TOLLAND, Conn. — November 30, 2011 — Koi Design LLC, a Calif.-based maker of designer scrubs for
medical professionals, has selected Gerber Technology’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 women’s and men’s designer scrub line.
“We looked at a number of competing systems,” explained Ally Lee, sourcing director for koi,
“but 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 Gerber’s software systems offered an ideal solution to increase our productivity while being
flexible enough to adapt to our company-specific needs.”
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 YuniquePLM’s Fast Start (FS) edition and AccuMark to be a winning choice.
With the help of YuniquePLM’s collaboration functionality, koi’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 Gerber’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,
koi’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 Gerber’s PDM and PLM products, said, “The
robust functionality and rapid deployment of AccuMark and the YuniquePLM FS edition provides a
one-two punch that immediately strengthens a company’s competitive advantage. Gerber’s deep
industry experience and professional expertise during the implementation process ensures users
realize a fast return on their investment.”
Posted on December 6, 2011
Source: Gerber Technology