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Sewn Products

The Sewn Products track will provide expert led panel discussions examining all levels of the supply chain. These topic-specific deep-dives will address the challenges, trends and technologies affecting the sewn products industry, and provide insights into the future of sewn products manufacturing.

Sewn Products & the Future of Manufacturing

Texprocess Americas will be kicking off the series with a special, two-part session on the future of manufacturing. The first session, The Factory of the Future, will address the evolution of technology in sewn products manufacturing, followed by part two, The Workforce of the Future, a discussion addressing the importance of human capital in a technology heavy supply chain.

Full Session Schedule:           

heavy automation robot arm machine in smart factory industrial,Industry 4.0 concept image.

Moderated by:

Arnie Kravitz, Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)

Speakers:

Andrea Madho, DEO & Cofounder, Lab141
John Martynec, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations, Hickey Freeman
Eric Spackey, Chief Executive Officer, Bluewater Defense
Giovanni Tracanella, Global Industrial Director, U.S. Operations Vice President, Vibram

Description:

The textile industry is experiencing a shift from mass production to custom service and rapid distribution. Opportunities to apply robotics, AI, visual systems, advanced path planning, and other advanced technologies are being developed by a new generation of entrepreneurs, and companies motivated to keep up with this changing environment are presented with a number of new challenges and questions to consider. Join us on October 7th, to hear our panel of experts (representing perspectives from small start-ups to government suppliers to market leaders) as they discuss:

  • What disruptive technologies are coming and what is the current robotic sewing capability?
  • What infrastructure is required to address the changing workforce? 
  • Who is building/integrating robotic technology and where are funds being sourced?
  • What are some metrics observed that compares robotics vs human manufacturing?
  • What are the challenges and progress made as it relates to end-of-arm tooling?
  • Are there any unique challenges in manufacturing DoD apparel and non-apparel products?
Female industrial engineer wearing a white helmet while standing in a heavy industrial factory behind she talking with workers, Various metal parts of the project

Moderated by:

Laura McAndrews, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Product Development & Design, University of Georgia

Speakers:

Jenny Guarino, Chief Executive Officer, ISAIC - Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center
Jill Coleman, Business Development Director, Alvanon
Sheng Lu, Associate Professor, Fashion & Apparel Studies, University of Delaware 

Description:

In just a short time our world has drastically changed – from technology, trade, economy, and more. The one constant is the people working hard in the textile and apparel supply chain. Now more than ever, investment in human capital is vital to the survival of any industry. Therefore, the textile and apparel industry must evolve their perspective in how employees are trained, educated and retained. This moderated panel discussion will dive deeper into the development of human capacity in textile and apparel businesses with a study on challenges, successes and recommendations conducted by Alvanon in partnership with Motif.

Moderated by:

Dan Berzack, President, Sewn Products Equipment Company

Speakers:

Rick Frye, Director of Engineering & Sales, Brother International Corp.
Jairo Duran, Sales Manager, Juki
Warren Shannon, Operations Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Sewing Machines

Description:

This presentation/panel style hybrid session will explore the latest technology available to sew and seal materials. Our panel of experts will each give a brief presentation on a specific technology in their wheelhouse, followed by a question-and-answer led a discussion that will dive deeper into the efficiency improvements, production improvements, and maintenance impacts that are currently available in the sewing and sealing marketplace.

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