Los Angeles CA – Tukatech Inc., Los Angeles-based provider of 2D/3D apparel software solutions, is pleased to announce its most recent partnership with GrupoM, the Dominican Republic-based manufacturer of woven and knit apparel.
GrupoM’s recent installation and conversion to Tukatech has immediately improved pattern development productivity and cost savings, utilizing Tukatech’s TUKAcad digital pattern making and grading, and SMARTmark automatic marker making software.
The improvements due to Tukatech’s software have been seen across all of GrupoM’s divisions. Fernando Capellan, President and CEO of GrupoM, says “I am enthused by the professionalism and passion that Ram Sareen and his team put into this software. I know the system is a reflection of that commitment therefore making it a very good business decision.”
“In today’s tough business environment the need for right tools that will keep you ahead of the curve are very necessary. Competitiveness, cost efficiency, quick response and accurate product developments right the first time are key. Tukatech is one of those tools and will definitely keep us on the cutting edge,” says Joseph Blumberg, Director Sales & Merchandising.
“Tukatech is a system that as an overall saves steps and time since it unifies processes within the development of a pattern. It also allows us to link information automatically between the patterns and excel formats. The integrated automatic marker system linked to the pattern software allows us to develop our production patterns faster and automatically with an optimum efficiency. The system also allows us to work in different things at the same time, while pattern and markers are being executed.
Tukatech definitely offers savings in time and money making us more efficient and competitive,” says Lily Beauchamps, Knits Product Development Manager.
Installation and training on TUKAcad and SMARTmark was also a success, says Rodin Fadul, IT Manager at GrupoM. He says, “The Tukatech consultants were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and willing to work out any and all issues… Full installation and setup was just a few clicks away… It is the easiest deployment we’ve ever made!”
Kelvy Santos, Director of the Wovens Operations at GrupoM, also has been impressed by Tukatech’s results, saying “I am very satisfied with the savings we are having in the YPU (yield per unit). There is much more control of the whole information from costing, patterns, markers, etc. It also organizes a chronological database making all the much easier to minimize errors. The software is easy to use, and the management reports are very helpful.”
GrupoM has also seen cost savings with Tukatech’s automated marker making software, SMARTmark. This software automatically creates cost effective, yield-efficient markers stored for easy distribution to multiple cutting locations. SMARTmark, the powerful software is saving GrupoM significantly in fabric and marker making costs, speeding marker availability to cutting rooms throughout the organization.
“Tukatech guarantees the optimization of fabric use with the use of SMARTmark, especially today in light of the serious cotton situation.
SMARTmark is helping us reduce the cost in fabric use which is very significant in the overall costing,” says Mairim Eli, Knits Costing Manager.
“In the short time we have been with Tukatech, the software has demonstrated to be a powerful as well as a flexible system. It is “user friendly” and is in line with the needs of our industry. SMARTmark has helped us to increase our efficiencies in terms of fabric utilization and in addition has sent the various reports that allow us to better manage our resources,” confirms Milton Corniell, Manager, LM Cutting.
GrupoM is the largest apparel manufacturer in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, employing over 10,000 workers, producing for all major branded and private label apparel retailers in the USA. Known for its social conscious employment policies, GrupoM has been expanding its manufacturing base to include earthquake ravaged Haiti, creating much needed jobs and benefits to the island nation’s population. With the expansion, GrupoM needed a user friendly CAD system which could service multiple factory locations, multi divisional development teams and be installed and productive immediately.
GrupoM is using Tukatech’s TUKAcad, SMARTmark and TUKA3D for all digital pattern making, grading and marking standardizing the development process to production while allowing divisional departments flexibility and report generation they require.