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Trade Talk | March 2019

Robotics use focus of TAI Textile 4.0 meet

Like the first edition, the second edition of international conference organised by the Textile Association of India (TAI), Mumbai unit too received an overwhelming response from Indian textile and garment industry.

TAI has the distinction of organising the international conferences on the emerging areas of textile trade and industry. On March 2018, TAI organised an international conference on Textile 4.0; a first-of-its-kind in Asia and perhaps the second in the world to bring home the concept and its relevance to global competitiveness. During Industry 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, the technological development were seen by leaps and bounds. The new industrial revolution 4.0 is characterised by a confluence of emerging technology breakthroughs, including mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, Internet of things, next-generation robotics, 3D printing, wearable and genetic engineering, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and others.

After the successful event of March 2018, there have been queries from different parts of India to organise the second edition on the Textile 4.0. Since concepts were discussed in the earlier event, it was thought appropriate to take the Second Edition on the same theme with view to address implementation of it in different segment of textile and apparel value chain. This was the background for this Conference Textile 4.0. It was organised on February 7, 2019 at The Lalit, Mumbai.

Inauguration function included Sanjay Jain, Chairman, CITI as Chief Guest, Dr MR Ravi, IAS, Commissioner for Textiles, Government of Karnataka as Guest of Honour and Amir Sheikh, Senior Consultant, Gherzi Consulting Engineers as keynote speaker. It was graced by TK Sengupta, National President, TAI, Vilas Gharat, President, TAI Mumbai Unit, VC Gupte, Chairman, TAI Mumbai Unit, GV Aras, Conference Chairman, TK Chandra, Conference Adviser and AV Mantri, Hon. Secretary, TAI Mumbai Unit.

VC Gupte briefed the retrospects of the conference held in March 2018 as preamble to the current edition of conference on the topic.

GV Aras briefed the coverage of the deliberations programmed in the current version. He emphasized that the topics are so chosen that the entire supply chain starting from spinning, weaving, knitting garmenting and processing would be deliberated upon in the context of Textile 4.0.

Sheikh, in his keynote address, briefed the context of global competitiveness interalia Textile 4.0. He emphasised that the automation, use of internet, robotics and artificial intelligence are key factors to prudently managing the manufacturing processes to achieve higher productivity and quality of the out puts.

Dr MR Ravi highlighted the importance technological advancement and its interface with the industry and policy makers to achieve the envisaged goals of achieving international norms of productivity and quality.

Suresh Kotak, Chairman, Kotak & Co. Ltd was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Kotak contributed to Indian cotton textile industry over five decades in various capacities and contributed in the area of formulation of policies significantly.

Rahul N Mehta, Managing Director, Creative Casualwear, was honoured with the Industrial Excellence award. Mehta has long distinguished career and contribution in the garment industry. His outstanding performance in terms of creativity and professional management in the garment manufacturing is recognised all over the country.

Sanjay Jain spoke the relevance of the theme of the conference and opined that TAI Mumbai Unit and CITI could jointly organise similar events in different textile clusters to promote the Textile 4.0 across the nation.

The first Technical Session-I covered the theme - ‘Textile 4.0- Implementation’. During this session, four papers were presented. Stefan Winter, Product Manager, Karl Meyer Digital Factory, GmbH presented on” KM.ON - Karle Meyer Digital Solutions”. He said the IT enabled system developed by Karl Meyer is made up of eight KM.ON solution categories together. The first apps and solutions cover the three areas of management, maintenance and Service. The three areas are K. Management which enables customer to look at the current production process, regardless of location and in real time. The production data is displayed on the dashboard.

Jurgan Hanel, Head of Technology Technical Textiles, A. Monforts Textilmaschonen GmbH & Co.KG presented a paper on “Textile Coating Under the influence of Internet of Things”. He initiated his talk with introduction to different types of coating machines viz; knife coating, foam coating and roller coating. Samath Fernando, CIO, Hirdaramani Group & CEO, HONE Pvt Ltd, Sri Lanka presented a paper titled “RPA (Robotics Process Automation) and its impact to Apparel/Textile manufacturing Processes”. He discussed on use of robotics and modulation of the manufacturing processes and control of the process parameters in different stages of apparel manufacture.

Vikas Sharan, Director-India Operations, Saurer Textile Solutions, spoke on “Sustainability in Spinning through Innovation, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT)”. He described the spinning system being supplied by Saurer with solutions for staple fibre processing from bale to yarn on sustainable management mechanism. He emphasized that the spinning systems address energy conservation, economics and ergonomics.

The second technical session-II was devoted to the implementation of Textile 4.0 in garment manufacturing.

Vikas Banduke, Vice President, Textile Engineering – Automation, A.T.E. Enterprises, presented a paper on “How to make existing machines Compliant to Textile 4.0”. The paper attracted the attention of the gathering especially due to appropriate solution to approach compliance to Textile 4.0.

Felix AK Pinto, Sales Director, South Asia, South East Asia and ANZ, X-Rite, presented a paper on “Next level of Virtualisation for Textile Industry, Total Appearance Capture from X-Rite”.

Ronnie Hagin, CEO, Datatex Group presented a paper titled “Industry 4.0- Textile Reality from buzz to opportunity”. He started his deliberation with the background of Datatex as a software development and facilitation organisation since 1987.

In the last technical session, which covered the risk management, two papers were presented. First paper was pertaining to price fluctuation of cotton and its management and another paper was on fluctuation in dollar price and its management.

Badruddin Khan, Sr Manager-Product Management Team, Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) presented a paper on “Cotton Price Risk Management”. He discussed the concept of ‘commodity exchange’ in the context of different types of commodity markets including spot markets, forward markets and future Trading.

Sajal Gupta, Head- Forex & Rates, Edelweiss Securities Limited made a presentation on ‘Managing Forex Risk in Extreme Volatility’. He initiated his presentation with the impact of dollar fluctuation on the overall business operations either in export or import of goods.

The conference was well received with attendance of over 350 participants. The cross section of participation was Pan-India. The participants opined that the theme of the international conference was quite opt and time tested for moving forward to address challenges under Textile 4.0.

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