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  • Configura to exhibit at LogiMat for the first time

    Visitors can experience Virtual Reality for Material Handling in Configura’s booth in Hall 1 Stand 1L24.

    Configura, creators of the award-winning software CET Designer, will exhibit at LogiMat 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. The Swedish company has worked with companies in the Material Handling industry for many years but has not previously exhibited at industry trade fairs.

    "We visited LogiMat last year and thought it was a great trade fair,” Account Manager Johan Gustafsson said. “We decided to exhibit this year to better show what CET Designer can do for the Material Handling industry."

    CET Designer is a space planning software where salespeople can plan entire warehouses, conveyer solutions, pallet racking, etc. to present a visual image to a client. Specifications, calculations and quotations are simultaneously created in the background during the drawing process, enabling the salesperson to produce immediate and accurate quotations.

    With the Virtual Reality Extension for CET Designer, it’s possible to walk around inside a drawing to get a better feel of the space. Configura will demo Virtual Reality in their booth at LogiMat.

    Besides Material Handling, CET Designer also has a strong presence in the North American Commercial Furniture industry and Nordic Kitchen and Bath industry.

    "CET Designer is a multi-industry solution, and it works especially well for Material Handling since the products are so complex," Johan Gustafsson said. “The technology we use can handle very complex products and large drawings in a simple and intuitive way."

    Find Configura at LogiMat in Hall 1 Stand 1L24. More information at www.configura.com or watch video.

    About Configura

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers 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 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

    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. 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. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

  • Configura releases CET Designer 7.5

     

    The newest version of the award-winning space-planning software solution lets users produce 360-degree renderings for export to use with smartphone virtual reality kits and viewing in MyConfigura briefcases (visit the CET Designer Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CETDesigner/ on Nov. 21 for an example 360-degree rendering). Virtual reality capabilities also have been enhanced through a collaboration with Yulio.

    Also with CET Designer 7.5, users will see improvements to CET Designer’s Movie Studio and will enjoy more accessory options.

    Configura regularly polls users for feature requests. This release’s top request is an added dimension tool on the 2D toolbar. Users also requested a spell-check / auto-correct tool and the ability to add sliding doors to a Walls tab, both of which have been added.

    “We’re about optimizing CET Designer for our users so they can create incredible space-planning experiences for their customers,” Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten said.

    RevLink – the CET Designer Extension that integrates with Revit – now has upgraded integration. Also, a new SketchUp export option has been included with the release of CET Designer 7.5.

    The ability to customize the visibility of features, functionality and elements in the CET Designer interface – showing or hiding parts of the program depending on a user’s needs – has been made possible through the Work mode editor in the newest version of CET Designer. Changes can be saved as different presets, which can be switched between as needs change during a project.

    “It’s about making CET Designer seamless for each user,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said.

    Configura Training Specialist Kelsey Debruin recently held a Facebook Live event about CET Designer 7.5 features; the video can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/CETDesigner/videos/10154337934748052/.

    CET Designer users can participate in free upcoming webinars to learn more about what’s new in CET Designer 7.5:

    Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. ET
    Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. ET
    Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. ET
    Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. ET
    Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. ET

    Users can receive 0.1 continuing education units (CEU) per webinar via the Interior Design Continuing Education Council.

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. For webinars and additional training information, go to www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

    Learn more about additional courses, educational opportunities and CEU credits 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.

     

  • It’s a wrap: Configura’s 9th annual CET Designer User Conference in Grand Rapids breaks attendance records

    Configura announces that the 10th annual conference will return to Las Vegas

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Oct. 31, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, recently wrapped its 9th annual CET Designer User Conference with record-breaking attendance from people all over the world. Nearly 350 global contract furniture manufacturers, dealers, designers and IT leaders attended the conference held Oct. 18 and 19 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    It was Ali Rogers’ first CET Designer User Conference. The designer with Haworth dealer Business Interiors of Idaho in Boise, Idaho, said, "I loved that they offered classes to drive the passion of design. And the way that Configura opened the conference with the nod to the Olympics – that was hilarious."

    She’s referring to how team members from Configura – “Configurans” as they call themselves – were featured in a short film spoof in the style of The Three Stooges that showed them preparing for their own version of the Olympics. The film opened the user conference and, as the lights then came up in the large meeting hall, Configurans from the company’s Sweden, Malaysia and USA locations marched into the room bearing flags from their respective countries.

    "We’re now a global company – but we like to have fun and reflect on how close-knit we really are as a community of partners, developers and users," Configura’s Vice President of Business Development Peter Brandinger said.

    Paul Riches is one of those users – in fact, he’s used CET Designer for nearly a decade, first as a design manager for a Steelcase dealership and now for Workplace Resources, a Herman Miller dealer in Vancouver. He’s attended every user conference.

    "In a very short period of time, Configura and CET Designer have gone from this little-known product that everyone was kind of scared / apprehensive / cynical of instituting to a global brand that has effectively and efficiently captured a corner of the market without losing a sense of who they are and why they are doing this," Riches said.

