History


undefined1967

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.

undefined1968
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.

 

undefined1970
Gerber installed its first GERBERcutter at the John Meyer Company in Norwich, Connecticut

 

 

undefined1978
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.

undefined1980
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.

 

undefined1982
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.

 

undefined1988
AccuMark®, the first PC-based pattern making, grading and marker system is launched to the apparel market.

 

undefined1994
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.

 

undefined1994
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.

undefined1997
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.

 

undefined1998
Company name changes from “Gerber Garment Technology” to “Gerber Technology” to better reflect the diverse markets it serves.

 

undefined2000
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.

undefined2004
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.

undefined2006
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.

 

undefined2007
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.

 

undefined2008
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.


undefined2009

Gerber acquires Yunique Solutions, Inc., a New York-based developer of web browser-based product lifecycle management (PLM) and supplier relationship management solutions.

 

undefined2010
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.

 

undefined2011
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.

undefined2012
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.

undefined2013
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.


undefined2014

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.