In their first feature with us, Crius guides readers through the attributes of and benefits to ‘Mateos™ for Fashion’. A design integration platform, Mateos enhances designers’ productivity, allowing more time to innovate by synchronizing designs for the global enterprise throughout the product’s maturity from concept to production.
It is a fact well understood that before a product is ‘born’ and hits the market shelves, it goes through intense filters around organization forecast and plans, competitive analysis, customer sentiments and many more considerations. Not to mention operational expense reduction and efficiency imperatives on productivity parameters and yet be innovative and front run in the market.
Several companies have adopted technology and automation as a catalyst to aid in maintaining the competitive edge. There have been several rounds of investment and iterative institutionalization and roll-out cycles for different IT systems with a wish on a ‘visible’ return-on-investment.
Companies have rolled-out several turn-key/semi-turn-key IT solutions under their IT machinery to achieve targeted challenges throughout the life of the product like PLM, ERP, Design tools and environments, Supply Chain and After-sales systems. These systems intend to address specific use-cases that are exclusive to themselves and a portion of them overlap in many scenarios as well.
In a nutshell, with many such variants of IT systems coupled with processes and meta-data pockets, it is imperative that these participating systems effectively synchronize with each other complimenting the design and manufacture cycle rather than introducing manual steps and repeated initiatives in different divisions of the organization.
Design automation and integration solutions are one such key area of the process and IT landscape of a company that should tend to leverage the strengths of each participating application and bind them all with the ‘semantic’ meta-data and process exchanges that the organization needs.
There are no single landing solutions in the market that can address this challenge, but we can find a wide variety of point-to-point integration solutions that deal with specific meta-data exchange between these systems. Over a period of time, with changing business and technical landscapes in the organization and beyond, these integrations tend to get ‘rusty’, obsolete and inflexible for changes.
The need of the hour is a flexible platform/solution that can seamlessly connect to participating systems, ‘interlocking’ the end-to-end lifecycle parameters of the product. This solution should also allow the authors to be productive in their respective environments without having to take care of technical logistics and exchange of the design files or meta-data. Scalability of such a solution without having to re-invest effort, time and cost heavily on upgrade to handle the changing landscape does also play a significant role.
Mateos is a solution from Crius Software that walks this journey. Mateos™ for Fashion neutral design integration platform is a collaborative playfield for the designer fraternity of an organization.
It enhances designer’s productivity allowing more time to innovate by synchronizing designs for the global enterprise throughout the product’s maturity from concept to production, right from the designer’s native design environment. With Mateos, Designers and Authors just design!
Built on cutting-edge and scalable technology stack, Mateos has proven to bring to light the most advanced use-cases in an integration scenario with different verticals. Mateos design integration portfolio considers the following authoring and collaborative design applications to integrate with PLM in the Fashion space:
The features of Mateos ™ take integration of Integrated-Design-Environments (IDEs) to a new level.
Mateos is equipped with advanced integration features that enables structure management and synchronization of designs and sketches with products to reduce redundancy and data integrity errors. Users perform a single-click check-in/check-out operation that syncs all the design artifacts related to the product. The design artifacts dynamically change with the type of industry and can be configured. As an example, with the Adobe Suite, the designer can maintain a clear link between the sketches, colors, palettes, materials, products and season variants, all in a single go. Not just that, Mateos replicates the design tools like brushes, swatches, symbols and others to enable peer designers to jump start their design from a fully-loaded design-board. All this can be done in the background saving designers time and effort.
Administrators find it very helpful with the Multi-Format Management module that handles various models, sketches, templates, viewers, images and reference document types, all configurable to a specific organization.
Mateos’ has a ‘Live’ dashboard with which the local design workspace is bi-directionally synchronized and controlled with PLM Server in real-time. It presents smart operational links to perform major PLM related design activities with ease directly from the Design IDE (Adobe Suites, 3D modelers, accessory designers and other design suites as described in the diagram above). The visual status indicators display live status change messages to designers with respect to server data. Designers can now explore PLM and navigate right within the native design environment.
With Mateos, searching PLM or local workspace, reserving models & drawings, controlled check-in, check-out, bi-directional attribute sync operations are no longer activities that need hand-holding from the respective IT teams. It helps to auto-recognize conflicting designs and resolve ambiguities with a smart in-built algorithm. The design process in Mateos follows a robust yet flexible revision and version management that can assist to discover design change history, traceability and do impact analysis with where-used. This is coupled with extended design finalization and release management catering to fast-track and full-track changes on the product design.
Mateos provides a versatile digital mockup support to export design visuals in the formats preferred. Thumbnail and viewer support enabling digital mockup & visualization on the web without the native Design IDE is another key feature of Mateos that ceases the need of the design engine presence for viewing design artifacts. Mateos supports 3D PDF generation for specific design tools, which makes offline 3D interaction a reality. The digital mockups generated are lightweight for use and the ability to view, edit, annotate and communicate with in-built viewers takes offline collaboration to new levels.
