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AI in The Textile Industry - Applications and Impact

  • Manisha Sahu
  • Sep 06, 2021
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Tech has simplified and made our life comfortable. The goal is to achieve the optimal experience with the right balance. In the demand for items such as fitness trackers and wearable techniques, smart fabrics and smart clothes arise.


The worldwide textile market is anticipated to increase from $1.5 trillion in 2020 to around $2.25 trillion in 2025, according to a study published by M Shahbandeh in Statista, which suggests the demand for wear and shoes is increasing globally. 


The increased request for quality products has resulted in automation and AI being used by the textile industry to reduce labor and manufacturing costs and to deliver items according to our customers' demands. 


A new study by Grand View Research indicates that, as a result of increasing clothing demand in developing nations such as China, India, Mexico, and Bangladesh, worldwide textiles markets were anticipated to reach USD 961.5 billion in 2019 and are expected to show a CAGR of 4.3% from 2020 to 2027.


The rise of new technologies, like AI and the Internet of Things (IoT), has changed the textile business, which once was labor-intensive. In most textile industries, computerized machines are now available, and the production of specific designs on a large scale is significantly more efficient than that of people.


( Related blog - What is IoT )


Every day, new smart clothing products are being invented. Smart textiles can monitor and share information about users, including biometric data such as blood pressure, heart rate, humidity, temperature, and more by incorporating AI with technologies like Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), edge computing, and cloud data.


This article looks at the impact of AI on the textile industry, some novel applications, and the need to release AI at endpoints through ultra-low-power (ULP) technology.


AI in the Textile Industry


The whole of AI's production process and business management is being reshaped by textile makers. AI can access and collect historical and operational information in real-time and provide an insight that can enhance operational efficiency. It is easier to alter processes to increase the capacity of human workers if you have a clear view of your operations.


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AI leaves every part of its impressions, whether this is product costs, fabrication of textiles, quality control, just-in-time production, data collecting, or computer integrated manufacture. Other typically integrated AI applications include fault detection, pattern checking, and color matching for textile production.


Using AI has made it possible to offer a better experience for smart clothing or "Smart Clothes" which use IoT and electronic sensors. Smart clothing can provide a more pleasant experience and a health-oriented experience by utilizing these technologies. Let us now discuss some applications of artificial intelligence to make the textile sector more inventive.


( Speaking of clothing, you can also sneak a peek at our blog on IoT in the Fashion Industry )


  1. Yarn Manufacturing


During each phase, the production process was entirely revolutionized by the use of AI from blow room to carding, drawing, lap formation, combing, speed framework, ring spinning, winding, packing, and conditioning. All required production parameters with little human participation are determined by AI-Based control panels.


This has not only strengthened the process but has also enhanced cost-reducing and quality. Yarn prediction by computing spins has gotten more precise. The use of artificial intelligence has reduced yarn grading mistakes to as much as 60%, leading to better textile grading. AI has made measuring the physical attributes of a cloth easier and classifies the comfort of textiles objectively.


  1. Inspection of fabric patterns


The artificial neural network (ANN) technology makes it easier to spot defects in models like weaving and knitting. A view-based inspection that is AI-enabled can reduce human mistakes and hence improve efficiency. Cognex ViDi is an example of an AI technology that can automatically examine fabric patterning, for instance, invented by Cognex Corp.


Inspection of fabric patterns facilitated by AI speeds up fabrication by decreasing pattern faults with the lowest workload and maximum accuracy. AI can also be utilized for the detection of fabric defects, historically performed by the labor by individually examining the quality of each material. Manual detection is time-consuming and hard in order to speed up the procedure with fewer invasions.


(Related blog: AI in Fashion

The image shows the applications of AI in the textile industry. They're -yarn manufacturing - fabric pattern inspection - color management - fabric grading - AI in pattern making and, - supply chain and merchandising

Applications of AI in the Textile Industry

  1. Color management


Data color was widely utilized for color management to validate that the original color design is consistent with the completed textile color. Datacolor proposes to take into consideration its AI function the historical data from visual evaluation outcomes of human operators and to generate tolerances that in turn lead to contributive inspections that are closely matched to the visual inspection samples. 


Colored dyers, liquid pigments, dough, and media are contained in the Data Color System dispenser. Prepare the most accurate solutions for the various areas in less time.



  1. Fabric grading


In textile manufacturing, machine learning has made it possible to grade fabrics more objectively and to produce more consistent outcomes. AI benefits from the fine, solid, and staple fiber lengths, accurately determined using an artificial neural network. 


An example of AI technology is the wise eye, capable of detecting fabric faults.


A high-performance LED lighting bar is produced by the machine with a powerfully coupling high-resolution camera to be mounted up to 90% by an electric motor. This is utilized for monitoring the fabric.



