GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Configura Inc. recently announced that Steelcase Inc. has launched Steelcase SmartTools, Steelcase's Extension powered by CET Designer, Configura's software for designing and specifying office furniture and interiors.
"Steelcase and Configura have collaborated over the past year to produce Steelcase SmartTools. This Extension is specific to Steelcase product lines, and we're pleased to announce it's now available to Steelcase dealers," says Peter Brandinger, vice president, Configura. "It's designed to make their work easier and faster as well as more creative and accurate."
Steven Eriksson of Steelcase notes: "The design process for the contract furniture industry has always required designers to work at a detailed parts level and is very complex, sometimes taking years to learn the rules and application criteria for systems furniture. Steelcase SmartTools powered by Configura's CET Designer reduces the learning curve to understand and design with our extensive systems products, designing at the object rather than at the parts level."
More efficient and intuitive than traditional programs, the design modifications are easier and faster to implement. "We will be able to offer more design and product applications solutions, coupled with the ability to cost effectively and quickly render those solutions. Designers using Steelcase SmartTools can provide customers with faster overall responses, accurate specifications, a broader variety of design possibilities and budgetary pricing," adds Eriksson.
Configura released Version 2.0 of its NeoCon award-winning CET Designer software earlier this month. The software is also used by Haworth and Teknion dealers. A partnership with ProjectMatrix provides CET Designer users access to more than 80 percent of the products in the commercial furniture industry.
Steelcase dealers can visit a dedicated Web site, where download instructions, a training schedule, a narrated software demo, FAQs, and other helpful information is located. Dealers with questions are encouraged to use the ‘contact us' link on the Web site or they can send e-mails directly to CETadmin@steelcase.com or call the Configura CET Designer toll-free help number: (877) 238-0808.
For more information about CET Designer in general, visit www.cet-extensions.net. Configura will demo CET Designer at NeoCon in Chicago this June at Booth #7-7046. Also, a CET Designer Users' Conference is slated for Oct. 1 and 2 in Las Vegas.
Configura Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Configura Sverige AB, is a market leader in Parametric Graphical Configuration technology. The company's software products are used by thousands of people in leading companies around the world. Configura's mission is to set the industry standard in software tools for automating, simplifying and speeding the sales and order processes. Well known brands in the European office furniture industry, such as Kinnarps and Martela, already use Configura software, as well as North American companies Haworth, Steelcase, Teknion, ProjectMatrix, Spacesaver, Borroughs and TAB. Go to www.configura.com to learn more.