Sri Lanka Hirdaramani deploys cost cutting start-up software in apparel group factories

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Hirdaramani apparel conglomerate is deploying new quality management software developed by a group IT start-up that cuts waste and improves planning across the multinational’s network of factories, an official said.

Samath Fernando, Hirdaramani’s chief information officer and chief executive of its H One information technology start-up, said the Res.Q quality management software they developed is the first step to ‘smart factories’ in the group.

Hirdaramani group, with annual sales of 900 million US dollars, has apparel plants in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Ethiopia, employing about 60,000 people.

Fernando said Res.Q, which has language localisation capability, is being deployed in group factories including overseas, and also being sold as a cloud-based subscription service to others.

He believes the software has potential to be used in other similar industries like shoe manufacturing.

The software gives data-driven, real-time insights into apparel manufacturing processes across its far-flung factories, he said.

The software helps to cut defect rates and improve efficiency, helping manufacturers save money.

“We suddenly started capturing data in real time, with data visualization coming on the shop floor, on TVs and SMS alerts. For example, we are able to see which productin lines have the highest defect rates. Predictive analytics is going to be key,” said Fernando.

“People used to looking at data the next day, are now able to see what happened in the last 10 minutes, even in say a factory in Vavuniya. That’s the power of the softeare.”

New modules developed by H One enable monitoring of machine inventory, keeping track of all machines across the group, including movements, breakages, repairs and servicing.

The software provides insights into the skills of workers, helping improve their training and deployment, and also how to plan out production lines, Fernando said.

Samath Fernando is also an inductee in Echelon’s New Establishment 100, you may click the link below to read more.
(COLOMBO, 20 November 2019)

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