The long and successful partnership between Gerber Technology and the Design, Housing and Merchandising Department just moved up a notch on the impressive scale with Gerber’s gift of the most up to date computer aided design and hardware for apparel design and merchandising students. The world leader in integrated software and automated solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, announced they are proud to be partnering with Oklahoma State University to educate future fashion tech leaders as they prepare for careers in the industry.
The technologies and equipment are housed in DHM’s new Gerber Technology FashionTech Design and Development Center on the fourth floor of the College of Human Sciences’ new North Wing.
“Gerber is excited to be part of such a fantastic cause,” said Elizabeth King, vice president, digital solutions community and ecosystem at Gerber Technology. “Over many decades, OSU’s graduates have been able to fill critical openings in the global fashion industry due to the comprehensive education they receive through the university. In conjunction with the opening of the College of Human Sciences North Wing, a new era of partnership will allow students to utilize Gerber’s latest integrated solutions to give them a competitive career advantage and hone their innovative abilities to bring fashion products to market.”
The following Gerber Technology products will be available for design, housing and merchandising students at OSU: YuniquePLM® product lifecycle management solution (PLM), including YuSnap™ and Design Suite; AccuMark® computer aided design (CAD), including 2D & 3D; GERBERcutter® Z1 with ContourVision™ to “read” and automatically cut digitally printed as well as traditional textiles; GERBERspreader™ as well as plotters and peripherals including GERBERplotters™, Silhouettes™ and traditional digitizers along with the latest AccuScan™, used for rapid digitization of patterns via simple point and click photography. Gerber experts will provide training and support to ensure both faculty and students rapidly adopt the new technology afforded by both the software and equipment. All of these products are part of Gerber’s Digital Solutions offering.
“OSU’s Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising will train tomorrow’s innovators in the Gerber Technology FashionTech Design and Development Center,” said Dr. Jane Swinney, department head. “In addition to students, we will welcome existing apparel, footwear, accessories and interior design companies to visit the facilities and observe the cutting edge digital solutions in action.”
Since Gerber’s Digital Solutions architecture uses common file structures, Gerber’s PLM and CAD data can easily be passed to the cut room, where smart machines, like the Gerber spreaders and cutters, can process the order with a simple barcode scan. Closed looped, end-to-end digital solutions, like Gerber’s that integrate software and smart machines, allow companies to automate their entire process and streamline data and workflows necessary to provide insight, maximize throughput, minimize errors and reduce labor costs to be competitive in mass production or customization environments. And students, like those at Oklahoma State University, given the opportunity and exposure to utilize breakthrough technology today will be tomorrow’s FashionTech innovators.
Gerber Technology delivers industry-leading software and automation solutions that help sign and specialty graphics, apparel, industrial customers improve their manufacturing, and design processes and more effectively manage and connect the supply chain, from product development and production to retail and the end customer. Gerber serves more than 78,000 customers in 130 countries, including more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in sign & graphics, apparel & accessories, home and leisure, transportation, and packaging. The company develops and manufactures its products from various locations in the United States and Canada and has additional manufacturing capabilities in China.
Based in Connecticut in the USA, Gerber Technology is owned by AIP, a New York based, global private equity firm specializing in the technology sector and has more than $3.0 billion assets under management. Visit www.gerbertechnology.com for more information.