ROBOTICS(2)

There are instances where products that have been stitched for just $1 are sold for $100 in American markets. Needless to say, this offers a huge profit margin for the company. However, there is growing realization that this approach is unethical and should not be encouraged. The main criticism is that the textile companies spend more on their advertising campaigns than on paying the most important component of the labor force.

With robots taking up this job, even this employment avenue for citizens of developing countries is coming to an end. On the other hand, the fashion industry looks forward to creating more designs in an automated manner without any difficulty.

The need for advanced automation in textile manufacturing exists because of increased international competition. One area of manufacturing affected by this competition is apparel assembly. The current manufacture of textile goods from cloth requires skilled manual operators. The application of flexible automation, such as industrial robots and machine vision, to the textile industry has not progressed compared to other industries [I]. Robot/vision systems have the promise to enhance some operations associated with fabric assembly.

Most industrial robots are used in simple, repetitive tasks such as packaging and are capable of manipulating rigid, not flexible, material. The integration of robots with machine vision is still chiefly in the experimental stage. Industrial robots are generally located in well structured manufacturing environments. Fabric assembly involves complex, loosely structured operations in which human vision and manual dexterity are essential. The utilization of robot/vision systems in fabric assembly has not advanced because of task complexity, high initial costs, and technological limitations.