    This year for the first time, Configura combined its annual CET Designer User Conference with its annual Developer Conference, bringing users and developers together for a number of sessions. Preceding the conference was Configura’s biannual Partner Meeting, with many partners staying on for the combined conferences. Partners who have invested in Configura’s solution include not only Steelcase and Herman Miller but also Haworth, Teknion, KI, Inscape, OFS Brands and others.

    "We need to put the people who invest in, develop and use our software as close together as possible,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said. “That’s what these opportunities to meet are all about."

    At the Partner Meeting, Lyreborn announced sales growth of 30 percent during the first three quarters of 2016. One of Configura’s newer products, CET Developer – which makes it easy for external developers to create CET Designer Extensions – saw 70 percent sales growth since the beginning of the year. External developers now include those within some of Configura’s manufacturer-partners as well as software development companies.

    Lyreborn also discussed Configura’s expansion beyond office/contract furniture in North America and into such industries as material handling/storage and healthcare/laboratory, as well as Configura’s expansion in Asia with the plan to open a China subsidiary.

    "People around the globe are realizing the power of Parametric Graphical Configuration [the technology and philosophy on which Configura’s solution is based]. So the issue for us no longer is one of getting people to understand our vision; now, the issue is talent and how we go about recruiting the best of the best," he said.

    He noted that Configura’s business model means one doesn’t have to literally work as an employee of Configura – or even be in a city or region where Configura, or even its current partners, has a presence.

    "That’s the beauty of it – with our platform, you can be anyone, anywhere in the world, and be a part of Configura and what we’re doing. You don’t need to be in Silicon Valley; you can be in Iowa or China or wherever and be doing great things in software development,” Lyreborn said.

    CET Designer User Conference and Developer Conference

    The 9th annual conference began with an update and sneak peek at CET Designer 7.5 (releasing Nov. 21) presented by Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten.

    With 7.5, users will be able to produce 360-degree renderings that can be viewed on various kinds of devices, including smart phones and Google Cardboard. Users will see more accessory options with 7.5, enhancements to CET Designer’s Movie Studio and virtual reality technologies, and an added dimension tool on the 2D toolbar (a feature requested by users).

    Dagersten said Configura also is looking at ways the program can be customized depending on the user. For example, in 2017, the company will launch a beta version of CET Designer specifically for salespersons.

    "The user interface will be simplified with functionality geared specifically toward the sales end-user,” Dagersten said.

    At the dealership where Tami Shulsen serves as director of design, various users already are adapting CET Designer to meet their specific needs; CET Designer in turn has changed the way the dealership works. At the user conference, Shulsen led a session called “The Changing Role of the Designer” and talked about how her dealership, Midwest Commercial Interiors, has embraced evolving workplace roles.

    "Tami’s session hit me hard because we just rolled out a new procedure in our company with designers taking on more of the (sales) responsibility. Hearing her presentation was very eye-opening," said Rachel Scholtes, design manager at Business Furniture, a Steelcase dealer in Indianapolis.

    Scholtes had been to a previous user conference in Las Vegas and enjoyed her time in Grand Rapids equally as well. "The conference was excellent – a ton of breakout sessions, great info and I definitely feel more connected with the CET Designer user environment," she said.

    In another breakout session, Configura’s "PGC prophet" – Göran Rydqvist – spoke to designers and developers alike on the absolute importance of quality.

    "Quality needs to be driven all the way through – even where you’re never supposed to look – and especially in programming code. We must program for the user," said Rydqvist, who is Configura’s vice president of research and development. He, along with his father Sune Rydqvist and Johan Lyreborn, founded the company in 1990 in Linköping, Sweden.

    Göran Rydqvist developed the original programming language on which Configura’s solution is based. He has mentored many other programmers and has been key to launching Configura’s CET Developer program around the globe.

    Other conference presentations veered into both technical and design discussions. Steelcase dealer Atmosphere Commercial Interiors’ Jason Lund presented on IT best practices and how to integrate Configura’s virtual reality technology with live design. Atmosphere’s Kari Anderson and Configura’s Tracy Lanning expanded on the discussion of live design with hands-on tips and tricks for interior designers to implement.

    Brigham Young University’s Julie McHood and Configura’s MayLee Lai talked about Configura’s RevLink Extension, which connects CET Designer to Revit. McHood is part of BYU’s facilities planning group where she uses CET Designer to plan spaces and specify furniture for campus remodels and new buildings.

    One of the people attending these sessions was Visualization Architect Amy Edington, who joined Herman Miller earlier this year to help launch its CET Designer Extension in North America and across the globe. She started using CET Designer – and training others in CET Designer – as a team member at Configura where she had worked for a number of years.

