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Gerber Technology Releases WebPDM™ Version 5.3


Cornerstone component of Gerber’s Product Lifecycle Management solution includes several enhancements to improve efficiency, accuracy and usability.

(TOLLAND, CONN. USA, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008) Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (NYSE: GRB), and the world leader in automated CAD/CAM and PLM solutions for the apparel and flexible materials industry, announces the release of WebPDM™ Version 5.3.

Updates to the industry’s benchmark software for product data management includes several usability enhancements to provide easier, faster and more powerful searching, navigation, data entry and reporting. These new enhancements will be highlighted at Gerber Technology’s Software Users Conference in October. A key component of WebPDM’s update is its richer integration with AccuMark®, Gerber’s flagship CAD software for pattern design, grading and marker making.

“Tight integration between CAD and PDM/PLM software is such an important factor in facilitating Product Lifecycle Management,” said Bill Brewster, Gerber Technology’s vice president of global marketing and product management.  “As we focus on continuous improvements to enable our customers to maintain their competitive edge, WebPDM’s interface with AccuMark and our entire PLM suite is something we’re really proud of.  That, combined with other enhancements, makes this new release a valuable tool where common information (“one version of the truth”) across supply chain partners is a must to remain competitive,” he added.

This latest release also features several enhancements for improved efficiency and ease-of-use.  These include drag-and-drop to reorder, additional report formatting capabilities and image plug-ins to automatically launch Adobe Illustrator.  “We’ve received really great feedback from WebPDM V5.3’s lead users regarding the new capabilities,” said Elizabeth King, Gerber Technology’s director of software applications.  “Users continue to comment on the valuable, time-saving ability to search the BOM data table from any level in the hierarchy,” she added.In addition to these updates, WebPDM V5.3 will be discussed in eleven different sessions throughout Gerber’s upcoming Software Users Conference, acting as a platform to illustrate the overall usability and capabilities of the software. Session topics include multiple case studies as well as informative “How To” and “What’s New” classes.

Gerber Software Users Conference

To learn more about the upcoming conference and session topics, visit: http://www.gerbertechnology.com/users_conference_2008.htm

For more information about specific upgrades to features and functionalities of WebPDM Version 5.3, visit: http://www.gerbertechnology.com/default.asp?contentID=55

Customers with Software Subscription Contracts can download Version 5.3 by going to: http://www.gerberscientific.net/GT/eService/default.aspx

The download is free of charge and available on GERBERnet™, the company’s customer service portal for software updates, replacement parts ordering and comprehensive technical documentation. Software Subscription Contracts also offer users access to call centers around the world for further technical assistance.Gerber’s PDM software is now in use in more than 1,270 companies, in 68 countries, and is available in 12 languages. With more than 16,000 seats installed, the software supports more than 27,800 individual users as a result of concurrent licensing agreements. Gerber Technology’s PDM platform holds in excess of 60 percent market share worldwide in the retail and apparel industries. 

About Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology (www.gerbertechnology.com), a business unit of $640 million corporation Gerber Scientific, Inc., develops and manufactures the world’s leading brands of integrated software and hardware automation systems for the sewn products and flexible materials industries. These systems automate and significantly improve the efficiency of information management, product design and development, pre-production and production processes. The company offers specialized solutions to a variety of end-user markets including apparel, aerospace, transportation interiors, furniture, composites and industrial fabrics. Gerber Technology’s world headquarters are located in Tolland, Connecticut, U.S.A. with regional offices, agents and distributors in more than 126 countries serving a total of over 20,500 customers through 16 Customer Solutions Centers on six continents. The company engineers and manufactures its products in various locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.  This year marks the company’s 40th anniversary.

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