USA: China’s Tianyuan Gar­ments to de­velop fully au­to­mated US fa­cil­ity

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With an aim to use ‘ In­tel­li­gent Man­u­fac­tur­ing’ with ‘ In­dus­try 4.0’ con­cept, Suzhou-based Chi­nese gar­ment man­u­fac­turer, Tianyuan Gar­ments Co. Ltd., has sewn a deal with US’ SoftWear Au­to­ma­tion to in­stall 21 en­tirely au­to­mated pro­duc­tion lines for T-shirt man­u­fac­tur­ing.

The in­stal­la­tion would be done at Tianyuan’s new plant in Arkansas, USA and the lines are ex­pected to be­come fully op­er­a­tional by the end of 2018.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, Tianyuan Gar­ments an­nounced to in­vest US $ 20 mil­lion in its new plant at Arkansas. The plant is sup­posed to cre­ate 400 jobs in the re­gion. The signed deal be­tween the US tech­nol­ogy provider and the Chi­nese firm will re­flect the same in­vest­ment since Tianyuan will use Sew­bots of SoftWear Au­to­ma­tion in its new au­to­mated lines. Th­ese lines are ex­pected to pro­duce more than 90 per cent of the T-shirts for Adi­das, its ma­jor buyer.

The au­to­mated pro­duc­tion lines will use cam­eras and sen­sors to plot the fab­ric, and Sew­bots will guide the fab­ric through sewing nee­dles in or­der to sew as per the fed pro­gramme. The cy­cle is de­signed to keep re­peat­ing it­self for larger runs of pro­duc­tion.

Au­tomat­ing the whole process, Tianyuan re­ports that right from cut­ting and stitch­ing to fin­ished gar­ments, the through­put time cur­rently is nearly 4 min­utes. Once op­er­a­tional, the lines will take only 22 sec­onds to man­u­fac­ture one T-shirt. “From 2018 on­wards, the com­pany will pro­duce more than 800,000 quan­tity of T-shirts per day for its ma­jor buyer, Adi­das,” claims Tianyuan.

The com­pany would dras­ti­cally bring down its per­son­nel cost of pro­duc­tion through the new au­to­mated lines as each T-shirt will cost Tianyuan around 33 cents.

Tang Xin­hong, Chair­man, Tianyuan Gar­ments, com­mented, “Around the world, even the cheap­est labour mar­ket can’t com­pete with us. I am re­ally ex­cited about this.”

Sew­bot line will take only 22 sec­onds to man­u­fac­ture one T-shirt

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