One of the key factors for the European textile and clothing industry in order to sustain competition is to win the "time race" against low cost producers around the world.
The application of "Quick Response Strategies" calls for the development of production planning concepts and instruments. It should thus be possible to improve significantly planning throughout the whole textile and clothing chain, both within each stage of production and between the various stages and/or partners, and also to integrate planning in a logistics concept. In order to do so, a consortium of partners will develop and implement planning methods and components based on the current state of the art of software technology and communication networks. A computer-controlled planning of production and logistics will thus be achieved, which will help to greatly reduce throughput times within each processing stage (e.g. spinning, dyeing, knitting, finishing, making-up) as well as lead times between these various stages. Moreover, this will contribute to a significant reduction of buffer stocks of intermediate and end products.
To achieve this, after a thorough system analysis, the experimental systems for the major processing stages will be developed within a consortium of representatives of the European knitting industry. Thus, after developing new components for computer-aided planning (logging of the operational data, monitoring of machines and control of orders), the latter will be tested. Since the partners of this consortium are spread out over the whole EC-area, special attention will be given to the portability of the solutions and to the development of concepts for knowledge transfer. Further predominant points of the project are the planning overlapping the various stages of textile manufacturing as well as the integration in the supply and sales organisation.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
20025 Legnano Milano