IT so­lu­tions at the core of walk­ing the path to In­dus­try 4.0

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At the core of the revo­lu­tion that is be­ing termed as In­dus­try 4.0 is dig­i­ti­za­tion and the abil­ity to han­dle man­u­fac­tur­ing in real time with IT so­lu­tions. To­day soft­ware providers in the fash­ion man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness are fac­ing their big­gest chal­lenge, to pro­vide so­lu­tions that are not only user-friendly but also for­ward look­ing and com­pat­i­ble with the needs of the man­u­fac­tur­ing des­ti­na­tions that are seek­ing to use such so­lu­tions. While many of the big names in soft­ware are al­ready present in Asia (In­dia and Bangladesh), nu­mer­ous oth­ers are look­ing at this re­gion as a po­ten­tial growth mar­ket.

All the jar­gons con­nected to In­dus­try 4.0 such as In­ter­net of things, Aug­mented Re­al­ity, Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence etc., find root in the soft­ware that con­trols the con­cept. To­day gar­ments can be or­dered with­out even a sin­gle sam­ple be­ing made, a man­u­fac­tur­ing unit in one coun­try can be mon­i­tored by a team sit­ting in an­other coun­try and work that was be­ing done man­u­ally needs only a push of a but­ton/ click of a mouse to be done er­ror free. While prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing are con­sid­ered two sep­a­rate en­ti­ties, dig­i­tal­iza­tion en­deav­ours to bring them un­der one um­brella elim­i­nat­ing many pro­cesses that were tra­di­tion­ally ‘nec­es­sary’ to com­plete the chain.

Many Soft­ware com­pa­nies at Tex­pro­cess were of­fer­ing cus­tomers the ‘revo­lu­tion kit’ to en­ter the next phase of dis­rup­tive evo­lu­tion promis­ing so­lu­tions that they claimed were far bet­ter and re­spon­sive than ear­lier so­lu­tions avail­able on the dig­i­tal plat­form. Even the event or­gan­is­ers con­firmed that the in­ter­est of vis­i­tors in computer- aided tech­nolo­gies for de­sign, fit op­ti­miza­tion, pat­tern pro­duc­tion, au­to­matic cut­ting and la­belling al­most dou­bled in com­par­i­son to the last edi­tion of the fair, from 14 to 26 per cent.

Sim­parel Inc., one such so­lu­tion provider present at the event, em­pow­ers brands, man­u­fac­tur­ers and ver­ti­cal re­tail­ers to scale their busi­nesses by ac­cel­er­at­ing and im­prov­ing per­for­mance across the en­tire busi­ness and global sup­ply chain. The Sim­parel® En­ter­prise So­lu­tion pro­vides global process vis­i­bil­ity, con­trol and col­lab­o­ra­tion by com­bin­ing tra­di­tion­ally in­de­pen­dent En­ter­prise Re­source Plan­ning (ERP), Prod­uct Life­cy­cle Man­age­ment (PLM), Sourc­ing & Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment (SCM), Ma­te­ri­als Re­quire­ments Plan­ning (MRP), Shop Floor Con­trol (SFC), Elec­tronic Data In­ter­change (EDI), Ware­house Man­age­ment ( WMS), Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment (FMS), and other pro­duc­tiv­ity tools into a sin­gle, fash­ion-fo­cused busi­ness sys­tem.

This Amer­i­can com­pany has re­cently ac­quired real -time Shop Floor Con­trol (SFC) de­vel­oper Shopfloor Sup­port LLC., whose wire­less pro­duc­tion data col­lec­tion, An­droid™-based pro­duc­tiv­ity app and cloud­based man­age­ment dash­board and an­a­lyt­ics so­lu­tion ex­pand the port­fo­lio and reach of the ex­ist­ing Sim­parel’s premier end-to-end busi­ness so­lu­tions. John Robin­son, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent - Sales & Mar­ket­ing, Sim­parel, shares that the suc­cess of their so­lu­tions can be seen through the high sat­is­fac­tion level of their cus­tomers. “We have 95% sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing by our cus­tomers, they are su­per happy. They are get­ting back the ROI and many of them have been our cus­tomers for more than 5 years,” re­veals John.

Even though the com­pany claims to be a global leader in man­ag­ing and mon­i­tor­ing fash­ion busi­nesses with in­stal­la­tions in Europe, USA and Canada, the IT so­lu­tion provider has still not tapped the ma­jor ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing hubs in Asia and feels that this is the next fron­tier

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