To avoid re-design and usage of existing artifacts, Mateos provides robust Design Templates Management. This also improves quality with process standardization across different levels in the business units or in the entire organization. As part of the extension, Mateos provides strong Custom Attribute / Design Type mapping for flexible and seamless attribute sync. This allows the users to search, view, edit and sync custom attributes both in the design IDE and PLM.
Mateos is pre-built to handle product variants and design tables. This is extensible to address default variants without having to replicate the entire design structure for small changes. Capability to generate drawings automatically with auto-updates of title block attributes extends the design artifacts to the production floor in a highly collaborative environment.
A comprehensive design dashboard for an engaging natural and transparent UI presents recent designs and frequently accessed library items with complete server auto-sync that can assist project teams to access relevant designs easily. With Mateos’ history rollouts, designers don’t find the need to navigate beyond the dashboard to commence design from where they left off previously! The rich design tiles are context-sensitive smart tiles that displays real-time server status, reservation controls and quick action links for routine operations which otherwise would be a time-consuming activity for the designers.
The extensible consolidated Sketch Reports with swatch, material, pattern usage with products listing, provides adequate information for peers and downstream units to access all the design information in one place.
Mateos provides one-touch navigability between Design IDE, PLM and local workspace for the ease of navigability. The comprehensive design folders and files management enables designers to perform file logistics within Mateos, hence the Design IDE. The Advanced Filtering module provides pre & post flexible summary filters that can provide numerical visual indicators about file-types and different file statuses. These filters also embed smart context-sensitive operations based on filtered conditions. For example, visual display of a few conflicted designs provides auto-correct options, outdated designs with checkout stamps and so on.
Consolidated views on the Mateos dashboard present an intuitive hierarchical design grid that can explore deep-nested design components rapidly. The configurable multi-form views with carousels and thumbnails in vibrant theme combinations provide fluidic visual presentation of design artifacts with pre-set and extensible personal preferences.
Versions management module presents a version Viewer carousel to analyze entire design progression and further compare and analyze design changes: 2D visual slide-n-compare and comprehensive 3D compare automation.
Adding to other collaborative features of Mateos, it provides a plug-n-play collaboration link that can integrate communication tools like Skype, MS Lync and others. The integrated communication plug-in allows designers to chat with the person who has reserved the design or conference with designers of previous versions to understand the design change intent. Pre-configurable chat text and design mockups are automatically inset in the chat terminal for instant context setting regarding the meeting agenda. The chat text is saved as discussion threads on the design for future reference and design audits. With Mateos share screens, snapshot-n-mail, grant control to design, annotate, communicate and co-design in real-time.
On a select list of design IDEs, Mateos provides tightly coupled advanced operations. As an example, when the designer saves a file, he/she can configure his IDE to either save the design (File à Save or CTRL + S) in the local workspace or server directly or at both places. Similarly during opening a file (File à Open or CTRL + O), options to open files from the local workspace or from Server.
The Mateos’ advanced File Transfer module uses cutting edge technologies that enables lightning fast and parallel design data transfers yet they are reliable, secure and in the background. Designers no longer have to worry about the design file with the in-built error auto-recovery engine coupled with pause-resume options.
Mateos is a highly configurable and extensible solution. Its range of product configurability and preferences provides administrator and designer level preferences to have granular control on design data and process management. To name a few – configurable auto-sync intervals for design status with the PLM server. Real-time switching options between PLM design databases and On-Off business process controls! With an in-built license management server, Mateos presents ‘zero’ admin overhead in managing the license server and handling personnel and database movements.
Design interfaces are now global. Mateos can switch languages based on user locale and preferences without even having to restart the application.
Mateos enhances productivity and collaborative product development:
- Seamless design co-development throughout the concept-to-production product phases within the organization and external suppliers
- Right design version & variants information at the right time for the extended enterprise
- Granular comparison, chat, share screen, give control and co-design with peers
- Context-sensitive natural UI; designers spend more time in designing rather than routine data management, sync and communication overheads
- Staying ‘live’ and course corrections with design changes in the server and local
- Simplified administrative routines with a highly configurable system and an in-built license management server
It shortens time to market and reduces operational costs:
- Centralized design data management eliminating duplication & errors
- Enhanced design discovery, reuse and swift product change process
- Design process standardization across various corporate initiatives
Mateos solutions are an effort to provide seamless and semantic integration between applications participating in the product’s lifecycle. Mateos lets applications and corresponding users be more productive within their own environments but still communicate with the extended enterprise. With Mateos, fast track E-PLM and integration initiatives to the next level.
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