The MICROFACTORY, coordinated by DITF (Deutsche Institute für Deutsche Textil- und Faserforschung), showcases live the completely networked and integrated production chain from design through to finishing at MUNICH FABRIC START.
Experience how efficiently the translation of trends and the rapid response to market demands can be realized even for borders with batch size one. Use the chance to test the industry 4.0 for your business on site by the example of a custom running shirt made of Schoeller fabrics!
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Stages in the digital textile micro factory
The first stage in the micro factory is the CAD/Design area. With the help of computer-aided design (CAD) and the Vidya 3D-simulation software, creative designs are put into effect in a virtual reality and/or adapted. The data that emerge from this are immediately merged with data for subsequent processes such as the digital printing of the textile, the cutting out and sewing. Our partner for the Design area is Assyst, a company in the Human Solutions Group.
The next stage (Printing) demonstrates large-format inkjet printing, involving sublimation printing on polyester and pigment printing on cotton and mixed fibres. Manufacturing tasks can be flexibly combined here with various printing parameters so as to produce a print with reproducible colours. Our partners in the software and hardware business Ergosoft and Mimaki as well as Coldenhove and Monti Antonio are the ones ensuring optimum printing results at this station.
After this comes the Cutting area. At this juncture in the production process, the individual orders need first to be identified without anyone touching them. Identification is made possible by automatically loading the appropriate data files for the cutting-out process. A feeder system at the cutter ensures that the material is transported as smoothly as possible and without distortion. Camera systems recognise the cutting points, as a result of which the path the cutter is to take is optimised and a top-quality cut can be achieved. Our partner in this area is Zünd.
In the next section of the production process (Assembling), the cut-out elements of the various orders are also identified in a context-specific manner and added to the garment. This area shows the process of identifying the individual orders and the sewing process, carried out on the latest sewing machines, which can also be linked to the internet. Our partner in this area is Dürkopp Adler.
In the last step (Labeling) the garments will be provided with logos and graphic details that will be washable, can be ironed and are suitable for dryers. Partner of this area is Seripress.
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