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DeSL CLM

Colour Lifecycle Management (CLM)


Colour Lifecycle Management represents a brand new paradigm in enterprise colour management. Colour is one of the key decision making criterion when consumers select products to purchase, yet 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.

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.

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The system manages key data such as: 

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

Appropriate colours are selected using colour trend analysis, metamerism, and achievability analysis, etc. Colour palettes are then created, distributed, and integrated into appropriate design systems.

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On-line development request is raised for appropriate colours and substrates. The request contains all the required colour scientific data and material specifications to enable the mill to create the appropriate submit/print as well as the time and action calendar for all parties involved.

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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 evaluates them using the automatic tolerance and correction system. The mill is then informed of the result via the CLM system.

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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.

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   Key Functionality

 

 

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Global access to web based, development

requests for mills/vendors

     
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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

     
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Detailed tracking of physical

submits including full analysis of

successes, failures and resubmissions

     
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Vendor/Mill KPI's

     
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Digital colour evaluation at any stage in the

supply chain, e.g. development, bulk fabric

receipt, delivery of finished garments, etc

     
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Native support for bench-top and

hand-held Spectrophotometers

     
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Vendor/Mill portal to access and update

information in real time 

     
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Online discussion forums linked to specific

developments to ensure full accountability

for decisions and actions taken

     
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Full specttral definition of engineered

colour standards

     
  tick_icon.gif Trend image colour analysis
     
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Creation and distribution of colours and

colour palettes

     
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Integration/communication with design

and CAD software 

     
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Automated print colour matching

     
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Metamerism and print colour analysis

     
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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
     
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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 The ability to manage by exception
     
  tick_icon.gif Eliminate human error
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Provide Ability to simply change product colours and materials by anyone, not just design 

 

 

 

 

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Reduce licence costs of expensive design software

 

 

 

 

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Reduced administration overhead of prototype review sessions

 

 

 

 

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Crystallise comments and decisions within PLM

 

 

 

 

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Reduce repetitive non-creative tasks by the designer role

 

 

 

 

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Improve collaborative communication

 

 

 

 

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Reduce interpretation of requirements

 

 

 

 

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Provide a holistic view of the assortment

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