The Albion Knitting Company

An example of the return of the garment manufacture and knitware industry to the UK & the first industrial scale fully fashioned flat knitting established in London in 80 years. The growth and success is dependent on maintaining a productive and motivated workforce, minimising raw material waste & maintaining a competitive position in the marketplace

“The stress and burden of filling out employee work cards or job sheet paperwork on the factory floor was eliminated.”

George Hogan, Finance Director

Key to Success

As a knitwear company, The Albion Knitting Company is an example of a manufacturing organisation that is heavily labour intensive. With a multinational & multilingual workforce, carrying out repetitive tasks, a simple & effective track and trace reporting system is vital.

The Business Need

  • Reduce the impact on workforce productivity by the demands of an organisation to monitor and report on production throughput
  • Save time with multilingual employees filling out paperwork for every operation carried out
  • Provide clarity to the production department currently having to decipher and compile data from a variety of hand written documents in different languages
  • Provide simple data capture and present worker instructions clearly to multilingual employees
  • Introduce new technology to a demographic who are typically unfamiliar with IT

The Solution Provided

Implementation of TotalControlPro cloud tracking system to provide;

  • Automated Performance Reports
  • Shop floor data capture of job times and employee activity
  • Training and enrolment of staff, unskilled in IT & not native English speaking
  • Electronic audit trail for accreditation and product promise accountability
  • Low Carbon-Footprint impact of system maintenance

The Impact and Results

  • Approx. 30 minutes of productivity time recovered per person per day
  • Electronic data capture to provide instant production output reports
  • Clear protocols for addressing Quality Control Issues
  • On Screen visual instructions to enable multilingual teams to work together
  • Industry skilled workforce adopting technology without barriers

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