Manufacturing software for the apparel and textile industry

Managing your apparel manufacturing business with spreadsheets, whiteboard or pen and paper is possible when there are only a few daily orders. But what happens when demand increases and your company begins expanding? In the world of automated manufacturing, it is difficult to find a more competitive industry than garment manufacturing. Apparel manufacturers often have a broad range of products. When you add in the deadline pressures that this industry faces,  it becomes a highly demanding sector where companies must perform at their best. Let’s not forget that apparel and footwear manufacturing is increasingly competitive. You must stay on top of your game to make decent margins and retain loyal customers. There is good news – there aren’t many industries where you can quickly solve production management problems.🙂

In your industry, trusted us :

  • micro-scale businesses producing overalls and uniforms.
  • manufacturers of car seat covers/boat covers 
  • small lightweight garment and advertising clothing sewing factories
  • footwear manufacturers

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“Prodio helps to improve the production process. Our customers can log into the B2B panel to check the progress on their orders”.

Guido Vreuls Company owner

Benefits for the APPAREL, FOOTWEAR, AND TEXTILE INDUSTRY

Effective production planning and costs tracking.

Stop filling out manufacturing order forms manually!

If you’re considering expanding your business with new products or markets, manual processing and paper manufacturing management methods are a recipe for error. Instead of filling out the paper form by hand with one click, you can print a clear manufacturing order for a production hall with all the necessary completion parameters. As a bonus, you get bar codes on them, so work registration is even faster.

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Track raw materials consumption and build your products database

Know precisely the products and raw materials you have at hand and when you need to restock your shelves. Prodio makes it easy to create production schedules and assign particular tasks. Floor-level employees have access to the information they need to complete manufacturing orders and production managers a complete manufacturing overview. By creating the technology of your products, you can eliminate mistakes and complaints and build a product database. This is one of the benefits of digital manufacturing. You can stay on top of the stock, sales orders, and production at all stages of your product lifecycle.

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No more chaos – keep your orders under control, no matter how many you get.

Apparel manufacturers turn to Prodio to get total visibility over their production process, from material requirements to capacity planning. Imagine a clear list with all orders included. Their status is shown in real time, you can see who is currently working on them and where in the manufacturing process you are. On top of that, you can see the consumption of raw materials, graphics and drawings.

Your list is constantly updated, and you can see it each time an employee enters new data from your manager’s profile. Sounds like finally a dream come true 🙂

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Track and analyse costs with ease, find the weakest links

Do you have to deal with a high turnover on the production floor? Do you base the pay rates on the number of pieces made? In your industry, it is essential to know how productive each worker is to calculate their salary, have clear productivity measures and know precisely who was responsible for which task. 

Do you spend long hours on payroll, counting working time and trying to find dangerous and costly anomalies or fix problems with an optimal solution? It’s time to change it. Prodio gives you instant access to necessary information. You can:

  • export necessary data, i.e. work history, to MS Excel, where remuneration will be easy to calculate,
  • track manufacturing costs based on your bill of materials (BOM) and production operations,
  • calculate and estimate labour costs,
  • find where the money leaks or where the biggest inefficiencies occur.
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Manufacturing Software Features

Everything you need to run and manage a small manufacturing business

Online production planning and real-time progress tracking

From any place in the world with just a few clicks create a production schedule then share it via a web browser with the shop floor.
Communication between managers and workers doesn’t have to be messy or difficult.

Check out production planning module

Shop floor control and work in progress tracking

The workers register the start / the end of each operation, indicate the progress, and add extra comments using an easy online template.
You can view task updates in real-time, monitor key metrics, make accurate decisions and keep everything on track.

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Orders and products management plus simple inventory

Regain control over orders thanks to an easy online view. Track lead times and get optimal efficiency.
You see who’s working on the job, where in the production process it is, and if you are going to meet the delivery date.

Check out orders and products management module

Time and attendance tracking

Turn time into money, capture every minute of every day, prevent lateness, and never miss a second of chargeable time again.
See who’s on shift, who’s running late, who forgot to clock-in/ clock-out, and who’s on break.

