1. What is ProCon?
2. How does it track the production activities on-line?
3. Do I need to purchase Tags for every new style?
4. What are pre-requisite hardware and software for installing ProCon System?
5. What are the Hardware and Software that makes Procon Work?
6. How are ProCon Reader Units Networked?
7. Do I need any special cable for Networking?
8. How Many ProCon Reader Units Tags I need to Order ?
9. What is the life of coded tag?
10. Do you have various models of Procon?
11. What is the significance of QC Unit and how many should i order?
12. Can we link Procon to our existing applications?
13. How does Procon address accountability of operators / Employees ?
14. Can the system handle different styles at the same time?
15. What kind of information can I get from the system ?
16. How does ProCon Know that a particular tag is for particular bundle?
17. How does ProCon Know that a particular operation is done on a particular workstation?
18. How ProCon is superior to other system?
19. How do we get the future updates / version of the procon system?
20. How do you provide technical & service support?
21. Who developed ProCon Ssytem ?
22. How can I be sure my data is safe & secure when central server goes down?
23. What is the information that can be seen on LCD in reader unit?
24. How do I mention if an operator has to do two or more operations on a single workstation?
25. How does the operator conclude that the punch is accepted by the reader unit ?
1. What is ProCon?
ProCon is a revolutionary technology tool to
monitor apparel manufacturing process in real-time basis.
The objective of the system is to gather and distribute
information to the production management team to respond
instantaneously and to solve any problems that may arise.
2. How does it track the
production activities on-line?
By and Large, garment-manufacturing
process is based on progressive bundle movement. Every bundle
goes through different stages of operations in the production
line. Finally when all the operations are completed, the
finished garment will come out of the line.
3. Do I need to purchase
Tags for every new style?
Procon is Electronic Coded
Tag and Reader Unit Based System.
The Reader Units are attached to every sewing machine
in the production line
and Networked and connected to the central database server.
The Coded Tag is attached to every bundle and sent
in the sewing line for Production.Every operator will do his or her designated
operation(s) in the sequence in the line.
By doing so, operators are expected to punch the tag
on to the reader unit for start and completion (i,e twice for each bundle) of the bundle.The punches
captured at each reader unit are sent to the central database server instantaneously.
So the bundle’s presence / status are captured at all workstations as and when
it passes there by providing real time data.
No, the coded tags are re-usable; once the final operation
for a garment is completed the tag is removed from the bundle
and can be re-used for another bundle for same style or
4. What are pre-requisite
hardware and software for installing ProCon System?
5. What are the Hardware
and Software that makes Procon Work?
HardWare: Reader Unit ,Coded tag, Networking Accessories
6. How are ProCon Reader Units Networked?
Controller PC(s), Server
Software : Data Acquisition Software
Production Management Software
All the reader
units are connected to the Controller PC thru RS485 Multi-drop
full duplex network.
7. Do I need any special
cable for Networking?
No, We use
CAT 5 Cable (24 AWG) for networking with RJ45 Connector
8. How Many ProCon Reader
Units & Tags I need to Order ?
Reader Units - One reader
Unit is required for every sewing machine.
9. What is the life of coded
Tags - Approx. Minimum 20 Tags required for each
reader units. (1:20)
is based on the estimated WIP at each workstation, Ready
to issue (bundles in stock) and Tags in stock.
(ibutton) is a product of DALLAS SEMICONDUCTORS.
10. Do you have various
models of Procon?
As Per their
data sheet, the life of coded tag is approx 1 million punches.
(Half million bundles)
We have two
models, 1) Procon Reader Unit 2) QC Unit
11. What is the significance
of QC Unit and how many should i order?
are Procon reader units with numeric keypad attached to
12. Can we link Procon to
our existing applications?
are connected in the sewing line along with the procon reader
units at various QC Check points.
checked for quality at various stages of operations. On
identifying the rejections the bundle is sent back to the
concerned operator for correction / rectification.
For the operator
to know which particular operator has done the operation,
the operator will tag in the bundle on to the QC unit and
should enter the operation code which is found faulty, then
the system will display the operator name of the concerned
operator who had done the bundle, then the QC executive
will send the bundle to that operator and updates the no.
of faulty pieces in the qc unit.
depends on the no. of QC check points you have.
on your applications requirement we can provide data from
13. How does Procon address
accountability of operators / Employees ?
As we mentioned
earlier, like each bundle is identified with the use of
coded tag, every employee is also identified with unique
set of tags. The same kinds of tags are used for employee
but with different color.
14. Can the system handle
different styles at the same time?
start work, every employee is expected to tag in his or
her respective reader units.
will authenticate the employee for validity and allow them
to continue their work, once logged on; all the production
count on that reader unit is accounted for that particular
can log on to any workstation, but at any given point of
time he / she can log on to only one workstation.
carrier has its own identity therefore it is possible to
rout different styles through various paths of the manufacturing
process. A part of the concept is to reduce Work In Process
(WIP). To be able to maintain and improve WIP you must be
able to change styles, manufacture to costumers orders etc.
Low WIP has a positive impact on the throughput time for
finished products and in it self it reduces the number of
styles in the system at one time.
15. What kind of information
can I get from the system ?
16. How does ProCon Know
that a particular tag is for particular bundle?
issuing bundles to sewing line, a tag is attached to the
17. How does ProCon Know
that a particular operation is done on a particular workstation?
should be assigned to a particular bundle. This assignment
is done thru PMS application software. The system will store
all the bundle details with their respective tags that are
In the production management software, there is an option
called line setting,Where, for every style, you need to say
which operation is done on which workstation (physical workstation).
18. How ProCon is superior
to other system?
of reader units attached to these workstations are pre-stored
in the system.
comparison chart in booklet
19. How do we get the future
updates / version of the procon system?
of PMS application software will be informed thru newsletters
and will be available on our web site. You can download
the same keep yourself updated.
20. How do you provide technical
& service support?
up gradation, if any, will be done at nominal cost.
be given directly by us or by our authorized channel partners.
21. Who developed ProCon
is solely Designed and Developed by Crystal Consultancy
Services Pvt.Ltd. and Marketed by our authorized Distributors.
22. How can I be sure my
data is safe & secure when central server goes down?
is so designed to attack these kinds of problems.
23. What is the information
that can be seen on LCD in reader unit?
Unit has a backup memory inside which stores the data in
server is up, the data is automatically updated in the server.
Procon reader unit has a 16x2 LCD
at the top.
24. How do I mention if
an operator has to do two or more operations on a single workstation?
All response messages are displayed on
Any message from the server is displayed.
There are 3 buttons present on the reader
– when pressed, style / operation’s target qty set for the
Button 2 – when pressed, Actual achieved
pcs by the operator
Button 3 – When Pressed, Earnings for the
pieces produced is displayed
has got the option of assignment of resources
25. How does the operator
conclude that the punch is accepted by the reader unit ?
-> workstation -> machine
possible assignments are
1 operation-> 1 workstation
-> 2 or more workstations
n Operation-> 1 workstation
n operation-> m workstations
punch is made, the current tag id is displayed in the LCD And when
the end punch is made, the tag id will vanish from the LCD