Application of Robotic automation in the textile industry provides so many benefits like labour savings, reduced cycle times, improved part quality, improved safety, increase productivity and efficiency. The application of such Robotic automation has resulted in significant benefits to textile industry. High levels of consistency and precision in work pieces and high levels of repeatability and accuracy in manufacturing equipment have been required. Economic Justification can be shown only for large quantities of production. To achieve this, we need adaptive manipulation systems having some "Artificial Intelligence". This article shows a wide range of automation in textile process by using robots which ultimately increase the both basic requirement of textile industry i.e. productivity and efficiency.

Robots are being used in textiles today with substantial developments already being made and the future use of this new technology will develop as the economics of each area of manufacturing dictates. These are machine systems that can be conveniently directed to change their mode and sequence of operations by means of software instruction. Ideal examples are numerical controlled machine tools and industrial robot arms. These programmable systems still require high levels of consistency, precision, repeatability and more importantly, adaptability.

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This article was originally published in the Textile Review magazine, September, 2012, published by Saket Projects Limited, Ahmedabad.

About the Author:

Prof. Tanveer Malik & Prof. Shivendra Parmar are the Faculty at the Dept. of Textile Technology at Shri Vaishnav Institute of Science and Technology.