Spotting fabric defects faster while keeping knowledge in-house

 

Spotting defects during production — not after

Textiles are big in Belgium and Veranneman Technical Textiles, part of the Sioen Group, is big in textiles. Their wide range of high-performing tech fabrics serves companies around the world, from health care to the automotive and construction industries. With a variation in products this big, the variation in mistakes becomes equally challenging. Wanted: a solution to spot any hangup right when it’s happening and keep the extensive knowledge of product specialists on board in a field scrambling for qualified personnel.

Full monty quality control

The solution we developed with partner Viu More scans every millimetre of produced fabric in-line, in real-time. These images are then used for quality control, which is now faster and more accurate than ever before, covering every bit of fabric produced in real-time versus periodic quality control. Plus, our AI integrates with all the existing machinery, even weaving machines dating back to the 1960s. No need to replace a single gear.

What’s more: operators can easily train the vision software to perform its tricks on similar flaws, like colour degradation or thread thickness. By logging every single flaw or mistake as well as the machine’s parameters for a whole year, they’re building a database that soon will allow them to close the feedback loop and let the AI adjust presets as soon as it spots a certain kind of mistake.

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ALL IN REAL TIME

Which means faster action when a flaw is spotted, as well as decreased product loss.

FEWER COMPLAINTS

Clients know exactly what they’re buying, courtesy of detailed reporting.

OBJECTIVE INSIGHTS

Gathering lots of data on defects allows for endless fine-tuning of production processes.

NEW PROBLEM? NO PROBLEM

Operators can train a new model without needing large data sets.

HIGHER PRODUCT QUALITY

Fewer flaws equal a superior fabric, giving Sioen Veranneman a head start on the competition.

Aligning man and machine

Our AI makes line operators happy, too. They feed the machine with their knowledge and in return boost the end quality of every roll of fabric leaving the factory. In other words: the software allows operators to perform better. In an industry where skilled personnel is hard to find, we provide a solution that lets men and machines work together, creating collaborative intelligence.

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