Mexican fabric and apparel manufacturer Inova Textiles is putting digital transformation at the heart of its Covid-19 recovery strategy, starting with an investment to improve production planning and control.

The company is digitising its planning and control processes with FastreactPlan from Coats Digital to help improve capacity utilisation, speed to market and agility, while reducing excess costs. 

Inova Textile has three facilities in Estado de México, covering knitting, finishing, cutting, printing and sewing processes. With a strong export business to the US and Canada, customers include Target, Wal-Mart, and Disney. 

"In responding to the Coronavirus crisis, our priority has been to ensure the health and safety of our personnel, and then carefully prioritise initiatives which provide firm foundations for a faster, more efficient and agile business which continues to deliver excellent customer service," explains Carlos Aboumrad, CEO of Inova Textiles.

"It was quickly clear to us that we could not afford to delay a project to embed best practice planning in our business with a connected, digital process.

"We are confident that the highly visual and intuitive solution, and the best practice industry expertise Coats Digital has, will ensure rapid adoption by our team and allow us to drive significant and sustainable improvements in performance." 

FastreactPlan will be implemented at Inova's sewing and cutting facilities, to deliver a fast, detailed and accurate order confirmation process and production plan, which is optimised for delivery, efficiency and speed. 

The FastStart project for Inova will include detailed planning of the sewing lines using the visual tools of the FastReactPlan planning board, as well as the scheduling and visualisation of load on secondary processes such as cutting and printing. Material requirements (MRP) and pre-production product development activities critical for on-time start of production are dynamically driven on a lean pull basis, ensuring clear visibility and alignment of priorities across departments and with suppliers.