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Gerber Scientific Inc., located in Tolland, Connecticut, is the parent of companies that supply software and hardware systems for apparel and technical textiles, sign making and specialty graphics, composites and packaging applications. Headquartered in Tolland, Connecticut, USA, the company operates through four businesses: Gerber Technology, Gerber Scientific Products, Virtek Vision International and Yunique Solutions.Gerber Scientific is owned by Vector Capital, a San Francisco-based, global private equity firm specializing in the technology sector that manages more than $2 billion of equity capital. On August 18, 2011, Gerber Scientific’s stockholders approved the take-private transaction of Gerber Scientific, Inc. by Vector Capital in a transaction valued at approximately $283 million. CITIC Capital Partners, a leading China based private equity firm, has a minority stake in Gerber Scientific alongside Vector.The business began as the Gerber Scientific Instrument Co., founded in 1948 by Austria native Joseph Gerber to support his invention of a variable scale, the first of 675 patents he'd eventually hold. In 1994, President Bill Clinton presented Joseph Gerber with the National Medals of Technology and Science at a ceremony at the White House in Washington DC, USA.In 2004, Gerber Technology received the 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.In 2007, Gerber Technology received 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.Gerber Scientific, Inc. is divided into four businesses:• Gerber Technology is the largest business of GSI . It has been providing hardware and software systems to automate and manage the product design and manufacturing process with CAD software for pattern design, automated material spreading systems and computer-controlled cutting systems. The company serves 25,000 customers, including more than 100 Fortune 500 companies, in the aerospace, apparel, retail, composites, packaging, furniture, technical textiles and transportation interiors industries in 130 countries. Gerber Innovations, a business of Gerber Technology, is North America’s only full-line manufacturer of automated cutting hardware for the design, die making and short-run production segments of the packaging industry.• Virtek Vision International, an Ontario, Canada-based business acquired by Gerber in Sept. 2008 for $33.1 million, serves aerospace carbon fiber composite part assembly, sheet metal part fabrication and construction markets with laser templating, quality inspection and spatial positioning systems.• Gerber’s Yunique Solutions business, acquired by Gerber in Dec. 2009, and based in New York City, offers YuniquePLM product lifecycle management software. This web-based system helps retailers, brand owners and manufacturers manage all of the details associated with their products from conception to store shelf and helps them communicate with their suppliers. Users of this software include Abercrombie & Fitch, Fruit of the Loom, Aeropostale, Merrell, and Cutter & Buck, among others.• Gerber Scientific Products develops and manufactures computerized sign making and specialty graphics systems, software, materials, and accessories to provide sign shops and graphics professionals with solutions for vinyl-cutting, digital color printing and dimensional signage needs. GSP also develops and supplies aftermarket materials. Wikipedia.

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News Article | November 4, 2016

DALLAS, Nov. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Builders FirstSource, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLDR), a leading supplier and manufacturer of structural and related building products for residential new construction and home repair and remodeling in the United States, today announced that Peter Jackson has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  As CFO, Mr. Jackson will play a key role in helping the company achieve its next level of growth and performance. He will replace Chad Crow as CFO, allowing Mr. Crow to focus on his role as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Jackson joins Builders FirstSource from Lennox International, Inc., where he served in various senior financial roles, most recently VP and CFO – Refrigeration Segment.  Prior to that, Mr. Jackson was Vice President, Finance - FP&A and M&A with responsibility for Lennox’s Corporate Planning and Business Development.  He served as Lennox’s Residential Heating & Cooling Segment CFO from 2007-2013. During his tenure in that role, he led the development of a Financial Shared Services organization, including Credit & Collections, Accounts Payable, Accounting, and Compliance. Before joining Lennox, Mr. Jackson served in multiple financial leadership positions at SPX Corporation, General Electric and Gerber Scientific. “Peter brings a well-rounded financial and operating background to our company that will enhance our executive team,” said Floyd Sherman, Chief Executive Officer of Builders FirstSource.  “His passion for continuous improvement and his history of developing successful teams will help shape the future of our organization.  I am extremely pleased to have Peter join our team.” “Builders FirstSource is a dynamic company and a leader in their industry,” noted Mr. Jackson.  “There is tremendous opportunity for growth in the years ahead, as well as efficiencies yet to be gained from integration and process improvement.  I look forward to joining the Builder FirstSource family and helping the company realize these opportunities.” Mr. Jackson is a certified public accountant, earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a graduate of General Electric’s Experienced Financial Leadership program.  Mr. Jackson will join the company November 14, 2016. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Builders FirstSource is the largest supplier of building products, prefabricated components, and value-added services to the professional market segment, for new residential construction and repair and remodeling, in the U.S.  We provide customers an integrated homebuilding solution, offering manufacturing, supply, delivery and installation of a full range of structural and related building products.  We operate in 40 states with 400 locations and have a market presence in 74 of the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas, providing geographic diversity and balanced end market exposure.  We service customers from strategically located distribution facilities and manufacturing facilities (certain of which are co-located) that produce value-added products such as roof and floor trusses, wall panels, stairs, vinyl windows, custom millwork and pre-hung doors. Builders FirstSource also distributes dimensional lumber and lumber sheet goods, millwork, windows, interior and exterior doors, and other building products. For more information about Builders FirstSource, visit the company’s website at

