Business software provider CGS is enhancing its BlueCherry Shop Floor Control solutions with a new wireless operator app and an actionable intelligence (AI) performance reporting tool.

The new tools were developed with clients such as Canada Goose, General Sportwear and Joseph Abboud to address the growing need for mobile access in the sewn products manufacturing marketplace.

The AI addition complements the BlueCherry Shop Floor Control (formerly Leadtec) solution by bringing powerful and flexible analytics to shop floor production control. It provides portable real-time factory management, freeing managers and supervisors from fixed workstations to provide more proactive shop floor visibility.

The aggregated smart data generated by the reports provides manufacturers with the ability to make strategic business decisions and shift from a "reactive" to a "proactive" environment, helping to reduce operational cost, increase profitability, and manage supply chain risk with more flexibility.

The new mobile application "allows supervisors to access information while on the production floor," explains David Chapman, Toronto plant manager at Canada Goose. "It can perform many functions such as check attendance, approve off-standard transfers and overtime and access section performance – all while supervisors are away from their desks."

He adds: "Since it is also web-based, managers can access the system remotely and perform supervisory functions, when necessary. This is a great development and we look forward to working with it and other improvements to come."

The AI dashboard provides the most common factory management metrics at a glance, including a view into on-time deliveries even in complex production processes where predicting, monitoring and controlling costs have become more difficult; monitoring operator attendance and productivity; and managing off-standard time.

CGS is also optimising the wireless operator terminal app for seamless use anywhere on the factory floor, removing the need for traditional infrastructure requirements. The app, which is initially being released for Android devices, is designed for operators and production workers, with information integrated with BlueCherry Enterprise Resource Planning as well as third-party engineering, payroll and other software systems to share, report and analyse production performance.

CGS will be demonstrating these tools at Texprocess Americas, which takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from 3-5 May.