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Providing computer-aided design and automation solutions
Providing computer-aided design and automation solutions


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#ideationGT Fashion Students Share Their Future-Focused Design Process Through Social Media

The ideation 2017 FashionTech Competition is underway, and students have allowed the outside world to join their design journey and better understand their process by using #ideationGT on Twitter and Instagram. Finalists will present their designs during a fashion show in November at ideation, the premier software conference dedicated to fashion and retail professionals who rely on CAD and PLM solutions from Gerber Technology to get products to market faster, minimize costs and ensure quality.

There are currently 40 students participating in the competition, all pursuing a degree in Fashion. They have been challenged to incorporate technology as the main focus of the design and development process. This can encompass a wide array of ideas and processes, and anything that the student envisions is encouraged, as long as the design is wearable. Gerber is providing minimal guidelines in hopes that students will push the limits.

“We are looking for genuine submissions that come straight from the heart,” said Elizabeth King, VP, Digital Solutions Community and Ecosystem at Gerber Technology. “We did not want to squelch the student’s creativity with too many rules. The sky is the limit.”

In previous years, the ideation FashionTech competition asked students to use the past as inspiration, and to incorporate this into their final vision. This year, Gerber urges participants to look into the future, using technology at the forefront of everything. For example, tailoring a suit using Kevlar, converting the human heartbeat into wearable data, transforming architecture into art-wear, or using virtual reality design techniques to visualize concepts in 3D. The ideas are endless.

At this point, students have finished illustrations of their concepts, and turned in first drafts of their AccuMark® data. Most are working on the garments themselves now and should be well on their way for their next milestone, developing tech packs in YuniquePLM®.

After submissions are judged by industry professionals, Gerber Technology will announce the finalists for the competition in August. Student finalists will see their garments walk the runway, and will experience the fashion industry from an entirely new perspective. Meanwhile check out their progress by searching #ideationgt on Instagram and Twitter.

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Gerber Makes it Easy for Designers to Integrate Adobe® Illustrator® CC17 into YuniquePLM®

YuniquePLM’s Design Suite Plugin Now Available in the Adobe Store

TOLLAND, CONN., USA, May 10, 2017 – The ability for designers to transfer data easily between applications, while creating and managing their businesses, helps them spend more time designing and less time pushing data from system to system. With the integration of the YuniquePLM Design Suite Plugin, they are able to do this seamlessly.

The Design Suite Plugin is now even easier to install and allows updates and new features to be delivered directly through the Adobe store to their users. YuniquePLM, the industry-leading fashion product lifecycle management software, is the only large-scale global fashion PLM system that allows their customers effortless installation and automatic updates through Adobe’s Add-Ons Marketplace and keeps designers doing what they love the most – designing new garments.

“We strive to help our customers work more efficiently and the addition of the Design Suite Plugin is another step in that strategy,” said Clayton Parker, PLM product manager at Gerber Technology. “By putting the power of PLM in the designers hands, we streamline the process of delivering new products to market.”

Key features of the Design Suite Plugin include:
- Color Plugin – designers can create new and access existing color palettes, including PANTONE® libraries, from YuniquePLM’s color folder.
- Image Plugin – users can access all Adobe Illustrator digital artwork, sketches, graphics, inspirational boards, detail sheets and CADs in YuniquePLM.
- Style Plugin – designers can create new styles from sketches in Adobe Illustrator and all updates can be seen instantly in YuniquePLM.

The YuniquePLM product lifecycle management software serves as a central repository of critical data, and eliminates problems companies often face when using multiple excel spreadsheets or tracking documents to communicate throughout the stages of product development and management. YuniquePLM creates a single version of the truth, connecting a company’s creative process with their supply chain and production processes.

Visit the Adobe store to download the Design Suite Plugin for your YuniquePLM software,
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Press Reception Texprocess 2017

Panel discussion on topic:
Digitalization for fashion – hype or reality?
Why it’s time to embrace your digital reality!

The Panelists:
Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 17 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also gained first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, as well as attending and speaking at conferences and writing about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.

With an editorial mission to help apparel sourcing professionals make better decisions, just-style provides a mix of independent, authoritative and forward-thinking information, and is widely recognized as the essential online business tool for clothing professionals worldwide. Every month, over 78,000 executives visit the site to keep abreast of the latest industry developments.

Michel Byvoet is the founder and CEO of DOUËLOU NV, located in Diepenbeek/Belgium. Originally going back to the year 1900 it was Michel who established the Bivolino brand for premium shirts and – along with that established a successful concept for customized shirts for consumers to configure their personal preferred, MTM-shirt in 3D via e-commerce platform – an initiative he kicked off about three decades ago. By today the company’s business model for customized apparel is integrated into a 4.0 supply chain technology.

