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Production Systems

Digitisation throughout the textile value chain has become much more important in the textile industry in recent years. For both small and larger companies, digital business and production processes are increasingly an integral part of corporate strategy and essential for their future viability and competitiveness.

As an industry-related research institute, STFI has recognised the strategic importance of digitalisation for the textile industry and began to build up its own area of expertise a few years ago. The research and test field of digitalised, automated and networked production processes is used as a research and test environment for companies and employees.

STFI makes an important contribution to the textile industry in the field of digitalisation and Industrie 4.0 as evidenced by the large number of practical research and industry projects as well as the close contact to medium-sized companies.

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Dirk Zschenderlein
Department Manager Intelligent Production Systems

Phone: +49 371 5274-283


  • Networking of machine systems
  • Digitisation of manufacturing processes
  • Automated customised textile production

Technical Equipment

  • Robot systems and smart logistics systems
  • Assistance systems
  • 2D, 3D printing and laser systems


  • Production processes
  • Handling and logistics processes
  • IT processes and quality assurance


  • Research and experimental field "Networked production”
  • Research and experimental field "Self-controlled nonwoven production”
  • Interdisciplinary "Textile Prototyping Lab”

Services & Transfer

  • Lab tours and trials
  • Workshops and training courses
  • Status quo analyses in the company

Research services

  • Contract research
  • Feasibility studies
  • Advice on and support for funded research projects

Project futureTEX

  • Interdisciplinary competence network
  • Research and experimental fields
  • futureTEX incubator

Center Smarte Kreisläufe

  • Supporting SMEs in the field of digitisation
  • Free information and practical offers
  • Network platform



Fields of application





You have the possibility of a virtual exploration at STFI. For this purpose, our futureTEX research and test field "Textile Factory of the future" with all its facilities was scanned by the company airmess GmbH from Dresden.

You can move freely around the room virtually and view individual plant technologies at close range. In the "Textile Factory of the Future", STFI scientists are working on topics related to digitalisation in the textile industry. Digital assistance systems, robotics, driverless transport systems and RFID technologies are the main components of the work in this field.

The virtual tour took place as part of the BBA project "Visit Saxony's Textile Hub", which is funded by the Saxon State Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport and implemented and coordinated by Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH.

Research News

KIMONO – Customised modelling of neurodermatitis textiles

Project KIMONO deals with the topic of how neurodermatitis textiles can be individually modelled and configured. The aim is to develop a tool with which neurodermatitis clothing can be customised and made up. In addition to neurodermatitis-active additives, new material combinations will also be included in this development, so that even innovative textile surfaces can be expected as potential preliminary products.



Dipl.-Geogr. Marco Barteld
+49 371 5274-188

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TOPAS – Physiologically optimised protective masks for everyday use

Respiratory masks are a hindrance when breathing and speaking, they fog up the glasses, slip and usually do not make the best impression visually either. In the TOPAS project, an alliance of science and industry has made a contribution to optimising the protective effect and wearing comfort as well as the general acceptance of respiratory masks suitable for everyday use for all age groups.

(Picture: Cross-section of a mask with basic body, filter module and filter cover)



Dipl.-Betriebswirt (BA) Sven Reichel
+49 371 5274-193

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Further projects

VirtualTextileLearning – Learning and assistance systems in the learning process

The aim of the VirtualTextileLearning project is to use the potential of digital technologies to integrate learning into the work process in order to enable self-determined and user-adaptive lifelong learning. In the process, learning location-specific solutions were developed that contribute to the recruitment of skilled workers, support the securing of skilled workers and promote qualification. The implementation project creates synergies between the learning locations of the company, the school and the research and experimental field. New technological impulses are set at all learning locations, for example through the use of data glasses.

Project duration: 06/2019–05/2022



Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Sandra Döhler
+49 371 5274-287

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Completed projects




Inkubator – Von der Forschung
in die Praxis: futureTEX
Inkubator für technische
Textilien und disruptive Produkte


D. Zschenderlein

Modellierung individueller


S. Reichel



A. Böhm



M. Barteld



S. Reichel

Cooperations & Networks

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