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Our CAD solution, TEXPRO, is completely modular and allows you to choose the applications that are most important for your business.

Textile Module
At the heart of TEXPRO is the base textile module.  We provide a powerful toolset with extensive colour palette options to enable you to design complex prints and garments, multiple colourways and storyboards to build up your ranges.

Weave Module
The weave module enables the user to generate extremely accurate plaid designs in the chosen weave structure, regulating the chosen density and type of yarn.  There is a yarn design function with yarn and structure libraries to give accurate simulations.  The ability to print technical details of the yarn provides assistance to the production team.

Knit Module
The knit module provides the user with libraries of colours, yarns and stitches.  The simple production of virtual samples of jacquards, structures and colourways in life-size prints allows the ordering of expensive samples to be delayed until the final design is chosen.

3D Mapping Module
This module allows the designer to select a fabric and drape it over a drawn model or scanned photograph.  Real life scenarios can be created for how the garment is likely to crease and hang when actually worn.  This allows immediate rejection of inappropriate fabric weight and cut combinations, dramatically reducing the cost of ordering samples that would simply be rejected later.

We set out to build the best tool set for product development of apparel and footwear, and have achieved our goal with STYLEprm, our web-based Product Range Management solution. 

STYLEprm
But why PRM, rather than PDM or PLM? With STYLEprm we have gone beyond the focus on development of a single design, to encompass the development of an entire range.  The definition of “range” here may be a collection for a season (or capsule, delivery date, etc.), or styles in development for a specific customer, or any subset of a brand. It simply represents a group of styles with a common goal, be that a catwalk show, exhibition, photo shoot or sales meeting.  You can create a range calendar geared specifically to your ranges and events, with locked critical dates that are inherited by all the styles in the range.  This feature is at the core of STYLEprm, and underpins the workflow engine to drive on-time product development.

Management have facilities to visually overview the entire range position on a single screen, with problem areas immediately obvious using a traffic light paradigm.  A similar overview is available to show where the bottleneck processes are in product development, so that work can be reassigned in order to get back on track.

Beyond that, STYLEprm has features to analyse your ranges by any of the unlimited criteria you can define and associate with the product; for example, the designer, supplier, fabric content, country of origin, garment type, product developer or price point.  For any of these criteria in any combination, you can examine what proportion of the range each represents, as well as checking the projected volumes, costs and margins. You can even use these facilities to balance the range, and also check the colour balance, dropping or adding styles and colours. 

STYLE Manager
At the heart of STYLEprm is the Style Manager function.  This is a tabbed folder where authorised users can access all of the information associated to a style.  Shown opposite is the “Main” tab where the categorisation of the style (at the top), thumbnail image, and “unlimited” style attributes are held. 

Click for bigger image Further tabs are available for notes and images, colours and sizes, grading tables and fit sessions, care labels and lab tests, bills of material and labour, costing cards, critical path, and version history.

Global Access
STYLEprm has been conceived and designed as a web-based system and can be accessed 24 hours a day on PCs, Macs and Linux clients.  It is developed in UK English and we provide the tools to translate into any language you like—including Chinese.  This also means that STYLEprm can be fully personalised for your corporate terminology.

Familiarity Breeds Contentment
The most commonly used application to control the product development process is Microsoft Excel, as the tabular layout is ideal for getting an overview of key style information.

For this reason, we developed a Merchandiser Report layout that closely mimics a spreadsheet.  The merchandiser can select and filter the details shown as you can with a report generator, but there are two additional benefits: firstly, the information shown in the browser is completely real-time; and secondly, changes to costs, critical path dates, style attributes, for example, can be made in the spreadsheet view and immediately update the database.

Notes, Pictures and Attachments
STYLEprm is the repository for all documents associated with a style's development.  The system can hold not only drawings, diagrams and photos, but also any other type of document that may be relevant, including incoming fax images, catwalk or manufacturing video, audio clips, and office documents.  You can define some structure to the attachments by creating named Sections to hold different types of documents, and then uploading the attachments into the right section. 

Click for bigger image Notes can be attached to any of the images or attachments, in either structured or unstructured formats.  Facilities exist to create your own forms and attach them to styles, using flexible notes templates.

Sampling and Fit Sessions
STYLEprm can issue instructions to make samples and prototypes, of single sizes or indeed a fully graded set.  STYLEprm has the ability to record actual measurements against any number of pre-defined fit session types (for example, Proto, Red Seal, Gold Seal).  Once the garments have been received, they can be measured and compared against the style standard grading table measurements and tolerances, where any variations will be highlighted.  Feedback can be given to the supplier, further examples ordered and a full history is kept within STYLEprm.

Click for bigger image We have full integration with an electronic measurement system, e-tape®, so that measurements can be entered not only manually, but using the Bluetooth electronic
e-tape to measure, post and jump to the next measurement without any keyboard intervention.

Costing Comparison by Source and Destination
If your business is potentially purchasing the style from more than one supplier and/or shipping the style to more than one destination, this program allows immediate comparisons of the landed cost to one or many ultimate destinations.  Using costing tables within the application for elements such as freight, duty and quota, the program can immediately calculate the best place to source and land the style, as well as indicate suggested RRPs for destination markets. 

Click for bigger image Flexible costing formats may be created, and styles released to multiple suppliers for costing.  You can even use different costing bases, such as one supplier costing on a CMT basis and another fully factored.

More information
We'd be delighted to answer any questions and discuss your requirements further; please call +61 (3) 9571 0100 or email sales@styleman.com.au

 

 

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