Gerber H.,Gerber Scientific | Demott P.J.,Colorado State University
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology | Year: 2014

Correction factors Cf are derived for ice-crystal volume and effective radius Re, measured by Forward Scattering Spectrometer Probe (FSSP) and Particulate Volume Monitor (PVM) that are known to overestimate both parameters for nonspherical particles. Correction factors are based on ice-crystal volume and the projected area of randomly oriented model ice crystals with column, rosette, capped-column, and dendrite habits described by Takano and Liou. In addition, Cf are calculated for oblate and prolate spheroids. To test Cf, both probes are compared to small, predominately solid hexagonal ice-crystal plates and columns generated in the Colorado State University (CSU) Dynamic Cloud Chamber (DCC). The tendency of heat released by thePVM (placed inside the chamber) to evaporate ice crystals and the smaller upper size range of thePVM than the size range of the FSSP caused large differences in the probes' outputs for most comparisons in the DCC. Correction factors improved the accuracy of Re measured by the FSSP for the solid hexagonal crystals, and both probes produced similar results for the projected area and ice water content when crystal sizes fell within the probes' size ranges. The modification for minimizing ice-crystal shattering and the application of Cf for forward scatter probes such as the FSSP suggests the probes' improved usefulness for measuring small ambient ice crystals. © 2014 American Meteorological Society.

Gerber H.,Gerber Scientific | Frick G.,U.S. Navy
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres | Year: 2012

The role of large sea-salt condensation nuclei generated by wind blowing over the ocean surface is evaluated by applying a Lagrangian parcel model to a range of conditions based on observations made during NCAR research flight RF12 of the Rain in Cumulus over the Ocean (RICO) trade wind cumulus (Cu) study in the Caribbean near Antigua. The model utilizes droplet condensation growth, a simplified droplet sedimentation scheme, and quasi-stochastic coalescence to calculate drizzle rates 1100 m above Cu base. The calculations are repeated without the sea-salt solution droplets to permit calculation of a drizzle rate enhancement factor (Df) owing to the large nuclei. The model predicts a small effect of the large nuclei on the RF12 drizzle rate, as well as suggesting the same for other RICO flights in agreement with radar studies of the same Cu that also show at most a small effect on precipitation due to the large nuclei. These findings are contrary to those some other studies of the Cu. The present study agrees with several previous studies that large nuclei affect the drizzle rate for wind speeds greater than about 10 m s-1, that the rate increases as wind speed increases, and that the rate increases as droplet concentration becomes larger at constant wind speed. Df values are fit with an analytical expression relating drizzle rate with wind speed and in-cloud droplet concentration. Copyright 2012 by the American Geophysical Union.

Gerber Scientific | Date: 2010-10-14

Methods and apparatuses for manufacturing a composite part are provided. One method includes cutting a material into a plurality of pieces and marking each of the plurality of pieces of material with a unique indicium. This method also includes placing one of the pieces of material in a mold cavity, detecting a signal from the indicium on the piece of material, and verifying that the piece of material was placed in the mold cavity in the correct location based on the signal from the indicium. The placing, detecting, and verifying steps are performed for each of the plurality of pieces of material. The pieces of material are then molded together to form the composite part.

Gerber Scientific | Date: 2014-01-29

A processing system for processing a leather hide includes a laser system configured for illuminating the leather hide with location information for placement of a die. A method of processing and a computer program product are also disclosed.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 74.69K | Year: 2010

Marine stratocumulus, which are ubiquitous over regions of cool coastal upwelling and thought to be of considerable importance to Earths climate system, were the focus the 2008 POST (Physics Of Stratocumulus Top) experiment. POST involved a combination of focused data collection by the Naval Postgraduate Schools CIRPAS Twin Otter aircraft (operating off the coast of central California during July-August 2008) and supporting numerical modeling studies. The current effort will pursue analysis of POST in situ airborne measurements with a focus on calculating the entrainment velocity from data collected during multiple flights, and will employ the conditional sampling of cloud holes near stratocumulus top and the estimation of depleted total water flux in these suppressed regions. Entrainment velocities will also be independently estimated from measurements of subsidence and the growth of stratocumulus top. Previously published entrainment rules will be revisited with an eye toward their critical evaluation and potential improvement with attention to the role of shear and the unique physics within the entrainment interface layer (EIL) atop stratocumulus clouds. A separate but contemporaneous effort will expand a model-based exploration of drizzle formation in trade-wind cumuli observed during the 2004-05 RICO (Rain in Cumulus over the Ocean) project conducted over the Caribbean Sea. Here, sea-salt based ultra-giant nuclei (UGN) spectra over a range of surface wind speeds and sea states and accompanying in-cloud droplet spectra will support calculations of coalescence and condensational growth to estimate precipitation rates well above the bases of these cumulus clouds.

