Vacuum Control for Gerber Paragon and Z1 Cutters

Vacuum Control for Gerber Paragon and Z1 Cutters

Gerber Paragon cutters have three add-on options for vacuum control, whereas Z1 has two levels of vacuum control.

Gerber Paragon Vaccum Control Features & Benefits:
“Vacuum Regulation” (Vac Reg):

  • Enables an operator to set and save a vacuum level for cutting to a Material Configuration file.
  • Helps to provide an optimal vacuum level for a particular fabric, instead of simply half or full suction.
  • Particularly important to clients that cut various materials, such as “Contract Cutting” facilities or Automotive seating.

“Bite Under Vacuum” (BUV):

  • Keeps the vacuum on while the cutter is advancing/biting to the next cutting window.
  • Beneficial to customers that have highly-compressible materials under vacuum, such as bedding fabrics, automotive foam laminates, and some lingerie materials
  • Greatly improves cut quality and may enable more plies to be cut. Since highly-compressible materials significantly compress under vacuum and then decompress when vacuum is released, the dynamics of this compression/decompression cycle can cause materials to shift and in some cases hit the knife bowl.

“Continuous Cut Workflow”(CCUT):

  • Utilizes both Vac Reg and BUV, ensuring the cutter does not bite during the cut.
  • Greatly increases cutter throughput with CCUT for some customers and doesn;t for others – this determination is based on the marker and geometry of cut parts; there is also a 2.5 inch/Hg (5cm) limit on cutting vacuum.

NOTE: We highly recommend a test and/or trial before this feature is sold to a customer, to avoid potential disappointment from unmet expectations.

Z1 Vaccum Control Features & Benefits:

  • Z1-1.8 cutters can be configured with the optional Productivity Pack, which includes Variable Vacuum Regulation (VVR), Continuous Workflow (CCUT), and a touch screen monitor. VVR regulates vacuum to a constant level throughout cutting. CCUT works as outlined above and can benefit customers producing larger parts.
  • Z1-2.54 and Z1-3.4 come standard with VVR. For these formats, Productivity Pack is not available as an option, but CCUT and the touch screen monitor are available as a-la-carte options.
  • All Z1 configurations allow for control of Cut, Idle, and Bite vacuum levels.

New Gerber platform for “purchase-activated” fashion

New Gerber platform for “purchase-activated” fashion

Apparel software and systems supplier Gerber Technology has launched a new fashion platform that offers a complete package to set-up a “purchase-activated” fashion model.

FashionTech Platform 1.0 has been launched to address the challenge of personalistion due to changing consumer expectations and needs, the company says.

It includes software, equipment and consulting for a digitally integrated e-commerce and on-demand design to print, cut and sew micro-factory operation. The first installation will be implemented in partnership with OnPoint Manufacturing in Florence, Alabama and PAAT, Inc in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Our eco-system, the expertise of our people and recent advances in our technology are enabling us to deliver value to our customers, helping them to achieve the countless benefits of a demand generated micro-factory,” says Karsten Newbury, SVP and GM of Software at Gerber. “To effectively achieve this concept you need a strong knowledge base and products that can digitally integrate the design through production workflow with speed and efficiency.”

Gerber says FashionTech Platform 1.0 eliminates costly inventory and re-defines just-in-time manufacturing, so production adjusts as demands fluctuate – allowing products to be produced more efficiently and sold at full retail price without heavy discounting.

The platform includes an e-commerce virtual try-on application developed by Avametric, and the complete set of Gerber’s Digital Solutions tools including the newest software releases of YuniquePLM, a cloud-based product lifecycle management software, and AccuMark, a pattern design, grading, marker making and production planning software as well as AccuMark 3D.

Data will be transmitted directly to the micro-factory environment where the optimised marker files from AccuMark will drive a digital printer to print and continuously feed finished textiles to a GerberCutter Z1 with CountourVision. A combination of robotic and lean loop sewing operations will be deployed depending upon apparel finishing requirements.



Base Module: gets you up and running with the basics

  • Base module is required for all CutWorks seats and single-ply cutters.
  • Open/save/append files in many different formats.
  • CSV file import of simple pieces.
  • File wizards – process jobs in batches, create rules to convert files from one format to another or move files automatically.
  • Process wizards – automate steps (mouse clicks) to accelerate job preparation.
  • Edit geometry – scale pieces within a nest; remove extra points for better cut quality; combine lines within a piece for faster cutting.
  • Define and edit layers and assign separate cutting and/or annotation tools to each.

ToolPath: optimizes cutting times

  • Manually or automatically string together individual lines to form longer,continuous lines for more accurate,faster cutting.
  • Change the sequence in which parts are cut.
  • Change start points and cut direction.
  • Remove common lines to improve cutting speeds.
  • Preview how a job is programmed to cut before cutting begins.

