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- China’s Tech Giants Test the Waters in Fashion Metaverse Despite Slim Chance of Profits
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- Stand-Alone Systems vs. 2D-3D Integration / Dialogue with Michael Ernst (Part 2)
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- 3D: No Wonder Tool – Yet Future-Proof Solution / Dialogue with Michael Ernst (Part 1)
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- Part 3 – Artificial Intelligence: Welcome to “Extended Fashion Reality”
- The Metaverse Is Just An Idea, But Adobe Says It’s Time To Prep for It
- Part 2 — Artificial Intelligence: Change is Inevitable – Re-Invention is Optional
- Part 1 — Artificial Intelligence: Game Changer, Fear Chaser, Or Just Another Hype?
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- Optimize Productivity – Automatic Production Monitoring with Zünd Connect
- Why the Future of Textiles is Collaborative
- Applied DNA Sciences and A&E Introduce Anti-Counterfeiting Technology for Sustainable Sewing Threads
- State-of-the-Art Manufacturing: Fashion-Enter and Zund
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- Smart Factory: Joachim Hensch Unveils Program to Enable Smart Factory Applications
- Digitalization: Digital Transformation
- Automation: Automation Made Smarter
- Cutting: Automated Cutting
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- Stitching: Stitch Terminology Glossary
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Technology is Crucial to Manufacturing Resilience
With technology and automation, manufacturers are gaining the ability to increase both speed-to-market and customer engagement. Numerous factors are leading manufacturers to “make to order” rather than “make to stock”. In this environment, companies that create value by holding inventory are becoming less and less necessary.
As technology continues to advance, barriers to market entry and commercialization are eroding. New market entrants that have access to new tools can operate at much smaller scales, enabling them to create products that were once the sole province of major players.
While large-scale production will always dominate some segments of the sewn products supply chain, innovative manufacturing models — distributed small-scale local and agile manufacturing — are arising to take advantage of new opportunities.
Manufacturing is no longer simply about making physical products. Changes in consumer demand, the nature of products, the economics of production, and the economics of the supply chain have led to a fundamental shift in the way companies do business.
The economic crisis brought on by Covid-19 has uncovered hidden vulnerabilities in the global sewn goods supply chains. One of the most glaring: a lack of responsiveness and adaptability. The sudden inability to purchase goods from tissue paper to equipment for data centers shines an unforgiving light on just how we make things.
Many production lines have been exposed as unable to scale, incapable of reconfiguring to build the things we need most, and often, unfit even to operate in an environment with limited access. Manufacturers need resiliency, flexibility, and scalability. In other words, they need technology and automation.
For all the slick videos of robots picking and packing, for all the references to artificial intelligence and the hype around Industry 4.0, automation is net deployed as much as it should be in the manufacturing of sewn products. By some estimates, high levels of automation play a role in only 3% of all goods produced.
The vast majority of manufacturing remains dependent on human labor and access to physical spaces. That makes manfacturers vulnerable to repeated disruptions. While Covid-19 proved that point in the worst way, we had ample warning: manufacturing has been routinely disrupted by tariff wars, by supply chain disturbances, and by regional conflicts throughout history.
The question is not if there will be another manufacturing disruption. There will be. The relevant questions are when it will come, and how well prepared the industry will choose to be. NE