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Lectra is the world’s leading provider of integrated technology solutions for the fashion industry (apparel, accessories and footwear). Lectra offers a wide range of software, automated cutting systems and high value-added services covering the entire value chain, from design through manufacturing to retailing. Lectra Fashion PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), specifically designed for fashion companies, integrates process optimisation and collections lifecycle management. In close association with the fashion industry, Lectra develops solutions based on several decades of shared experience and has over 23,000 customers in more than 100 countries.

Top tips to reduce costs through streamlining your design to manufacturing supply chain.

Ensure your designs are accurate for lower development costs

The more technical information that is captured up front, the better the spec will be, reducing confusion later. Design accuracy has significant impact on the cost of producing a garment. Textiles are 50 – 80% of the cost of a garment and cause 2/3 of all delays in the supply chain.

Don’t waste time on repetitive and non-creative tasks in the design process

Having fashion specific design tools allow designers to save time. A library of digital garment elements, such as sleeve and collar options, can simplify choices and save time. Variations can be simulated using styles from previous collections, together with drag-and-drop fabric fills. Product colourways can be generated quickly and each element of the design can be classified into easily searchable databases. These features eliminate repetitive tasks and free designers time for more creative tasks.

Save time and money by maximising your current assets and existing collections. 

Design solutions with a searchable visual data store/ archive, such as Kaledo Collection, ensure that designs, artwork and scans are classified and stored for easy retrieval and re-use. As one of our customers testified, “It used to take a whole day to design certain products. Now with Kaledo Collection those same designs can be done in an hour because we’re able to pull up existing design elements straight from the system and re-use them”.

Avoid material waste and quality errors by creating accurate patterns

The apparel industry is experiencing increasing demand for more frequent collections and more and regular injections of new product in store to ensure customer loyalty. This is creating new productivity, quality, and innovation challenges.  By using an advanced digital pattern-making solution you could:   

  • Design more patterns in less time
  • Reduce the number of physical prototypes created
  • Generate initial product runs faster and with lower costs
  • Guarantee the quality and fit of products in all sizes
  • Optimise the development of new collections and styles

Save money spent on fabric by automated lay-planning

Automated lay-planning helps reduce marker-making time, by enabling many marker-making combinations to be tested to find the best solution. For markers made on screen using manual expertise, a marker compression function minimises the piece spacing and marker length upon completion. This function enables you to gain up to 1.8% extra fabric compared to making the markers manually; which ultimately results in lower fabric costs season after season, marker after marker.

Let  virtual garment prototyping reduce logistics and material costs

Product development time and costs are key elements for anyone working in apparel today. By visualising the garment on a 3D virtual mannequin, you can speed up the technical and style validation processes and reduce associated costs. This also gives you the ability to identify the modifications on screen which need to be made to the pattern. Virtual prototyping allows you to reduce the number of garment prototypes and associated logistics, labour and material costs.

Optimise fabric cutting to minimise waste

Cutting fabric to make pieces for a garment may seem a simple, everyday task, but it is actually a key step in the production process; the real transformation of the fabric, and therefore its physical consumption, takes place in the cutting room. Because fabric accounts for 50% to 80% of the total cost of a garment, this is the stage in the product development cycle where the risk of waste is highest, but it is also the stage that offers the greatest opportunities for optimisation.

Leading technology improves productivity - raw material savings of up to 5% can be achieved due to the precision and speed with which for example Lectra VectorFashionMX is able to cut the most complex fabric pieces. Other gains are achievable with intelligent technology, particularly in the area of cutting quality; constant geometry and correctly positioned notches can generate productivity gains of up to 6% when it comes to stitching.

Ensure your product development processes are optimised with a Product lifecycle solution (PLM) solution 

By having full visibility of the product lifecycle you can: reduce costs and lead-times with optimised sourcing choices, reduce the number and cost of physical prototypes, reduce time spent on data entry and sharing data and therefore improve productivity and enable faster decision making.

Source external expertise to analyse your garment development processes to assess whether operations can be optimised further.

Good professional consultancy services are designed to pay for themselves and save your company money through streamlining processes and optimising system usage.  These results driven services will put in place an action plan which will allow you to overcome your challenges.

Please Mum Case Study

After consultation with Lectra’s fashion industry experts, Please Mum decided to implement Lectra Fashion PLM to manage the entire lifecycle of their products. A few months later, they also acquired licenses for Lectra’s Kaledo Collection design solution. As a result, the company is now equipped with an incomparable combination of solutions leading to a fully collaborative process, from design to manufacturing. Click on the pdf below to see the full Please Mum case study.

Jenni Murphy
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