Keys to optimize the intralogistics in the textile industry

Keys to optimize the intralogistics in the textile industry

“Achieving more with less”, a fundamental concept in business productivity that can be directly applied to optimizing the intralogistics. Of course, it involves more than just reducing costs and increasing production.

It requires a strategic vision to identify opportunities for improvement, redefine objectives and increase the speed and flexibility of processes involving the flow of information, materials and products along the supply chain.

Today we focus on developing some of the strategies that help increase efficiency, quality, competitiveness and sustainability in the intralogistics within the textile and fashion industry. These are tactics that maximize the added value of the final product and minimize costs, time and risks.

 

Key factors for an efficient and sustainable intralogistic

 

To achieve an effective optimization of logistics processes, it is essential to implement an integral and simultaneous improvement of multiple variables, from the acquisition of raw materials to the delivery of the product to the end customer, including production planning, inventory, packaging, shipping, etc.

What is needed? Strategies that make it easier for companies to adapt quickly to the rapidly changing textile industry landscape.

In particular, there is a need to establish quantifiable objectives, improve data quality, implement technological solutions for automation, align with eco-efficiency and adopt a proactive approach. Let’s look at 3 key factors:

 

1. 360 Visibility

 

Global visibility and real-time monitoring of logistics operations is essential to avoid delays and inefficiencies. To this end, technological solutions must be implemented to effectively and sustainably manage the supply chain.

For example, they can be used:

 

  • Management software that offers a comprehensive end-to-end view of the chain, can be integrated with other systems and centralizes data collection and process monitoring tasks.
    • For example, ERP software that has a cross-company scope and allows centralized management of the textile supply chain processes: design, production, warehouse, product distribution and sales
  • RFID tagging, which provides accurate tracking of material products and shipments at various stages of the supply chain.
    • For example, smart labels that are sewn or attached to the fabric, which allow the identification and traceability of any product at different stages of the chain. It also optimizes inventory management and prevents loss and theft.
  • Data analysis. It provides a clear view of the movements in intralogistics operations, monitoring processes, reviewing product tracking and exploring your data to obtain information needed for decision making. This analysis implies the need to:
    • Integrate all technological tools to collect data in real time.
    • Establish metrics and key performance indicators to be able to interpret the analyzed data and use them for logistics optimization.

2. Intelligent automation

 

It is necessary to maximize the automation of intralogistics processes with cutting-edge technological solutions to reduce costs, operate in an eco-efficient manner, collect data, make effective forecasts and increase response capacity in real time.

But optimization must be done intelligently. What does it mean?

  • That automation of the entire logistics ecosystem must be planned. It is essential to invest in equipment and systems that can be integrated to offer a unified platform that allows communication and global operational management. In addition, these systems and machines must be capable of providing data for proper analysis and obtaining useful information for decision making.
  • That a suitable automation must be chosen for the specific requirements of the company. In other words, implement tailor-made automation solutions that are flexible enough to adapt to the changing needs of the textile industry. This is the only way to fully unlock operational efficiency and increase profitability.

What automation solutions are we talking about? For example:

 

  • Fully automatic conveying solutions that have the ability to move products, thus ensuring a continuous and fast flow of stock. Such as:
    • Box conveyors or pallet conveyors.
    • Robotic systems that can manipulate and transport objects autonomously or collaboratively, capable of performing tasks such as picking and retrieval of goods, loading of transport inside the warehouse, etc.
    • For example, AMR autonomous mobile robots

 

  • Warehouse management system, which allows to coordinate and control the operation of the different products that are stored and prepared for orders. These are softwares that can give instructions to the automated machines and also facilitate the work of the operators by displaying stock information.
    • For example, a WMS type system.

 

  • Intelligent garment counting solutions that automatically identify and count garments hung on hangers or on docks, providing accuracy and improving product traceability. These advanced machines have a high counting speed, provide real-time data and adapt to overhead conveyor systems. For example,
    • Hanging garment counters that, in addition to monitoring product transit, detect incidents (theft or garment quality) and faults in RFiD tags.
    • The hanger garment counters for loading docks automatically record the garment data (model, quality, size and color) and generate in real time the packing list of the unloaded merchandise. This allows immediate verification and validation of the contents.

 

  • Solutions for the automatic positioning and alignment of boxes on the overhead conveyor. These are machines with advanced algorithms that detect empty baskets and automatically place the boxes on the conveyor, ensuring their correct alignment and positioning. In this way, interruptions or fluctuations in the route are avoided.
    • For example, automatic box transfereres can adapt to different conveyor speeds and case formats. They also increase workplace safety in the operating environment and provide real-time data.

 

  • Solutions that automate the opening of boxes. These are systems that make longitudinal cuts to the seal, precisely and without damaging the contents. Thanks to the fact that they detect the dimensions of the box and adjust the size of the cutting blade.
    • For example, seal cutters. These machines reduce operating times and can work with new or used boxes and overfilled boxes.

3. The packaging process is key

 

The packaging system not only has an impact on the protection of the product during storage or transport, it is also crucial to reduce costs, shorten delivery times and, especially, to reduce the environmental impact of the industrial sector.

 

It is important to implement packaging automation solutions that simplify and streamline each of the associated operations, such as closing and sealing of boxes and case erecting and folding. These systems offer production stability and allow personnel to focus on higher-value tasks to increase productivity.

 

For example:

 

  • Automatic case erectors are solutions that provide real-time data, adapt to different carton formats and save costs by enabling the reuse of cartons.
  • Box closing and sealing machines for new or used cases. An automated system for longitudinal closing and sealing of boxes that can reduce transportation costs, thanks to its ability to close overfilled boxes (up to 20% more).

 

Optimizing intralogistics management with eco-efficient automation solutions

 

In TECNIMUSA we are experts in the design and manufacture of eco-efficient automation solutions that optimize intralogistics management in a sustainable way. Our innovative systems integrate cutting-edge technology to ensure quality, traceability and efficiency in the logistics processes of the textile and fashion industry.

 

We are an engineering company with a team of highly qualified professionals, an extensive experience in the national and international market and a solid commitment to innovation and the development of customized solutions that prepare the industry for the future.

 

Contact us and tell us what solution your company needs. If it does not exist, we will design and manufacture for you.