Vandewiele partnered with Verhaert Digital to modernize their weaving process management. Together we created TexConnect, a user-friendly hybrid cloud application that streamlines production planning and machine management, enabling control from anywhere with internet access, and reducing the burden of installation and maintenance compared to the previous custom desktop software.

The client

More than a century of expertise

Vandewiele is a world leader in the textile industry with a track record of over a hundred years. They are dedicated to shaping their industry’s future, in every step of the process: from yarn to finished product.
They design, build and integrate innovative textile systems for flooring qualities, home linen, fashion fabrics and technical textiles.

The challenge

Weaving is not a simple process

To manage and control the weaving process in an optimal way, Vandewiele has been using custom desktop software for over 20 years. With an ever-growing global customer base, the effort and cost related to installing, updating and customizing lead them to rethink their strategy.

Verhaert Digital partnered with Vandewiele to streamline feature-packed user interfaces into a best-in-class user experience. Making the complex simple.

The solution

User-centric tooling for production managers and a prioritized roadmap

Enter TexConnect, a user-friendly hybrid cloud application (SaaS) aiming to enable their customers’ on-premise machinery to be managed and controlled from any system that is connected to the internet, and relieving Vandewiele from the deployment and maintenance burden of its predecessor.

Submerging ourselves in the quite complex domain of the weaving industry with several event-storming sessions, we gradually built an initial backlog of user stories, used as conversation starters for building minimal versions of new solutions during the first couple of iterations.

Initially, we focused on enabling production planners and managers to set up and maintain reusable textile data building blocks, which are all the things that are needed before being able to start creating actual production orders. Ranging from a simple yarn with its color and fabric, to the complex definitions of how a carpet needs to be finished further along the processing line or the huge creels that feed the weaving looms.

With a first version of those in place and tools for managing a library of designs and machines, the first steps towards a new way of building and planning production schedules, a giant puzzle of carpets that is eventually produced by the loom, are gradually being realized.

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Laurent Schauvliege
Digital Innovation Acceleration Coordinator


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