Real-time Shop Floor Production Monitoring Systems for the Apparel Industry

Real-time shop floor data tracking and production management systems such as Leadtec (Blue Cherry Shop Floor Control system), iWorkPMS, Raptor are gaining popularity day by day in apparel manufacturing.

These systems use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) or Barcode technology for real-time information capturing. Information tracked via RFID readers (terminals) from the shop floor is processed through software and provides various real-time reports that help managing production. Most essential reports such as line balancing, WIP, individual operator performance, line performance, and employee earnings are available within a second.

In India, the Bluecherry SFC system) is well-known for real-time production monitoring and efficiency improvement. 

Name of a few well-known RFID solution providers with their product names are listed in this post. To learn more about the products you can visit their site.

1. BlueCherry shop floor control system (previously known as Leadtec)

by CGS Inc. USA: The most comprehensive shop floor data collection and control solution available. BlueCherry SFC system benefits manufacturers through improved profitability, reduced production costs, accelerated throughput time, and improved product quality. Read more 

Shop-floor control system
Image: Bluecherry SFC Smart Terminal

2. Product: iWorkPMS

by iGarment Hong Kong: iWork PMs system utilizes low-frequency RFID technology to capture real-time data during the entire production workflow, thus the transmission, tracking, storage and retrieval of information will become much smoother, and the whole process more transparent. This system is also known as RFID bundle tracking system.

3. Production Management System (PMS), Zymfactory

by Zymmetry Group, Hong Kong.

4. G.PRO Shop floor Data Tracking (SDT)

by GPRO Technologies, Malaysia: G.PRO Shopfloor Data Tracking (SDT) is a real-time shop floor data collection and feedback system designed specifically to meet the production control and management needs of the apparel industry.

5. ProCon

by Crystal Consultancy Services: Real-time production monitoring system for apparel manufacturers that promises to take the pain out of the shop floor. The system is designed and built around iTag and iTag Reader.  This solution is based in India.

Image: Procon Tablet-based terminals

6. Real-Time Manufacturing Execution System

by Exenta:  This real-time MES (manufacturing execution system) leverages an innovative Android™ app, management dashboard, and off-the-shelf tablets running on Wi-Fi networking to collect production data and empower workers, supervisors, and managers with up to the minute production visibility and control.

7. OptaFloor

By Jaza Software: OptaFloor is a Shop Floor optimization solution that goes beyond Real-time tracking by automating many processes using advanced algorithms and predictive analytics. It brings complete transparency and provides automated reports in real-time on the factory floor. It captures data through a tablet installed at each work station on the shop floor. It has several modules like tracking, automated work allocation, live line balancing, downtime management, smart quality management system, preventive maintenance, etc.

Image: Optafllor real-time production data capturing device.

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