Lectra em­pow­er­ing the fash­ion industry in the era of Industry 4.0

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There is a need to un­der­stand the his­tory be­hind the Industry 4.0 rev­o­lu­tion which be­came a catch­phrase in no time. The first in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion marked the be­gin­ning of pro­duc­tion me­chan­i­cally with steam gen­er­a­tors in the eigh­teenth century. With time pass­ing by, elec­tric­ity took over steam gen­er­a­tors in the twen­ti­eth century. Fur­ther mov­ing, 1970s saw a no­table change in man­u­fac­tur­ing with au­to­ma­tion tak­ing a front seat driven by in­dus­trial com­put­ing.

The next stage of man­u­fac­tur­ing, smart and dig­i­tally con­nected, her­alded the dawn of the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion, or Industry 4.0. Use of in­no­va­tive, tech­ni­cally ad­vanced and in­ter­net-con­nected ma­chin­ery to digi­tise and au­to­mate the man­u­fac­tur­ing process and to mon­i­tor it in real-time, is what is called ‘smart man­u­fac­tur­ing’. “Industry 4.0 is not just about man­u­fac­tur­ing – it con­cerns the en­tire fash­ion ecosys­tem, from high-end brands to fast-fash­ion re­tail­ers.

It will re­shape the en­tire mar­ket­place and change how com­pa­nies work and re­spond to cus­tomer de­mands,” be­lieves Jason Adams, North Amer­ica Pres­i­dent, Lectra.

The four ba­sic pil­lars that hold this con­cept right are Dig­i­tal to Real Life, Aug­mented Re­al­ity (AR), Big Data, and Data An­a­lyt­ics. Us­ing 3D print­ing and robotics to pro­duce faster is the pres­sure man­u­fac­tur­ers are fac­ing today. Use of dig­i­tal 3D soft­ware for cre­at­ing vir­tual pro­to­type sam­ples and faster sam­ple ap­provals call for dig­i­tal so­lu­tions. Keep­ing in­ven­tory and main­tain­ing it on a day-to-day ba­sis with man­ual records is a painstak­ing process. Use of AR helps avoid er­rors and sup­ports in man­ag­ing in­ven­tory records in real- time, sav­ing labour time and ef­forts.

Com­pa­nies have troves of in­for­ma­tion com­piled on an hourly ba­sis daily. Cen­tralised stor­age of data (or big data) such as pro­duc­tion sta­tus and cus­tomer data can be fa­cil­i­tated with the help of IoT that can later be ag­gre­gated. What’s the use of data if it’s not com­puted and sim­ply goes in waste… Data An­a­lyt­ics helps com­pute nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion out of raw data that can help top man­age­ment in bet­ter de­ci­sion-mak­ing. Lectra has un­veiled its lat­est Cutting Room 4.0 as a part­ner to help com­pa­nies be­come 4.0 ready. The new in­no­va­tion for on­de­mand man­u­fac­tur­ing, pro­vides a com­bi­na­tion that helps in trans­fer­ring data dig­i­tally among IT sys­tems and cutting room, a com­plete cutting line – from load­ing to off-load­ing – which helps in achiev­ing en­hanced through­put and agility.

“Used ef­fec­tively, the ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing industry can de­liver er­ror-free and de­fect-free prod­ucts to the re­tail­ers,” in­forms Jason.

The new, fully-au­to­mated cutting room so­lu­tion by Lectra of­fers ad­van­tages such as greater agility, through­put, cost-ef­fi­ciency and, in par­tic­u­lar, scal­a­bil­ity to man­u­fac­tur­ers in order to re­spond seam­lessly to small batches of or­ders and shorter lead times.

The new, fullyau­to­mated cutting room so­lu­tion by Lectra of­fers ad­van­tages such as greater agility, through­put and cost-ef­fi­ciency.

Jason Adams, North Amer­ica Pres­i­dent, Lectra, preparing to un­veil Lectra cutting room 4.0

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