DESIGN & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT furniture

Improve profitability and competitiveness by offering more choice, in the same time with an optimized product development process

ACCELERATING TIME TO MARKET FOR FURNITURE COMPANIES

Furniture manufacturers are under pressure to meet the demand from consumers for more frequent collections, with more choice, more models, variants and options, such as built-in technology. All this with ever-shorter time to market. Reorganizing the traditional, sequential product development process into a collaborative, concurrent one is one way to accelerate product development. In the traditional process, designers and production managers have very little contact and several physical prototypes are necessary. These are extremely costly and time-consuming to produce. DesignConcept Furniture brings everyone together, arround 3D virtual prototyping, helping them to find the best compromise between innovative new design, production constraints and costs.

Creating 3-D prototypes to accurately simulate new models and explore multiple virtual options, minimizes physical prototyping. Not only that, but creating and costing variants and modules from the same basic model is much faster than creating them from scratch and avoids errors.
Design for manufacturing (DFM), an approach adopted by many western furniture companies, aims to optimize the product development process to reduce costs and accelerate time to market.
With DFM, manufacturers can reuse standard components which they have already industrialized and produced, saving time and money, not only at the design stage, but also in production.

LECTRA SOLUTIONS HELP FURNITURE MANUFACTURERS
ANTICIPATE AND CONTROL COSTS

Raw materials and labor costs are rising, while uphostered furniture margins are being squeezed by increased competition. Accurate early costing is therefore even more critical. As part of a design-to-cost approach, Lectra’s DesignConcept Furniture solution enables manufacturers to calculate costings early in the development process, before physical prototyping, ensuring all products meet the required cost to value ratio. Concurrent prototyping and costing make it possible to forecast all material use quickly and accurately, which gives a competitive edge when replying to tenders and purchasing materials.

INCREASING CHOICE IN THE FURNITURE INDUSTRY

Furniture in China is driven by the domestic market, consumption is gradually spreading to the second and third-tier cities. Furniture is becoming more like fashion. Consumers also change interiors more often, and they want more choice. Consumers are highly tech-savvy: they live in cities where connectivity is everywhere and want to be able to control, connect and charge devices from the comfort of their sofa or armchair. And, speaking of comfort, consumers are looking for furniture with motion functions, such as recliners.
For manufacturers, development cycles are becoming shorter and collections more frequent, to keep up with these trends. This renders the traditional process of repeated iterations and multiple physical prototypes unworkable.
Lectra’s solutions for the furniture industry accelerate time to market by enabling several steps to run concurrently, rather than sequentially.

Driving change to get new styles to market faster

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UPGRADING QUALITY AND REDUCING THE RISK OF ERROR AT FURNITURE MANUFACTURERS

Great products start with great design. Unfortunately, in the traditional manual process, human error is ever-present, and may lead to non-respect of the designers original intent, increased costs and missed deadlines. Automation mimizes the risk of error and improves communication by ensuring everyone uses the same accurate, up-to-date information.
Once a model has received approval for production, DesignConcept Furniture automatically generates technical specifications for wood, foam and cover materials, as well as sewing and assembly instructions, which can then be sent to the pre-production department. Lectra’s 3D 's modifications are automatically transfered to the 2D pattern. In addition, marker making software employs a system of dependencies which creates links between pieces. Modifications made to one piece are automatically repeated on all linked pieces.

FACILITATING CHANGE IN THE UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE INDUSTRY

With booming urbanization leading to average growth in double digits, furniture is now a fast-changing market in China. At the same time a "soft home decor" market is also emerging and changing fast. On top of that, the demand for more complex furniture with motion and technology features is also rising, complicating product development even further. Automation and performance optimization are the only ways for manufacturers to take advantage of this increasing demand and provide the variety of styles required to stay ahead of the competition. Lectra consultants work closely with customers to propose the solution which is not only the most suitable to meet current needs, but which will be able to grow and change with the market over time.
Once it is in place, a full range of tailored training and support services ensure that teams achieve and maintain the desired levels of performance.