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Business intelligence for real-time inspection of fabric production

Updated : December 2020


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IoT for real time textile waste reduction

Textile production is a complex process involving resource intensive inputs across the value chain. Quality control is critical to efficiently manage the resources and minimize waste while also improving the product quality and profits. Current quality control measures are mostly manual which has its own challenges which in turn affects product yield. It is learnt that more than 80% of defects could be minimized at the knitting or weaving stage. Smartex uses a combination of IoT sensors and AI/machine learning software for the real-time inspection and detection of defects in fabric production. The technology helps textile manufacturers improve production yields, reducing defective production down to 0.1 percent.

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Artificial intelligence

Automated quality control in textile knitting

IoT sensors in textile fabric manufacture

Real-time inspection in fabric production

Plug and play control for knitting

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  1. Smartex




| Portugal | United States

Year Established


Highlights and sustainability benefits

The technology helps in reducing production costs, 100% process traceability and close to 0% manufacturing defects. Due to its flexible design, the system neither interferes with the machine nor have an impact on the manufacturing process. It helps in minimizing the waste and improves efficiency of the manufacturers.


The company has been listed by Forbes under 30 Europe social entrepreneurs. It has also been selected by Fashion for Good. The company has worked with a European textile manufacturer in successfully implementing the solution and saving over € 2,072.00 per month.

About the Work

The system uses a combination of plug and play cameras on knitting machines for automatic textile inspection, Artificial intelligence and computer vision to detect textile defects and business intelligence platform for real-time productivity, monitoring and quality control.

About the Innovator

The company was started by Gilberto Loureiro with a background in Physics and Finance and working experience in textile related technology institutes.

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Real-time textile production monitoring for minimizing waste


Use of IoT and sensors for textile production sustainability





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