An IoT-based smart factory solution has launched for Bangladesh's ready-made garment sector that aims to improve productivity and reduce defects in production.

Launched by digital services provider Robi, with Singapore-based start-up nCinga, the next-generation smart factory solution gives manufacturers the necessary agility and real time visibility to ensure "world-class quality" of their product.

Specifically, 'nFactory' is an industrial IoT-based solution that assists relevant decision makers with actionable insights to improve productivity and reduce defects by creating a digital virtual belt of a factory floor by capturing events in real time and contextually streaming it to them. Thus, the solution facilitates the factories to make a smooth transition from the era of mass production to mass customisation.

"Robi aims to be a digital company, not a traditional telco," says Robi's managing director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed. "Our digital aspiration happens to coincide with the advent of the 4th industrial revolution. The launch of smart factory solution, nFactor, is only the first manifestation of what we can deliver to the RMG sector to help it digitalise its operations. We are confident that with this expanded product portfolio, we will emerge as the digital champion soon."

Separately, and in a further move to digitise Bangladesh's RMG sector, this week, the country's labour inspectorate took another step forward in ensuring quality labour management in the country's ready-made garment sector with the launch of a mobile version of its inspection application.