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Gerber Technology Introduces Two Software Solutions For PLM Suite

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, introduced two new software offerings - webFolio and webView - for their suite of Fashion Lifecycle Management (FLM) solutions during the Tenth Annual Gerber Software Users Conference last week.

"This year's Users Conference was a big success with record attendance and a lot of excitement about the launch of two new components to our PLM suite, webFolio and webView", said Bill Brewster, Gerber Technology's Vice President, Global Marketing and Product Management.  "These solutions, in combination with webPDM, provide a true end-to-end solution for the process of bringing fashion products to market."

webFolio
webFolio is Gerber's new Line Planning product that kicks off the entire product lifecycle.  webFolio provides visual collaboration tools and an intuitive user interface that allows an organization to digitally create collections. Multiple people can create, collaborate and communicate plans on an entire collection, select groupings or individual styles.

webFolio consists of Storyboards, Design Plans and Styles that represent the Collection Plan.  Storyboards visually communicate the theme, spirit and individual characteristics of collections. Designers can easily import and arrange multiple images that express their vision. Design Plans represent flexible product groupings that are identified by user-defined attributes such as fabrics, seasons or themes.

Once styles are adopted, webFolio integrates seamlessly with webPDM to automatically pre-populate style folders. Users can launch webPDM directly from webFolio.

"webFolio allows designers and developers to digitally create collections and communicate these in a variety of formats", said Elizabeth King, Gerber Technology's Director of Software Applications. "The flexibility and collaborative nature of the storyboards allow ideas and inspirations to be thrown together in a sandbox, massaged, refined and then finalized.  It truly brings to life both the front end and the back end of the creative process."

webView

webView is a workflow solution consisting of a set of tools to manage events against detailed and/or milestone calendars. It provides insight into product design and development processes to track the progress of all user-defined entities including tasks as well as requests for quotes, samples and other items. For example, users can track the progress of sample requests, approvals, rejections and new submissions.   webView can also monitor vendor turn time and success rates.

webView defines major tasks and dates along with responsible parties.  It displays actual versus planned milestone dates and sends email alerts to keep development on track and on time. webView can also simulate possible date revisions based on what-if scenarios.

Each user is presented a personalized to-do list and receives an aggregate view of their tasks generated from all calendars within the system.  The view of this to-do list can be filtered dynamically by multiple attributes.

A set of standard reports and dashboards are provided by webView, as well as an optional tool or service for customized reports and dashboards.  Dashboards graphically present the progress of all collection and seasonal activity.

"webView provides a straightforward workflow solution that replaces a company's reliance on many different Excel worksheets to track and monitor all of the important and iterative components of a product's lifecycle," said Elizabeth King, Gerber Technology's Director of Software Applications. "webView extends the flexibility of Fashion Lifecycle Management's modular structure. In addition to webView, the existing FLM workflow offers more enterprise-wide supply chain management functionality."

Both of these new offerings are now available for installation at qualifying customer sites.

For more information, please visit us at: http://www.gerbertechnology.com/plmsoftwaresuite.htm

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.Established in 1968, Gerber Technology is one of four businesses of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (http://www.gerberscientific.com/) of South Windsor, Connecticut, U.S.A., a corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the "GRB" symbol.

October 28, 2008

Press Release Courtesy of Gerber Technology




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