The concept of Industry 4.0 refers to smart factories in which machines are augmented with web connectivity and connected to self-learning, autonomous systems. The concept is being vigorously pursued by the textile machinery industry worldwide and especially by companies in Europe.
The concept has also been a key theme at recent industry trade fairs, including the textile technology exhibition ITMA.
This report discusses developments made by companies pioneering Industry 4.0 technologies which exhibited at ITMA, with a particular focus on the topics of additive textile manufacturing, augmented reality, full digitalisation, intelligent machine assistance systems, preventative maintenance, robotics and self-creating products.
- Additive Textile Manufacturing for Making Three dimensional (3D) Products
- Augmented Reality Technology for Machine Operators and Maintenance Tasks
- Full Digitalisation
- Intelligent Machine Assistance Systems for Monitoring Finishing Lines
- Machine Monitoring and Data Collection for Preventative Maintenance
- Robotics For Transporting Materials in Spinning Plants and Pillow Filling in Home Textiles Businesses
- Self-Creating Products