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.
The program started in 2006 and consists of several projects starting with fundamental digital finishing research, followed by applied process and product technology research and development (DIGITEX & TREX). Currently the partners work on the first product introductions for the Outdoor Fabrics market in the DIGIFIN project.
Next to continuous optimization of the process technology, we are preparing the Smart Factory project where bigdata and ICT further enhance the flexibility to deliver customized products.
Figure 1: The technology roadmap. Click on the image to enlarge.