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The IoT (Internet of Things) Impact on Textile Manufacturing

The phrase "industrial IoT" stands for "Industrial Internet of Things", which is described as the extensions and applications of the internet of things on industrial platforms. The industries that are using IoT mainly concentrate on the communication of machine-to-machine and big data analytics and monitoring machines. In textile manufacturing, IoT is widely used. There has been a widespread impact of IoT on textile manufacturing.

IoT can make monitoring and control of physical infrastructure in industrial operations such as logistics, manufacturing (Industry 4.0), transportation, and utilities simpler. 

How is IoT applied in the textile industry?

IoT is the most important component in the background of Industry 4.0. It uses big data and analysis for setting up the digital transformation between cyber-physical systems as well as production processes. Previously, it was impossible to update and refresh the data of textile machines remotely. It was a time-consuming process that required a lot of labor and man hours. 

Analysis of real-time data from sensors and other sources leads to improvements in process efficiencies. The machines can perform and automate tasks that have not been realized by the earlier industrial revolution. 

How leading textile companies are digitizing swiftly 

Embracing digitization for greater sustainability, more efficient operations, and procedural improvements has been a core theme for several leading textile companies in recent times. One of the pioneers in the space is the Welspun Group, which has integrated technology at almost all levels of its production and operational processes. 

Some of its technological innovations include the following: 

  • ESG Compass- Integrated tech platform for tracking, reporting, and measuring ESG KPIs. 
  • Cutting-edge technology stack covering product information management, commerce engine, marketing automation, and middleware. 
  • Analytics- Descriptive and predictive for better decision-making on pricing, content listing, inventory management, and SKU optimization. 
  • Global e-commerce dashboard for viewing business KPIs throughout India, UK, and the USA. 
  • Industry 4.0 Production- Real-time systems for quality and production tracking with IIOT, energy management systems, towel counting with ML/AI-based vision computing, automation for lowering manual dependencies, DLP solutions, smart RT, cone unloading from RF Dryer Cyber Security, End Point Backup, and more. 
  • Finance- SAP Treasury Module, Global Sourcing Income Statements, and more. 
  • Wel-Trak 2.0 Blockchain- Welspun India has unveiled one of the industry’s biggest ESG transparency and traceability linked solutions in the form of Wel-Trak 2.0 Blockchain. It enables tracking solutions for millions of products (finished) throughout the entire value chain. 

These are some of the technological initiatives (including growing reliance on IoT) that the Welspun Group is spearheading for the textile industry and many others are also expected to follow suit.