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In order for brands, retailers, and manufacturers to be successful, they need a fully connected supply chain that can turn their ideas into production-ready garments in a matter of hours. Gerber Technology's all-new AccuMark February 2020 streamlines the entire process from design through product development while drastically reducing cost, material waste, and time to market. 

The Gerber Innovation Center in New York City opened for the furniture industry on February 19th with a one-of-a-kind microfactory experience. The undisputed leader of connected platforms hosted a full day of workshops, live demonstrations, and customer case studies to discuss the current challenges the furniture industry is experiencing with customization. Gerber demonstrated how companies of all sizes can conquer customization, creativity, speed and eCommerce challenges by integrating their entire process from design through production using the latest software and hardware solutions.

I have spent almost 10 years making the case for 3D technology in the apparel industry. When we look at other industries like automotive, industrial design, and architecture, we see that 3D has been a vital part of their workflow for many years now. It may be that we are spoiled in our industry. If we want to see a new dress or shirt, we can cut and sew one. An automotive company cannot make a new car every time they want to change a body line. Simply put, the product development teams in these other industries were forced to trust the 3D prototype. We, in the apparel industry, are now accepting that we need to do the same.

Fashion and style are always changing, but the practices within the fashion industry haven’t always been so quick to adapt. As a $2 trillion dollar industry that uses a wide variety of materials, fashion creates a tremendous amount of waste and pollution. For decades, the industry got away with this without much harm, because the average consumer simply wasn’t aware of the damage that was being done to the environment in order to manufacturer their coat or jeans. 

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a blanket term covering the entire product lifecycle, including requirements, design, engineering, manufacturing, production, support, maintenance, disposal, and refabrication. PLM software is an invaluable tool for organizing product development, manufacturing, and support in a manner optimized for both the business’s and the consumer’s needs. 

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