Renewed Focus on Automation in the Towel Manufacturing Process

The emphasis on improving manufacturing efficiency has led to a renewed focus on automation in the towel manufacturing process.
The advancement of the technology has proven its success with increased productivity, improved quality control, and reduced energy output. Rising demand for high-quality products and strict import rules have pushed Indian manufacturers to keep up and achieve these goals.

In this year alone, India's textile industry is projected to generate approximately Rs 100 billion dollars in sales. This is a major boost for the country, as it will certainly call for expansion & modernization of plants to meet its developing market demands. The increased demand for specialty uses of cotton suggests that more automated industries will flourish in the near future.

A Brief Introduction to the Manufacturing Process

We can categorize the major operations of the labor-intensive towel manufacturing sector into three groups:

1) Preproduction
2) Production
3) Postproduction

In the preproduction stage, the focus is on the preparation of materials and services and includes sample development and approvals, line planning, sourcing, and production scheduling.

During the production stage, fabrics are spread, cut, bundled, and sewn.

This is followed by a number of post-production tasks— including pressing, inspection, folding and packing.

The production process still relies on manual practices just the way it was a few decades ago. The labor-intensive nature of cutting and sewing tasks makes them costlier & prone for errors. The fabric cost and cut-and-sew labor are the two largest expenses in the towel manufacturing process. To be more cost-efficient and make the operations more structured, we need a viable solution. Thanks to the automated solutions available today it is worthy to move towards the automated cutting and sewing process.

Automation in the Cutting Process

With the increase in productivity levels, the cutting room in a towel manufacturing facility has been automated with automated length slitters & cross cutters. It helps in maintaining the productivity as well the desired quality levels

Automation in the Sewing Process

The production process is further divided into two sub-functions — handling of material and joining of fabric components. In towel manufacturing, significant time and labor are spent in the sewing part. This is why automation has helped in reducing the operation cycle time and improving efficiency. Automated machines available today are advanced than their earlier versions and can answer most of the production floor requirements.

Advantages of Automation in Towel Manufacturing

  1. Improved Efficiency in the Production Process: Due to automation in the towel manufacturing process, it has become possible to produce more quantity in less.
  2. Better Product Quality: Automation helps in producing higher quality and flawless products as compared to the products made using manual labor. The risk of errors has been reduced.
  3. Reduced Labor Wages: The reduction in the number of workers in the various stages of automation in the textile sector means reduced labor costs and thus, great.
  4. Increased Safety for Workers: As the textile industry is labour intensive & any misstep or miscommunication among the coworkers can lead to accidents, with automated processes in manufacturing accidents have decreased significantly.


The increased technological improvements are beneficial for both manufacturers and employees. In addition to higher profits and production efficiency, many of these innovations have made the manufacturing process safer and more pleasant for employees.

Many workers in India are exposed to corrosive chemicals and extreme heat, requiring that they work long hours with almost no breaks or less vacations during peak periods. Automation has allowed companies to reduce their use of harsh chemicals, thus increasing worker safety while also reducing damage to the environment.