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Megatrend Individualisation and Industrie 4.0 at Texprocess

The demand for individual products, whether shoes, garment or the countless configuration possibilities in the automotive sector, has been growing steadily for years. The desire for individuality, cost reduction and sustainability requires both new production procedures and new business approaches and increases need in automation and digitalization for the entire value chain in production.


“For example, a flexible and top-quality garment production for customer-specific garment is much in demand”, said Elgar Straub, Managing Director of VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies on the occasion of the VDMA press conference at Texprocess trade fair. To achieve this goal, flexibility is a must, particularly for manufacturers of sewing and garment technology and of machines for processing technical textiles. First microfactories are already being set up. “A common database and data safety are conditions for digital interlinking of design, processing and logistics of garment and technical textiles”, continued Straub. “Due to cloud solutions, the data must remain available throughout the complete value chain.” Traditional production lines will continue to exist in parallel.


Digitisation and Industrie 4.0 in specific terms

With garment production cycles becoming faster and faster, requirements for an efficient system to process materials are constantly increasing. At the VDMA press conference of Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies, the companies EFKA, ShangGong Europe Group (Members of the Group: Dürkopp Adler, Pfaff Industriesysteme and Maschinen GmbH & KSL) and Veit presented a current overview on the latest Industrie 4.0 developments in the sewing and garment technology sector as well as for machines processing technical textiles.


EFKA’s Industrie 4.0 concept shows a high degree of flexibility and compatibility. On one hand, their drives can run a wide range of different machinery and on the other hand, they are flexible in the way of communication with different kind of software solutions.


With ShangGong Group, Europe’s QONDAC Networks production plants with up to 1500 sewing machines will be monitored online, its productivity is measured and its status analyzed at any time.


“Veit Fusion 4.0” provides a decentralized control of the fusion process network where the machine can communicate with other machines, the goods and itself. With “Veit Pressing 4.0”, ironing machines can be integrated into the customer’s own company network. The machine can report on maximum pressure, ironing temperature, process times and the ironing program used. In combination with a scanner, the ironed goods can also be registered on the basis of a two-dimensional code or RFID technology. The production chain of each individual item thus becomes transparent. With this technology, there are no more limits to material flow investigation and the communication between product and machine.


VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies is sponsor of Texprocess


Texprocess is the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials. From May 9-12, 2017, international exhibitors are presenting their latest machines, equipment, procedures and services for manufacturing textile and flexible materials to trade visitors for the fourth time. Texprocess is taking place together with Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and non-woven fabrics.

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