EDI­TO­RIAL

Stitch World - - NEWS - Deepak Mo­hin­dra Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

Two di­verse de­vel­op­ments in the gar­ment arena are fas­ci­nat­ing me to­day. The first be­ing the talk about In­dus­try 4.0 and the speed of the in­dus­try to adopt ma­chines to im­press the gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers.

How­ever, many have an am­bigu­ous un­der­stand­ing of the con­cept and are al­ready po­si­tion­ing their tech­nolo­gies as In­dus­try 4.0, ready to im­press their cus­tomers. Their limit to get ad­mi­ra­tion can ex­tend up to just putting a sen­sor to mark the ma­chine tem­per­a­ture,which is com­mu­ni­cated to the user via an app and qual­i­fies for a com­pany as an In­dus­try 4.0 ready tech­nol­ogy!

It is ob­vi­ous that the gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers cur­rently are un­ware about this emerg­ing in­no­va­tion since they ac­cept ev­ery bit of computer-aided tech­nol­ogy pre­sented to them as In­dus­try 4.0 ready, with­out ques­tion.

But then, ev­ery con­cept takes time to de­velop and shape up to a level when both sides of the in­dus­try be­come well-versed and equipped to un­der­stand the thought in its to­tal­ity and use it op­ti­mally.

The sec­ond de­vel­op­ment that I am watch­ing very care­fully is the up­ward move­ment of man­u­fac­tur­ing in the USA, which is now US $ 13.6 bil­lion of ship­ments an­nu­ally, and which is grow­ing fur­ther.

Though most man­u­fac­tur­ers in the US have small units with 25-60 ma­chines, the growth is com­ing through big Chi­nese in­vest­ments that are hap­pen­ing in garmenting, of late.

The lat­est is a Chi­nese com­pany set­ting up a ro­botic plant in the US to take ad­van­tage of the ‘ Trump Trust’ for lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing. I am sure these kinds of ini­tia­tives would put a greater em­pha­sis on the need to ex­pe­dite In­dus­try 4.0 equipped tech­nol­ogy.

I will be vis­it­ing CISMA this month and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies are geared up to im­bibe In­dus­try 4.0 in their tech­no­log­i­cal pro­cesses. Ear­lier this year, the 4.0 revo­lu­tion was the buzz­word at Tex­pro­cess, Ger­many.

StitchWorld has al­ways stayed ahead, bring­ing you all the newer per­spec­tives and lat­est tech­nolo­gies, with­out los­ing touch with re­al­ity, be­cause the ma­jor chunk of man­u­fac­tur­ing still hap­pens in the Third World (de­vel­op­ing) economies, which re­quire ba­sic ma­chines and few automats to make com­plete use of lower labour wages.

Our spe­cial is­sue cov­ers a com­pre­hen­sive pre­view of the tech­nol­ogy vari­ants that one can look for­ward to wit­ness at CISMA from var­i­ous tech­nol­ogy man­u­fac­tur­ers from around the globe.

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