Artificial Intelligence And The Textile Industry’s Future
- Many businesses have already turned to AI to help them digitize and expand more efficiently. Last year’s pandemic altered the way businesses functioned, and nearly all became interactive. The textile industry is no different, from AI and automation. Artificial Intelligence is steadily implemented to change demand, manufacturing processes, customer relations, and so on.
The textile industry has embraced robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce labor and manufacturing costs while still delivering goods according to market trends. According to Grand View Research, the global textile industry was worth 961.5 billion dollars in 2019. And is trust to grow at a CAGR of 4.3 percent from 2020 to 2027, owing to increased demand for apparel in developing countries such as China, India, Mexico, and Bangladesh.
An Overview of the Textile Industry
The textile industry is a rapidly expanding market, with China, the European Union, the United States, and India as major competitors. India’s textile manufacturing sector is the world’s third-largest, with exports worth more than USD 30 billion. India accounts for more than 6% of global textile demand, with a market cap of about USD 150 billion.
Textile Industry & Artificial Intelligence
Modern technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) has completely changed the textile industry in every way. The systems have been streamline, with AI executing human tasks more effectively and in a shorter amount of time. Human intervention has been reducing to a bare minimum.
However, fewer than 5% of Indians use AI-based advanced technologies. Just 2% of businesses in the world use computers that are less than 5 years old. The aim of this article is to raise awareness about the use of AI in the textile industry among the general public.
- Yarn Manufacturing
The use of AI in each operation, from the blow room to carding, painting, lap shaping, combing, speed frame, ring spinning, winding, conditioning, and packaging, has fully transformed manufacturing. The AI-based control panels set all of the required manufacturing parameters with minimal human interaction. This has not only sped up the process but has also increased efficiency and reduced costs. Computing spins have also improved yarn prediction accuracy. Artificial intelligence has cut the error rate in estimating wool grading by as much as 60%, resulting in improved cotton grading. Artificial intelligence has made it possible to calculate a textile’s physical properties and classify cloth warmth objectively.
- Quality Improvement
Physical testing has historically been used to ensure quality management by trained staff. This industry makes extensive use of AI because it ensures consistency and accuracy. The most popular applications are yarn processing and garment. Top output efficiency is ensured by using cutting-edge technology and devices such as the AUTOBURST 70, TPI Tester, Moisture Meter Digital, Digital Tachometer CE, and Stroboscope. Raw cotton properties such as length intensity, MIC, color, and uniformity are check using instruments like the Premier Art-2. The Uster Tester-6 is a complete testing center device for measuring and controlling unevenness, imperfection, and hairiness during the whole operation, from carding to winding.
- Fabric and Pattern Assessment
With the aid of neuro-fuzzy Ro-yarn estimation, AI can be used to forecast fabric properties before manufacturing. Weaving, stitching, braiding, and other stages of patterns exist. Artificial Neural Network (ANN) methods may be used to identify defects in cloth inspection.
- Color Management
Color control has relied heavily on data color to ensure that the initial color scheme reflects the color in the finished textile. Datacolor claims that its AI function can take into account historical data from human operators’ visual evaluation findings while producing tolerances, resulting in contributory examinations that precisely fit visual inspection samples.
- Grading of Fabric
In the textile industry, textile machine learning has allowed a more impartial fabric grading process with more reliable performance. Artificial intelligence improves the fineness, strength, and staple length of fabric fibers, which can be calculated with precision using an artificial neural network.
- Pattern recognition using artificial intelligence
Computer-aided design (CAD) is an AI-based branch that facilitates computerized pattern creation. It assists designers in designing simple pattern structures by offering 3-D representations of fabric and patterns, making simulation simpler.
- Merchandising and Supply Chain
The seamless movement of products between retailers and suppliers is dependent on the supply chain. Wide storage areas, a well-equipped warehouse, logistics, and documents are all needed for the supply chain management. Via robotics, RPA, and machine learning, AI can assist the textile industry in automating transportation and packing. Merchandising may use AI to personalize customer experiences, monitor consumer behavior, and forecast industry patterns, among other things. NLP, interactive assistance, and other AI-enabled technology aid efficient collaboration between producers, manufacturing endpoints, suppliers, and customers.
The Final Analysis
With the help of AI technology, the future of the textile industry appears to be bright for all participants. Sensor-based technologies such as yarn grading and cloth defect testing. Virtual modeling of yarn from fiber properties (Cornell) will be possible, as expected by yarn tensile properties and yarn unevenness. Textile companies can also follow “transferrable” data science and data-mining strategies, as seen in the finance and healthcare industries.
Through optimizing market evolution and presenting sustainable apparel. AI will play a huge role in revolutionizing the garment industry in the coming years.