Whisker, one of the common effects on denim jeans, is made through a graving board. Traditionally it is crafted by skilled workers, variances can still be found on the whisker effect.
The textile industry needs to upgrade its technology of production processes when moving towards industry 4.0. Moreover, many experienced technicians retired or joined other emerging industries. The number of skilled technicians to make precise graving board is not sufficient.
The newly developed engraving machine is able to improve efficiency and maintain consistency of production. Its computer program allows a precise replication of designs in a short time. The design pattern can also be ground directly on textile surface.
The automatic machine contains a hardware and a software.
Conventional engraving of whisker is carried out piece by piece by experienced workers. It is time consuming and variances are unavoidable since whisker mould board is made manually.
Small batch production and short production lead times have become more popular for two decades. As such, the computerised whisker mould board has great potential in the market. It provides reliable long term storage of graphic data after converting the design patterns to the software format. The data are ready to go anytime. The quality of the machine is good which can last for over 10 years and allows for a long-time operation. These features have brought down the cost of the machine.
Moreover, the graphic data can be transmitted to other users around the globe with the same machine through internet. Communication for the design information becomes more efficient for enterprise with multiple sites over different countries.
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|Research Start Date||2016-12-01|