The fashion industry has traditionally been driven by planning and the use of traditional models. As a result, it can take as long as a year to create and bring a range to market. However, consumers are increasingly demanding new products within days or even hours. Manufacturers are therefore looking to transform their supply chains using the latest digital technologies. This digital evolution is known as Industry 4.0, and it is gaining increasing importance within the global apparel industry. Indeed, Industry 4.0 is not just about manufacturing or design but incorporates the entire life cycle of production - from concept to post-retail.
In this report, Niki Tait explores the concept of Industry 4.0 and explains the benefits associated with new digital technologies - including production efficiency, faster speed to market and general cost reduction. The report also includes case studies of companies leading the way in the digitalisation of the apparel industry with examples in the areas of: computer aided design (CAD) technology; digital textile printing; digital colour management; embroidery; sewing; pressing and finishing; management information systems; retail; and smart factories.
Stages to Industry 4.0
THE BENEFITS OF USING INDUSTRY 4.0
Estimates and surveys relating to the use and benefits of Industry 4.0
Textile and apparel industry views relating to the use and benefits of Industry 4.0
What does Industry 4.0 mean for the textile and apparel industry?
Industry 4.0 in practice
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN (CAD) TECHNOLOGY
DIGITAL TEXTILE PRINTING
DIGITAL COLOUR MANAGEMENT
PRESSING AND FINISHING
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
CONTACT DETAILS OF TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIERS
List of tables
Table 1: Industry 4.0: critical examination questions
List of figures
Figure 1: Embroidered fabric using Embroline
Figure 2: v_sion Smart Interoperating Network
Figure 3: Sewbot
Figure 4: OSCA platform