Dig­i­tal Twin tunes with ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing too…

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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.

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