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Products database and your company knowledge management

The more you use Prodio – the greater technology of products is created; thanks to that, new employees’ training process will be easier, faster, and the knowledge will stay in the company.

Check out product database module

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Tips and tricks for your industry

Check how to customize your new manufacturing software

Use accelerated production registration with bar codes on many devices.

When you move very fast from order to order, making the whole process as easy as possible is essential.

Print manuals with bar codes, which you put at the production hall – see how?

And use bar codes for registration.

Prepare product templates – fill out customized client boxes.

Get ready for different product variants and an increased demand – i.e. instead of creating a product and technology for each ordered car seat cover, prepare its template with the whole technological process, operations, machines, and step-by-step procedures, as well as expected efficiency.

When the Client orders an additional batch, or a different color/pattern you can save time and be ready in minutes. Choose this car seat cover from the template you prepared earlier, and in a new box, add a graphic, special requests, type of finish or method of delivery.

How to add additional product/order parameters? 

Short-list with other suggested settings and useful tricks in production management:

What is best to write down and set as “product” in Prodio:

If you regularly make-to-stock products, it is good to create a product database. Add technology, raw materials and documents if you make-to-order products create a Product template which can be customised at each stage. Definitely add technology to a product – the work will automatically be divided into suitable machines/operations. You will be able to change the technology when planning a manufacturing order. Remember, you can duplicate it to use later while preparing another order.

Production plan – what can you set as machines/operations?

Add all machines you use on your production floor (by name) and manual operations. you can also set your as Machines/Operations your workers - each of them will have the list of tasks (it works well with simple processes and micro-production)

Production schedule – tips regarding displaying and planning

Make sure you show only essential information needed for the completion of manufacturing tasks. Customise your production schedule in Settings. Use operation predecessors to know which tasks are ready to continue work.

Additional boxes worth adding for your branch:

Wide variety depending on what you do 🙂 For orders: Colour (or other customised for your Client parameters) Form of delivery Comments

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We know that each manufacturing company is different and has other needs- that’s why it is best to have a quick, free DEMO presentation, where we show you how to adjust your Prodio account to your specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I change my type of a subscription package?

Yes, you can. It’s not a problem – just write to us and the following month we will issue a modified invoice. It works in the same way if the number of employees in your manufacture changes and exceeds the one in your package. We simply make adjustments.

2. Can you explain what is a number of manufacturing workers?

The way we understand it, a manufacturing worker is a person who can register in the system the start / the finish of an operation and respectively clock in / clock out. All staff having only administrative access, but not performing any production are not included in the limit precised in the package description.

3. Is my data secure?

For the security reasons and protection of your data, the connection with the server is encrypted SSL 128 bits). Servers are placed in the professional server’s room equipped among others in a backup electricity generator, security cameras monitoring servers room and access control.

4. How to start using Prodio?

After registration you are welcomed by a tutorial, where you are given a short tour explaining basic functions of the system and  shown how it works.

5. What is the difference between a MONTHLY and an ANNUAL subscription ?

An annual subscription (“per YEAR”) means that you pay for one year upfront and receive a discount comparing to monthly payments. This is the most popular choice among Clients as it’s comfortable and cheaper.

6. Do I have to sign a contract?

No, you don’t. there isn’t a minimum period to commit to a subscription payment. You just buy in advance a month’s subscription and simply use it.

7. How can I cancel my subscription?

If you don’t pay your subscription fee your account will be automatically suspended without any financial consequences. You simply stop using the product and after a while or at your request the account might be completely deleted.

8. How long does it take to configure the software?

Basic computer skills are enough to go through configuration, which takes approximately 15 minutes.  You answer a series of simple questions to configure Prodio for yourself. If you experience any difficulties you can rely on our technical support to help you.

9. How much does it cost to install or update the system?

There aren’t any additional costs. The price listed in a selected subscription package is complete and includes costs of using the software. All updates automatically appear on your account and there isn’t any additional payment for them.

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