In the fashion industries data is constantly going back and forth between internal departments and production centres, from sketches and definition drawings to piece lists, BOM and technical files.
With each brand producing collections four times a year, this generates a huge amount of data.
These exchanges can give rise to repetitions and errors, while manual input is tedious and labour-intensive and efficient oversight is impossible. The result is that your production times, which are already stretched, are made even longer, with a direct impact on your business activities and turnover.
Very quickly after the launch of our first CAD modules we saw we had to develop tools for managing
this collaborative work and for ensuring a smooth and efficient management of the lifecycle of your models. Providing access to data was becoming a major issue for companies.
In 2000, we presented the first PDM on the market that was developed and customised for the shoe
and leather goods industries. In order to obtain a high level of performance we decided to integrate our PDM natively into all our CAD modules.
RCS V12 2020 is a digital platform covering all stages of product development, with a centralised database, giving you controlled and collaborative access to your technical data (RCS DV), and allowing
full descriptions of your models: materials, components, sub-assemblies (RCS ME). It generates all types of report: BOM, pieces and tooling lists, collection books. You will find all the reports you need to create the technical pack that will accompany your models through their production (RCS ME).
Once the prototype has been approved, deciding on all the variants (colours/materials) becomes a heavy and costly task. RCS Colorize, launched in 2020, allows you to interactively and graphically create your variants (SKU). It is an outstanding productivity tool.
Control of the target price of each model is a must for every development centre. With RCS MC you will know the costs of your models in real time, even before consulting your production centres. This element strengthens the purchasing department in charge of negotiating the prices of your products. This software allows you to know the price of your models in real time, even before consulting your production centres.
It is a major asset for the sales departments tasked with negotiating the prices of your products.
RCS Data Management becomes the backbone of your collection development.
This powerful editing, organisational and technical data analysis tool will help your company optimise its resources, reduce development times and ensure the continuity of data transferred throughout all levels of your IT organisation.
Your return on investment is guaranteed.
Principal benefits of RCS Data Management :
- RCS DM comes ready to use, meaning there are no
- Any changes your Development Centre makes to your
program take effect in real time (type, number, surface,
material associated with a room, etc ...)
- It is an essential tool connecting the back office (design
consultants) and the front office (purchasing, marketing,
sales). It removes any kind of technical data entry
requirement from your ERP/PLM IT tools; this means
your procedures become safer, much faster, and
- Report production (BOM Colours, Specifications,
Last Definition report, Collection Book, Last Models,
Pre-Costing report, etc ..) is completely automated.
RCS DOCUMENT VAULT
RCS DV allows you to organise, manage, secure and rapidly access your data.
RCS Document Vault (RCS DV) allows you to organise your work by applying the principles specific to
the shoe and leather goods industries. Taking the specificities of each sector into account (Sport, Luxury, Security), the lifecycle of your models is managed at every level: model references, variants, documents.
RCS DV allows you to control access to your data. Each use is defined by a profile granting permissions
to read, write or export each model or variant and the associated documents.
Groups of users can be created.
RCS DV provides you will a database of materials, components and tools (DB MCT).
Classification in: Macro-Family, Family and Sub-family with the associated attributes allows designers
and technicians to search for and rapidly select the material, component, tool or assembly method necessary for defining their products.
Structured and optimised for footwear, leather goods and soft materials industries. A material is defined on multiple levels: general information/colour-size ranges/Supplier information. It is ready to use. Composite materials are also
taken into account. This data is the backbone of your product development.
RCS DV is available in mobility mode via its ‘Cloud’ version.
- Safe and centralised storage of your data and sensitive documents
- Ready-to-use materials database
- Collaborative and secure access to your data from anywhere in the world
- Centralised backup of your technical heritage
- Creation of a secure network for sharing technical documents, financial information (model
cost) or confidential documents.
- Available via Showcase in 3D mode
RCS ENGINEERING / RCS MEMD
Define, edit, manage and control your product data with RCS MEMD
Building new collections from reworked models, new variants or new models is accelerated with
The CAD/PDM integration is complete. From the different RCS modules: 3D, 2D, SL, it is possible to associate a piece, a component or a consumption surface with a material, a component or a tool defined in the database (DB MCT). Automated association of pieces/materials makes your work easier. Duplication and data import accelerate the creation of variants.
