Digital Twin tunes with apparel manufacturing too…
Joachim Hensch, Managing Director, Hugo Boss Textile Industries Ltd.,
revealed his plan to create a virtual representation of the company’s factory in İzmir, Turkey. The facility, with nearly 4,000 people, is intended to become a ‘Suit Machine’, which will transform the entire factory into a machine, consisting of digitalization, automation and robotics, and ultimately artificial intelligence. The process starts with digitally copying human first, and then moving ahead to machines. And this year’s aim is to work on automation and robotics. The problem of capacity will also be easily resolved in the virtual factory. As Joachim illustrates, “Let’s say we have capacity problems in womenswear; we will transfer a line from men’s clothing there. Working with machines, products, resources and timing is not something that can be managed with the current system. I cannot know what’s in the women’s clothing section as an executive. But when artificial intelligence is achieved, the system will say, “20 of the people working here will work there between 14:00-17:00 because it is busier there.” Decision making will then be facilitated through artificial intelligence next year and the factory will become a ‘Suit Machine’ by 2020.
Joachim Hensch, Managing Director, Hugo Boss Textile Industries Ltd.