It was Michel’s strong affinity to technology and readiness to invest having made the transformation into new age for the family business, rich of tradition, a complete success. The early adopter continuously not only observes latest trends and developments in technology but also participates on R & D projects of various kind. The “Digital Transformation Value Chain Expert” holds an MBA from Chicago University, studied Applied Economics (MBA) at University Leuven and Economic Sciences at Ufsia, Antwerp.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Michael Ernst

Michael Ernst is the head of the VirLab- Virtual Laboratory- and holds the chair for textile product development at Niederrhein University, Mönchengladbach/Germany, with a strong focus on CAD technology used in this field.

He has started his textile career with an apprenticeship as tailor, studied clothing technology and mechanical engineering at university of Stuttgart, worked at ITV Denkendorf and for different clothing companies before having been appointed as a full professor in 2006.
Together with his research group, Michael is investigating and developing virtual worlds for clothing industry using various body scanning.

Peter Santora is Vice President of Softwear Automation, Atlanta/GA, USA, a company that has developed robots that sew without any direct human labor. Peter brings 10 years of experience in growing high tech teams and commercializing IP. He was an Entrepreneur in Residence and research faculty member at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech, a Forbes top 10 technology incubator where he mentored startup CEO's including Softwear Automation. His initial focus has been on engineering a touchless process for footwear uppers and T-Shirt manufacturing. He is a former professional soccer player and serial entrepreneur.

Karsten Newbury joined Gerber Technology in October 2014 as Vice President and General Manager, Software Solutions. In that role, Karsten leads Gerber’s CAD, PDM, and PLM activities.

Responsibility for software development on a global basis and go-to-market strategies mark Karsten’s career: Before joining Gerber he was the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Siemens PLM Software’s Mainstream Engineering business and Integration. He has a strong history of successful organizational management with a demonstrated ability to build winning teams and to deliver leading business performance. Following internships at SAP, Banque Nationale Agricole, Siemens Management Consulting and Mercedes Benz, he began his career at Siemens as Marketing Manager for Siemens Low-Voltage Controls business, followed by multiple leadership positions in Germany and the US. Karsten holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany with a dual major in computer integrated manufacturing and business administration.
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Gerber Appoints New CEO, Mohit Uberoi; Mike Elia Joins Board and Retires from Company

Gerber Technology, the world leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, today announced, as part of a succession plan, the appointment of a new CEO, Mohit Uberoi, to succeed retiring Mike Elia effective Friday, May 5. Elia will join Gerber Technology’s Board of Directors continuing to provide leadership and on going counsel.

“Working with the Gerber team has been a tremendous honor. I am proud of what our global team has accomplished and I look forward to serving Gerber and Mohit as a Board member,” stated Mike Elia.

“We thank Mike for his vision and the success he has brought to Gerber,” said Eric Baroyan, AIP Partner. “Mohit will be a great addition to the Gerber management team and will carry out the strategic vision set in place when AIP acquired Gerber.”

“I am inspired to join a company that has a long standing history of innovation dating back to its founder, Joseph Gerber. Joining an industry leading company, that is financially strong with innovative product roadmaps driven by customer insight, is truly a blessing,” said Mohit Uberoi. “My vision for Gerber is to continue to help customers Embrace Their Digital Reality with products that accelerate speed to market.”

Prior to joining Gerber, Mohit has served as President and CEO of Goss International and B&W MEGTEC. He has a proven track record of guiding companies to achieve their strategic initiatives, driving technology solutions, building great management teams, and creating value for all stakeholders. Mohit has also worked in research and new business development for W.R. Grace & Co., a diversified industrial conglomerate. Mohit earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology before moving to the U.S. to pursue his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona.

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Sun City Chooses YuniquePLM® In The Cloud – Displaces Legacy PLM System

Gerber Technology, the world leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, today announced that Sun City, Fashion for Humanity chose YuniquePLM In The Cloud to increase flexibility and productivity. Sun City is the fashion under license source for Europe. They pride themselves on being flexible, efficient and fast – delivering on trend fashion for their customers.

Sun City sought a platform to manage its large, diverse licensed collections to give them visibility of a garment’s status in the supply chain at any given time during its transformation through connected systems – from concept to the consumer.

“The implementation of YuniquePLM In The Cloud will save us on infrastructure and implementation costs,” said Sally Barget, operations and purchase director at Sun City. “Our team will be able to increase productivity by having all the data of a collection at their fingertips and, with this new system, we will always have the latest functionality since upgrades are simple.”

Sun City is starting the implementation of YuniquePLM In The Cloud with the iconic New Man Division. This division was previously utilizing a different solution. They are also implementing the YuSnap mobile app to help with images during fitting sessions, helping to further collaboration and data integration with their teams. “We made the change because of a more intuitive and flexible interface with additional functionality,” continued Barget.

Sun City is a partner to the largest European brands in all sectors of the market including: multi-brand stores, e-commerce, specialists, department stores and mail order. They serve major European brands like Tesco, Carrefour, Primark, Disney and, with their licensed collections.

