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Flextronic Case Studies Recording the Run

Recording the Run

Recording the Run
Equipment & Machinery
Logistics & Warehousing
Nike is looking for ways to reduce the amount of material and labor needed to make high-performance, customized footwear and speed the delivery of its products to all kinds of athletes. Laser-cutting could scale down the amount of equipment needed to create the 20 to 30 parts of a typical shoe. However, Laser-cutting always leaves burnt edges on soft fabrics.
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Nike is an American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services.
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Engineers and chemists at Flex, a supply chain innovator specializing in manufacturing and computer hardware, invented a process whereby any material, soft or hard, can be neatly laser-cut into whatever pattern is needed, when it's needed, right on the factory floor.

Solution Assessment
- Type: IoT
- Maturity: Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for <2 years)
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Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for < 2 years)
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Mass Customization - A new way to use a roboticized bolt holder is developed to automatically feeds the line based on a specific shoe model and size.
System Flexibility - Ongoing application development and improvements are relatively quick and inexpensive to implement due to the system's flexibility.
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