Carolina Cotton Works Inc, one of the largest commission jet dyers in the US, has installed a new inspection and automated packaging system to help improve product quality and environmental sustainability. 

The new system is capable of marking and mapping defects without stopping on an array of fabric styles including knits, wovens, nonwovens, tubular and open width. 

The rolls are automatically wrapped in the film and heat-sealed, rather than the traditional use of loose bags - which reduces the need for environmentally-harmful polyethylene film by 50%.

The equipment tags fabric defects on the edge of the roll so the cutting operators can easily see them. 

From the machine's database, CCW can generate defect maps and send to customers before the fabric rolls are shipped so they can more easily plan their fabric cutting.

The reports include in each roll, the number and types of defects, as well as specific locations within the roll.

Custom built to CCW's specifications, the system can process tubular and open with fabrics as narrow as 18 inches and as wide as 100 inches.

Based in Gaffney, South Carolina, Carolina Cotton Works dyes and finishes a wide variety of natural and synthetic fabrics used in apparel.