In today’s fast-paced world, man has become a completely digital toy. Everyone is totally busy in their digital lives and with electronic media.

Although the current digital age looks bad, it is also useful to accelerate the economy as well as knowledge and technology.

But still, in some places, people are confused about many things. Whether it’s recreate, restore, and recycle, or digitization, digitalization, and digital transformation, people still misunderstand the past meaning of this word and make mistakes in understanding their differences.

Although these words sound similar, their work and their values are different.

Now let us take a look at what digitization, digitalization, and digital transformation are and how they have benefited the textile industry.

DIGITIZATION

Digitization is the method involved in changing over substantial amounts of information into advanced configurations that can be perused by means of a PC screen or a PDA. Data is coordinated into units considered pieces that can be independently tended to in bunch called bytes. As far as we might be concerned, digitization is basically changing your hard photos, films, and VHS tapes into top-caliber material or into powerful memories that never vanish.

The following are some advantages of digitization.

Helps to maintain the economy:

It is very expensive to handle and manage any practical document physically.    You’ll spend time and resources on recurring record management versus the one-time cost of digitization that could reduce overhead and effort in the future.

Saving digital data not only saves documents but also saves money on annual financial books.

Increase productivity by:

Dealing with physical documents slows down your team. Maybe the time it takes to process a records request for your organisation averages around 30 minutes, since your employee has to physically move from records storage to the scanner, provide the records to a customer, and then back to records storage.

But if you choose digital solutions for your work, you could cut down the record retrieval process to around 5 minutes. Everything is stored in an easy-to-find place. Accessing each file is instantaneous. You free up your employees to do more important things than managing tedious physical archives.

 Digitization is very important for digitising and organising information.

DIGITALIZATION

Now, digitalization is mostly focused on the current situation. Digitalisation In business, digitalization most commonly means the process of enabling, improving, transforming business operations and business activities through the use of digital technologies and a broader use and context of digitised data, which is then converted into intellectual ability and measurable insight.

The primary reason to digitalize your business is that it is not a trend, but rather the direction in which the entire world is moving.

The goal of digitalisation is to empower integration, improve data quality, and collect and structure all of that data so that advanced technology, such as better and smarter software, can be applied.

Higher process efficiency, lower transaction costs, and better control of business operations are the results of digitalisation, both for the individual company and for the network of connected businesses.

Digitalization has the potential to disrupt traditional models and help the common man in a variety of ways, such as by providing a platform that connects buyers and sellers around the world and updates the status of transactions as they occur online. As more developing countries realise the benefits of digitalization,

 DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Digital transformation is also another term which helps to create the future. The integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers, is known as digital transformation.

Digital transformation is essential for all businesses, from narrow to large. The way an organisation operates is changing as a result of digital transformation. All systems, processes, workflow, and culture are assessed. This transformation affects every level of an organisation and brings together data from various areas so that employees can collaborate more effectively.

Digital transformation creates a way that different functional units within an organisation can translate raw data into insights across various touch points. By doing this, it produces a single view of the customer journey, operations, production, finance, and business opportunities. Companies that undergo digital transformation improve efficiency and profitability.

Digitization, digitalization, and digital transformation are beneficial for the textile industry.

The first industrial revolution began many years ago with the steam engine and the mechanical loom. Wool and cotton were the potential markets at the time, whereas the fourth industrial revolution is being inspired by digitalisation and increased interaction on the Internet.

Application structures and fusion systems in the textile industry are enabling previously unthinkable supply chains. Aspects of known supply chains are bypassed in order to quickly and easily connect customers and manufacturers. The trends of digitalisation and automation will change the industry as a whole. Even now, a garment can be produced automatically approximately 85% of the time. This means rationalisation and increased efficiency, which is every entrepreneur’s goal.

Within several years, the textile industry’s value chains will be largely automated, particularly in production systems.

Radical technologies like automatic sewing machines and industrial 3D printers allow for significant time savings in production. Organic and relatively close fibres will be 3D printed within several years.

Innovations in the textile industry through digitalisation:

Factory operations are being monitored automatically.

The parameters of the factory department, as well as the environment, such as temperature and humidity, have a direct impact on the fabric’s quality.

These can be measured by appropriate sensors placed throughout the department and shared with cloud data via the internet. The collected data can then be visualised, and actions such as controlling plant air conditioning and dehumidifiers can be taken.

Textile machines of various types

Today’s weaving machines, whether Jacquards or Dobby, have PLC systems and can start sharing data to various Sensor nodes for what designs are being run with actual specifications like pick, thread counts, weave and warp details, making these data available to factory managers and product managers on mobile and tablet computers. All of this is done in forward-thinking textile mills.

Printing digitally

The total Time to Market for printed textile products has been reduced through the use of digital printing machines, product development visualisation of designs on T-shirts, Shirts, Tops, Bed sheets, and made up curtains. As a result, production costs have decreased and efficiency has increased.

Digitization Digitalisation and digital transformation have given a big boost to the textile industry, and these changes can be used to go further.

Just as human beings need air, water, food, shelter, so now every industry needs digitalization to grow its own business and make more profit in less time.

Author:

MS. SUJATA BODARE

Editorial Assistant,
Textile Value Chain