Robotization in the textile chain: innovative sewing robot Silana

With the introduction of the sewing robot Silana from Austria, a new step is taken in the robotization of clothing manufacturing, which has already been partly digitized and automated. The sewing process lagged behind because available robots could only process T-shirts and uniforms made of sturdy fabrics. This is because robots, unlike humans, are not handy. Performance of these robots gets worse the finer the fabrics are; sensors are overloaded.

Not everything is known about Silana yet because the inventors are still in the patent process. It is a modular set-up that can be integrated into existing situations. Different robots are used to separate, fix and position materials. Fixation and fabric independent positioning is even possible with 3D sewing processes. The focus is on analysis of the fabrics, so that the speed of the sewing head is precisely controlled.

This innovation makes it possible to make manufacturing cheaper so that it can come back to Europe. This prevents long transport routes and saves up to 80% CO2. Lead times are shorter and smaller quantities can be produced and ordered.