RCS MEMD allows its users to automate creating their BOM: samples, production in all sizes, eco-design, import taxes, etc.
The Variants interface gives you access to all your materials/components/tools data, allowing you directly to update all the data associated with these articles and to automate the update of dependent data (colour and size ranges) of a model and its variants.
Mass updates (price, properties, suppliers, collections, etc.) facilitate your secure modifications.
RCS MEMD is an ultra-productive tool for your research and design departments. The time gained will free up your experts to devote themselves to what they do best.
RCS MEMD allows you to present an update on development at any time with interim reports. You can reliably manage the status of these reports by marking them ‘In progress’ or ‘Approved’, eliminating errors in the quality of data exported (BOM/pre-costing).
RCS MEMD allow you to edit a wide range of BOM elements: samples, production in all sizes, eco-design, import taxes, etc. The data can be accessed in two ways: either through the RCS MEMD interface or through RCS DV, making it comfortable for each type of user.
RCS MEMD provides a beautifully synchronised collaborative environment where development team members can work together. They can access, display, review and produce feedback on products and engineering information.
RCS MEMD provides an internal and external check for a company’s customers and suppliers. Information is shared in real time, improving coordination and shortening the time taken to market your products.
RCS MEMD offers a series of pre-defined reports. You can also commission reports that are specific to your business.
RCS PRE-COSTING / RCS MC
Calculating model costs and comparing it to a target price before making samples has become a prerequisite for all design offices
Obtaining the price of a model variant in real time, and comparing it to the target price even before producing the sample, is a priority for any development centre. RCS Pre-Costing (RCS MC) responds
to this need.
The price of a variant is built on the basis of a series of data from:
- the CAD, (pieces, surface consumed, operations, etc…)
- the MCT database (materials, components, tools, sub-assemblies)
- the labour associated with each operation
- the different annexes (general costs, royalties, charges, margins, taxes, etc.)
RCS MC contains all the tools and formula to configure the mode for calculating the price of your
models, according to your own methods. If you use several methods depending on the brand or the production centre, RCS MC facilitates this.
Controlling costs is a continuous process that starts with the concepts department, right up to the manufacture of the sample.
‘CLOUD’ mode allows you to modify a model and to control its price during your visits to production
sites by accessing your data on central servers. You will not have to wait until your return for the modifications – they will be done in real time from wherever you are, thus increasing your productivity.
- The module is ready to use.
RCS MC allows you to configure your price-calculation formula
- The RCS MC data is updated in automatic mode as soon as a modification is performed
on your designs, your patterns, your MCT and labour data
- The price can be displayed in several ways via:
- The model price can be calculated for each size and width
- Specific report (BOM costs) are available
RCS COLORIZE / RCS COL
RCS COL provides you with a user-friendly interface to create your different palettes of materials and colours, which can be shared and completed as they are developed by your designers and colourists. The RCS DM’s collaborative mode facilitates these exchanges.
Once the design of a model has been approved, the next step in the development workflow is the creation of the model’s different material/colour variants (SKUs). Creating variants is easy when you can access the different elements that make up your model through RCS COL’s user-friendly interface.
You can simultaneously see:
- Your 3D model
- The list of pieces and components
- The materials and colour palettes
A large choice of features allows you associate pieces with the materials and colours of your choice and you can create a new variant with just a few clicks of the mouse. The consequent gain in productivity will allow you to present a larger number of variants to your marketing and sales teams in very little time.
Once the variants have been chosen and approved, RCS COL will save the contents of each variant.
For each material you will also save the new material/colour ranges that have been created.
The BOM for each of your materials will be generated automatically.
RCS COL will rapidly become an indispensable tool for your colourist teams.
Benefits of RCS Colorize :
- This Colorisation module was created to respond to our clients who specified this as a
time-consuming, and thus costly, aspect of development
- The user interface has been extremely simplified
- The automated creation of BOM is a considerable advantage in terms of time and the
quality of data selected
- The new material/colour associations are sure to be saved
- The integration of 3D with the PDM makes RCS COL the most advanced module of its kind
- Generating reports leaves nothing to chance