A new approach for prediction of sewing performance of fabrics in apparel manufacturing using artificial neural networks

Chi Leung Hui, S. F. Ng

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Abstract

This paper investigates the use of extended normalized radial basis function (ENRBF) neural networks to predict the sewing performance of fabrics in apparel manufacturing. In order to evaluate the performance of the ENRBF neural networks that could be emulated as human decision in the prediction of sewing performance of fabrics more effectively, it could be compared with the traditional back-propagation (BP) neural networks in terms of prediction errors. There are 109 data sets cover fabric properties measured by using a computerized measuring system, and the sewing performance of each fabric's specimen assessed by the domain experts. Of these 109 input-output data pairs, 94 were used to train the proposed ENRBF and BP neural networks for the prediction of the unknown sewing performance of a given fabric, and 15 were used to test the proposed ENRBF and BP neural networks, respectively. After 10,000 iterations of training of the ENRBF and BP neural networks, both of them converged to the minimum error level. A comparison was made between actual fabric performances during sewing, the experts' advices, and the results of predicting fabric performances during sewing for both networks. It was found that the ENRBF and BP neural networks indicate similar error levels, but the prediction made by the ENRBF neural network is better than the prediction made by the BP neural network in some areas. Both the systems provided better advice than the experts in some areas, when compared to actual sewing performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0186
Pages (from-to)401-405
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Textile Institute
Volume96
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Apparel manufacturing
  • Artificial neural networks
  • Sewing performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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