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Colour Lifecycle Management (CLM)

Colour Lifecycle Management™ represents a brand new paradigm in global enterprise colour management. Colour is one of the key decision-making criterion when consumers select products to purchase. Traditionally, enterprise solutions such as ERP and PLM treat colour as a simple attribute of a product and do not provide the management or scientific tools to ensure that a selected colour is what will be delivered. DeSL’s CLM solution esolves this issue, enabling real-time communication of color concept and specification, between brand, agent and mill.

CLM starts with ensuring that the appropriate colour is selected from the outset and manages all aspects of development, collaboration, and quality assurance right through to product final sale, either in store or on a website.


The system manages key data such as: 

• Mills, factories, and vendors
Colours including all scientific data - spectral, RGB, etc.
Colour Palettes
Colour Standards including integration to Colour Service Providers
Materials and substrates
Dye recipes and material specifications
Quality steps and specifications
Historical submit approval/reject/rework data


As the system has extensive workflow management capabilities, there are many ways to configure the operation of the solution. A typical configuration would be:

Build your library by importing color data files, from trend images or direct measurement of color samples. Colour palettes are then pubished to the cloud for use in PLM. Easily share color palettes with 2D and 3D design applications.



Create development requests directly from the web portal for color and substrate combinations. The RFD can then be directed to a specified vendor(s).


Next the system notifies supply chain of request for development of all required specifications and timelines as well as scientific color information. This is passed directly to Color Insight at the agent, vendor or mill’s location, speeding communication and removing the opportunity for errors. Mills are notified of a new request and sign onto the portal in order to retrieve the required information.

The mill creates the sample, uses a Spectrophotometer to analyse the colours, and the CLM system then compares the spectral values of the achieved colour against the values of the intended colour standard. The CLM system automatically generates a report based on the intelligent tolerance system providing a pass or fail rating as well as visual representation of the colour variance. Mills can view these reports which can provide insight and guidance for taking appropriate corrective actions to adjust formulas to resolve the variance between the planned and actual results.

Development teams receive physical submits, and use a Spectrophotometer to measure the colour(s) and evaluate them using the automatic tolerance and correction system. The mill is then informed of the result via the CLM system.


The brand reviews and approves submits from vendors, or may communicate modifications or additional submit rounds. Once submits are approved, fabric will be ordered, and at this stage the colour management system can still play a major part of the process by introducing QA stages for colour evaluation regarding sample fabric and bulk fabric production.

By ensuring consistent colour via controlled and scientific methods involving all parties in the process, businesses can begin to reduce cycle times, improve productivity, reduce costs, and improve quality.


   Key Functionality




Global access to web based, development

requests for mills/vendors


A comprehensive, user-defined

work-flow and critical path system

to ensure that all parties know what

tasks or activities need to be done,

and their respective deadlines


Detailed tracking of physical

submits including full analysis of

successes, failures and resubmissions


Vendor/Mill KPIs


Digital colour evaluation at any stage in the

supply chain, e.g. development, bulk fabric

receipt, delivery of finished garments, etc


Native support for bench-top and

hand-held Spectrophotometers


Vendor/mill portal to access and update

information in real time 


Online discussion forums linked to specific

developments to ensure full accountability

for decisions and actions taken

  tick_icon.gif Integration with colour standard providers 

Full specttral definition of engineered

colour standards

  tick_icon.gif Trend image colour analysis

Creation and distribution of colours and

colour palettes


Integration/communication with design

and CAD software 

  tick_icon.gif Colour achieve-ability analysis

Automated print colour matching


Metamerism and print colour analysis


Digital colour approvals


   Business Benefits


  tick_icon.gif Reduce the cost of obtaining physical
colour standards
  tick_icon.gif Reduce the cost of printing by using
automatic colour calibration

Eliminate wasteful requests by using 
the “Achiev
ability Matrix”

  tick_icon.gif Easily identifying trending colours and
match to colour standard
  tick_icon.gif Reduce the number of lab dips and 
strike offs required
  tick_icon.gif Increase speed to market
  tick_icon.gif Remove markdowns due to
colour inconsistency
  tick_icon.gif Ensure that key product development 
dates are achieved by internal and 
external users by deploying a time 
and action calendar system
  tick_icon.gif Improve resource efficiency
  tick_icon.gif Eliminate manual/redundant documentation 
and communication with mills/vendors 
by using the systems extensive real 
time communications capabilities
  tick_icon.gif Real time progress dates from internal 
and external parties to enable 
effective tracking
  tick_icon.gif Dashboards to enable mills/vendors 
to plan resources ahead of time and 
deliver requirements on time and 
to quality
  tick_icon.gif Manage by exception
  tick_icon.gif Eliminate human error




Provide Ability to simply change product colours and materials by anyone, not just design 






Reduce licence costs of expensive design software






Reduced administration overhead of prototype review sessions






Crystallise comments and decisions within PLM






Reduce repetitive non-creative tasks by the designer role






Improve collaborative communication






Reduce interpretation of requirements






Provide a holistic view of the assortment




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