    "Having worked for Configura, I think they’re amazing, and that’s why I attended (the conference). I’m passionate about CET Designer and what it has to offer to the dealer community, to make dealers more efficient in the sales and ordering process," Edington said. "All of the conference sessions were very helpful not only from a manufacturer’s standpoint but also as a way to help our dealers prepare for the journey they’re about to go on as they transition to CET Designer."

    All told, the user conference featured 41 presentations and sessions over the course of two days. Most of the sessions offered continuing education unit (CEU) credits with the Interior Design Continuing Education Council.

    Most notably were presentations by two internationally known design leaders.

    Laura Guido-Clark – Design for Change

    Renowned designer Laura Guido-Clark keynoted the CET Designer User Conference. Founder of the eponymous design firm based in Berkeley, California, Guido-Clark specializes in the skin of products – their colors, materials and finishes. She’s designed for such clients as Toyota, Hewlett-Packard, FLOR, American Seating and Herman Miller.

    At the conference, she spoke about how design creates change.

    "We use design to create an emotional connection – it’s why we’re here [as designers] – and it’s why design matters so much," she said.

    Much of her presentation focused the visual, particularly on the power of color.

    "Color is a language that precedes words; it’s one of the most powerful languages," she said. "Within 90 seconds of viewing something, people make a decision, and 60 percent of that decision is based on color."

    In 2011, Guido-Clark launched Project Color Corps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to painting urban neighborhoods with color and pattern to convey messages of optimism and hope. She calls the work "optical optimism. … We're taking neighborhoods and schools and places that look bleak and transforming them."

    To date, she and her team of professionals and volunteers have completed eight projects in California and are looking at expanding to locations across the country.

    Cheryl Durst – Design & Culture: A Global Imperative

    Another renowned design leader – Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) – spoke the following day at the CET Designer User Conference.

    "Design is important because chaos is so hard. Without design, we live in a world of chaos," she said.

    And yet, design itself is in tumult: "Why we design used to be about making a living, client satisfaction, building a project. Today, it’s about making a contribution, dream fulfillment, building a better world," she said.

    Other factors are driving modern design, according to Durst: the need to feel connection and a sense of place, the continuing rise of cities (especially smaller cities), increasing polarity in the populace and need for the nostalgia in the midst of complexity.

    She also described how design used to create experiences for consumers – but now, design creates experiences for tribes.

    Configura has already intuited this design shift, said Paul Riches: "They have built something far more powerful than just a community of users; they've built a tribe … a dynamic collective that is so much more than just the superficiality of its parts … corporate allegiances are tossed aside and users truly exemplify the nature of collaboration. It's a gathering of curious minds who are constantly reaching, exploring, questioning and inquiring of themselves and each other: ‘What now?'"

    The question might also be "What’s next?"

    And next big event for Configura, its partners and users, is the 10th annual CET Designer User Conference, which Brandinger revealed would return to Las Vegas (site of the first five user conferences) after three conferences in Grand Rapids and one in Orlando. The 10th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Nov. 8-9, 2017, at the Venetian/Palazzo in Las Vegas.

    In conjunction with the 9th annual conference, Configura held its Best of CET Designer Awards. To learn the winners and see their work, as well as to view videos, photos and presentations from Configura’s 9th annual CET Designer User Conference, visit www.configura.com/userconference.

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    About Configura

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 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 November CET Designer webinars

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

    Getting Started with CET Designer

    Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. ET
    Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. ET

    What’s New in CET Designer 7.5

    Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. ET
    Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. ET
    Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. ET
    Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. ET
    Nov. 27 at 9 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 awarded ”Growth Company of the Year” at Linköpings Näringslivsgala

    Linköping, Sweden – October 3, 2016 – Configura won first prize in the category “Growth Company of the Year” at Linköpings Näringslivsgala this past Friday.

    “We have a unique idea that allows us to help our customers in a very special way. Our customers are happy and we can spread our ideas worldwide which is both great and challenging. We feel that we have a lot more to give so this is a good start,” said Johan Lyreborn, CEO of Configura.

    Linköpings Näringslivsgala was first organized in 2014 to acknowledge local individuals and companies in Linköping. For this year’s growth company, the jury was looking for a company with a healthy economy and the ability to grow with good profits over time.

    Configura won the award with the motivation:

    This year’s Growth Company shows an impressive and sustained growth with good profitability. With 25 years of innovation, dedication, teamwork and world-class software development, their products have reached out to more than 10,000 users worldwide and thus contributed greatly in putting Linköping on the map.

    Configura was founded in Linköping 1990 and has since then also opened offices in Göteborg, Sweden; Grand Rapids Michigan, USA; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company works with and supplies software for manufacturers in mainly Europe and North America such as Kinnarps, Marbodal, Steelcase and Herman Miller to name a few. Configura has in the past years started to work with companies in Malaysia and China.

    See an interview with Johan Lyreborn about the award here (starts around 1:05): http://www.affarsliv.com/nyheter/tv-se-allt-fran-naringslivsgalan-om4318077.aspx

    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.

     

  • 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.

 

 

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