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pro­duc­tiv­ity has be­come a ma­jor con­cern for all gar­ment ex­porters es­pe­cially af­ter the ben­e­fit of draw­backs has be­come quite less as com­pared to ear­lier and this is why most of vis­i­tors showed keen in­ter­est in adopt­ing tech­nol­ogy with less man ma­chine ra­tio, higher out­put in less time and also less main­te­nance.

Gar­ment Tech­nol­ogy Expo, Ban­ga­lore edi­tion which was held re­cently at Dr. Prab­hakar Kore Con­ven­tion Cen­ter saw pres­ence of more than 200 brands show­cas­ing their lat­est tech­nolo­gies for the ap­parel sec­tor. Com­pa­nies like Brother, Jack, Juki, HCA, Macpi, Ro­tondi, Me­hala, EH Turel, Ma­havir, Amith Gar­ments, INL Hanger Sys­tems, H&H, and sev­eral oth­ers were seen at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

As per the de­mand most of the com­pa­nies show­cased ma­chines that could per­form multi op­er­a­tions and had au­to­matic op­er­a­tions as labour cost is one of the big­gest chal­lenge in

Ban­ga­lore and ar­eas nearby. Over the years the cost of liv­ing has re­ally gone high in Ban­ga­lore and it has be­come dif­fi­cult to find and re­tain skilled work­ers.

Sewing ma­chines stalls were seen oc­cu­pied most of the times and com­pa­nies like Jack re­ported a very good re­sponse. Jack show­cased its prod­uct range that in­cluded A3 and C4 ma­chines.

Other than this in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity has be­come a ma­jor con­cern for all gar­ment ex­porters es­pe­cially af­ter the ben­e­fit of draw­backs has be­come quite less as com­pared to ear­lier and this is why most of vis­i­tors showed keen in­ter­est in adopt­ing tech­nol­ogy with less man ma­chine ra­tio, higher out­put in less time and also less main­te­nance. The era of go­ing for cheap and low qual­ity ma­chines seems to be fad­ing away dras­ti­cally as ex­porters want durable tech­nol­ogy with lat­est fea­tures to re­main com­pet­i­tive not only amongst play­ers in In­dia but, also among play­ers in global mar­kets.

“To­day’s chal­lenge is to man­u­fac­ture gar­ments at the least pos­si­ble price with least pos­si­ble re­sources. Also the in­dus­try is de­mand­ing ma­chines us­ing the re­sources to full po­ten­tial,” said KM Malaran­nan, MD, Crys­tal Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices pvt Ltd. The com­pany is IT so­lu­tion provider that of­fers con­sul­tancy ser­vices and prod­ucts across var­i­ous plat­forms. “A com­pany in Chen­nai could only de­liver 96% of the pro­duc­tion as many den­ims were get­ting stolen with most of them get­ting lost in wash­ing. “With the use of a sin­gle RFID but­ton we elim­i­nated such wastage as we have fixed scan­ners at all the im­por­tant points which takes less than a sec­ond to read 200 gar­ments,” he in­formed. “So as long as this tag is with the gar­ment it can be traced any­where. It can­not even go out the fac­tory also. We also have screener wherein if it scans this gar­ment with the tag, it will give a beep so it has 100% trans­parency and 100% trace­abil­ity,” added Malar­van­nan. So prod­ucts of­fered by the com­pany are not only help­ing in cal­cu­lat­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity of every worker at every oper­a­tion but also in trace­abil­ity.

An­other in­ter­est­ing tech­nol­ogy was seen at the INL hanger

sys­tems stall that dis­played au­to­matic hanger sys­tems which helps in fast move­ment of prod­ucts and also in­creases pro­duc­tiv­ity of com­pany by man­i­folds. Speak­ing about the re­sponse at the ex­hi­bi­tion

Man­preet Singh walia, Coun­try Man­ager, INL hanger Sys­tems shared, “The re­sponse so far as been good as we have re­ceived some se­ri­ous en­quiries more­over Ban­ga­lore is a hub for vol­umes and high qual­ity stan­dards so there were a lot of gen­uine queries.”

