Fast, efficient and sustainable product development

VisionPLM is a flexible, browser-based product lifecycle management solution (PLM) for garment and apparel manufacturers that streamlines and integrates the key pre-production processes required for a product to be fully approved and production ready. Supporting both ODM and OEM manufacturers, and configured to reflect industry best practice, VisionPLM provides ‘one version of the truth’: from design, material and product development (including tech packs), to sampling, approvals, costing and PO tracking. VisionPLM is proven to:

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Optimise

Eliminate manual processes and duplication; streamline and improve based on industry best practice; improve efficiency and margin.

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Connect

Integrate key business processes across departments and with supply chain partners, providing instant access to shared priorities.

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Accelerate

Improve visibility, coordination and control to increase speed and agility of of design, development and collaboration.

Typical business benefits

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Increase in speed

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Reduction in cost

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Efficiency improvements

“We have been impressed with the highly visual and intuitive nature of Coats Digital’s solutions which is key to rapid user adoption… adding real value to our customers by improving the efficiency and speed of processes including sampling, costing, and the critical path management that pulls the whole process together!”

CIO, Denimville

Key processes managed by VisionPLM:

  • Outline of a T-shirt and a dress Range/line planning

    Flexible and highly visual range hierarchy supports fast, intuitive roll up and drill down of key range planning and budgetary information. This includes the number of targeted styles and options at different levels of the range e.g. buyer, season, department, product type, with associated target price point and margins.

    Key benefits

      • Targeted and efficient design/development.
      • Highly visual representation of progress versus plan with roll up/down.
      • Dynamic, flexible and visual representation of collections.
      • Improved style adoption rate.

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  • Blue Ai logo icon Design integration

    Bi-directional integration with Adobe illustrator (Ai) allows designers to remain focused on creative tasks in their familiar design tools, whilst seamlessly capturing and updating critical style information directly into VisionPLM right from inception. Key information includes, images, size charts, Bill of Materials (BOM), Critical Path and Sample requests.

    Key benefits

    • Improve creative focus and reduce designer’s admin.
    • Accelerate product development and sourcing by providing visibility of key information at the earliest stage of process.
    • Leverage existing material and product information using libraries and search functionality.

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  • Icon of a fabric roll Material management

    Dedicated and flexible module for managing the entire material development process, including lab dips, approvals, costing, specs, sourcing and critical path. Material Requirement Planning (MRP) allows consolidation of material demand while material supplier profiles provide a high level comparison of potential raw material and trim suppliers considering, Minimum Order Quantities (MOQs), lead time, costs, etc. for better purchasing decisions.

    Key benefits

    • Drive material development, approvals and sourcing to meet overall plan.
    • Consolidate material requirements and priorities across multiple departments improving purchasing decisions.
    • Provide material suppliers with early visibility of requirements and priorities improving on time deliveries.
    • Early warning of potential issues across multiple styles and fast ‘swap out’ of materials.

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  • Blue icon of tshirt on clip board with pencil Product management

    Flexible and intuitive hierarchy provides fast access to style records, which can be viewed in grid or image format to suit the user, with associated mood boards, range plans, costings and latest critical path status. With template libraries, flexible tech pack elements, multi-level Bill of Materials (BOM) and full version control, VisionPLM provides everything you need to create and manage even the most detailed tech packs.

    Key benefits

    • Accelerate product development through coordinated and shared priority tasks and milestones (critical path).
    • Improved product specification reducing sample iterations, cost and time.
    • Quick assessment of costing options with ‘what if’ and cross costing.

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    Screenshot of product development module in Coats Digital's VisionPLM solution

  • Icon of a hand and a dollar sign Costing

    Flexible, easy to use Cut Make Trim (CMT), Fully Factored (FF) and Open Costings, integrated to material and production operation libraries to manage both Bill of Materials (BOM) and  Bill of Labour (BOL). Full sample, Request for Quotation (RFQ) and Purchase Order (PO) management with status updates across multiple POs, including several options for seamless remote update and collaboration.

    Key benefits 

    • Fast, accurate costing with full version control.
    • Quickly compare options across material and other options, using ‘What if’ costing.
    • Improve collaboration with multiple options for remote updating of critical path, costings, RFQs and orders.
    • Repository of historic costing information, allowing for granular cross costing and year on year comparisons.

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    Screenshot of sourcing module in Coats Digital's VisionPLM solution

  • Blue Icon of calendar with ticks in boxes Critical path management

    Integrated, highly visual critical path management across the end to end product lifecycle including material, style, colour and sample – even extends across Purchase Orders (POs) and Material Purchase Orders (MPOs). Seamless roll up and drill down of target versus actual critical path ensuring priorities are aligned.

    Key features and benefits

    • Reduces manual tasks and admin with smart workflow to automatically update related tasks.
    • Prioritised tasks provide to do lists for individuals and teams, and ensure priorities are aligned across the business.
    • Colour-coded alerts support management by exception and priority.
    • Failure analysis supports identification of priorities for improvement/action.

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    Screenshot of critical path management in Coats Digital's VisionPLM solution

What our customers say

Delivering real results

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Improve the speed and agility

Mexican based, vertically integrated textile business, Grupo Textil Providencia implements Coats Digital solutions to increase the speed and efficiency of their end-to-end processes and to support continued growth.

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Radley partners with Coats Digital to improve visibility and coordination

Leading British affordable luxury handbag and accessories brand, Radley, is implementing VisionPLM to improve the efficiency and speed of key product development and sourcing processes.

Why choose VisionPLM?

Specialist

Borne out of a deep understanding of apparel manufacturing and what an OEM or ODM manufacturer needs to quickly and efficiently develop and produce new styles.

Rapid

Fast Start programme reduces upfront cost and brings forward business benefits, with a scalable, subscription based solution to digitize and accelerate product development.

Connected

At the heart of the Coats Digital connected ecosystem of best in class manufacturing solutions, supporting collaboration across departments and with brand and retail customers.

Global

Coats Digital empowers the global fashion supply chain with technology and industry expertise, delivered by local teams looking after local customers to build long term partnerships.

Take a big stride forwards

Towards an optimised future powered by technology-based solutions that deliver significant, sustainable improvements in cost-efficiency, speed and productivity.

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