A key element of Derek Rose’s growth strategy is to ramp up production of silk products by improving two elements of the production process.
Laura Moore, Silk Studio Manager, doubled the number of production and quality control staff, and oversaw the move of the department to a much larger part of the factory.
But the business needed some expert support on what technologies to deploy and turned to Made Smarter who started with a Digital Transformation Workshop, an innovative, streamlined process to identify digital tools and technologies that can maximise operational processes and enhance business growth.
It identified an opportunity to use technology to replace the manual process of drawing and amending patterns by hand and sending them via courier to be cut and then returned to the factory to be manufactured.
Laura said: “We were still using the same manual paper systems we were using in the 1980s where prototype patterns are made by hand and then shipped to the manufacturer. This could take weeks, even months if there were any errors or amendments required.”