3D design and virtual prototyping tools, including a new virtual decision-making aid for the entire textile value chain, were among the most exciting developments at this week’s Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
And fittingly, two of the four winners of the Texprocess Innovation Award 2019 offered new solutions that contribute to a process of digital transformation in the apparel in the industry.
The Awards in the ‘new process’ category went to:
- Assyst GmbH’s virtual decision-making aid which, for the first time at Texprocess, showed how a digital process innovation can revolutionise the textile value chain, from design to development and sales.
- Technology specialist Lectra’s fashion-on-demand technology, the first end-to-end solution for personalising fashions.
While winners in the ‘new technology’ category included Dürkopp Adler AG’s M-Type-Delta, the concept for industrial sewing that can be integrated into fully digitised sewing production for the automotive, upholstery and leather industries, as well as for the technical textile sector.
Also honoured in this category was Vetron Typical Europe GmbH for the Vetron Vyper, a robot-supported 3D-sewing application. This is based on the development of an ultra-lightweight sewing machine head with a carbon supporting structure to create, for example, 3-dimensional decorative seams on motor vehicle dashboards.
Judges of the fifth Texprocess Innovation Award included Alexander Artschwager, German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf, Centre for Management Research (DITF-MR); Claudia van Bonn, Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH; Prof Ives-Simon Gloy, Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V.; Iris Schlomski, textile network; Walter Wählt (chairman of the jury), Adidas; and Prof Kerstin Zöll, Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Textile and Clothing Technology Faculty.
Digitalisation live! – Assyst GmbH
Assyt’s 3D innovation process showed how 3D simulations can be used for product development across the entire apparel industry value chain – from the first draft to the shop.
Digitalisation live! helps companies to make the right decisions faster and to obtain the customer’s purchasing opinion at an early stage, while also reducing the number of garments produced.
The jury said the application consists of “consistently applied” 3D virtualisation, from design and product development stages to the consumer at the point of sale.
“It contributes to a process of digital transformation in the apparel industry – moving away from the physical sample to a virtual basis of decision making for everyone involved in the process,” it said. “As a result, it opens up whole new possibilities for product development, production, marketing and sales.”
‘Fashion On Demand’ – Lectra
Launched in December of last year, Lectra’s turnkey solution automates on-demand production from order reception to production development stages and the cutting room.
Rolled out from January this year, ‘Fashion On Demand by Lectra’ enables companies to define the product customisation criteria and range for each item depending on the package (such as altering product characteristics for customisation and pattern adjustments for made to measure) and launch production processes right from the get-go, without interfering with their standard workflows.
With a 360° view of the entire personalisation process, customers have the ability to streamline multiple production processes and manage complex individual demands from custom order to cut piece, Lectra says.
In addition, thanks to the supply-chain flexibility that companies gain, they will be able to expand their product range and offer more variety, without interrupting their existing production processes.
“The innovation of this new cloud-based platform solution for efficient ‘made to measure’/’made to order’ production processes facilitates ‘near-shoring’ for companies offering individualised apparel products on the market. The infrastructure is up and running and can be used by the fashion industry on a plug & play basis,” said the jury.
The Texprocess Innovation Award has been honouring outstanding achievements and new developments since 2011. The winning products are selected on the basis of criteria such as innovation, choice of materials and ecological quality.