VTG Corporation Launches Design, Pricing Tool

Feb 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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VTG, the parent company of Horizon Music Inc. and Rapco International, have launched Net CAD, powered by StarDraw®, which is an online end-to-end design and pricing tool for clients who are building custom installations. Net CAD will be used by both Horizon Music Inc. and Rapco International.

The Net CAD center will give customers a complete list of products and pricing. “Customers can design an installation, price it and approve it any time of day or any day of the week,” continued Seabaugh. “Horizon and Rapco can receive the CAD files directly from their client’s data and build the custom product. We expect Net CAD to expedite the quoting process and greatly reduce production time, as well as eliminate mistakes.”

Based on Stardraw.net technology, Net CAD is delivered by a Web server and works from within a browser so there is nothing to download or install in the conventional sense. It comprises a drag-and-drop interface linked to a complete library of all of Horizon Music’s and Rapco’s panel products so users simply select the panel they want, drag on the connectors that are needed and set engraving, finishes, artwork, etc. The resulting design is linked in real time via XML to back-office systems. Once the design is complete, a separate popup report delivers an instant quote. This system can support very complex pricing models: setup charges, product charges, variable charges (such as engraving by character) and pricing by user profile; discounts may be based on the user and the type of account.

“Net CAD will create an entirely new avenue for doing business with our customers,” said Darius Seabaugh, VP of sales and marketing at VTG Corporation. “Net CAD will allow our customers to log on and sign in to Horizon Music’s or Rapco’s Websites and design custom rack panels, wall plates or whatever else they have in mind. Customers can also design their own laser engravings and logos for the installations they are working on.”

David Snipp, CEO Stardraw.com, said, “Net CAD is the definition of a cutting-edge solution. Not only does Net CAD use Stardraw.net, the world’s first online CAD application, as its engine, it also, for the first time, offers a totally integrated solution by linking the design process directly with Horizon’s and Rapco’s back-office database systems in real time through HTTP and XML. As a result, it is fast, flexible, powerful and of real benefit to Horizon’s and Rapco’s customers.”

For more information, visit Horizon Music or Rapco online at www.horizonmusic.com or www.rapco.com, respectively.

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