TECHNOLOGICAL BASIS OF “INDUSTRY 4.0”
The importance of industry 4.0 is increasing continuously in the apparel sector. The evolution in manufacturing with implementation of the new modes of production nowadays is widely known. The benefits that come from each new development in the digital information technology has to be fasten embraced. The main advantage is the improvements of the supply chain efficiency. The innovation based on the industry 4.0 allow companies to optimize their actual production systems and enhance more efficient processes. Smart manufacturing can help the apparel industry more specifically by making the concept of affordable mass customization in reality. This paper helps us understand how industry 4.0 affects manufacturers in the apparel industry. We are going to illustrate this through a case study in a garment factory. There are several ways of advanced digital technologies that can assure high efficiency in the production. The actual production process is batch flow and the company is implementing a new tool which is RFId (Radio-frequency identification or radiofrequency identification) technology. Connected an RFId Tag to a part of the product to be tracked, each piece can be monitored in real time, having all the location and traceability information and machine data in real time piece by piece. Items and products can be monitored as they move through the factory allowing for quick and automatic identification without errors. This allow to maximize the use of production resources and correctly optimize stocks of raw materials.