Software firm New Generation Computing Inc (NGC) has released a new web-based product lifecycle management tool for apparel manufacturing and sourcing companies.
The product, e-PDM, enables users to organise and share common business processes and information with members of other departments that are critical to the development and production of finished products.

It also allows users to access and manage product images through a visual organiser, generate storyboards and line plans, create comprehensive specification packages, produce cost sheets and maintain even calendars.

"e-PDM fulfils a tremendous need that exists in today's global marketplace," NGC president Alan Brooks said.

"Companies have struggled to link their product development activities with the full production process.

"With e-PDM, we're able to provide these companies with a tool that helps them to increase speed to market and improve collaborative communications."

e-PDM can be deployed as a standalone software module or as part of NGC's complete global sourcing and production system.