Koi Design LLC, a Calif.-based maker of designer scrubs for medical professionals, has selected Gerber Technologyâ€™s AccuMark pattern design system and YuniquePLM product lifecycle management software to help manage the rapid growth of its business. Together, these software solutions will help koi streamline its workflow and ensure product quality across its popular womenâ€™s and menâ€™s designer scrub line.
â€œWe looked at a number of competing systems,â€? explained Ally Lee, sourcing director for koi, â€œbut we chose Gerber Technology because they had a solid understanding of the design development process and how it relates to pattern design. In the scrubs business, quick turnaround is essential and Gerberâ€™s software systems offered an ideal solution to increase our productivity while being flexible enough to adapt to our company-specific needs.â€?
In the five years since koi was founded, the company has grown from a small start-up operation to a multi-million dollar industry player, featured in more than 1,000 retail locations worldwide and, as such, customer demand for its designer scrubs has increased rapidly. koi was challenged to fulfill customer demand, while holding staffing levels flat and actively managing costs.
Automating their design and product development process was the solution. koi needed a PLM and CAD system that seamlessly shared data and could be implemented quickly. They found the combination of YuniquePLMâ€™s Fast Start (FS) edition and AccuMark to be a winning choice.
With the help of YuniquePLMâ€™s collaboration functionality, koiâ€™s technical design, sourcing and pattern making teams now communicate more effectively on tech-pack details, workflow and calendaring and line list development. With increased visibility into the product development process, koi is able to control costs and better manage its bills of material.
In addition, with AccuMark and Gerberâ€™s Silhouette drafting table, koi eliminates a large production bottleneck once reserved for manual pattern design and grading. By using the AccuMark computer-based design system, koiâ€™s pattern makers have the ability to increase productivity and work more efficiently. They also have the added ability to convert flat pattern measurements in AccuMark into finished goods measurements within YuniquePLM.
Jonathan Smith, North American sales manager for Gerberâ€™s PDM and PLM products, said, â€œThe robust functionality and rapid deployment of AccuMark and the YuniquePLM FS edition provides a one-two punch that immediately strengthens a companyâ€™s competitive advantage. Gerberâ€™s deep industry experience and professional expertise during the implementation process ensures users realize a fast return on their investment.â€?