Team Group’s Nidle takes RMG manufacturing to new heights

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Team Group has already taken initiative to commercially distribute Nidle in the industry

11 March, 2023, 10:35 am

Last modified: 11 March, 2023, 04:31 pm

A monitor shows real-time data on the operation, efficiency and quality of the garments production line at 4A Yarn Dyeing Ltd in Savar. The photo was taken recently. Photo: Rajib Dhar

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A monitor shows real-time data on the operation, efficiency and quality of the garments production line at 4A Yarn Dyeing Ltd in Savar. The photo was taken recently. Photo: Rajib Dhar

The Team Group, a leading apparel maker in the country, has managed to increase its production up to 12% with a digital solution called ‘Nidle’ that comes with a compact manufacturing execution system.

Bangladesh, despite being the world’s second-largest apparel exporter, has one of the lowest productivity rates among apparel-exporting countries and such a solution can be a game changer for the industry.

Using this smart solution, factories can track, optimise, and digitise their operations in a real-time dashboard, from any location, to enhance efficiency and quality, and reduce production waste.

Abdullah Hil Rakib, managing director of Team Group, said, “Factories in Bangladesh usually follow manual systems for assessing the productivity of workers. As a result, supervisors have the scope to manipulate the productivity data of workers and they often get involved in nepotism to determine workers’ salary grades.”

Photo: Rajib Dhar

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Photo: Rajib Dhar

Photo: Rajib Dhar

“Moreover, the manual data shared by supervisors does not provide any in-depth line-wise information, which is a major hurdle for a factory in achieving optimum production and quality targets on time,” he said.

By digitising the process, Nidle has solved the said problems while improving the productivity, efficiency and transparency of the apparel factories of the Team Group, said the managing director. 

“In Nidle, we have inserted IoT devices [computing devices with the ability to process and transmit data wirelessly] in each sewing machine from where we get real-time data regarding the productivity of the workers and the production line’s bottle-neck related critical information without any human intervention,” Abdullah Hil Rakib said.

Photo: Rajib Dhar

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Photo: Rajib Dhar

Photo: Rajib Dhar

“Nidle allowed us not to depend on the manual data for understanding the skills matrix of workers. It also enabled us to transparently find out who are the skilled workers and provide them with higher salaries while organising training for the unskilled ones,” Rakib added.

The Team Group first piloted Nidle in its LEED Platinum-rated outerwear manufacturing unit 4A Yarn Dyeing Ltd in 2020. Nidle contributed to increasing the efficiency of 4A Yarn Dyeing Ltd by 10% to 12%. Subsequently, Team has also been implementing the solution among other apparel concerns of the group.

In the production floors of RMG factories, each line requires a dedicated input man to ensure on-time raw materials into the sewing lines. This manual process wastes at least 3-4 hours per input man per day just for moving across different sections to get things done on time. 

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