“Good plans are the ones able to give shape to better decisions. That’s why good planning helps dreams come true “
Lester R. Bittel (author of “The nine master keys of management”)
The importance of planning is the importance of the strategy.
From experts in conflict situations (General Patton, or Sun Tzu) to absolute creative (Picasso) all of them agree on the centrality of the rule of planning for the attainment of a goal.
In business terms you begin to plan at the very moment in which you have to create a new company or a new product. And then you continue, unabated, to plan throughout the life of the company
The flow of information in the planning activity consists of four phases:
- Forecast of sales
- Management of orders in final stage
- Preparation of the overall production plan
- Planning of requirements
In any production process, and especially in the textile / clothing sector, it is crucial to know how to plan taking into account all the variables that are intertwined and affect each other. The data are extremely complex and articulated, as well as optimization strategies that can differ depending on the product, the manufacturing process, the real machine or the type of machine, the customer, the date of delivery, of the needs and characteristics of the material.
It is possible to optimize with respect to efficiency, quality, time, energy savings, and increasing once more the complexity you can imagine that these optimization strategies are intertwined themselves with the differences mentioned above, and the whole creates a “conflict of interest ” that needs a computerized management to achieve the best possible balance for the company as a whole (or for the network of companies seeking to maximize their benefits).
A border in continuous movement and evolution is the one of the optimal planning of production, taking into account the largest possible number of variables, duly weighted and mutually influential.
If the craftsman has in his own nature the creation of unique pieces, the industry has conversely the need to diversify the range of production, to become proactive and responsive to the market and its demands, and at the same time to standardize the output. In this way, advantages are obtained in terms of a more precise planning and unique and comforting recognition of the brand.
Business planning, therefore, has to establish in advance the objectives of the company, define the guidelines for achieving them, and develop in detail the sequence of actions and the execution time of the operations.
Detail of projects:
The main objective is to build an infrastructure that includes both research centers and companies. This virtual laboratory gives the textile and clothing industry the opportunity to provide a high level of service by taking advantage of most advanced technologies in terms of software and hardware. Some of the areas of intervention are production planning, resource planning at global level and virtual retailing.
The Fitman project (Future Internet Technologies for MANufacturing Industry) aims to provide a FI PPP (Future Internet Public Private Partnership) Core Platform, accompanied by a set of use cases in the manufacturing sector, so as to evaluate the fitness, opening and flexibility of FIWARE Generic Enablers; there is the will to contribute to the STEEP aims (social-technological-economical-environmental-political) included in the European research paths named “ICT for Manufacturing” and “Future Internet Enterprise Systems” through the integration among generic FI and specific enablers with key business processes and applications currently used in the Factories of the Future.
The purpose of the project is mainly to exploit the BeInGrid technology applied to the “Penelope” project with the goal of using it, after appropriate modifications, in the planning of dyeing. The advantages deriving from the proposed solution can be summarized in:
- Improved service to customers mainly due to lower production costs due to the decrease in the number of tests
- Better match of the produced color with the required color
- Optimization of tanks’ planning with related reduction of environmental pollution resulted from excessive consumption of harmful substances, reducible thanks to a sound planning..
Penelope (www.penelopeproject.org) is the result of a project carried out by research institutions and companies that have shared methodologies and creativity to develop an advanced tool, powerful, reliable and innovative.
Penelope is a software solution capable of providing optimal production plans, reduce programming time, reconcile in the better way constraints and industrial needs, all by easily integrating with the corporate ERP.
SIIP – Innovative integrated system for the recipe and planning of dyeing process
The project foresee the study and testing of a new software able to integrate the entire dyeing process through the management of files to be dyed, recipe management, machines planning and colors/auxiliary warehouse management.
The TexWin project aims to improve production through optimization of the production process. For this purpose, the project aims to create a multi-level system, which is able to optimize the entire production cycle, taking into account what are the characteristic data of the used materials, the various stages of processing that they have to suffer, to obtain a final product with specific characteristics.
This project was born in Biella Textile District and intends to act in a coordinated manner across the different factors involved in the optimization stages of the planning of business processes: supply management, production planning and management, management of third parties, acquisition and acceptance of orders.
The goal is to reduce industrial costs by optimizing the use of machines and putting the various companies in a common operational network through the use of a service center and the use of standards for exchanging information.