Most of the RMG factories are producing low value added products though demands of high value added garments, fancy items, functional products are rising rapidly. We need to boost our strength in new product design, marketing, communication and presentation, as till now our competitors comparatively better in these parameters.
In previous part (Advance technologies to solve basic problems of BD RMG industry (Part-i) I discussed some essential technologies which can assist us to solve our basic problem remaining on communication, presentation, marketing, wastages, efficiency, productivity, accuracy, new product design and integrity. Here some more technologies have been described:
Demand planning tools
Demand planning software provides businesses with forecasting solutions that help them prepare for future customer demand. Businesses implement demand-planning tools to plan and manage future inventory and production.
These solutions help businesses serve their customers by predicting their long-term needs. They can better prepare for upcoming demands by ensuring that the proper quantity and type of inventory is stocked when needed.
Demand planning solutions rely heavily on predictive analysis and are often a part of supply chain management solutions. This tool can integrate machine learning software to increase predictions by analyzing historical data.
To qualify for inclusion in the Demand Planning category, a product must:
- Extract key insights from inventory trackers and other metrics
- Convert raw data into actionable forecasts
- Support and facilitate automated forecast processes
- Involve predictive analysis tools
- Produce reliable predictions
The main objective of time study is to determine by direct observation, the quantum of human work in a specified task and hence to establish the standard time, within which an average worker working at a normal pace should complete the task using a specified method. By this method, a factory can structured process of directly observing and measuring human work using a timing device to establish the time required for completion of the work by a qualified worker when working at a defined level of performance
- It is useful in determining the standard time for various operations, which helps in fixing wages and incentives.
- It is useful to estimate the cost of a product accurately.
- It helps in production control.
- Using the time study techniques, it can be found that how many machines an operator can run.
Work-study is a generic term for those techniques, particularly method study and work measurement, which are used in all its context and which lead systematically to the investigation of all the factors, which affect the efficiency and economy of the situation being reviewed effect improvement.
The main objective of work-study is to improve the productivity of men, machines and materials. The work-study aims to determine the best method of performing each operation and to eliminate wastage so that production increases with less fatigue.
The work-study is also used in determining the standard time that a qualified worker should take to operate when working at a normal place.
(1) It is direct means of improving productivity.
(2) It results in uniform and improved production flow.
(3) It reduces the manufacturing cost.
(4) Most accurate method and yet provides a sound basis for production planning, control and incentives for manpower.
Cloud storage uses data centers with massive computer servers that physically store the data and make it available online to users via the web. Users can remotely upload their content, store them and retrieve the data as and when required. Let’s take a look at the advantages of incorporating Cloud Manufacturing in our plant:
Lower costs: Working in the cloud substantially lowers the cost of hardware and software as it removes the necessity of investing in IT infrastructures, costly in itself, not only because of the technology but also the resources associated with the installations, the maintenance, energy or technical staff, not to mention problems caused by downtime and breaks in activity. Servers and licenses are in Cloud as a subscription model, where they are hired per use.
Scalability: This payment per use is ideal for companies with increasing or fluctuating bandwidth requirements. If the clients’ needs increase, the system scales capacity automatically and vice versa. That is, the Cloud is flexible and adapts to production requirements, which results in the reduction of costs as you only pay for what you need.
Data: All data is sent to Cloud, where it is processed and stored. It is not strictly this storage that constitutes the highest expense with cloud-based services, but that derived from all of the existing applications and those being developed around this technology to be able to make the most of the plant’s data and use Machine Learning techniques to, among other things, forecast peaks in demand, prevent delays in production, redistribute workloads or avoid problems with stock, etc. All of this, once again, not only has a positive impact on cost reduction but also substantially improves response times.
Automatic updates: One of the problems with security breaches is that the attacks are not aimed at a company, but at equipment that, if not properly updated, ends up being vulnerable and increasing the risk of being attacked.
With Cloud, this weakness disappears because, on the one hand, the servers are outside of the factory’s facilities and, on the other, the system always runs with the latest software version.
No obsolescence: This updating of the programs is extensive in the hardware infrastructure, therefore there is no risk of obsolescence.
Safety: Increasing safety, a topic that is critical for the user, the data stored in Cloud Manufacturing is encrypted and there are automatic backup systems that allow backup copies to be obtained regularly. Equally, it can be accessed regardless of what happens with the machines.
Mobility: Given that all you need is connectivity, you can work from anywhere, regardless of the device from which you want to access the system. You are no longer tied down to a physical space to work with the information.
Better collaboration: Be it employee, supplier, or client, the data is shared. You can work with it at any time and from any place, which streamlines production making it more efficient. The Cloud-based workflow and applications for sharing files help to perform updates in real-time, granting processes full visibility.
Workflow or flower management
Workflow management software adds a layer of structure and visibility to the workflow process, helping you turn ideas into products, and concepts into processes. These tools help the factory to ensure that the product is delivered properly and that the quality of the product is maintained.
These tools support garments as garment schedule tasks, collaborate with others, manage workloads, create and share documentation, and evaluate progress. Today, workflow management solutions are a must-have for keeping teams unified, especially with the growing complexity and fast pace of our multi-tasking, distributed workforce.
Taking advantage of the new capabilities offered by automation and the availability of useful data for decision-making, manufacturers can do so much better than a to-do list—you can support your team with an entire ecosystem of business process management tools (BPM tools) for creating efficient, optimized workflows.
Office management tools
Office management is a profession involving the design, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of the process of work within an office or other organization, to sustain and improve efficiency and productivity.
Office management is thus a part of the overall administration of the business and since the elements of management are forecasting and planning, organizing, command, control and coordination, the office is a part of the total management function.
Office management is the technique of planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling office activities to achieve business objectives and is concerned with the efficient and effective performance of the office work. The success of a business depends upon the efficiency of its office. Some advantage is given below
- Delay and bottlenecks can be avoided.
- Errors can easily be eliminated.
- Office efficiency is stepped up. …
- Office personnel can easily be trained.
- Responsibility can be fixed for each employee.
- Better form design and form control is possible.
- Better control over work is facilitated. …
- Better coordination is possible.
Financial management tools
A financial management system (FMS) is the software and processes an organization uses to manage assets, income and expenses.
An FMS performs various functions: reducing accounting errors, maintaining audit trails and ensuring compliance with applicable accounting standards. The functions and resources of the business can all be controlled within a single system. This makes it easier and faster to process transactions and convey financial information.
Redundant activities are eliminated, and shared services are centralized to save on operational costs. Digital financial management can bring a host of benefits to businesses like financial freedom, ease and efficiency, access to real-time information, flexibility, better decision-making, transparency of information, integration of financial management into other business operations, mobile working, equality and environmental friendliness.