Inc., a leader in on-demand design automation software serving the needs
of defense industry acquisition programs and consumer products
manufacturers, today announced that it will provide services to
ARMORsmith, a leading provider of next generation body armor. ARMORsmith
has signed a two year subscription agreement to Zweave's Zdesign
manage product development data associated with the research,
development, and manufacture of lightweight body armor solutions for
Military and civilian police.
With a unique focus on human factors
in the product lifecycle and defense industry specific features,
Zweave's on-demand design automation solutions support the collaborative
product lifecycle management of clothing and individual equipment items.
is a comprehensive, integrated suite of Collaborative Design
Studios in which creative and sourcing teams come together to manage all
aspects of product development.
After spending twenty years in product
development with inefficient tools and processes to support color, fit,
design, trend research, merchandising, sampling and sourcing, our team
of product development and technology experts have created the tools we
have always wanted for design and product development activities,
McCann, an Apparel Industry Product Development Veteran and the
President and Founder of Zweave.
We have received seven Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the US Department of Defense to
develop clothing and equipment design automation solutions to support
the defense acquisition community. After five years of government funded
R&D, we are launching Zdesign
and Fit Studio
our first products for
the Consumer Products Markets in May 2007 with our partner OptiTex usa.
ARMORsmith required a system
that would support both male and female 3D data from medical
imaging, full body scans, landmarks, 3D fit, pattern making, and
said Alex Gallo, President of ARMORsmith.
lets us replace manual product data management systems
with an integrated and automated solution that supports versioning,
change control and secure collaboration with our internal and
external partners in the defense industry.
supports our requirements for managing complex
anthropometric and human factors information together with pattern
making, grading and 3D CAD solutions from OptiTex while supporting
our workflow and business processes to guarantee ARMORsmith's
solutions reach our troops on the battlefield today and not in ten
Our partnership with Zweave has
allowed us to integrate OptiTex's 2D and 3D design tools with Zweave's
, enabling ARMORsmith's design team to maximize product
development efficiencies through the use of Anthropometric Virtual
Models, custom patterns and Fit Workspaces
said Yoram Burg, President
of OptiTex USA.
The Warfighter depends on the fit of their body armor
and our tools combined with Zweave's PLM approach to managing fit data
will save lives.
The adoption of Zdesign
ARMORsmith further validates Zweave's on-demand design automation
solutions as a highly attractive alternative to expensive, risky, and
cumbersome, non apparel-specific PLM client-server applications,
David Buck, CEO of Zweave.
For the first time, Zweave is offering
access to apparel focused, web-based Product Lifecycle Management
software as an ASP with a yearly subscription fee instead of as an
enterprise solution necessitating expensive software license fees. Our
approach makes it possible for small and medium size companies on the
cutting edge of product design, whether fashion or defense focused, to
minimize their internal IT resource obligations. We lower their overall
costs, reduce the implementation complexity and speed up the time to
launch, while providing access to cutting edge software.
ARMORsmith Company develops next
generation armor solutions for both male and female protection that
incorporate the latest in nanotechnology, high strength lightweight
materials, microclimate systems, transparent armor, data-communications,
and power systems. The lightweight & scalable defensive technological
advancements greatly enhance protection for the warfighter and police
officer with anthropometrically developed armor solutions that can be
produced cost effectively in volume.
Founded in 1987,
OptiTex specializes in the development of innovative easy-to-operate
CAD/CAM solutions for sewn products and other related industries. Its
native Microsoft Windows based software packages for digitizing, pattern
engineering, grading, marking, advanced automatic nesting, made to
measure and draping, are specifically designed to meet the needs of
today's manufacturers of industrial fabrics, apparel, upholstery,
transportation, composites, home furnishings, and other sewn products.
OptiTex's open architecture system comes amply equipped with a multitude
of import/export formats, enabling OptiTex users to interface with a
wide range of software and hardware. OptiTex also offers the convenient
option of purchasing a completely integrated package, including OptiTex
software solutions, digitizer, and pen or ink jet plotter. Available in
more than 20 languages, OptiTex products are sold and supported around
the world through certified distributors and OEMs.
Zweave, Inc. is a
leader in on-demand design automation software, serving the needs of
Defense acquisition programs, the Defense industry, and consumer
products manufacturers. For the thousands of people working in
organizations that design, source and manufacture clothing, footwear,
equipment, textiles and consumer products, Zweave's software solutions
make it as easy as possible to share and manage product development
information anytime, anywhere. Product research, design and development
are the ﬁrst steps in delivering a product to market. Every decision
including ﬁt, color, material and trim impacts cost, sourcing location
and time to market.