US 9,811,804 B1
System and method for tracking staple fiber throughout a textile supply chain
Dipali Goenka, Mumbai (IN); and Vipin Gandhi, Mumbai (IN)
Assigned to Welspun India Limited, Mumbai (IN)
Filed by WELSPUN INDIA LIMITED, Mumbai (IN)
Filed on Dec. 19, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/384,110.
Int. Cl. G06Q 10/08 (2012.01); G06K 7/10 (2006.01)
CPC G06Q 10/087 (2013.01) [G06K 7/10366 (2013.01)] 29 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for making a textile product, the method comprising:
tagging bales of staple fiber with bale tags, wherein the bale tags include fiber information concerning the bales of staple fiber;
capturing the fiber information contained in the bale tags;
processing the bales of staple fiber into a textile product through a sequence of textile operations, wherein the sequence of textile operations comprises at least 1) processing the bales of staple fiber into slivers of fiber in a fiber preparation operation, 2) processing the slivers of fiber into yarns in a yarn spinning operation, and 3) processing the yarns into the textile product in a textile product formation operation, wherein each textile operation has an input, an output, equipment, an input tag that contains input information related to the input, an output tag that contains output information related to the output, and an equipment tag that contains equipment information related to the equipment for the respective textile operation;
capturing, for each textile operation in the sequence of textile operations, a) input information contained in the input tag, b) output information contained in the output tag, and c) equipment information contained in the equipment tag;
defining, via a computer system, a relationship between the input and the output for each textile operation based on the input information, the output information, and the equipment information; and
associating, via the computer system, the fiber information for the bales of staple fiber with the textile product based on the relationship between the input, the output, and the equipment for each textile operation in the sequence of textile operations,
wherein the output information for each textile operation is associated with the input information of a subsequent textile operation, thereby associating the input information and output information for each textile operation with the fiber information for the bales of staple fiber.