H. Joseph Gerber introduces the GERBERcutter® System 70. The first production unit of this cutter is on permanent display at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., to mark the historical role the GERBERcutter played in bringing automation technology to the apparel and allied industries.
Gerber Garment Technology is formed. H. Joseph Gerber later invents the world’s first automated cloth cutting machine, a machine that revolutionizes the apparel industry worldwide.
Gerber installed its first GERBERcutter at the John Meyer Company in Norwich, Connecticut
Introduces the GERBERcutter System 91 with patented Knife Intelligence feature. The Knife Intelligence feature senses the deflection of the knife that occurs when cutting difficult materials or high-ply spreads and automatically corrects the knife angle to compensate for this deflection. The result is more accurately cut parts.
Acquires the AM-1 computer-aided design system from Hughes Aircraft Company. This was the basis for a next generation apparel CAD system, the Gerber AM-5.
International expansion continues with office openings in the U.K, France, Hong Kong, Italy and Canada. The acquisition of CAD company Camsco, Inc. further solidifies the company’s position as the leader in computer-aided design.
AccuMark®, the first PC-based pattern making, grading and marker system is launched to the apparel market.
Former President Bill Clinton presents Joseph Gerber with the National Medals of Technology and Science at a ceremony at the White House in Washington DC, USA.
Gerber acquires Microdynamics, Inc. of Texas USA, developers of MicroMark pattern design, marking, and grading systems, and Niebuhr Maskinfabrik A/S of Ikast, Denmark, inventor and manufacturer of the world’s leading automated material spreading equipment. The company revolutionizes pattern design with the introduction of the Silhouette™ pattern drafting table.
Gerber acquires Cutting Edge Systems of Massachusetts, pioneers in the single-ply cutting arena. Building on this technology, Gerber designs the highly successful Taurus™ automated leather cutter.
Company name changes from “Gerber Garment Technology” to “Gerber Technology” to better reflect the diverse markets it serves.
Gerber unveils the Advanced Technology Center in Shanghai, China. The 2,500 m2 (27,000 ft2 ) center is a dynamic hub for product demonstrations, software testing, system training, engineering and R&D activities and is the first of its kind in Asia.
Gerber introduces the Infinity AE Plotter, making it the first foreign CAD/CAM supplier to manufacture products in China for the local market. Receives 2004 Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The award is presented to companies whose exports increase consistently year over year and account for a significant portion of revenue.
Releases AccuNest™ software for automatic generation of markers. AccuNest creates high yield markers automatically with little or no training required, allowing new users to come up to speed quickly and efficiently.
Receives the President’s “E” Award, the nation’s highest award to honor American exporters in a ceremony in Washington D.C., attended by President George W. Bush and Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez.
Acquires Virtek Vision International Inc. based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Virtek supplies solutions for two- and three-dimensional laser templating and composite ply positioning, laser-guided ply kitting and part inspection.
Gerber acquires Yunique Solutions, Inc., a New York-based developer of web browser-based product lifecycle management (PLM) and supplier relationship management solutions.
Gerber launches YuniquePLM™ FS (fast start) edition for companies of all sizes looking to implement a product lifecycle management solution in as little as three weeks.
Gerber Technology launches the GERBERcutter® Z1 – the next generation computer-controlled, automated cutting system powered by Axis™ software, the most powerful and flexible cutting software platform in the industry. It is the ideal solution for single- and low-ply cutting of challenging composite materials, upholstery fabric and technical textiles.
Virtek Vision International launches the Iris™ Spatial Positioning System (SPS), a breakthrough precision assembly system that accelerates manufacturing by eliminating costly templates and jigs and ensures products are manufactured as designed. Iris combines the use of laser projection with 3D vision technology to create a new precision assembly technique called virtual tooling.
Gerber launches the Paragon® cutting system that enables even users without prior experience to get accurately cut parts every time. Paragon leverages Gerber’s decades of experience and the learning from more than 250 million hours of cutting operation to produce high-quality cut parts regardless of material, application or operator.
Gerber’s AccuMark® CAD, spreading and Paragon® cutting systems are integrated to seamlessly share data using barcode technology. This enables users to improve productivity, reduce errors caused by manual data entry and get better visibility to work in process.
Gerber launches AccuMark® 3D fully-integrated 3D solution for garment development and pattern making, enabling dramatic reductions in development and sample making times.
GERBERcutter® Z1 with AutoMatch™, a revolutionary stripe, plaid, and 5-star automated matching solution, is introduced. The solution helps apparel and furniture manufacturers automate manual processes to improve quality, increase productivity, shorten cycle times, reduce labor costs and accelerate time to market.
Virtek announces the next generation platform of vision-driven laser positioning system (VPS), with a new feature called FlashAlign which eliminates manual target alignment. The new VPS series significantly improves productivity in applications such as ply layup, plus opening new opportunities to apply precision laser alignment and positioning technology into new markets and applications by eliminating templates, reducing human errors and safeguarding quality throughout.