FreePoint Technologies partners with TexTempo on soft goods manufacturing monitoring
January 31, 2019 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
January 31, 2019 – FreePoint Technologies, an Ontario-based provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software for global manufacturers, has entered into a strategic relationship with TexTempo, a developer of software for labour efficiency tracking in the soft goods industries.
TexTempo will add new capabilities from FreePoint’s ShiftWorx platform for machine monitoring, downtime tracking, and operating efficiency to its existing portfolio of labour efficiency and payroll processing products.
“We are excited to be working with TexTempo as we expand into new industries,” says Paul Hogendoorn, founder and president of FreePoint Technologies.
FreePoint products are currently deployed at over 100 manufacturing sites in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and other countries around the world. The company’s industrial IoT technology, which measures value-adding activity by machine, has delivered production improvements of up to 30 per cent and more to customers.
The results have been validated through research conducted by Fanshawe College in conjunction with the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). “Deep industry expertise and a consultative approach to helping manufacturers improve operations make TexTempo a uniquely qualified partner for us as we expand into the soft goods market globally,” notes Hogendoorn.
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TexTempo is also embracing the new strategic partnership. “FreePoint’s solutions will help us achieve our goal of offering our clients a total real-time view of their factory floor with actionable data beyond labour and order tracking. In addition to optimizing processes around machines, we can now help our clients attack non-value-added activities and improve performance on the machines themselves, regardless of machine type or manufacturer,” says Greg Hathcox, senior vice-president at TexTempo. “By assisting clients to continuously monitor both machine and labor efficiency, TexTempo can help companies achieve the digital transformation and world-class efficiency needed to compete in global markets today.”
According to publicly available information from MarketLine, the value of the global sewn products and soft goods markets exceeded US $1.5 trillion in 2017 with annual growth expected to be between five and six per cent.