Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries (SEKRI), a community programme that employs disabled people to make clothing and other sewn products for the US Department of Defense, has selected a new software and real-time data-collection package to help collect and analyse plant-level production, quality, labor cost and incentive payroll data.

The organisation, which has five plants in Kentucky and about 600 employees, will deploy NGC's The Production Manager (TPM) with the Foxfire Technologies Real-Time Shop-Floor Control System option in September at its main factory in Cumberland, Ky.

The systems will provide SEKRI with real-time management of WIP backlogs, mechanic machine repairs, quality analysis, line balancing and other business processes.

In addition, the systems will provide each of the company's sewing operators with immediate feedback about their individual pace and productivity.