Plumbs’ need to stay on-trend and meet increasing consumer demand
Plumbs is a fourth-generation, 60 year-old family business with a unique, environmentally sustainable business model. 100% made in Britain, they provide sofa reupholstering and cover remanufacturing services to help their customers avoid discarding their furniture by revitalizing them instead. This environmentally friendly approach to furniture has been gaining traction among younger, more conscious consumers. As every order is a one-off, Plumbs faced the challenge of having to meet increasing consumer demand while ensuring quality and profitability. They also had to offer a wider variety of colors, designs and patterned fabrics to stay on-trend.
Plumbs chose Furniture On Demand by Lectra to accelerate production speed without sacrificing quality
Plumbs chose Furniture On Demand by Lectra precisely for its ability to process unique, one-off jobs from order reception to product development and final cutting stages. Already well acquainted with Lectra’s technology, they first saw the solution at Lectra’s headquarters in Cestas, Bordeaux, and were impressed by the results of their test cuts on polyester, stretch, woven and velvet fabrics. They were able to witness firsthand the speed and precision of the fabric cutting and pattern matching processes. That was when they decided to adopt the technology.
A smart solution that increases fabric yield, cutting precision and speed
With a solution that automates customized production, they can now reduce time to market by being able to create and process a wide variety of markers quickly. They can produce patterns for each sofa, and send them directly to cutting room through the cloud. The scanner attached to the cutter enables them to improve pattern-matching accuracy, cut faster, and increase fabric savings. This solution has given them the needed flexibility to offer their consumers a wider range of patterned and plain fabrics.