29 September 2020

Mindhive demonstrates finished leather grading at Fashion World Tokyo

AI and machine vision expert Mindhive has developed a leather grading robot to demonstrate their grading solution Model V at Fashion World Tokyo (27-29 Oct.). The Grading Demobot can be viewed at the stand of Juki, Mindhive’s partner.

The Demobot is designed to present the accuracy of Model V Grading in a compact format that is both engaging and informative. The Grading Demobot scans a piece of leather and displays any feature, defect and mark instantly on the screen. ‘We expect that those who see what the software can do, will see its value in improving speed and accuracy in materials grading, and the opportunities for optimising production’.

Mindhive has developed a wet-blue hide grading solution using machine vision and AI technology. This has already been deployed at tanneries in New Zealand, enabling them to halve their reject percentage and correctly allocate hides. Mindhive is now developing similar solutions for raw hides and finished leather, ambitious to help tanneries grade at any stage of the tanning process. These will be available from January 2021.

The business is now exploring ways to set up an actual Model V Grading solution in Italy for the European market to trial. Tanners could come and see the entire Model V set-up and even try out the equipment with one of their own hides. ‘It is a fairly ambitious plan, but we know there is a lot of demand for high accuracy grading in that part of the world. We would love to hear from these parties as this will help us better prepare.’

If you are keen to stay up to date about Model V Grading, contact Neil Martin: neil@mindhive.co.nz

Visit the website of Mindhive’s partner Juki here.