Implementing Smart Manufacturing Technology into the Textile Industry

Daire O'Dubhthaigh, Marlies Borchers, Yan Jin, Paul Maropoulos

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The growing customer demand for small batch-size and customised products is putting pressure on manufacturers to adapt their current processes that were originally designed for large batch size orders. Smart manufacturing technology can be utilised to create new, effective, and sustainable processes. Many industries are still conservative when it comes to embracing smart manufacturing technologies including the textile industry. This paper demonstrates the implementation of smart technology to create a new 'made to customisation' process in a textile factory. The case study involves upgrading a standard machine to a 'smart' machine and utilising RFID technology to track and trace materials after they get prepared for a work order. The paper also presents a guide on how to effectively approach the implementation of smart technology in the manufacturing environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXXV - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Incorporating the 36th National Conference on Manufacturing Research
EditorsMahmoud Shafik, Keith Case
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994398
Publication statusPublished - 08 Nov 2022
Event19th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR 2022 - Derby, United Kingdom
Duration: 06 Sep 202208 Sep 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering


Conference19th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was supported by an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. I want to thank the project team from Interface involved in this project: Marlies Borchers, Ryan McCavigan, Kenneth Heaslip and Richard McMullan. Also, I want to thank Eline Oudenbroek, Peter Vogel and Adrian Marks from Interface and my academic supervisors Prof. Yan Jin and Prof. Paul Maropoulos for their advice and support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The authors and IOS Press.


  • Continuous Improvement
  • RFID
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Textiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Software
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Strategy and Management


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