Munich, 09.08.2017 Trends are changing at an increasingly faster pace – and the apparel industry needs new technical solutions and the right business models that can keep pace with the tempo of the consumers. Several well-known com-panies have joined forces to form a MICROFACTORY at the MUNICH FABRIC START from September 5-7, 2017. This will offer the apparel industry an interlocked solution, from design to the final garment.
Digitization is the magic word that is currently occupying com-panies in almost every industry and in the apparel industry, for example, the digitization of work steps is already in full swing. Now is the time to take advantage of the benefits of digitization, not only in the individual phases of product development, but also throughout the entire process chain, right down to the fin-ished product. Microfactories are a model for the future.
Realise now! This is the motto of the MICROFACTORY4 Fash-ion shown at the MUNICH FABRIC START. The Microfactory is specifically tailored to the needs of the apparel industry and is oriented on Industry 4.0. The aim is to produce clothing cost-effectively and efficiently – even in batch size 1. This will benefit Germany as a producing country and create new, exciting jobs in a traditional industry.
The MICROFACTORY is coordinated by the German Institute for Textile and Fiber Research (DITF). Eleven technology part-ners and material sponsors will make it possible for visitors to experience the entire process chain in Munich, from the initial draft to the finished product. “The entire textile and apparel in-dustry is talking about digitization and Industry 4.0 – but much of it is still theory. At the MUNICH FABRIC START, we’ll bring the practical experience to life and demonstrate just how efficient the implementation of trends and the fast response to market requirements can already be, even from batch size 1,” says Christian Kaiser of the DITF Denkendorf.
REALISE NOW – in four steps from design to product
The process starts with the creation of the appealing designs by Mitwill Textile. This is followed by the development of the design in CAD. The correct coloring is ensured thanks to the multispectral systems by the caddon company and by the digital color books the caddon systems produce. The design is then prepared for cutting and assembly with the aid of a 3D simulation. Identifying QR codes and position markers are integrated into the production order for later position detection. These steps are implemented by Assyst GmbH, a subsidiary of the Human So-lutions Group together with Printcubator by Mitwill.
The TexPrint program by the company ErgoSoft enables the color-consistent preparation of the design data for digital printing. Printing of the individual designs on transfer paper from the Coldenhove company then takes place on the Mimaki digital sublimation printer. Thermal transfer on to ‘Heatjet’ calenders ensures a brilliant print image. The Multi-Plot company, a system partner, offers turnkey solutions for the entire process step. The can:view systems by the caddon company en-sure simultaneous visual and metrological color control at all the sites involved – in real time.
The order is detected with the help of cameras and the identifying tags. Exact position detection is possible thanks to the integrated position markers and the material is cut fully automatically in accordance with the selected order parameters. This work step is carried out using state-of-the-art digital cutting systems by Zünd Systemtechnik AG.
In the last live process step, ultrasonic welding machines from PFAFF are used to weld the individual pieces into a finished product.
About the Human Solutions Group
Successful products are customer-oriented and market-driven, so the route to final production must be constantly streamlined, making it faster and more cost-efficient. In development-intensive industries like fashion and mobility, product and sizing & fitting information is the key to success – and the cutting-edge technologies of the Human Solutions Group companies will put you on the path to perfect production.
- Human Solutions GmbH: Body dimension data and ergonomic simulation in CAD for ergonomic vehicle design and sizing & fitting optimization in the ap-parel industry.
- Assyst GmbH: Integrated CAD and PLM solutions for efficient collection de-velopment in the world of fashion.
- AVM Solutions GmbH: ERP and integrated management systems for shorter lead times in fashion.
The Human Solutions Group has more than 200 employees and partners in 50 coun-tries. Its products are sold all over the world.