The First Industrial Revolution sparked upheaval in all sorts of industries, of course, but few experienced greater change during those smoke-filled decades than textile manufacturing. The spinning frame, the spinning mill, the Spinning Mule, the spinning jenny and numerous other then-novel contraptions changed the way our predecessors worked. They remain recognized, if not all that relevant, centuries later.
Which is why, during this Fourth Industrial Revolution, the work that SoftWear Automation and CEO K.P. Reddy are doing — automating the sewing process — feels so appropriate.
“If you look at CNC machines and other devices, they’re cutting or at least working with some rigid material,” said Reddy, an entrepreneur by choice and an engineer by trade. “The challenge with clothing is that it moves. It flexes, it stretches, it’s hard to rigidize.”