The growing customer demand for small batch-size and customised products is putting pressure on manufacturers to adapt their current processes that were originally designed for large batch size orders. Smart manufacturing technology can be utilised to create new, effective, and sustainable processes. Many industries are still conservative when it comes to embracing smart manufacturing technologies including the textile industry. This paper demonstrates the implementation of smart technology to create a new “made to customisation” process in a textile factory. The case study involves upgrading a standard machine to a “smart” machine and utilising RFID technology to track and trace materials after they get prepared for a work order. The paper also presents a guide on how to effectively approach the implementation of smart technology in the manufacturing environment.
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