Companies in the textile and clothing industry are constantly being tested by the market. Consumer behaviour has evolved continuously in the course of advancing global value chain connections. The challenges a textile and clothing company will have to face in the coming years and decades include the automation of the production process and the increasing adoption of technology.
But do you know how a textile and clothing company can benefit from automation? Reducing costs is only part of the benefits that a company in the industry can verify by introducing automated processes. Read more about this topic, which is already present in the daily life of many companies and will become more and more of the reality of the industry in the years to come.
What are the most widely used automation technologies?
A special survey by the CNI (National Confederation of Industry) published in 2016 found that 47% of companies that manufacture textile products use at least one of the 10 digital technologies indicated in the survey and are used productively, in product development or in the process in the product itself / new business models.
Of all the extractive companies and from the various segments of the transformation industry that took part in the CKI survey, 21% have already introduced digital automation without sensors at a medium or high level, and 48% had this acceptance of digital automation with sensors for process control.
The CNI survey also found that 18% of digital automation companies with sensors to identify products and operating conditions as well as flexible lines have a medium to a high or high level of utilization. that 13% of industries had these levels of implementing remote monitoring and control of production with systems such as MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition); and that 73% of companies had high or medium-sized CAD / CAM computer manufacturing projects.
The main advantages of automation for a confectionery
According to the CNI, automation processes are part of a larger framework of digital technologies that are revolutionizing all industrial sectors, including textiles and clothing. According to the company, digitization is important to the industry in general as it both increases a company’s efficiency and improves product improvement and encourages the creation of new business models.
The company’s survey revealed that the greater the technological intensity of industrial activity, the greater the use of digital technologies. For example, the computer equipment, electronic and optical products sectors top the list, with 61% of companies using digital technologies. followed by the sector for electrical machines, devices and materials with 60% of the companies – the sector for textile products rank eighth on the list.
Of the companies that use at least one of the digital technologies listed in the CNI survey, 73% are adopting this technology in the production process, 47% in the development phase of the production chain and 33% have linked this technology with products and new companies.
With a view to these three main areas of application of digital technologies, industries that manufacture textile products take 6th place in the ranking of processes (35% of companies adopt the technology) and 4th place in the use of technologies with a focus on products (17% of the total number).
The big advantage of automation for a textile company is that it enables more flexible and dynamic production lines. The main advantages of adopting technologies related to automation are as follows:
- Increase in productivity
- Improve the quality of the products
- Reduction of operating and development costs
- Development of flexible and autonomous production lines
- These flexible lines allow the concept of customization to be applied on a large scale
- With this concept, clothing can reduce production to a minimum on an efficient production scale
- This type of minimum production enables the company to serve customers with different tastes and needs.
- Expansion of the market in which the textile company operates
To get the numerous benefits from the automation we have to set up modern equipment with the ERP system. The automation of the production process through the use of SAP, a global reference for technological innovations in fashion, enables the employees of a clothing industry to produce much more and with better quality.
An automated cutting room enables, for example, much more precise cutting and the optimization of the use of materials, the minimization of waste and the elimination of rework. Parts leave the cutting space for sewing and no longer need to be adjusted in the previous phase of the process.
Cost reductions arise both in the use of raw materials and in the working hours of the teams in the various production stages of a textile and clothing company. Without the consistent reduction in costs with electrical energy.
All of these benefits mean that the company that invests in automation can see a return on the investment in the equipment purchase much faster than originally expected.