Lectra empowering the fashion industry in the era of Industry 4.0
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