Development of Smart Factories Could Fasten Onshoring Process
Published by : Industrial Automation
The development of smart factories is the major trend in the global market, primarily in the apparel industry. Manufacturers such as Nike and Adidas are the main companies investing high amounts in speeding the formation of smart speed factories especially in the US, Germany, and other developed countries. The companies in the global market are primarily focusing to secure and generate efficient and effective data to further optimize future design and production processes, a report has shown.
For instance – The German Adidas factory has the ability to produce a pair of shoes in less than 5 hours, considering producing the same pair of shoes in Asia and shipping them to Europe will take over a month, as per the new report by Deutsche Bank. Moreover, Nike and other apparel companies employ similar types of robotic setups in their factories; the pursuit of lower manufacturing costs has been, according to the report, a crucial part of textile and footwear manufacturing since at least the first industrial revolution.
“Adidas has opened a partially automated factory in Atlanta, while Under Armour has discussed plans to open a manufacturing center in Baltimore”
The large apparel companies have not incorporated automation fully, but partially. Moreover, Adidas has said it wishes to increase the output of its Speedfactories in Ansbach and Atlanta to 1 million pairs of shoes each year by 2020. But this is equivalent to just one day’s requirement, according to Deutsche Bank.
Adidas heavily invested in its Speedfactory program has already taken place in Vietnam, which is over $200m each year recently to automate production lines, the ultimate goal within the industry’s eventual transition to automation is to track data throughout a consumer good’s lifecycle: from design, to manufacture, to retail. This expected to influence the supply in the increased internet shopping, which has made consumers more used to a greater array of designs, and thus there has been a structural increase in demand for variety. Successful stores are those that quickly bring to market new designs. In this regard, the potential is already starting to be seen.
“Nike’s Flyknit shoes are made with a highly automated process, as the knitting machines, located in China, feedback production data to help designers and engineers in the US”
These kinds of advanced automated manufacturing processes allow more rapid upgrades and changes to be made to the product. The data generated also helps Nike further optimize future design and production processes. In the end, customers are as much the winners as are the manufacturers. Automation allows for new and different products to come to market far quicker than in the past.
Global apparel manufacturers are likely to stop migrating to ever-lower cost countries. As they consolidate in the developing countries in which they currently sit, they will benefit from and will increase the standards of environmental, social, and governance policies.
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