“Adding Sun City to the YuniquePLM In The Cloud family is a great addition to the portfolio of fashion and apparel brands recognizing the benefits of employing cloud technologies in their businesses,” stated Bill Brewster, vice president and general manager, enterprise software solutions for Gerber Technology. “This solution is helping companies around the world reduce their infrastructure costs while increasing productivity and flexibility across their organization.”

Companies are under significant competitive pressures to design, develop and produce their products faster and more efficiently while ensuring they get the right products to market at the right time and at the right price. YuniquePLM’s cloud-based subscription is flexible, scalable and eliminates costly information technology infrastructure. It is the culmination of extensive customer feedback and is perfect for any sized fashion company looking for an industry-leading PLM solution.

YuniquePLM In The Cloud represents the first opportunity to get world-class PLM from the industry leader at a very affordable subscription rate, with minimal implementation effort and a wealth of self-learning tools on Gerber University.

YuniquePLM is the first and most widely used PLM system for the apparel industry available in the cloud and as a SaaS. It’s intuitive and easy to use, and it integrates seamlessly with Gerber’s AccuMark® CAD software and the Adobe® suite to help companies go from design to market with speed, quality and efficiency.

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Gerber Aligns Management, Continues Pursuit to Make it Easy For Companies to Embrace Their Digital Reality

Steve Gore Promoted to Senior Vice President of Automation Solutions

With the digital revolution in fashion comes a change to how companies execute their workflow to go from concept to consumer quicker in an effort to stay on trend. The market demands and ever changing consumer tastes are requiring companies to accelerate their adoption of automation and digitization to remain competitive.

With the continued focus on IoT and Industry 4.0, Gerber Technology is pushing design, development and production integration points to the next level. To strengthen these connections, Gerber has appointed Steve Gore as senior vice president of automation solutions, aligning innovation around product development and aftermarket service and support. The realignment further supports Gerber’s effort toward innovating workflow and supply chain processes for the flexible material industries they serve to assist customers to Embrace Their Digital Reality.

“With consistent change in the industry around integration and digitization, promoting Steve Gore, and expanding his responsibility to include our aftermarkets and service, is an integral move. Steve has been an essential part of implementing our integrated Digital Solutions,” stated Mike Elia, CEO at Gerber. “Steve’s passion and commitment to our customers will ensure we continue to provide Gerber’s industry-leading automation products and unparalleled levels of customer support.”

Steve’s team launched Gerber’s entry into IoT back in 2008 with the implementation of GERBERconnect™. While Gerber is continuing to build on its capability, the platform captures countless points of data enabling Gerber’s customers to create dashboard reports to assess manufacturing efficiency. It also allows Gerber technicians to remotely monitor and diagnose a machine’s health in real time to ensure maximum uptime and machine efficiency.

“The customers we support are facing increasing pressures to get their products to market faster and to leverage technology to achieve greater quality and efficiency,” said Steve Gore. “Gerber’s end-to-end solutions and the depth of industry knowledge on my team has me truly energized to strengthen our position as we help our customers embrace industry 4.0 and other key trends that support the digitization of their workflows.”

Gore has served in several senior leadership roles at Gerber including vice president and general manager of Gerber’s Industrial business, vice president of sales for North America and president of the former Gerber Innovations business unit. He joined the company in May 2007 through the acquisition of Boston-based Data Technology, Inc where he was a partner.
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Gerber Technology’s ideation Roadshow has just wrapped up in New York City and in San Francisco.

This is a traveling technology showcase where attendees discovered how they can embody a fashion-forward persona, and how to compete in the digital world. Three trends that were widely discussed at both Roadshows were mass customization, personalization and 3D technology and how these are integrated.

Attendees acknowledged that the industry has been slow to change its workflows and adopt 3D technology, however early users have seen remarkable improvement in accuracy and speed to market. In fact, based on an MIT study, companies that have digitally transformed are 26% more profitable than their average industry competitors. For example, from a user perspective, there is immense value in showing a pattern virtually stitched on a form first. This allows you to differentiate between actual pattern problems, and problems that may, in fact, be sewing problems. 3D technology can also help the development cycle by giving the option for enhanced collaboration between the designer and the customer. For fashion companies, that directly translates to higher productivity and savings to the bottom line.

Gerber’s AccuMark® 3D brings a whole new level of efficiency to design departments by combining the latest in 3D rendering technology with powerful, proven pattern production software. The ability to share designs virtually can connect multiple teams, technologies and geographies in seconds.

3D simulation helps get the customer exactly what they want in a sustainable manner. There are many extra steps that normally would take place within the production cycle that can now be cut out. Instead of sending a garment back and forth multiple times between designer and customer in order to achieve the right size and fit, 3D simulation allows the clothing to be fitted to an exact mold of their body. Full customization, made possible through 3D technology, sustainably.

For more updates on how to digitize your processes and on how to compete in the digital world, please read about Gerber’s digital solutions.
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#ideationGT Roadshows offered a look into the future of fashion technology.
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