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CET Designer Extension for Maars Living Walls launches globally

Netherlands-based company’s Extension officially replaces Maars’ other specification options in January 2017

Configura, maker of CET Designer software, and Maars announce the launch of Maars' CET Designer Extension.

The Extension, which officially launches in January 2017, is being rolled out now in order to help Maars dealers across the globe to adopt the solution.

Dubbed "Maars 4D," the Extension includes six Maars product lines – lalinea, String², Panorama, Horizon, Metaline, Styleline and all possible integrations called Living Options. The Maars 4D Extension will be used in all markets in which Maars sells its products – Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East.

The company is the worldwide leading partition-walls manufacturer serving global customers. For more than 70 years, Maars has offered standard and customized solutions for offices, airports, factories, cinemas, shops, hotels, hospitals, public institutions, universities and schools.

"Our new CET Designer Extension is a huge change affecting our internal and external processes. We’re able to show our high-quality products in 3D and automatically calculate pricing, which is a major benefit for our users,” Maars 4D Consultant Richard Schreuder said. “Because all of these product lines can be specified in CET Designer, the possibilities are endless."

Schreuder is talking about how CET Designer enables live design of workspaces and other interior environments. If a customer wants to see different options, the designer, specifier or salesperson using CET Designer can design and make changes on the fly – immediately, the software calculates pricing and other changes. The solution enables photorealistic renderings in 2D and 3D, fly-thru movies, integration with Revit, and automatic bills of materials and installation documentation.

"CET Designer is able to handle the complexity of Maars’ products with ease,” Configura team leader Daniel Andersson said. “That’s a key reason that Maars chose Configura’s solution."

CET Designer is Configura's "core" Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC)-based software platform; an Extension is an addition to the program with functionality that incorporates all of the rules, parts and pricing of a given manufacturer’s products. Manufacturers partner with Configura, investing in proprietary CET Designer Extensions to make selling products easier and more accurate.

"With the push of a couple of buttons we can get a customer's order into our ERP system and fulfill the order with ease," Schreuder said. "This totally streamlines the ordering process."

He added: "It's great to have a tool that keeps our flexible configurations very user-friendly, so our users are making the correct decisions but, at the same time, can ‘go crazy’ with great design. Take a look at the reference projects on our website to see what we can do!"

Richard Schreuder is referring to a compilation of projects completed using CET Designer and the Maars 4D Extension, found here: https://maarslivingwalls.com/get-inspired.

"Several years ago, we had begun researching several software programs, ultimately deciding to collaborate with Configura and implement our own CET Designer Extension," Maars CEO Menno de Vries said. “CET Designer will help us by providing a more advanced and efficient way of presenting our products; it will also contribute to a better support of our dealers throughout the world."

The brand-new Maars 4D website can be viewed at https://maarslivingwalls.com/maars-4d.

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About Configura

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

About CET Designer

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It's a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

About Maars Living Walls

Maars is the world market leader in the field of partition walls. They combine years of experience by effortlessly merging special innovations, aesthetics and performance. Maars pushes the boundaries, continually making progress in the fields of design, soundproofing, multimedia and fireproofing. The integration of new high-tech systems and intelligent solutions in walls creates a wealth of new opportunities. Maars brings walls to life with the unique concept of Maars Living Walls. Maars offers both standard and customized solutions in, for example, offices, airports, factories, cinemas, shops and hotels. Also in the public sector Maars has taken the lead with applications including hospitals, public institutions, universities and schools. More information at www.maarslivingwalls.com.

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