The intellectual merit of the POST-related effort centers on the challenge of demonstrating improved accuracy of POST entrainment rate measurements and follow-on improvements in cloud model parameterizations, while continued RICO modeling efforts will support development of a quantitative expression (vs. more binary switch) for the sensitivity of precipitation rates to concentrations of UGN in small cumulus common to the subtropics.

Broader impacts of the proposed work relate to improved understanding of the role of clouds in climate change scenarios, and through collaborations with a student at the University of Utah.

Gerber Scientific | Date: 2013-07-19

Machines for marking, nesting, cutting, drilling, and notching textiles, fibers, and fabrics. Computer software for controlling machines for marking, nesting, cutting, drilling, and notching textiles, fibers, and fabrics; Computer software for controlling the operation of nesting used in the cutting of fabrics and other materials; computer software for pattern design, grading, and marking for use with textile, fiber, and fabric cutting machines.

Gerber Scientific | Date: 2013-07-25

Machines for marking, nesting, cutting, drilling, and notching textiles, fibers, and fabrics. Computer software for controlling machines for marking, nesting, cutting, drilling, and notching textiles, fibers, and fabrics; Computer software for controlling the operation of nesting used in the cutting of fabrics and other materials; computer software for pattern design, grading, and marking for use with textile, fiber, and fabric cutting machines.

ikeGPS (NZX:IKE) is pleased to introduce Reece Supply Company as its first U.S. sign industry reseller partner of Spike. With Spike, sign makers can quickly capture accurate measurements of the width, height and area of signage locations from a Smartphone or Tablet picture. A ladder, bucket truck and tape measure are no longer required to create estimates, which saves sign companies time and cuts overhead costs on a traditionally lengthy process. Sign makers can also save measurements on Spike and send dimensions via email to customers or designers to create proofs, assess installation and complete permit applications. If additional measurements are needed, sign makers can refer to their saved Spike photos at any time to make modifications. There’s no need to return to the site for further measurements or estimations. “As a Spike reseller, we can offer our customers a solution that will quickly improve how they conduct business today,” says Sean Schultz, general manager of Reece Supply Company in Harahan, Louisiana. “Our customers will find that they can streamline their estimating process with Spike, which inevitably saves on labor costs.” For more than 75 years, Reece Supply Company has offered sign shops many of the biggest brands in the industry, including 3M, Arlon, Epson America, GE, Gerber Scientific Products, Mimaki, SA International, Sloan LED and Ultraflex Systems. Reece Supply Company operates eight locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina. Each location houses a large inventory of sign, screen and digital products, and local seminars are available to train and educate signage professionals on new products and techniques. “We’re excited to partner with such a well-respected company in the signage industry,” says Jeff Ross, chief marketing officer of ikeGPS. “For decades, Reece Supply Company has provided sign makers with the industry’s most innovative solutions. Reece is once again demonstrating its leadership by introducing Spike to its customers in an effort to help them reduce expenses and run more efficiently.” For live Spike demos, Reece Supply Company will showcase this measurement solution at the Texas Sign Association Annual Conference in Montgomery, Texas, June 9-13, and the Mid South Sign Association Meeting and Trade Show in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 23-25. About ikeGPS ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data. Electric utility, telecom, government, engineering, construction, real estate, signage, and other field data collection-based professionals use ikeGPS products to modernize the way measurements are taken and shared. Spike, a laser accurate Smartphone measurement solution, and GE MapSight, an all-in-one customizable field data collection solution, uniquely combine intelligent software and hardware into comprehensive but simple-to-use tools. With an ike photograph, you can capture measurement, distance, location and other data in real time, significantly improving business process, user productivity and safety. ikeGPS is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand and is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange under the stock symbol IKE. The company’s sales and marketing organization is based in Broomfield, Colorado, which supports global efforts in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. For more information, visit GE is a trademark of General Electric Company and is under license by ikeGPS Ltd, 42 Adelaide Road, Wellington 6021, New Zealand. About Reece Supply Company Reece Supply Company’s mission is to offer customers a “Total Solutions Concept” for all their sign material requirements. Reece Supply is committed to provide large local inventories, leading edge technology, and total customer support for our valued customers and product vendors. Every employee at Reece Supply’s eight locations is totally dedicated to our customers’ satisfaction. In the future, Reece Supply’s goal will be to continue building dynamic relationships with our customers and product vendors to help everyone grow to their highest potential.

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