Discover how Gerber Technology’s innovative CAD and PLM software can accelerate time to market

9/8/2015
Today, more than ever, apparel brands and retailers face an environment where they must deliver fresh merchandise with greater frequency to meet demand from savvy consumers who are more connected, empowered and demanding than ever before. As brands respond to fast-changing trends, the ability to understand and provide what customers want has become critical to remaining at the forefront of the industry. The need to accelerate the process of bringing products from concept to consumer necessitates open collaboration and visibility throughout the supply chain. To address these challenges, apparel companies have increasingly turned to solutions such as computer-aided (CAD) and project lifecycle management (PLM) software.

By improving management of the product lifecycle, apparel brands can enable real-time collaboration, ensure process execution, and manage tasks. PLM increases the versatility required to meet exacting specification and schedule changes -- helping to eliminate superfluous tasks that fail to add value. For instance, when a designer requests a sample, an alert is automatically generated within a target vendor’s to do list; they no longer have to send a separate e-mail to inform the vendor that a sample has been requested.

The fashion product lifecycle is, by nature, a collaborative and dynamic set of processes that is distinguished from other industries that have fewer items and longer development cycles. Fashion involves thousands of items that are constantly being updated with accelerated development cycles. To remain competitive, apparel brands require real-time visibility into their design, financial and merchandise plans that take into account manufacturing partners, lines, seasons, business divisions and other operational attributes.

When looking for a product lifecycle management solution, apparel companies should not overlook the consideration of CAD system integration. When fully utilized, PLM systems incorporate information and images from a variety of functional departments within the company as well as outside suppliers and manufacturers. The importance of accurate and timely information in creating a “single version of the truth” and achieving effective collaboration is critical to achieving maximum benefits from an investment in PLM. The flow of information between CAD and PLM speeds the development process and helps reduce costs, avoid errors, and maintain consistency in both quality and fit.

New developments in CAD have emerged that promise to transform the garment creation process. From the moment a product is conceived to the time it reaches store shelves, multiple professional teams and vendors in various locations will have utilized a myriad of digital and physical tools. Designers need the ability to quickly and inexpensively experiment with different colors, fits and samples in order to perfect their designs -- one that requires working beyond the limitations of 2D tools. To enable teams to interact with the product at every stage, apparel companies can utilize 3D visualization to view sample products virtually to see changes made in real-time in different poses.

The conventional procedure of passing designs and samples back and forth is prone to costly mistakes, delays and misinterpretations; principally when considering the need for ever-increasing speed in this hyper-competitive market. Examining the cost associated with constructing, delivering and revising physical samples, it has become clear just how substantial a role 3D visualization can play in a company’s goal to increase speed to market, improve quality and save on costs.

These developments and more within PLM and CAD space will be and discussed at Gerber Technology’s premier software conference, ideation2015. The annual two-day conference will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and will feature informative breakout sessions, panel discussions and case studies from the world’s leading brands, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, strategic executive sessions and networking opportunities.

Gerber Technology’s comprehensive set of integrated software solutions help the world’s leading brands significantly reduce their cycle times by bringing fashion-oriented products such as apparel, footwear and accessories to market faster, at a lower cost and at optimal levels of quality.

YuniquePLMTM is the central hub of Gerber’s digital solution; its set of modules help brands make decisions and manage all their critical data from initial planning, design, development and production all the way to the consumer. YuniquePLM integrates with Gerber Technology’s AccuMarkTM intelligent pattern design, grading, and marker making and project-planning software that help customers connect their creative teams with their supply channel. AccuMark has an available fully integrated 3D module that leverages sophisticated 3D simulation and animation technology, offering the ability to view designs virtually to see if they meet the team expectations and improved fit.

Learn more about the future of PLM and CAD at Gerber Technology’s ideation2015.
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