Even though IoT is still in its nascent stage of development, the positive impact it has had on nearly all aspects of industries is compelling. However, the complete synergy between fashion and technology has yet to unravel its full potential and mostly depends on the fashion industries that dare to venture into the possibilities and invest in new capabilities. While IoT is already transforming several fashion businesses, the pertinent question is - has it transformed yours?
1.15 Implementing Industry 4.0 in the Apparel Industry2.16. 16 The world is now witnessing the 4th industrial revolution which is commonly known as Industry 4.0. Various research has been focused on possibility of developing a customized smartapparel production plant which will be a novel approach in the apparel industry based on the identified issues of the current sewing process and the suggestions to improve them. Smart Apparel Production Plant Fig. 1. The sample model of the T shirt which has been considered to design the current and the proposed production flows3.17. 17 Current sewing process In the current sewing process, the raw material of the three major parts of the t shirt entered the line as a one batch. The production flow follows a traditional production line approach where the t shirt is being produced through a sequential approach. The major issues of the current sewing process can be identified as follows, • Considerably high number of labor shortage and the labor turnover has led to reduce the efficiency of the production lines. • Inefficiency in the raw material reconciliation process has led to reliability issues. It is evident that the efficiency of this sequential sewing process is considerably low which has led to decrease the productivity. Also to adapt automation for the clothing system is also so hard because, the complexity of this system has led to high labor intensity Smart Apparel Production Plant Example4.18. 18 Proposed sewing process Based on the issues of the current sewing process and the Volkswagen production system, the proposed sewing process has been designed in order tomeet the requirement of a customized smart apparel production plant. The main features of the proposed process can be identified as follows, • Production Cells - By following the production sections concept in Volkswagen, the proposed production process consists with the production cells where each of the major components in the t shirt manufactures and customizesin each cell before moving to the final assembly cell. This cell cab be consisted with multi-tasking machine operators and also the automated sewing machines. • Real time production