Industrial thread maker Coats has deployed a new analytics tool at its manufacturing facility in China in a move aimed at identifying opportunities to improve and streamline operations across the group's global business.

The initial deployment of the Arundo Analytics software collects over 800 machine signals at 1hZ intervals at the Coats manufacturing site in Shenzhen, in conjunction with operator, job, shift and site data.

This will create cloud-based global insights into machine utilisation and overall equipment effectiveness, the company says. Based on the detailed granularity of these insights, concrete improvement actions can be rolled out across the business.

"Our goal is to lead our industry by adopting and embracing the new technologies that may fundamentally change the way we do business," says Hizmy Hassen, chief digital and technology officer at Coats. "Arundo provides deep data science, software and industrial domain expertise that can identify opportunities for us to improve operational performance."

Coats has kicked off a global 'Factory of the Future' initiative, with the aim of connecting and improving operations internally and across the value chain through machine learning and streaming data analytics. With 19,000 employees in over 50 countries, Coats operates a global supply chain and production operation across six continents.