Whatever form it takes, a management information system should be the central data repository for your business.
In addition, barcode scanning will make it quicker and more efficient for everyone throughout the plant to capture real-time data about functions and inventory. Employees won’t have to go to a terminal to log in their time and record data about each job.
“We want to spend our time on production, not feeding information into software,” says Hickey.
He hopes the new MIS program will free up some time to train employees to become company leaders of the future. Dprint (under its original name) is a Certified Sustainable Green Printing facility, and employee development is one of their continuous improvement initiatives.
MIS for Garment Decoration
One screen printing business reaping the rewards of a well-executed MIS program is C.C. Creations, a high-volume screen printing, embroidery, and promotional products company in College Station, Texas.
C.C. Creations serves over 4200 customers with screen print production of over 5 million impressions annually. With 15 automatic presses working two shifts around the clock, the shop can produce over 35,000 prints a day.
Most of their work comes from corporate clients, but they also sell hundreds of different wearables and gift items to students at Texas A&M University and fans of the school’s Aggies. C.C. Creations operates a retail store called “The Warehouse at C.C. Creations” and an online site devoted to Texas A&M merchandise.
According to Jimmy Turner, president of C.C. Creations, a well-managed MIS program provides an almost limitless amount of useful information. Five years ago, C.C. Creations implemented Impress business management software from Precise Systems, a program designed for companies that use screen printing, embroidery, heat transfer, direct-to-garment printing, and other processes for decorating apparel and promotional products.
Although the system took several months to implement, C.C. Creations is still finding new ways to benefit from the data the system generates. “As we got deeper into it, we started to realize the importance of the data we were getting,” says Turner. “Different individuals from different parts of the company started seeing the value of the data and wondering what else it could do. We’re constantly adding upgrades and customizations."
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