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