Nesting: maximize material utilization with CutWorks’nesting tools

  • Drag and drop parts.
  • Rotate and flip parts.
  • Detect overlapped parts.
  • Cut, copy and paste parts to fill a nest.
  • Anchor parts in place to prevent single pieces from being moved.
  • Snap to grid – automatically move parts containing match points to the nearest intersection of the fabric repeat grid lines.
  • Supports piece-to-fabric and piece-to piece matching.
  • Nest parts on the cutter for real time repeat variations or bow/skew adjustments (with optional projector).
  • Multiple automatic nesting engines depending on application.



Increase efficiency

  • Powerful digital cut ticket provides all the spreading and marking information to the Gerber Paragon® cutter.
  • Robust database written in SQL Server.
  • Uses a powerful Marker Library, a statistical database built from sets of previously made markers.
  • Marker Generator: Ability to automatically generate multiple marker bundle combinations.
  • Uses AccuNest™ to draft markers on the fly, obtaining estimated length and efficiency information for pre-approvals.
  • Combine multiple fabric widths and colorways.
  • Improved work order workflow by eliminating the need for external programs such as Excel® sheets.
  • Offers matching and pant drops capabilities, as well as a more intelligent cut plan algorithm for specific product and fabric types (e.g. plaids and stripes and men’s suits).
  • Offers functionality to visualize how spreads are allocated to the cutting tables, allowing users to
    manage spreads in the cutting room more efficiently.
  • Seamless communication with other Gerber products: AccuMark and AccuNest.
  • AccuPlan interface is intuitive and easy to use.
  • Plan based on roll availability.

Improve productivity

  • Import multiple cut work orders from ERP systems, speeding up the process of cut planning containing multiple styles, fabrics and colors, and marker generation.
  • Generate reports from finished cut plans to easily communicate results.
  • Cut Plan Statistics is a quick way to provide up-to-date information about spread and cut plan solutions at a glance.
  • Barcodes have been incorporated to marking and spreading instructions to properly communicate with spreaders and cutters.
  • Powerful Production Tracker Report that records work orders history providing a live status of each statefrom planning to cutting.
  • Export Cutplan Reports back to ERP.

Accumark 3D


Seamless integration

  • Bring a whole new level of imagination and creativity to your design department
  • Seamless integration with AccuMark to increase speed to market from design to production
  • Integration with Avametric, the leader in fabric simulation, for state-of-the-art realism
  • Combine the latest in 3D rendering technology with proven pattern design software
  • Allow designers to generate better and more diverse design ideas

Increase efficiency

  • Add and modify images in the 3D environment, then sync the changes back to your AccuMark data
  • The AccuMark 3D interface is intuitive and easy to use
  • Simulate graded samples to validate fit and design for your entire size range
  • It’s an AccuMark program, so you can quickly integrate it into your workflow
  • Meet tighter deadlines by creating true-to-life virtual samples
  • Leverage virtual sampling to improve the design process
  • Simple drag-and-drop functionality

Improve collaboration

  • Share designs and virtual samples on a global basis
  • Create presentation ready images with the click of a button
  • Promote interaction and teamwork among designers
  • Be much more responsive to your customers’ needs
  • Select alterations to simulate from a dropdown menu in the avatar window



Gerber Acquires MCT Digital Integrating Two Histories of Innovation in Automated Cutting & Finishing

Attend the Press Conference at the SGIA Expo in Las Vegas at Booth #417, 4:15 pm on Oct. 18 to Learn More
TOLLAND, CONN., USA, Oct. 1, 2018 – Gerber Technology announced today that it has acquired MCT Digital, adding modular laser cutting technology to their existing industrial strength finishing solution hardware and software portfolio. The addition of MCT’s high-end large format cutting builds on Gerber’s heritage in the sign & graphics and packaging industries, as well as giving Gerber a key technology platform to serve its industrial markets.

MCT and Gerber are both recognized as pioneers providing integrated software and hardware solutions. Their track records of 30 and 50 years respectively have delivered innovative technologies that has transformed the way their customers work. Gerber invented automated cutting in 1968 and the company continues to create the world’s most integrated design and production ecosystem of hardware and software in the apparel, home and leisure, and transportation markets.

Gerber also revolutionized the way vinyl was designed and cut in the sign and graphics space with the introduction of OMEGA™ software and GERBER EDGE® thermal transfer printer. Likewise, Steen Mikkelsen, CEO of MCT Digital, was directly responsible for the introduction of today’s print-to-cut workflow in the sign & graphics and packaging industries with his development of the i-cut® software. In 2016, MCT launched their current cutting system including proprietary laser cutting technology, winning product of the year at that year’s SGIA.

“The product leadership, engineering and technical knowledge of these two companies creates countless opportunities to help our customers improve their productivity, streamline their workflows and improve overall efficiency,” said Scott

Schinlever, president and chief operating officer, Automation Solutions for Gerber Technology. Gerber’s financial strength, global service and support network and long-standing customer relationships, coupled with MCT’s portfolio of print-to cut software and finishing technology, has the company well positioned to empower their customers in the many markets it serves, and to also position them to fully exploit high-speed digital printing which continues to change many industries.

