RFID Systems for Fabric & Textile Mills, Leather & Hide Tanning

Textile manufacturers in Canada and the U.S. produce apparel, accessories, household furnishings and floor coverings. Technical textiles fall under the category of transportation, medical, filtration, construction, civil engineering, agriculture, protective garments and varying environmental industries. Modern advances in sports apparel i.e. antimicrobial, special protective garments, easy care and ultra-comfortable textiles all fall under this group.

The textile industry is classified under three codes by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS):

  • 313 – Textile mills includes the manufacture and dyeing of finished yarns, fabrics and other textile products
  • 314 – Textile product mills includes the manufacture of finished products i.e. carpets, rugs and window coverings
  • 325220 – Artificial and synthetic fibres and filaments manufacturing includes monofilaments, filament yarn, staple or tow production

The Leather and Hide Tanning industry is classified under code 316110 by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This industry is engaged in the tanning, currying and the colouring of finished hides into leather products. Leather converters purchase hides and skins to be processed into garments by clothing manufacturers. The fur industry is responsible for the dressing and dyeing of fur products.

As of 2014 the Textile industry in Canada manufactured $3.66 billion worth of textile products and they exported 60 percent of goods. Approximately 18,300 workers are employed in this massive industry. Advances in new textile materials and construction methods are being utilized in the aerospace, construction, marine, medical, military defense, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure industries. Global demand for different types of textile fibres has increased by 50 percent in the last decade. Technological innovations have led to a shift to technical textiles that rely more on technology than common labour.

Using GAO RFID Systems in the Fabric & Textile Mills, Leather & Hide Tanning Industries

Textile, Fabric, and Leather manufacturing goes through four main stages: spinning, weaving, dyeing and garment manufacturing. GAO RFID has both the hardware and software to increase the efficiency of these industries.

Equipment Tracking

The textile industry utilizes a wide variety of machinery operated by advanced computer systems.

Textile machines

  • Uster HVI Spectrum (measures cotton fibre lengths)
  • Uster AFIS Pro
  • Uster Tester-5
  • Uster Tensojet-4
  • Zeigle LEA Strength Tester
  • Zeigle Wrap Reel
  • Zeigle Wrap Block

These expensive machines are made in Germany and Switzerland for the textile industry can be tagged with RFID Tags for maintenance and warranty purposes. Textile mill machine operators can scan multiple machines with an RFID Reader that alerts them when machines require routine maintenance and servicing offline. Preventing a machine’s breakdown before it happens ensures constant productivity in a textile mill. Spinning, weaving, dyeing and garment manufacturing use a plethora of new modern machinery for multiple functions that was once performed by manual labour workers. In addition, the Asset Tracking System will create alert to notify managers if any of the machinery is removed from the plant—providing an added layer of security for your valuable capital investments.

RFID Labels in Fabrics, Textiles, and Leathers

RFID Tags that are resistant to the temperatures and chemicals used in the textile chain supply can be used to track the materials as they are being fabricated. The information on each tag is uploaded to the database, and the Asset Tracking System provides real-time information on the quantity, location, and status of each batch as they move through the production process.

Access Control

Transport trucks arriving to collect valuable inventory can be outfitted with embedded RFID tags that are read by RFID Readers at swing gates. Security is enhanced by allowing only qualified vehicles into and out of fabric and textile mill premises. In addition to trucks, employees’ access can also be controlled; by using their RFID Badges, each employee can access and exit zones if they have the authorized clearance level. Every time access is granted or denied, the event is logged in the Access Control System’s database, providing managers with the ability to generate and analyze access reports to improve efficiencies and ensure security around the premises.

Equipment Tracking and Management

The heavy equipment such as ginning machines, cotton cleaners, lap former, combers, as well as drafting and drawing machines need to be routinely monitored and maintained. As they are large capital investments, it is important to know that these equipment are secure within the plant facility. Our RFID Asset Tracking System allows you to install RFID Tags onto each machine and track its location. If they are removed from their zone or the facility, alerts will be sent to managers and security personnel to enable immediate response. In addition to providing loss prevention, the Asset Tracking System also enables managers to program maintenance schedules for each machine into the RFID Tags. By doing so, managers will be notified ahead of time when each machine is due for servicing; and the maintenance performed can be recorded on the chip, providing a powerful paperless way to maintain service records. Keeping equipment in optimum condition ensures maximum uptime for your plant.

Integrating our RFID Systems with your Existing Management Software

GAO RFID’s Systems can be deployed as a standalone solution or can be integrated with other software solutions, according to your needs.

At the core of our solution is GAO RFID’s AUTO-ID Engine which incorporates middleware and essential RFID functions that perform RFID data collection and information processing. Our AUTO-ID Engine seamlessly integrates with a wide variety of management systems so that you can access the data it collects directly via the system or systems you currently have in place.

Our team of seasoned professionals will smoothly integrate the appropriate GAO RFID Solution with your IT architecture. The result is an RFID solution that is seamlessly unified with your management system.

Contact us for more information on how our RFID Systems can be configured for your organization.