The effect of digital technology revolution can be strongly seen on the fashion eco system lately across areas such as design & product development, manufacturing and the entire supply chain – and the industry stalwarts are coming forward and digitalising the shop floor to build smart factories that are more efficient, help reduce lead time and improve productivity.
While technical and higher education institutions are still adapting its curricula, there is a lack of required expertise to build Industry 4.0 compliant smart factories. Added to this is the need to create the mindset, necessary for the paradigm shift at management level.
True Industry 4.0 smart factory is the one where physical production processes and operations are combined with digital technology, smart computing and big data to create a more opportunistic system that has remained in laboratory status to date.
In this regard, Izmir (Turkey)-based highly advanced smart factory of the German premium fashion brand Hugo Boss is much talked about where suits, jackets, shirts and coats are manufactured in an area of around 65,000 square metres, employing 3,800 employees.
Today Hugo Boss brand represents more traditional automation to a fully connected and flexible system — one that can use a constant stream of data from connected operations and production systems to learn and adapt to new demands.
Joachim Hensch, Ex Managing Director, Hugo Boss Textile Industries, Izmir (Turkey) and a protagonist under whose leadership the Izmir factory was able to get a massive digital transformation has stepped up to leverage untapped potential in broad scale of apparel industrial environment. After two decades with Hugo Boss Group, Joachim Hensch is ready to take all new challenges and his profound guidance is now available with an inverted (online) class room programme under Joachim Hensch Consulting, which is something directly coming from an expert who has made the Digital Lean Factory concept a reality – with sustainable success.
“The apparel business excites me for more than three decades now,” quoted Joachim who aims now to drive apparel brands, organisations, start-ups or single players to define their own individual digital strategy by the spirit of his knowledge and experience.
Joachim Hensch Consulting – JHC (www.joachimhensch.com) – has launched the Inverted Online Class Room programme, staggered with three degrees. Joachim’s framework for the Digital Lean Factory builds the foundation of the training, where everyone determines their individual learning pace for working through – 6 modules for the Bachelors; 12 modules for the Champions; and a demand-based, upwardly open number of modules for the Master degree.
The attendees of the online classes will learn how to successfully implement Industry 4.0 concept in daily interactions, digital and analog. “One aim is to enable attendees to re-consider the way how to look at their structures, the processes within their organisation, their assets and also workforce,” asserted Joachim.
It’s worth noting here that 3-4 hours/week classes include online meetings for guidance through the process; one-to-one sessions with Joachim Hensch; and specific expert group sessions. Extensive material and exercise kit will also be provided offline for practice purposes and reviews to be provided by JHC.