Productivity Monitoring in a Glove Factory
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CLEVELAND - OhioPen -- CAS DataLoggers provided an effective productivity monitoring solution for the Wells-Lamont Industry Group, a high-production work glove manufacturer and member of the Marmon Group of companies. Their factory in Philadelphia, Mississippi produces hand-stitched quality products from Kevlar and other materials, including the cut-resistant Whizard brand and other specialty and general-purpose gloves. Management had been using a manual glove-counting method which proved very time-consuming and error-prone. They wanted a more efficient and accurate way to gauge productivity and measure quotas across multiple shifts each day to save on long-term costs.


The Philadelphia factory installed a dataTaker DT85 Intelligent Universal Input Data Logger in a control cabinet, which was then connected to 2 dataTaker CEM20 Channel Expansion Modules. This provided a total of 162 single-ended analog input channels. The dataTaker runs all day, sampling the data once a minute using a counter showing either a 'running' result of 1 or an 'idle' result of 0. During a shift, machine run times of 85-90% are expected due to the downtime spent changing yarn, etc. Looking at the data, when users see a machine only operating at 60% on a given shift, for example, they can now check to see if maintenance is required.

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IT & IE Technician Johnnie Brown was new to data logging for this particular application, but soon after installation, he had a strong grasp of the dataTaker's capabilities: "the dEX interface is easy to pick up, and CAS DataLoggers was there to help with online training sessions for setup and programming. I changed the format of the data coming from the dataTaker–instead of showing the voltage output, it shows our machines as either ON or OFF. We view 3 days of run times to check for optimum usage, and the dataTaker accumulates the total minutes which makes it all easy to see."


The intelligent dataTaker productivity monitoring system entirely replaced the factory's lengthy manual productivity methods. The DT85 data logger now downloads the highly accurate data from every knitting machine directly to the office PC via the dEX graphical interface, giving management a true productivity picture. CSV format enables convenient import into Excel, giving the operation high visibility at a cost-effective price. Additionally, the stand-alone solution stood up to continual operation, and the channel expansion modules provided a low-power way to extend its number of inputs to cover all the factory's 120+ machines.

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For more information on the dataTaker DT85 Intelligent Data Logger, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or

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Elizabethe Zala

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