Fong’s Smart Dyeing Factory

By guest author Joe Chan, Senior Manager Automation

Fong’s has focused on the development of automation technology for dyehouses in recent years. The need of the technology is obvious. Many dyeing factories, or I may say, many industries are looking for automation solution for their production purposes. Fong’s is looking for tomorrow’s technology. We are building smart dyehouses for the industry.

When we’re saying Smart Dyehouse, we mean all the equipment working in the factory are communicating to each other, controlled by a central computer system through information system network. It utilizes big data analytics and artificial intelligent technology. The whole system is based on a fully automated working environment. Which means an unmanned factory is the first step for the development of smart dyehouse. That’s why Fong’s developed many automation solutions to the operation of the dyeing equipment in recent years. We are also developing big data analytics projects, too. In the following, I am going to tell more about our automation solutions, including central control system, package dyeing, piece dyeing and chemical dispensing systems.

We have developed a new central control system called SmartCentre. SmartCentre can organize all the tasks within a dyeing factory and generates necessary reports upon request. It receives order information from the ERP system and arranges production schedules on the dyeing machines automatically. It directs the auto dispensing system to output appropriate amount of chemicals to corresponding dyeing machine according to specific batch order. It drives the AGVs in the workshop to deliver fabrics or necessities among machines and facilities inside the factory.

For package dyeing factories, we understand it is a very workforce demanded part for loading packages into the carrier before it can be processed in the dyeing vessel. The automated loading machines available in the market require large installation space occupancy. Where it is still difficult to get a satisfactory working efficiency. That’s why we have developed the LOBOWIN, an innovative design of automatic package loading machine. The uniqueness of the machine is promoted by its efficiency. Loading time is obviously reduced by minimizing the travelling distance between picking and dropping packages. The loading process is continuous which gives no pause between packages or spindles.

For piece dyeing factories, we have enhanced the automatic experience in stenter operation. Starting from the feeding entrance of the stenter, the automatic loading clamper can replaces human worker for bringing fabric rolls on and sewing it to connect to the fabric tail at upstream. The loading clamper can determine and rectify the direction of the fabric roll.