A stitch in time saves nine with Tensor

John Smedley has been manufacturing the worlds finest knitwear since 1784, combining the legacy of hand skills with modern technology. Still producing garments from its original factory in Lea Bridge, Derbyshire which spans over 13 Acres, it has many buildings some of which are over 200 years old. The buildings contain machinery to allow them to produce high quality woollen garments from spinning the raw wool to packing the final product.

John Irving, the IT Manager at John Smedley, was given the task of finding a system that would record the Time and Attendance of their 427 employees and also tell them if an employee was on-site. They needed a system that could handle a geographically large site with many access points and also could handle over 25 shifts that they run.

John looked at many systems and chose Tensor because its card reading was superior to any others available and it could handle a large site.

“Swipe cards are not as fast” he said and John liked the speed of the Tensor Smart Cards. “Tensor Smart Cards are easy to use and allow a fast through-put of staff at the end of the shift” he explained, “The staff like the system as it so easy for them to use – just hold the Smart Card to the reader and go.”

The Tensor WinTA system at John Smedley’s Head Office comprises 2 main clocking stations with a further 5 slave Smart Card readers to cover the outlying areas around there main site. Additional systems have been installed at their factories in Doncaster and Clay Cross, both using one main clocking station.

John Smedley has been manufacturing the world’s finest knitwear since 1784 and remains a family business today. Combining the legacy of traditional hand skills with modern technology and using only the finest natural fibres, John Smedley produces knitted garments that are luxuriously soft and comfortable to wear.

Exporting over 60% of production world wide John Smedley are proud winners of the British Fashion and British Apparel Export Awards. The men’s and women’s collections are available through major department stores and key retailers world-wide. In the UK the company has two retail stores in prestigious locations: 24 Brook Street, London W1 and 19 Kings Rd, London SW3

Still manufacturing garments from its original factory at the centre of England’s knitting heartland in Derbyshire John Smedley produces a unique garment that is known throughout the world for quality, style and design.

John Smedley garments have been worn by many famous names over the years; recently photographed connoisseurs include Paul Weller; Tom Cruise; Liam Gallagher; Guy Ritchie and Robbie Williams to name a few.

“John Smedley…one of the few British companies that has kept up with today without losing the priorities of yesterday. Modern ideas – excellent quality” Paul Smith

For more information on John Smedley or their product visit their website. The website include an online shop, a stockist locator and the latest company and product news.


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