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  • Configura launches a new blog about space planning for manufacturers of configurable products

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 4, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, has launched a new blog about space planning for manufacturers of configurable products.

    “With the blog we’ll provide education and insight to industries that deal with the manufacturing and space planning of configurable products. We’ll talk about how software technology can streamline the specifying and selling of these products,” Configura Communications Manager Jon Lindholm said.

    The blog is especially geared toward business leaders, IT professionals and software developers who work with configurable system products and want to learn about the latest in configuration technology and related business solutions.

    “When we founded Configura over 20 years ago, no one was talking about configurators – essentially, software that guides a user through the configuration process. Today, the term ‘configurator’ seems to be all over the place, and there’s a lot of confusion out there – but our blog helps companies understand the fundamentals and benefits of a configurator,” Lindholm said.

    Configura’s CET Designer space-planning software is a configurator built on Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC), which is a technology and a business strategy developed by Configura that makes selling configurable and parametric system products simpler and more efficient. CET Designer supports and simplifies space planning for industries that manufacture:

    • • Commercial/office furniture
    • • Kitchen and bath cabinets
    • • Material handling and industrial machinery products
    • • Laboratory/healthcare fixtures
    • • Wall systems
    • “People who work in these industries will particularly benefit from the blog,” Lindholm said. “They’ll hear from peers in their industries who are taking the next step in modern space-planning processes.”
    • The blog is at http://www.configura.com/blog.
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      About the company

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

      About CET Designer®

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

  • Configura announces December webinars

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

    Getting Started with CET Designer

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

    Installation Documents and Titleblocks

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

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

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

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    About the company

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

    About CET Designer®

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

  • Configura signs Maars Living Walls for CET Designer Extension

    Netherlands-based company will add all of its product lines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    About Configura

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

    About CET Designer®

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

    About Maars Living Walls

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

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

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

     

  • Configura releases CET Designer 5.2

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

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

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

     

    The new Material Pack Extension

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

    2D Positions

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

    New options for wall transparency

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

     

    Calculate areas

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

     

    Receive notifications from Briefcases

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

    Improvements in Photo Lab

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


     

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

     

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    About Configura

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

     

    About CET Designer®

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

  • Configura announces November webinars

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

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