  1. Pattern making


Model cutting and design making is an essential operation in the textile business, where materials are cut to the prescribed design, and various patterns are formed on the cloth. CAD is an AI sub-set that enables computerized patterns to be produced in which designers can build and digitize the basic structure of the patterns.


CAD is used to cut patterns, where 3D pictures of cloth and concepts are provided, which makes it easier to display.


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  1. Supply chain Management and merchandising


In textile industries, AI can be utilized for automating transport and packaging. The management of the supply chain is vital for the seamless movement between merchants and manufacturers of materials. Good management of the supply chain requires vast storage areas, improved warehouse management, product separation, and better communication. Through robots, RPA, machine training, IOT, and other technologies, AI may offer all these benefits.


Merchandising is another room that may apply AI to evaluate and process information chunks, customer experience personalized, consumer behavior tracked and market trends predicted. Technologies like data analytics, NLP, and virtual assistants enable AI to provide optimal communication between manufacturers, manufacturing, retailers, and customers.



The Impact of AI in the Textile Industry


1. Trend-spotting


In view of the rapidly changing fashion trends, anticipating fashion trends is obviously not only a difficult but also a time-consuming endeavor. Analysts were required to detect the next trend by manually examining previously popular styles, trends in social media, and client preferences. Professionals may or may not guess exactly what they are doing. 


The AI tool, which has been trained in data quality and quantity, analyses prior fashion data, assesses customer requirements and preferences, evaluates competition movements, and identifies market trends. 


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The AI technology provides accurate details about trendy designs in minutes after processing the data. AI allows fashion firms to reinforce their clothing company in minutes, usually days and even months, by tracking the latest fashion trends.


The image depicts the impact of AI in the textile industry. They're - trend- spotting - Machine- assisted design and, - customer experience

The Impact of AI in the Textile Industry

2. Machine-assisted design


AI tools may be analyzed and the interred photos learned and hence a whole new fashion can be generated by itself. With the promise of AI in design realized, numerous technological titans already undertake major strides to incorporate the technology. For example, an AI tool was developed by a group of professionals in Amazon, who can analyze and understand photographs and generate a whole new fashion design by themselves.


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In addition, the Amazon business behemoth built another AI program, which analyses and processes the fed images and so concludes whether a given style is trendy or not. Not only Amazon but hundreds of other digital titans already launched on their AI adventure and streamlined entirely their design process.


In cooperation, IBM is employing AI to empower designers to accelerate the pace of the product development cycle in conjunction with Tommy Hilfiger and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).



3. Customer experience


With customers still annoyed and grumbling about not receiving timely support or service, fashion companies are constantly under pressure to provide what they demand nearly instantly. Thanks to this sophisticated technology, fashion firms are striving to bring customization to the fore during their purchasing trip.


From personified advertising notifications to price drops, to doubts or questions with chatbots and personal styling. Instant consumer proposals can be provided by AI and fashion brands can fulfill their goal of raising customer experience.


(You can also sneak a peek at our blog on AI in Advertising )


There are AI stylist applications on the market that allow users to browse clothes online or to click on images. When these photographs are shown as inputs, the software recommends the optimal style based on the type, complexity, and preferences of the user and respecting trends in mode. 


As AI is able to work as design assistants for designers as well as personal stylists for consumers, it is quite evident that the technology impact is larger than we ever had envisioned.



4. Enabling New Applications


Smart clothes combined with electric sensing technologies can accomplish the same, like how fitness trackers can enable their users to live a better and more attentive lifestyle. Your clothing nonetheless can offer more forms of physiological signal monitoring than a smart clock because you have greater interaction with your body than a smartwatch.


Smart clothing can allow continuous monitoring, such as our heart rate, of critical biometrics. With more practical long-term surveillance, doctors can better identify or diagnose probable heart disorders. Smart clothing lets patients collect full and extensive cardiovascular information, track long-term cardiovascular diseases and boost cardiac detection and diagnosis by regular long-term monitoring.


(Related blog: AI in Cardiology )


After the COVID-19 epidemic, consumers highlighted healthcare and medical care in their wearables and clever clothing. BLE-based wraps sensors that can sense, and control data, and only improving the whole wearing experience should be developed for fabric-based sensors.


AI appears to be bright with the future of the textile and apparel industry. AI can boost productivity, assist in fiber identification, safer working conditions, forecast demand, and much more. An article from Forbes on the fashion business reads, "Fashion brands are utilizing AI and machine learning increasingly to maximize customer shopping experience, boost sales system efficiency through smart automation and improve sales processes by employing predictive analyses and guided sales processes."


Well, AI is going to play an important part in reshaping and increasing business growth and sustainable fashion for the textile industry in the next several years. Hopefully, I could shed some light on your knowledge regarding the role of AI in the textile industry.

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