Tolland, Conn. (March 23, 2010) – Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific, Inc.
(NYSE: GRB) and a world leader in automated CAD/CAM and PLM solutions for the apparel and flexible
materials industry, is helping the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to both expand and upgrade
the college’s software tools to ensure its students are best prepared for careers in fashion. The
expanded relationship with FIT is part of Gerber Technology’s ongoing educational alliance program
that reflects its commitment to help expose students to the latest technology by providing software
and hardware solutions that meet the rapidly changing needs of the apparel industry.
With Gerber Technology’s underwriting assistance, FIT is increasing the number of AccuMark
seats by 67% and upgrading to version 8.4. With nearly 50,000 installations worldwide, AccuMark has
long been the industry’s leading software for pattern design, grading, and marker generation.
Launched in February 2010, AccuMark 8.4 provides users with enhanced capabilities to work more
efficiently and with great accuracy across geographic borders and language barriers.
“As a leader in the industry, we at Gerber Technology have a responsibility to help ensure
that today’s students are well-prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders in an industry as demanding as
the world of fashion,” said Bill Brewster, VP of Gerber Technology and head of Gerber’s Software
Systems Group. “We’re proud of our long-standing relationship with FIT and the role that Gerber
Technology’s hardware and software products provide in preparing its students for successful
careers,” he added.
In addition to instructing its students on AccuMark, FIT leverages many other Gerber
Technology solutions, including the GTxL GERBERcutter®, the XLs125 GERBERspreader™, the Silhouette™
Drafting Table, the Infinity™ Plotter and webPDM™.
“Here at FIT, we teach and inspire emerging leaders through a curriculum that reflects what’s
happening every day in corporate offices, showrooms and studios around the world,” said Robin
Sackin, Acting Dean of FIT’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology. “Our strong
relationship with industry leaders like Gerber Technology enable us to provide state-of-the art
hands-on training, and we are grateful for the decades of support and generosity from the Gerber
team,” she added.
Gerber Technology’s Educational Alliance Program works with more than 1,000 educational
institutions across 82 countries worldwide to help them provide hands-on experience to integrate
Gerber’s latest software and hardware technology into their curriculum.
About the Fashion Institute of Technology
FIT, a leader in career-oriented education, is a selective college of art and design,
business and technology of the State University of New York (SUNY), with 44 majors leading to the
AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees. The college serves more than 10,000 students annually and offers
courses in a wide range of fields, among them fashion design, toy design, packaging design,
interior design, fine arts, advertising and marketing communications, home products development,
fashion merchandising management, and international trade and marketing. Visit
About Gerber Technology
Gerber Technology, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, 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,
composites, industrial fabrics, transportation interiors and home textiles. 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 over 22,000 customers through 16 Customer Solutions
Centers on six continents. The company engineers and manufactures its products in various locations
throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information about Gerber Technology,
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Through innovation and commitment to our customers, Gerber’s products have become industry
standards as well as benchmarks by which all others are measured. By continuing to explore emerging
technologies and to build strategic relationships, Gerber intends to continue the pace of setting
new standards for innovation and productivity.
Established in 1968, Gerber Technology is one of four businesses of Gerber Scientific, Inc.
of South Windsor, Connecticut, U.S.A., a corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange under
the “GRB” symbol. For more information, visit
Press Release Courtesy of Gerber Technology
Posted on March 23, 2010