Digitize Your Shop Floor Data - Know Why It is Urgent on Post COVID-19 Time

What did Covid-19 pandemic has signaled to the apparel manufacturing community around the world? Well, it certainly has clearly indicated that to succeed and remain relevant, from now on the factory owners need to undergo a digital transformation, especially in the production shop floor area making their operators, managers, production operations and processes smarter and more agile so they can adapt to changing dynamics more quickly.

The key to success of many companies will depend on how quickly they adopt to the enormous disturbance created by the pandemic.

A lot will depend on how quickly they can assess and invest in their technological requirement be it production tracking, quality control, production planning or machine maintenance.

There are serious companies who want to convert this challenging situation into an opportunity to grow and already started transforming their manufacturing with the help of technologies because that is the only way forward. 

All apparel manufacturers in the world know that there are parts in their manufacturing process that are not as they should be. Quality issues, defects, scrap, re-work, workarounds, waiting, machine breakdown, downtime, improper planning, and other forms of wastes which are a significant drain on plants performance and the bottom line.

If they know the problems, then the question is why they are not being fixed? 

The problem is that the scale and size of these wastes and indicators of its root causes are often not available to the people who are best placed in the production shop floors to act. It is as if the factory performance is “hidden” from them, so they are unable to make the necessary improvements. Exposing this hidden factory performance is the first step in improving the operational performance and profitability of any sewing factory. It provides the opportunity to not only reduce manufacturing costs but also gain untapped capacity.

Estimated waste hidden within a factory could be as much as 40 percent - According to Armand Feigenbaum

However, companies which are already started using new technology and making data-driven decisions in their factories improved efficiency and effectiveness by 15% - 40%. Those who are taking advantage of the disruption brought by new technologies like cloud-based QMS, SFC, Planning, and Maintenance system are helping in discovering the “hidden factory” enabling managers and operatives to take real-time decisive action to improve performance. Automating one aspect of manufacturing may lead to value gain in one area being lost in another. 

Stitch has come up with the latest software solutions including Quality Management System, Machine Maintenance and Management, Production Tracking System, and Production Planning, that will surely help you in digitizing your shop floor data. 

STITCH MES is a game-changer cloud-based integrated system for sewing factories that monitors productivity across a factory’s global operations. Centralizing real-time data captured from the entire manufacturing process provides both instantaneous feedback and deep analytics to troubleshoot and adapt on the fly for the factory people minimizing cost and downtime. This ability to quickly respond to concerns before they escalate ensures quality and efficiency and on-time delivery. 

STITCH Manufacturing Execution System is the perfect production management tool to get a holistic view of your entire manufacturing operations and move to the next level of manufacturing called Industry 4.0. STITCH offers a variety of modules namely Quality Management System, Machine Maintenance and Management, Production Tracking System, and Production Planning. STITCH also undertakes custom digital transformation projects for apparel and other industries.

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