“We are very excited about combining our technology platform with Gerber’s global scale to drive growth,” said Nik Mikkelson, founder and CTO, MCT Digital. “The passion, focus and culture of our two companies are very well aligned and will maintain the same standard of excellence our customers expect, and our employees’ deliver.”

About MCT Digital, Inc
MCT is an integrated solutions provider of hardware and software finishing solutions for the sign and graphics and packaging markets. Located in New Berlin, Wisconsin, MCT and its leadership team have been innovating in the sign and graphics and packaging segments for over 30 years. In 1999, through his company Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering (MGE), Steen Mikkelsen launched i-cut vision for digital die cutting and in 2002, launched a version for print-to-cut workflows. In 2007, MGE was sold to Danaher’s Esko division. In 2011, Steen’s son Nik founded MCT and launched the CutGuru website for parts and consumables for finishing products. In 2016, they launched their first cutting system and launched their current high performance cutting system along with their Tiger Vision print-to-cut software,creating a seamless customer experience.

MCT sells directly in the U.S. and Canada, and through distribution in Latin America, Australia, India, New Zealand, Italy and candinavia. MCT also owns and operates – supporting 1,200+ customers worldwide with application know-how and cutting blades, router bits and cutting mats/conveyors.

About Gerber Technology
Gerber Technology delivers industry-leading software and automation solutions that help apparel and 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 78,000 customers in 134 countries, including more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in apparel and accessories, home and leisure, transportation, packaging and sign and graphics. 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.

Gerber Acquires Avametric press release


Gerber Technology Acquires Avametric, Deepens Investment to Provide
End-to-End 3D Solution For Fashion Industry

TOLLAND, CONN., USA, Oct. 4, 2018 – Gerber Technology announced today that it has acquired San Francisco based Avametric.  Avametric develops the world’s leading cloth simulation technology and enables fashion brands to deliver highly accurate 3D renderings of their products on customizable avatars for e-commerce and augmented reality (AR) applications.

This move will position Gerber as the leader in 3D for the fashion and apparel industry. The acquisition follows 12 months of collaboration between the companies after Gerber announced in November 2017 they would be integrating Avametric’s fabric simulation engine into their AccuMark® 3D platform.

“Avametric’s strengths and capabilities are the perfect complement to our fully integrated software portfolio. They have the industry’s best talent pool of scientists, designers and developers for 3D,” said Karsten Newbury, SVP and GM of Software at Gerber Technology. “Our team and many of our customers had already recognized Avametric has the best fabric simulation engine in the industry and now we are able to connect consumer-facing virtual try-on software with our AccuMark and YuniquePLM platforms to deliver an end-to-end workflow. This allows our customers to provide their consumers personalized products “on demand”. The deal will also help us to continue to accelerate our 3D developments for our large user base globally –  helping them to significantly increase speed and productivity of the creative and development process.”

Interest in 3D is growing with over 60 percent of global fashion and apparel companies planning to adopt 3D technology within the next three years according to a recent survey Gerber conducted with their global customer base. The interest is driven by a need for speed, efficiency and a personalized consumer experience. Technology has become a key competitive differentiator with rapidly  fashion trends and consumer expectations.

“Consumers are looking to buy online, but they are still going into brick and mortar stores because they lack confidence in the fit they see virtually,” said Ari Bloom CEO, Avametric. “We believe a transformation is under way as consumers are adopting a virtual try-on experience that accurately portrays the fit they are looking for and our partnership with Gerber is helping us to bridge this confidence gap. Combined with the AccuMark suite and other Gerber products, we can now offer customers a personalized, on-demand shopping experience that significantly compresses the time to market. We are really excited about this opportunity to join an industry leader and make transformative changes.”

The Avametric announcement was made to industry leaders at Gerber’s 20th annual ideation tech conference. Transformation was the core topic as Gerber highlighted key trends in the fashion supply chain like the need to enable speed and personalization, driven by the digitalization of the fashion supply chain.
Gerber also made other key announcements including:

  • The launch of a cloud-based subscription program in North America for AccuMark, the industry leading pattern design, grading, marker making and production software.
  • The launch of YuniquePLM V8 cloud software, which includes a completely new and highly intuitive user interface.
  • The launch of additional subscription options early in 2019 allowing users to bundle together Gerber’s software products as subscriptions (SaaS), making their solutions accessible and affordable for everyone, from start-up to full scale global fashion and apparel brands.
  • A partnership with ExactFlat for non-apparel applications, integrating AccuMark allowing a user to open any 3D model and convert 3D to 2D patterns which can be passed into and modified in AccuMark.

About Avametric

Avametric is a San Francisco based software development company recognized as an industry thought leader in the fashion-fit technology space. In addition to developing the first consumer facing Augmented Reality fit technology mobile app, Avametric designs tools and services that bridge the online and offline customer experience with the intention of making it easier for every customer to find the perfect fit.

About Gerber Technology
Gerber Technology delivers industry-leading software and automation solutions that help apparel and 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 78,000 customers in 134 countries, including more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in apparel and accessories, home and leisure, transportation, packaging and sign and graphics. 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.