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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.

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.

Malinowski S.P.,University of Warsaw | Malinowski S.P.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Gerber H.,Gerber Scientific | Jen-La Plante I.,University of Warsaw | And 6 more authors.
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics | Year: 2013

High spatial resolution measurements of temperature and liquid water content, accompanied by moderateresolution measurements of humidity and turbulence, collected during the Physics of Stratocumulus Top experiment are analyzed. Two thermodynamically, meteorologically and even optically different cases are investigated. An algorithmic division of the cloud-top region into layers is proposed. Analysis of dynamic stability across these layers leads to the conclusion that the inversion capping the cloud and the cloud-top region is turbulent due to the wind shear, which is strong enough to overcome the high static stability of the inversion. The thickness of this mixing layer adapts to wind and temperature jumps such that the gradient Richardson number stays close to its critical value. Turbulent mixing governs transport across the inversion, but the consequences of this mixing depend on the thermodynamic properties of cloud top and free troposphere. The effects of buoyancy sorting of the mixed parcels in the cloud-top region are different in conditions that permit or prevent cloud-top entrainment instability. Removal of negatively buoyant air from the cloud top is observed in the first case, while buildup of the diluted cloud-top layer is observed in the second one. © 2013 Author(s).

Gerber H.,Gerber Scientific | Frick G.,U.S. Navy | Malinowski S.P.,University of Warsaw | Jonsson H.,Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres | Year: 2013

An aircraft field study (POST; Physics of Stratocumulus Top) was conducted off the central California coast in July and August 2008 to deal with the known difficulty of measuring entrainment rates in the radiatively important stratocumulus (Sc) prevalent in that area. The Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies Twin Otter research aircraft flew 15 quasi-Lagrangian flights in unbroken Sc and carried a full complement of probes including three high-data-rate probes: ultrafast temperature probe, particulate volume monitor probe, and gust probe. The probes' colocation near the nose of the Twin Otter permitted estimation of entrainment fluxes and rates with an in-cloud resolution of 1 m. Results include the following: Application of the conditional sampling variation of classical mixed layer theory for calculating the entrainment rate into cloud top for POST flights is shown to be inadequate for most of the Sc. Estimated rates resemble previous results after theory is modified to take into account both entrainment and evaporation at cloud top given the strong wind shear and mixing at cloud top. Entrainment rates show a tendency to decrease for large shear values, and the largest rates are for the smallest temperature jumps across the inversion. Measurements indirectly suggest that entrained parcels are primarily cooled by infrared flux divergence rather than cooling from droplet evaporation, while detrainment at cloud top causes droplet evaporation and cooling in the entrainment interface layer above cloud top. Key Points Wind shear and mixing at stratocumulus top affect entrainment Radiative cooling exceeds evaporative cooling in entrained parcels Detrainment occurs at stratocumulus top ©2013 The Authors. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres published by Wiley on behalf of the American Geophysical Union.

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: 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.

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