketers here at the conference. Everyone’s taken same program and is using it in different ways. I love seeing that and sharing feedback about it,” she said.

    Amy Wright, a designer with Encompas, a Haworth dealer in Kansas City, who also presented at the conference, agreed. “This is one of the main events that we come to where we get to interface with a lot of dealers … we’re talking to people and figuring out what bits and pieces of their process that we can implement in our own business structure. I feel like that only makes everyone stronger,” she said.

    During day two, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) CEO Randy Fiser delivered a presentation that focused on how designers can inject wellness into the built environment.

    “We’re spending 90 percent of our time indoors, much of it at work. So this work period in our lives is a critically important period. And as designers, we have an important role not just to prevent disease but also to improve health. … Our alertness, mood, cognitive functions, mobility – these [are impacted by] the physical environment we surround ourselves with,” Fiser said.

    He shared a video produced by ASID that explored the transformative power of interior design in the built environment.

    “The benefits of wellness-based design/construction decisions include reduced employee absenteeism and healthcare costs, and increased productivity and engagement,” Fiser said. “We must continue to develop a sensitivity of what’s meaningful, with systemic and sustainable improvements. Design really matters, and CET Designer is a great connection between our designers and the design community and technology. We know the visualization of space is such an important part of communicating design intent.”

    Offering opportunities to network and socialize is a big part of the CET Designer User Conference. Configura hosted pre-conference welcome events and, during the conference, a Halloween Party that has become an annual event.

    Additional sessions and the Best of CET Designer Awards ceremony rounded out day two. The Best of CET Designer Awards program honors the best work of CET Designer users in three categories: Rendering, Video and Best Success Story. Read about the winners and view some of the winning work at http://bit.ly/1RL1SFO.

    Content and videos from the conference keynote and most sessions will be available online soon at www.configura.com.

    Conference sponsors included Diamond Sponsor MMQB; Gold Sponsors Steelcase, OFS Brands, Haworth and ProjectMatrix; and Silver Sponsors officeinsight, ASID and SketchUp.

    “We’re grateful to our sponsors, to our users, our team and to everyone who made the 8th annual conference our best yet,” Configura Global Customer Experience Vice President Tracy Lanning said. “We’re looking forward to planning an amazing ninth conference.”Configura leaders have announced that the 9th annual CET Designer User Conference will return to Grand Rapids, Michigan’s DeVos Place. The ninth annual conference will be held Oct. 18-19, 2016.

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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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  • Configura announces Group Dekko as new partner

    Configura will develop the first CET Designer Extension for desktop power solutions product line

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—Oct. 28, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, today announced a collaboration agreement with Garrett, Indiana-based Group Dekko, a leading provider of workplace power solutions with a long history of providing electrical distribution systems and charging devices to the office furniture market.

    Configura will develop a CET Designer Extension for Group Dekko’s diverse product lines.

    “We’re impressed with the Configura team and its industry-wide solution that helps both the manufacturers who make the products and the designers and dealers who specify the products,” Group Dekko CEO John May said. “We are pleased to have our 2015 Best of NeoCon Gold Award-winning Ashley power taps be the first power solutions product line available in CET Designer, an extremely user-friendly and accurate solution for the entire sales and ordering process.”

    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. CET Designer 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.

    “Our Ashley power taps sales have really taken off since launch this past June,” May said. “A CET Designer Extension helps designers best showcase them as both aesthetic and state-of-the-art USB charging and power solutions in their workspace plans. Ashley is one of several new product lines that we plan to make available in CET Designer.”

    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.

    “Group Dekko products are ideal for a CET Designer Extension, which will simplify specifying and selling of the products. We’re excited about this partnership and welcome the company to the Configura family of manufacturers,” Configura Business Development Manager Brooke Snow said.
    The Group Dekko CET Designer Extension is planned to launch in early December.

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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 Group Dekko
    Group 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, Group 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.


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

     

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