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Development of a Smart Process Flow Management Expert System for Agile Manufacturing of Apparel Supply Chain

Managing apparel production efficiently has always been a problem to many manufacturers as the planning and control process relies heavily on the knowledge, experience and intuition of production managers. Their decisions in planning and control are found to be inconsistent and non-optimal due to fact that many of them can only be considered as quick-fix without giving a wider consideration on an overall situation. Although current real-time shop floor data capture systems utilizing RFID technology are available in the markets, such as GPRO, Igarment (IWork), Zymmetry, to facilitate the capture of production data and provide real-time reports, they are not equipped with any artificial intelligent (AI) elements which can help production management to improve their decision making. The proposed research aims to employ AI techniques for developing a novel smart (intelligent) process flow management expert system which can provide scientific production planning and line-balancing decisions for agile apparel manufacturing management. The system can be plugged into any commercial data capture system to enhance the capabilities of these systems in terms of decision support.

Awards

Gold Award in the category of “Most Innovative Use of EPC / RFID” in the 2012 HK RFID Awards (2012)
Silver Award in the category of “Best EPC / RFID Implementation” in the 2012 HK RFID Awards (2012)
Commercialisation Opportunity
Project No. (ITC) ITP/047/09TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Prof. WONG Wai-keung Calvin
Research Institute The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ITF Amount HK$ 3,571,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2010-07-15
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2013-06-14
Related ITF Project
Sponsors
Affirm Heart Far East Ltd
B & S Equipment Development Ltd
Fountain Set (Holdings) Ltd.
GPRO Technologies
Winzen Apparel Limited
IP Number
15402844, 15402843
303117843
2014100589675