Automated Sewbot to make 800,000 adidas T-shirts daily
Technology developed in the USA will be used by a Chinese company to supply European sports brand adidas with T-shirts made in the US by robots.
Just another example of why the notion of bringing manufacturing back to the US is a fool's errand. The “Sewbot” uses cameras and bots to cut and sew the soft fabric, a task which has eluded other forms of automation. Until now, the task was still best-suited to humans with sewing machines.
Tang Xinhong, chairman of Tianyuan, said:
"We will install 21 production lines. When fully operational, the system will make one T-shirt every 22 seconds. We will produce 800,000 T-shirts a day for Adidas … Around the world, even the cheapest labor market can’t compete with us. I am really excited about this."
This is just the latest example of automation coming for our jobs… and we're only just now seeing the tip of the iceberg.