Sewing Plant Applications

A pair of applications developed for England Furniture to optimize the operations at their main sewing plant. Preventing down-time and inefficiencies.

The Context

As well as working on an app to aid their sales-people with Cruze Computer Systems, I also worked with England to develop applications for use on the factory floor. A part of their main operation, England has a plant dedicated to the sewing of furniture covers and fabrics. This process involves multiple lines of sewers who are sent "bundles" down a converyor belt.

There were three main inefficiencies in the system:

Sewing Plant System

A look at the concepts for the pair of interfaces

Sewing Plant Applications - Line Manager and Sewing Detail

Creating a System

The development of the system began with research and information gathering. Extremely important was spending time at the plant to observe the setup and how things currently worked. The goal was not to reinvent their method, but to facilitate and work with their process.

Based on observations and interviews with the workers and managers, we decided to develop a pair of applications: a line overview for the managers and a sewing detail app for the sewers.

The Line Manager

For the line managers, we developed an overview that reflected the layout on the factory floor. Each sewer is represented by name and position, a color coding indicates how likely it is that they will run out of work, and a timer displays a calculation of how much longer they will likely have to work on their current workload. The manager can also select an individual sewer to view that person's details.

In the bottom of the screen, the line manager can put together new bundles by scanning them. The system would automatically generate a bundle and assign a size and estimated time. After creating the bundle, the manager can then drag it to the correct sewer and place it on the conveyor belt.

Sewing Plant System

A look at the concepts for the pair of interfaces

Sewing Plant Applications - Line Manager

The Sewing Detail

For the sewers, a small app was developed to communicate with the Line Manager application and allow each sewer quick access to important information.

As the line manager sends new bundles to the sewer, a notification will appear telling them to pay attention to the conveyor belt. The sewer can then start and finish queued tasks as they wish. Along with this, they can view their own progress and efficiency rating, something that was very important to the individual sewers, as they received increased pay for completing bundles more quickly than the estimated time (pre-assigned per bundle). Beyond this, the app allowed one-click access to sewing patterns and other information.

Sewing Plant System

A look at the concepts for the pair of interfaces

Sewing Plant Applications - Sewing Detail
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