Machines for the automation of intralogistic processes in the textile and fashion industry

Machines for the automation of intralogistic processes in the textile and fashion industry

In today’s business dynamics, characterised by the advent of Industry 4.0 and increasing competitive pressure, intralogistics automation is key to innovative and efficient supply chain management.

The benefits of this automation are more than obvious: greater flexibility, fewer man-hours wasted, faster time-to-market, a safer working environment… However, the right solution must be selected to optimise the company’s critical processes.

In this post we offer a strategic vision of intralogistics automation in the textile and fashion sector. We detail the main automation solutions for streamlining specific internal logistics operations in this industry, such as the movement of goods and the counting of garments. Always under a sustainable approach.

Intralogistics automation as a strategic factor in the textile and fashion industry

The textile industry is facing exponential growth in demand. It is also experiencing the development of e-commerce and changing consumer preferences.

This landscape poses complex challenges and forces the industry to be more agile, transparent and flexible to adapt to the volatility of industry trends, constant product changes and a truly global supply chain.

From another perspective, the current era also offers interesting perspectives and opportunities to overcome these challenges, such as the use of technological solutions for the automation of intralogistics flow operations.Consequently, the automation of the intralogistics process must be seen as a key step to increase efficiency and productivity, reduce response times, maintain the company’s high competitive capacity and maintain market share.

¿Qué procesos pueden automatizarse? En los centros logísticos o almacenes todo se puede automatizar. Por supuesto, a la hora de optimizar los recursos y evaluar las necesidades y objetivos, serán mejores candidatos aquellos procesos críticos. Por ejemplo:

  • Transport and storage of rolls of fabrics, garments and boxes.
  • The counting of hanging garments.
  • The sorting of garments.
  • Closing and sealing boxes, etc.

Intralogistics automation solutions in the textile industry

In addition to enabling cost savings and streamlining operations, machines for intralogistics automation in industrial textile and garment manufacturing must be:

  • Flexible. To make it easier for the industry to manage peak demand and unforeseen demands.
  • Safe. In addition to reducing the risk of errors, they should reduce the involvement of the workforce in hazardous tasks.
  • Eco-efficient. In particular, they should allow the reuse of materials and be energy efficient.

In addition, it is crucial that these machines provide real-time data and can be integrated into the company’s existing technology infrastructure.

And if custom-designed, these automation solutions will provide additional benefits, such as increased product quality, reduced waste and improved overall plant performance.

Automated goods handling machines

Among the main solutions is automation through AI- and IoT-driven robotic systems, which can operate autonomously or collaboratively (cobots).

These systems are equipped with intelligent sensors, cameras and advanced machine learning and vision algorithms that enable them to recognise and classify objects, determine material or product gripping points, calculate collision-free trajectories and carry out object placement accurately and effectively.

For example:

  • Intralogistics cobots. These are collaborative mobile robots that work together with humans.
  • AMR autonomous mobile robots, which have the ability to move freely within the warehouse and interact with other automated systems in the environment.

Machines for garment counting and traceability

Another of the solutions for the automation of intralogistics processes specific to the textile industry are those intelligent machines that allow the identification and counting, in real time, of garments hung on hangers or on docks.

Of course, they are solutions that adapt to the overhead conveyor systems used, so that operations flow optimally. In addition, they provide real-time data.

These state-of-the-art machines are equipped with advanced sensors to operate autonomously. They can count up to 50,000 garments/hour, registering them accurately, even in extreme situations, such as criss-crossed, overlapping or plastic hangers.

For example:

  • Hanger counters are automated solutions that improve the traceability of garments by monitoring the passage of garments at strategic points. In addition, they can detect faults in RFiD labelling.
  • Dock-hung garment counters are automated systems that can record the model, colour, quality and size of the garments that are loaded or unloaded at the dock. In addition, in real time, they generate the packing list of the goods.

Machines for the automatic positioning and alignment of crates

This type of machine offers advanced solutions that detect empty baskets and automatically place the crates on the overhead conveyor (1200 crates/hour).

Of course, they guarantee the correct positioning of the boxes, due to automatic alignment controls. Some of these machines make operations more sustainable.

For example:

On the other hand, they are solutions that ensure occupational safety in the operating environment, as they prevent workers from coming into direct contact with moving chain systems.

Machines for packaging automation

There are also automated solutions that simplify and speed up the packaging processes, forming the cartons and making them perfectly and securely closed.

One of the main features to look for in these machines is that they are flexible enough to work with both new and used crates. This, in addition to reducing the environmental impact of the industry, means cost savings for the company, because it is possible to reuse the crates more than once.

What solutions exist for the automation of packaging operations? For example:

  • Automatic carton erectors. These are systems for the automatic assembly and folding of cardboard boxes, processing up to 800 boxes per hour. They work with new and used cartons, adjust to different formats and have the possibility of incorporating:
  • Pressing and gluing modules.
  • Locking and sealing modules.
  • Box closing and case sealers. These are solutions that automate the closing and longitudinal sealing of boxes, both top and bottom. They also operate with new or used boxes, and can process up to 2,500 boxes per hour. They can be adapted to different dimensions or formats.
  • The seal cutters. These are automated solutions for longitudinal cutting of the seal without damaging the garments. It integrates an advanced system that detects the measurements of the box and automatically adjusts the size of the cutting blade so that it is less than the thickness of the flange of the box.

TECNIMUSA: innovation and experience in intralogistics automation

We are an engineering company specialising in the conception, design and manufacture of advanced automation solutions that optimise industrial intralogistics operations.

Our team of expert engineers possesses solid technical knowledge and an innate innovative capacity to design exceptional technological solutions and ensure efficient and sustainable industrial processes.

We become your external R&D department. We evaluate your company’s needs, analyse the process data, detect areas for improvement and work with you in the conception and design of customised automation systems.

At Tecnimusa we help our customers to overcome the challenges of the textile and fashion industry.