Artificial intelligence in the apparel industry

When compared to 2016, there has been a 300 per cent growth in investments in Artificial Intelligence capabilities development in 2017 globally, as predicted by Forrester Research. An IDC research has predicted that the AI market will become worth more than $47 bn in 2020 growing from an $8 bn market in 2016. We have seen science fictions portraying artificial intelligence as robots and near-human characters. But if you google the definition of AI, it says “programmes or systems that are designed to perform tasks requiring human intelligence: From visual perceptions, speech recognition, and language translations, decisionmaking to autonomous...

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Classify the fault Defects in garment manufacturing

In our defects article series, we have so far covered the defects occurring in knitted and woven fabrics and also in embroidery. Now, we are going to take up the defects that occur in our final garments, and how can we control or correct them. Garment defects can be caused due to the use of defective fabric, workmanship defects and handling defects, and due to the defects in the trims and accessories being used in the garment. Fabric defects Part of the defects occurring in the final garment could be caused due to the defects in the fabric being...

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Classify the fault Defects due to embroidery

Next in the defects article series, we are discussing about the defects found in the embroidery. Embroidery is used in garments to enhance their aesthetic appeal, but when defects appear in the embroidery itself, the quality of the garment deteriorates. Embroidery defects can be a result of irregularities in the stitches or the design or both. Based on the defect we can incorporate some remedial measures to counter their occurrence in the garment. Poor registration: This defect appears when the embroidery’s design and stitches don’t align correctly. Causes Shifting of the fabric, the embroidery is being sewn into  ...

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Classify the fault Defects in woven fabric

Defects in woven fabric are can be a result of yarn imperfections, incorrect weaving process or errors in the finishing process. They can be categorized into 3 groups: Yarn related defects, defects occurringin warp direction and defects in the filling direction. Yarn Related Defects Mixed End/ Thick End:It can be identified as the warp end having larger diameter than the other warps. Cause Occurrence of excessive count variation Accidentally missing up of counts in winding and warping Piecing up of broken ends with wrong count thread Remedies Conduct frequent inspection to make sure count mixing does not happen Slub...

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Where’s the bottleneck? Critical Path Method will tell you!

Any process or project can be defined as a set or series of activities that need to be carried out in order to complete that process. These activities have dependences, based on which a network of activities can be made. The longest path in duration, amongst the paths in the network, from start to end of the process, is known as the Critical Path, and the activities that make up the critical path are known as critical activities. Critical Path Method, commonly known as CPM, is a project scheduling technique used for effective project management. In this method, a project model is constructed that includes: Work breakdown structure or the list of interdependent activities of the project The specific duration or time value allocated to each activity Dependencies between the activities Importance of CPM This project scheduling method tells us: When the entire process or project will be completed, i.e. the project duration, Which activities in the project are critical, i.e. any delay in those activities can potentially delay the whole project Which activities in the project are non-critical, i.e. activities that can be late without affecting the project duration, thus providing the project a flexibility Finding project status on any given date, based on schedule and budget To identify, if there are enough resources that the project requires And, finally if the project duration has to be reduced,...

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