Industrial Competitiveness & The Level Of Automation
The number one method of improving industrial competitiveness is the use of industrial automation that allows companies to more efficiently manufacture and produce high precision parts and better performing equipment. Through mechanical and electrical integration and automation, equipment is faster and more dependable than ever.
Automatic & Semi-Automatic Industrial Sewing Equipment
The common image of a clothing manufacturing operation is factories full of workers sitting at individual sewing machines churning out product. Today, in certain parts of the world, shortages of human labor, rising labor costs and a shortage of skilled technicians to service manual machines is pushing the industry to adopt automated technology.
The future of clothing manufacturing is automation in which product can be made as good as, if not better than, human produced clothing with the added benefit of running 24 x 7. Global suppliers of industrial sewing equipment and parts are now building custom automated machines for large and midsize clothing manufacturers that make wearable security and protection equipment, leather products, furnishings, automobile equipment and garments.
A company called DEMA Sewing Machines of Bryson, Texas is the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial sewing machines and automated sewing solutions with over 30,000 industrial sewing machines available in its global network; it provides equipment to factories, contractors and dealers globally.
Precise Robotic Monitoring
DEMA’s and its competitor’s automated equipment replaces the hands and eyes of skilled human operators, uses electronic programmable pattern sewing, buttonhole machines and automated cutters. Computer-controlled sewing machines now precisely move fabric under a needle “stitch by stitch and use visual sensors to keep track of thread counts. The fabric moves under a servo control and under the needle stitch by stitch while “budgers” or “motorized balls” make contact with fabric moving it back and forth as needed.
According to DEMA the US imports more than $100 billion worth of clothing and sewn items each year and the automation of clothing manufacturing could bring a significant portion of the manufacturer of these items back to the US.