Fremont, CA:We live in a world where fashion and technology are completely intertwined. Rather than the usual Hollywood movie robots that take over the world, we now see the advent of robotics in the fashion business. Due to the increased demand and a scarcity of competent personnel, fashion manufacturing has become increasingly complex. Robotics has simplified the manufacturing process in unexpected ways and will continue to do so.
Let's look at some possible robotics that can be readily integrated into the manufacturing process:
The most common robot is the Articulated robot, which performs activities such as assembly, pick and place, material removal, inspection, packaging, and dispensing using a rotary joint system.
Cartesian robots can only move along long linear axes, but they are simple to program and extremely profitable.
The Scara robot is faster and more flexible than the Cartesian system since it can work in both vertical and linear planes.
The Parallel robot's movable parallelogram base allows it to conduct delicate and accurate motions.
All of these robots are controlled automatically by software, can be reprogrammed, and can perform a variety of tasks. Specific software instructs the robotic system to do the precise function required to complete a task from a reprogrammable brain.
Moving on to the actual making of clothing, armies of (usually unpaid) human laborers have been tasked with the tedious chore of working with delicate materials and fabrics. At least, such was the case until recently! Jonathan Zornow invented Sewbo, a sewing machine robot that stiffens fabric chemically before producing a finished garment. By doing so, he made the challenging process of working with sensitive materials easier by making it robot-compatible. Although this fully automated method is still in its early stages and excludes fabrics such as wool and leather, it has made significant progress in the field of fashion automation.