SOURCE: Lectra

August 04, 2008 10:00 ET

Lectra Showcases Latest Innovations for the Furniture Industry

The Company Unveils New Vector Offload and Mosaic Solutions for the Furniture Industry

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 4, 2008) - Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate, streamline and accelerate product design, development and manufacturing processes for the soft goods industries, showcases its complete and integrated suite of solutions for the furniture industry during their exclusive event at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC, August 4-6, 2008.

Lectra will showcase the strengths of its latest offering, from 3D virtual prototyping and product development with DesignConcept Furniture, to automated fabric cutting with the new generation of VectorFurniture -- including the new Vector Offload and Mosaic. The event kicks off with a cocktail reception open to the industry Monday evening August 4, at 4pm at the Convention Center with personalized demos available throughout the 3 day event.

"Lectra is proud of its commitment to the furniture industry. Our offerings not only guarantee significant material savings, unrivalled productivity and precision for all types of shapes and materials, but also helps to accelerate product development," according to Bruno Blain, Director of Lectra's Furniture Business.

DesignConcept Furniture: An unmatched 3D CAD solution designed for the upholstery market

The first 3D CAD solution completely dedicated to the furniture market, DesignConcept Furniture enables prototyping and product development specialists to explore numerous ways for creation thanks to virtual conception. Equipped with high-performance visualization tools, this new version of DesignConcept Furniture allows designers to create virtual prototypes directly from designers' sketches or to easily import any 3D data. Marketing managers can therefore rapidly make stylistic decisions, before building the physical prototype, thus reducing time to market and costs. Thanks to its unique pattern-flattening capability and numerous enhanced modelling features, DesignConcept Furniture significantly accelerates product development, for both traditional furniture and more complex contemporary models.

VectorFurniture: The powerful, intelligent new generation of Lectra automated fabric cutting solutions for any type of fabrics

Adapted to mass production as well as to small and medium series, the range of VectorFurniture automated fabric cutting solutions is at the heart of Lectra's complete, intelligent cutting room offering that is dedicated to the manufacturers of upholstered furniture. The equipment and software perfectly integrates cut plans from the market's major CAD software, notably Lectra's automated marker-making solution -- DiaminoFurniture. The VectorFurniture technology guarantees significant material savings, unrivalled productivity and precision adapted to all types of shapes and materials.

Vector Offload is a new system that displays cut pieces to be sorted on a screen located over the offloading zone so operators can identify them more easily. Grouping pieces together by sewing bundles once they have been cut is a key phase in the production process. The slightest error is costly: this is the reason why most manufacturers choose to cut markers containing pieces from a single model. With Vector Offload, you can now cut markers that nest several models together without running any risk of error. The cutting process flows more smoothly, sorting errors are kept to a minimum, and major fabric savings can be made.

Mosaic is another new system that lets users cut patterned fabrics, making sure pieces match perfectly when assembled, even when materials are distorted. Fabrics are photographed at high speed by a digital camera, and markers modified in real time to ensure perfect piece positioning and geometry.

Upholstery furniture manufacturers frequently use fabrics with stripes or motifs that must be matched when assembled. With Mosaic, VectorFurnitureFX's indispensable companion, cutting materials with stripes, prints or plaids has never been so fast and easy! As a result, upholstery furniture manufacturers can face fashion trend changes, processing both plain and patterned fabrics with the same hardware, yet remaining completely flexible and reactive.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate, streamline and accelerate product design, development and manufacturing processes for the soft goods industries. Lectra develops the most advanced specialized software, cutting systems, and provides associated services to a broad array of markets including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), automotive (car seats and interiors, airbags), aeronautical, marine and furniture. Lectra serves 20,000 customers in more than 100 countries with 1,550 employees and $297 million in 2007 revenues. The company is listed on Euronext Paris.

For more information, please visit www.lectra.com

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Melissa Gass
    email: Email Contact
    tel: 770.422.8050 ext. 182