In fin­ish­ing side Ro­tondi came up with jack­ets and trouser fin­ish­ing ma­chine and re­ported a great re­sponse. “We have re­ceived cus­tomers from not only South but West In­dia also, more­over, the ex­hi­bi­tion has proved to be a good plat­form as we could make some on spot or­ders also,” said San­tosh, in­dia head from ro­tondi.

South Korea’s au­to­mated gar­ment ma­chin­ery ma­jor, Loiko ex­hib­ited its Auto Jig Ma­chines, But­ton Feeder At­tach­ment, and But­ton Wrap­ping and Knot­ting Ma­chines, colour sen­sor ma­chine, pneu­matic edge guide (which is used for align­ing the gar­ments like for ex­am­ple trousers) and dig­i­tal guide which is used to avoid mark­ing in the gar­ments.

Shivalin­gappa NG, Di­rec­tor, Loiko Global pri­vate Lim­ited high­lighted that the colour sen­sor senses a colour, as in some but­tons there is a flash on both sides, but if there is a dif­fer­ence in the colour, the ma­chine rec­og­nizes that and leave the other side’s but­ton pushed down. “The re­sponse for the colour sen­sor ma­chine and but­ton feeder ma­chines fetched good re­sponse. But­ton Feeder at­tach­ment does not re­quire a skilled op­er­a­tor yet en­sures dou­bling the pro­duc­tion,” he added.

If done man­u­ally, ex­pe­ri­enced op­er­a­tors can only at­tach 6-700 but­tons per hour, but this ma­chine achieves 1,000-1,400 but­tons per hour,” he added. The Dig­i­tal puller an­other ma­chine show­cased by them is ideal for home tex­tile seg­ment as it is used to avoid puck­er­ing.

In test­ing side Ramp Im­pex and Amith Gar­ment Ser­vices brought a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts and re­ported an av­er­age re­sponse from the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Known for of­fer­ing bond­ing ma­chines which de­liver stitch free gar­ments has been the USP of Sakho En­ter­prises that is pro­mot­ing brands like H&H, Nissin, Sakhi and sev­eral oth­ers. The com­pany re­ported an en­cour­ag­ing re­sponse at the show. The unique idea of team en­dors­ing stitch free jack­ets at the booth was be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated by many at the ex­hi­bi­tion. The com­pany also of­fers BK-17 a patented tech­nol­ogy that is in­dus­trial but­ton feeder ma­chine.

Booth of Brother was also seen crowded most of the times. The com­pany pro­moted Digi­flex S-7250 A and re­ceived a good re­sponse. At the booth the com­pany or­ga­nized sem­i­nars also to cre­ate aware­ness among end users about the ad­van­tages and us­abil­ity of ma­chine. ran­deep Sa­hani from the com­pany shared, “The ex­hi­bi­tion has been good as we have meet some se­ri­ous play­ers from not only Ban­ga­lore but nearby ar­eas also, I think the aim to come at any such plat­form is net­work­ing and also cre­at­ing aware­ness about tech­nol­ogy that can bring changes and im­prove­ment in man­u­fac­tur­ing and that pur­pose gets re­solved here.”

Over­all the show was rated to be good by most of the ex­hibitors who be­came part of it from not only In­dia, but coun­tries like Tai­wan, China, Korea, Ger­many and many other places. Vis­i­tors also felt that the show was com­plete in all as­pects as they could see wide range and lat­est tech­nolo­gies from all over the world.

Suresh Babu .C ( Se­nior Gr Man­ager - CMD & projects), Gokaldas ex­ports shared, “GTE has al­ways been an in­ter­est­ing plat­form to see lat­est tech­nolo­gies and de­vel­op­ments and we al­ways try to visit the show to get ac­quainted with lat­est ma­chin­ery. As a com­pany we are look­ing for au­to­matic ma­chines as labour wages is a big con­cern in Ban­ga­lore.”

Father & Son Duo Ricky and In­der­jit S. Sahni

San­tosh Lade from Ro­tondi with a client

Team of Loiko at GTE

Fayne and Man­preet Singh Walia from INL In­ter­na­tional Tech­nol­ogy Pte Ltd

Suresh Babu .C ( Se­nior Gr Man­ager - CMD & Projects), Gokaldas Ex­ports with Shafraz Mo­hammed from Or­ange Sewing So­lu­tion, Sri Lanka

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