Ronnie Hagin, CEO
Optimization of shop floor production is crucial for manufacturers in any industry. Especially, when it comes to apparel and textile industry, where manufacturers want to reduce lead times, increase cycle times and stop piling up stocks, having a robust Shop Floor Control System(SFC) that efficiently helps in planning and scheduling of supply chain inventory and workflows is of tremendous importance. On an equal note, the system not only should streamline the planning and scheduling of processes, but also provide clear and transparent data insights in real-time for productive outputs. Though there are numerous Shop Floor Control systems available in the market that today, they do not efficaciously help in achieving the desired outcomes. This is where Datatex’s path-breaking SFC comes into play.
Founded in 1987, Datatex is the world’s leading supplier of software solutions to the global textile and apparel industry. The company’s cutting-edge Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP) software, which is known as Network Oriented World(NOW), streamlines and optimizes all the processes across multiple departments from the beginning to end—like shop floor optimization, risk management, financing and accounting, and procurement, to name a few—and ensures optimum productivity is achieved. “We are the only global provider of complete package solutions encompass everything from the fiber to the final garment at the store for the apparel manufacturing industry and industries alike,” says Ronnie Hagin, CEO of Datatex. In addition to providing an all-encompassing robust software, Datatex also provides cloud solutions, digital marketing solutions, and a gamut of other solutions, leveraging its 34 years of experience in the industry.
Notably, the company’s state-of-the-art Shop Floor Control(SFC) software, a module of the NOW, increases the production output of the floor by increasing the visibility, ensuring data integrity and streamlining the production processes. As a module that can be adjusted according to the size of the customers in the full supply chain, Datatex’s SFC helps manufacturers improve the scheduling and planning of their operations. It lowers the manufacturing cycle times, and improves the accuracy of iventory reporting and workflows, through data-driven analytics that provide real-time, actionable data. This real-time provision of data enables both the operators and managers to identify, adjust and resolve any issues as they arise on the production floor, there by accelerating the productivity. “We believe that an ERP without a good shop floor system cannot really provide the solutions or the benefits that the company needs,” explains the Ronnie.
The set of functionalities and features that Datatex’s SFC has to offer, sets it apart from any other SFC in the market. The company’s Shop Floor system reduces the lead times of the manufacturing process dramatically through its high-precision scheduling and planning systems. This effective planning and scheduling process helps manufacturers in cutting the extra costs spent in the redundant inventory, and consequently saves time. The system analyses the data recieved from the production floor machines and sends actionable data to the machines or operators as to what actions to be performed—like the Standard Operating Procedures(SOP), configurations of the machines, their temperature, speed, and rest intervals—to achieve maximum productivity.
We are the only global provider of complete package solutions encompass everything from the fiber to the final garment at the store for the apparel manufacturing industry and industries alike
“We can provide the operators with the schedule of what production order or what batch has to be progressed next or produced next,” says Ronnie. Likewise, the system can also detect any glitch in the machines or any productivity problems arising out of raw material or maintenance issues, prior to turning into a real problems in the production.
In addition, the company’s SFC also identifies and points out areas where production managers should intervene so as to ensure the quality of the process and to meet the deadlines of the customers. Similarly, the system also keeps an eye on the quality of the products as they are manufactured, and reports them in real-time in case of any anomalies. “We're trying to predict finished product quality based on quality results at all stages of the supply chain,” he says. He further adds: “Because, the sooner we can detect a problem or a potential problem, the faster we can fix it before it reaches the customer and becomes a big one.” Besides, another notable module that NOW encompasses is Inspection Module that sets inspection officers free from hours of form filling and writing works they usually do. The module eliminates the time spent by officers in filling forms, hence allowing them to focus completely on inspection, this time with more accuracy. Moreover, when it comes to setting up its systems for clients, the company follows three types of methods. One method is by simply tailoring the software to the customer’s requirement using a tool. The other one is to connect the system to the PLC which requires the datatex teams to learn the protocol from its customers or from his third party supplier of equipments. And in the third type of setting up, the company just gets the length measurements from its customers and feeds the data into its system, which then shows the production quantities in the system.
With an user base of more than 20 thousand customers spread across 45 countries, the company’s tremendous success over the years can be attributed to its ability in attuning to the needs and demands of its clients. Along the way, Datatex has earned the trust and loyalty of many satisifed and happy customers who stand as a testament to the the company’s incredible success. “We can guarantee decades of continuity. And on that note, we take great pride in the fact that we have customers that have been with us for over 30 years,”explains Ronnie. In one instance, when a denim manufacturer was struggling to optimize the cutting operation of the rolls, as they had to time again sell the rolls that were not of first quality at 10% to 30% discounts, Datatex came into the story and turned things around. The company optimized the cutting process of the rolls by 2.5% and helped them reduce the discounts. “What we have is a system that basically allows the customers to optimize the roll cutting process by three to four or sometimes even 5%,” elaborates the CEO.
Gliding on its roaring success in the market, Datatex plans to remain the market leader by constantly refining it products and solutions. Furthermore, to stay competent in terms of technology, the company keeps close tabs on the technological trends to capitalize on the benefits they have to offer. Zeroing in on its vision to be the best technological partner for textile and apparel industry, which the company is now, Datatex is all fastened up, and armed with the right resources and teams, to redefine the future of textile, apparel and other manufacturing industries with its products and solutions.