CAD PLAYERS EMPOWERING DIGITALIZATION IN CUTTING ROOMS IN INDIA
Increasing competitiveness and demand for shorter lead times have led to slow, but definite proliferation of automated pattern making systems in the Indian apparel industry as the apparel manufacturers are gradually pushing themselves to opt for such technological solutions which can make them reach the crest of success within a short span of time. Not only the export houses, but also the domestic apparel manufacturers have realized the flexibility these systems offer in pattern designing, grading and marking. Cutting room is currently poised to be the room of profits that can be generated through fabric savings. CAD is the ultimate solution which reduces waste percentage, increases quality of cutting room, sample making time, and which is ‘a musthave' in today’s time. There are some CAD manufacturers who have been actively present in the Indian market and are looking forward to increasing their presence by participating in various fairs from time to time, such as GTE Delhi, GTE Ahmedabad, Gartex etc.
About two-and-a-half decades ago, the first Apparel CAD made its way to the Indian apparel industry in 1991. Since then it has become a basic necessity in the cutting section of every large and medium to small apparel manufacturing facilities. Serving the industry since 1995, Tukatech is a name known very well to Indian manufacturers. It offers a plethora of fashion technology solutions to the industry.
Already operating in a number of factories in Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, and Tirupur, Tukatech is now eyeing the rising new garment manufacturing hub – Ahmedabad.
“Ahmedabad is a potential market for us. The mushrooming domestic manufacturers understand the importance of technology and are keen to invest in it. At the very start, they are focused on eliminating fabric wastage and making good profits, which is a positive sign,” said Umesh Gaur, President – Asia, Tukatech.
Ahmedabad has all the possible advantages such as easy supply of fabric, good infrastructure, Government support and cheap manpower. The domestic manufacturers, equipped with these benefits, are targeting the lower middle-class and upper middle-class, which constitute 60-70% of the Indian population. Catering to markets in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Ahmedabadbased manufacturers are trying to fill the gap created by Arvind and Welspun which are export-oriented.
Astor even claims to eliminate unreasonably long time in getting costing and fabric consumption estimates through ‘Redtree’ which overcomes these challenges and provides solutions to the manufacturers with its 6 standard modules. These modules help users to create pattern design, grading, interactive marker making, automatic pattern generation, cut-plan and roll allocation.
Specifically made for these growing manufacturers, Tukatech offers its innovative apparel pattern design software TUKAcad which is an appropriate choice for manufacturers and designers of any size. Operating under Microsoft Windows, TUKAcad allows the user to accurately build patterns, grade rules and markers for single style or entire line. Another offering is TUKAjet plotters which print at a speed of 60 m2/h and have a low noise factor.
Kushal Clothing, ZS Clothing, Jade Blue, RX apparel are some of the customers of Tukatech in Ahmedabad.
Using CAD software in garment industry definitely renders great advantages over the manual approach and sensing this advantage 20 years back, Astor Technologies started automatization of generating the patterns by developing a software named ‘Redtree’. This is the only ‘Made in India’ CAD software available today which is a result of the company’s continuous R& D since 1997 and through ‘ Redtree’, it sells solutions which fit the needs in a way the industry wants, Astor reports.
Astor claims to eliminate unreasonably long time in getting costing and fabric consumption estimates through ‘Redtree’ which overcomes these challenges and provides solutions to the manufacturers with its 6 standard modules. These modules help users to create pattern design, grading, interactive marker making, automatic pattern generation, cut- plan and roll allocation. Moreover, the company states that the software enables traditional pattern makers to create first pattern directly on the CAD system itself using a powerful and user-friendly design board. With this, the users can reap the benefits of productivity gains.
Furthermore, one unique model by one of the softwares of Astor can help generate patterns instantly for a range of styles by just entering measurements which are useful to the management. It greatly helps in arriving at ‘ fabric consumption estimates’ rapidly and then responding to the buyers without any delay.
S. Vasudevan, Director, Astor Technologies informed, “We have customers in Turkey, China, Indonesia and Bangladesh. In India, our after-sales service offices are located in Delhi, Chennai and Tirupur. We also provide one-year warranty after installation during which we conduct trainings about all the new updates.”
Another company which is eyeing to capture a bigger chunk of the Indian market is the Chinese CAD supplier WinDa Technology Ltd. It proclaims that its ability to withstand competitiveness in the apparel industry for several decades has enabled it to understand the exact needs and technical requirements of the industry. Considering India as a quite potential market, the company is gearing up to provide the best of the technological advancements here as far as CAD in apparel industry is concerned.
WinDa offers productive pattern making with WinDa CAD system. This software streamlines all the processes of a cutting room as it incorporates automatic functions such as automatic patterns, grading, automatic sleeve making and patch attachment. Furthermore, it also provides simplification in complicated grading process with its five grading methods. Using WinDa CAD system can improve the working efficiency of manufacturers by up to 200% if compared with manual operations, claims WinDa.
Additionally, it also provides CAD solutions in a costeffective way as it has developed highly efficient super nesting system which combines the latest optimization techniques in order to achieve the best results in the shortest possible time. This system helps in two-way functioning which improves the working efficiency by 10 times and fabric saving up to 4%, according to the company.
Soren, Sales Manager, WinDa revealed, “To capture
Ahmedabad is a potential market for us. The mushrooming domestic manufacturers understand the importance of technology and are keen to invest in it. Umesh Gaur, President – Asia, Tukatech ‘Redtree’ is the only ‘Made in India’ CAD software available today which is a result of the company’s continuous R&D since 1997. S. Vasudevan, Director, Astor Technologies WinDa CAD system can improve the working efficiency of manufacturers by up to 200% if compared with manual operations, highly efficient super nesting system improves the working efficiency by 10 times and fabric saving up to 4%.
the Indian apparel industry, we are working with North West Corporation in Mumbai, DS Enterprise in Delhi- NCR and Anaadih Vincom Ltd. in Kolkata. We also have plans to sew a deal with 50 apparel manufacturers with the help of our dealers in India this year.”
EFI Optitex is another name that has carved a niche for itself in the Indian market since a long time. Constantly updating and innovating, Optitex sees Ahmedabad as its next destination. For this market, the company offers 2D and 3D solutions with main focus on pattern making and fabric saving.
O/ Dev pattern making suite provided by the company is a useful CAD software in designing, grading and digitizing of patterns. Users can simplify grades with automatic and manual grading modules having features such as simple notch and split parts grading, angle grading for complex shapes, alteration grading for interim sizes and variable grading for larger sizes. It also provides functions to rapidly generate digital copies of outline patterns – in seconds – with even the most complicated pieces. Another solution, O/ Pro marker making suite, enables optimum material usage which automatically marks around unusable sections of the materials.
Rajiv Sud, Sales Manager, Optitex said, “We are trying to penetrate in Ahmedabad market. Arvind, Banswara, ITM Safety Pvt. Ltd are some of our existing customers in this circle.”
We are planning to sew a deal with 50 apparel manufacturers with the help of our dealers in India this year.” Soren, Sales Manager, WinDa O/Pro marker making suite, enables optimum material usage which automatically marks around unusable sections of the materials. Rajiv Sud,
Sales Manager, Optitex
TUKAjet plotters can print at a speed of 60 m2/h