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Rapid design system for the footwear industry

Objective



This project proposes to design and produce a pre-production design development data base to improve the speed and efficiency in bringing a new shoe design into production and hence to the market place. By providing an easy to use 'design by adaptation' capability, the system should encourage our designers to develop more integrated and rationalised design concepts. This should reduce part counts, maximise the returns from previous investments in tools and operator training, and improve production efficiency. The system will also hold approved production quality control measures for various combinations of materials and/or shoe constructions to allow automatic generation of the necessary instructions. This will assist companies win quality accreditation and improve competitiveness. The system will be developed for use by people with little previous experience of computers. It it will be adaptable so that new component and construction categories may be accommodated as they evolve with fashion. This will ensure that the software will be configurable for a range of individual company needs. The information held by the design development data base system will be separate but compatible with other computer applications in use. This provides for holding prototype design details for materials and components which need not exist in the production systems until the style is approved for bulk production. For companies in supply partnerships which produce designs commissioned by retailers, the system will be suitable to use as an interactive catalogue to aid negotiations.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

WILLIAM GREEN & SON LTD.
Address
Queen Street
NN10 0AB Rushden
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

A Industrial de Calçado Arauto LDA
Portugal
Address
231,Rua Do Brasil
3700 S. Joao Da Madeira
CENTRO TECHNOLOGICO DO CALCADO
Portugal
Address
Rua De Fundoees - Devesa Velha
3700 121 S.joao Da Madeira
Crockett and Jones Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Perry Street
NN1 4HN Northampton
Florida Group Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Didben Road
NR3 4RR Norwich
Hellenic Leather Centre SA
Greece
Address
7A,thisseos Street
17676 Athens
Myolnas Bros SA
Greece
Address
32,Athinon Avenue
12131 Peristeri
Ribeira and Faria SA
Portugal
Address
Lugar Dos Pedregais
4610 Felgueiras
Satra Footwear Technology Centre Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Footwear Technology Centre Rockingham Road
NN16 9JH Kettering
Vergina Shoes SA
Greece
Address
33,Anaxagora
17778 Tavros