Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and functional fabrics firm Everest Textile have jointly developed an automated multi-tasking system for garment production that can cut manual operation by 70 per cent by incorporating ITRI’s 3D smart vision sensing technology. It can shorten textile sample proofing time to 1-3 days from 7-10 days. It can help Taiwan’s textile and garment industry to adopt semi-automatic production, according to a report.

ITRI said 3D smart vision sensing technology can recognise the colour, shape, quality and location of any given object and can immediately scan stereo scenes and gestures of objects, suitable for application to metal processing, machining, and 3C inspection to help robotic arms move agilely without human assistance.

Meanwhile, ITRI’s anti-reflective 3D vision guiding module can help determine fabric material feeding positions on different sizes of T-shirts and relay the positions to robotic arms, which will then execute materials loading and unloading at stitching and thermo-printing machines, thus integrating separate steps of processes into one-stop operation. Up to 70 per cent of functional fabrics come from Taiwan now and smart production integration solutions will enhance Taiwan textile and garment makers’ production, ITRI said.