The project's first task was to develop and refine concepts for sequential automation of several sewing cells resulting in a completed portion (pocket, collar, etc) of a garment. Based on comprehensive product and process analyses, numerous modules were designed and developed. Automation of the sewing process was the start of the actual development work. A test device with fully automatic linkable handling and material transport modules was achieved as a prototype for a task sequence with 3 pocket sewing operations.
Another focus of development was the application of the frozen gripper idea. This principle has considerable advantages in function, compared with conventional gripper systems. Gripping and holding of pattern parts is ensured without any material adjustment setting. At least one patent has been granted to one of the project partners for a frozen gripper device designed to separate stacked fabric sheets for introduction to a sewing cell. Although the test device shows that the principal technical solution is functioning, more development work must be done to ensure a reliable and efficient prototype.
MATERIAL HANDLING IS OF SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE FOR AUTOMATION OF THE PRODUCTION PROCEDURE IN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY.
TODAY'S REQUIREMENTS OF PRODUCTION FLEXIBILITY, HOWEVER, DEMAND THE USE OF FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS TO AUTOMATICALLY PROCESS A DEFINED VARIATION IN SCOPE OF WORK OPERATIONS.
THIS SHALL BE ACHIEVED BY THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT:- DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW TECHNICAL HANDLING SOLUTION FOR FLEXIBLE MATERIAL USING THE FREEZING PRINCIPLE.
- DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDIZED MATERIAL TRANSPORT DEVICES WHICH IN THEIR COMBINATION REALISE VARIED SEQUENTIAL AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS. THE MODULES SHALL BE DESIGNED FOR OVERLAPPING MATERIAL AND PRODUCT APPLICATION.
AN EVALUATION DEVICE WITH LINKABLE HANDLING MODULES WILL BE REALISED AS A PROTOTYPE FOR A TASK SEQUENCE WITH THREE SEWING OPERATIONS.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts