The Factory of the Future program
The innovation program ‘The Factory of the Future’ aims to develop environmentally friendly smart manufacturing processes for textile finishing which will result in a revolution for the textile industry and provides added value for the entire production supply chain and for the end users. Within this innovation program, materials technology group TenCate collaborates together with numerous regional partners, including Norma Group and Gemini Electronics, and Reggiani Macchine, the Italian supplier of textile printers, on the development of digital finishing technologies.
Digitization of manufacturing processes is an important part of this innovation program. Currently, two digital process technologies are in development and partly operational, namely continuous ink jet technology and drop-on-demand technology. These two processes are the key enabling technologies for a variety of applications in the future, both for (smart) functional materials as for future production processes.