Textiles - Computers in the Textiles Industry

Computers are used widely in industry, whether it's for presentation and communication or the actual manufacturing and production of the products.

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  • Created by: Robyn
  • Created on: 12-12-11 15:47

Advantages

In industry, they key advantages of using computers are that they...

  • provide an effective means of presentation
  • reduce time taken to manufacture products
  • improve communication
  • reduce repetitive work
  • decrease costs and increase efficiency.
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Computer Systems

  • Computer Aided Administration (CAA)

When computers are used for marketing, sales order processing and stock control.

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)

When computers are used to develop designs, make patterns, pattern grading and lay planning.

  • Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM)

When computers are used for store design, lay planning and cutting, sewing and pressing.

  • Computer Integrated Manufacture (CIM)

A system that uses computers at every stage of planning, design and manufacture.

  • Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS)

A computerized system that speeds up sales transactions and monitoring of stock levels.

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New Technology

New technology also helps with communication and presentation, such as...

  • Skype
  • instant messaging
  • video conferencing
  • blogging
  • E-retail
  • Interactive design
  • Networking sites, e.g. Bebo, My Space and YouTube
  • virtual imaging.

Virtual imaging can be used to show what a design will look like before it is actually manufactured.

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Phases of Production

There are three main phases to the creation of a commercial textiles product:

  • Pre-production (the design phase)
  • Production
  • Post-production

Pre-production:

Where all the research and development of ideas take place so you can come up with a final design and model.

Production phase:

Testing is done on all relevant parts, costs are generated, pattern pieces are made and lain and the product is made.

Post-production:

Where sales, marketing and the launch of the product happens.

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Comments

Robyn

This is my first attempt at making something for other people to use, hope it helps. :)

abbey

Its great!! really helpful for my exam tomorrow, thanks :) 

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