Levi Strauss & Co has been granted a patent for a laser finishing system that improves operational efficiency in the apparel industry. The system uses fabric templates and laser files to create various finishing patterns on garments, allowing for cost reduction, increased productivity, and faster time to market. The system also enables customization and flexibility in garment production. GlobalData’s report on Levi Strauss & Co gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Levi Strauss & Co, on-demand digital manufacturing was a key innovation area identified from patents. Levi Strauss & Co's grant share as of September 2023 was 64%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Laser finishing system for apparel products with multiple designs

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Levi Strauss & Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11723426B2) describes a system for producing customized garments using laser finishing technology. The system includes multiple garment products made from different garment templates and base wash recipes. Each garment product is identified by a unique product code identifier.

The system comprises a digital design tool that generates laser files containing finishing patterns for the garments. These finishing patterns can be visualized on a computer screen and edited using the digital design tool. The tool allows for adjustments in the position, scaling, and tint of the finishing pattern. Additionally, the tool enables the addition of damage assets such as holes or rips to the finishing pattern.

A laser finishing machine is used to burn the finishing patterns onto the target garments. The machine receives the laser files generated by the digital design tool and uses them to control the operation of the laser head. Depending on the combination of garment template and laser file, the laser finishing machine can produce different garment products. For example, when the first garment template is used with the first laser file, the machine burns the first finishing pattern, resulting in the production of the first garment product. Similarly, the second garment template with the first laser file produces the second garment product, and the first garment template with the second laser file produces the third garment product.

The system can also include additional garment products made from different garment templates. These products are identified by unique product code identifiers. The laser finishing machine can burn the second finishing pattern onto the target garment made from the second garment template, resulting in the production of the fourth garment product.

The laser finishing machine can be housed in either a processing facility or a dry processing facility, while the garment products are stored at a separate distribution center. The system allows for flexibility in the location and arrangement of these facilities.

Overall, this patented system enables the customization of garments through the use of laser finishing technology and a digital design tool. The system offers various options for editing and personalizing finishing patterns, allowing for unique and tailored garment products.

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