Gerber Technology (Tolland, Conn.) has introduced the GERBERcutter Z1, the company’s next-generation computer-controlled, single-ply cutting system designed to cut a wide range of challenging composite materials. It features Axis software, a Windows-based program that provides reports to help users analyze total cut time, idle time, jobs completed, material utilization and more. It also has a job queuing function that enables simultaneous loading of all jobs to be cut during an entire shift or work day, as well as job recovery functionality that initiates cutting at the precise point where the job was interrupted. Built with a new distributed control system that locates the intelligence away from the main controller, the system is reportedly more modular and flexible, installation is simplified, the processing power is significantly improved, the system uptime is maximized and the addition of inkjet-printed part identification and other options is possible. Further, GERBERconnect software permits Gerber technicians to diagnose systems remotely.