USA: Ger­ber Tech­nol­ogy launches Fash­ionTech Plat­form 1.0

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Ger­ber Tech­nol­ogy, a lead­ing soft­ware so­lu­tion provider to the ap­parel in­dus­try, has launched Fash­ionTech Plat­form 1.0. The new pack­age in­cludes soft­ware, equip­ment and con­sult­ing to set-up a pur­chase-ac­ti­vated fash­ion model with a dig­i­tally in­te­grated e-com­merce and on-de­mand de­sign to print, cut and sew mi­cro-fac­tory op­er­a­tion.

The first Fash­ionTech Plat­form 1.0 in­stal­la­tion will be im­ple­mented in part­ner­ship with OnPoint Man­u­fac­tur­ing Inc., a USbased man­u­fac­turer which spe­cialises in on-de­mand ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing, at Florence, Alabama and PAAT Inc. in Nashville, Ten­nessee.

“Our eco-sys­tem, the ex­per­tise of our peo­ple and re­cent ad­vances in our tech­nol­ogy are en­abling us to de­liver value to our cus­tomers, help­ing them to achieve count­less ben­e­fits of a de­mand gen­er­ated mi­cro­fac­tory,” said Karsten New­bury, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of Soft­ware, Ger­ber.

The new plat­form re-de­fines the just-in-time man­u­fac­tur­ing con­cept with the pro­duc­tion hap­pen­ing ac­cord­ing to the de­mand in the mar­ket, elim­i­nat­ing the ex­tra cost in­volved in in­ven­tory. Also, this al­lows the prod­uct to be sold at the re­tail price with­out any heavy clear­ance dis­count­ing. All this is pos­si­ble with the help of OnPoint man­u­fac­tur­ing that has ex­per­tise in digi­tis­ing pro­cesses and on-de­mand work­flow.

This also in­cludes an e-com­merce vir­tual try-on ap­pli­ca­tion by Ava­met­ric, along with the other Ger­ber Dig­i­tal tools like Yu­niquePLM, a cloud-based prod­uct life­cy­cle man­age­ment soft­ware; Ac­cuMark, pat­tern de­sign, grad­ing, marker mak­ing and pro­duc­tion plan­ning soft­ware and Ac­cuMark 3D. Once the data is di­rectly trans­mit­ted to the mi­cro-fac­tory en­vi­ron­ment, Ac­cuMark will de­liver the op­ti­mised marker files to the dig­i­tal printer to print. These fin­ished printed tex­tiles will be con­tin­u­ously fed to a GERBER­cut­ter Z1 with Coun­tourVi­sion. Then, the com­bi­na­tion of ro­botic and lean loop sewing oper­a­tions will be de­ployed, depend­ing upon ap­parel fin­ish­ing re­quire­ments.

“We are con­tin­u­ally re­fin­ing our ap­proach to­wards mass cus­tomi­sa­tion and we be­lieve ad­ding Ger­ber’s full suite of soft­ware and au­to­mated cut­ting sys­tems will help us to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove our speed and ef­fi­ciency,” said J. Kirby Best, Chair­man, OnPoint Man­u­fac­tur­ing and PAAT.

The Fash­ionTech Plat­form 1.0 an­nounce­ment was made in front of in­dus­try lead­ers at Ger­ber’s 20th An­nual Ideation Tech Con­fer­ence.

“We are ex­cited about this part­ner­ship with Ger­ber Tech­nol­ogy and what it could bring to OnPoint and PAAT,” Christo­pher Tay­lor, Direc­tor of Mar­ket­ing, OnPoint Man­u­fac­tur­ing averred while speak­ing to StitchWorld.

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