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A digital knitting factory in your pocket

Billy Hunter

With the power of data-driven decision-making, enhanced efficiency, and elevated quality, Smartex FACT aims to redefine the knitted textiles industry landscape.

4th October 2023

Billy Hunter
 |  Porto, Portugal

Knitted Outerwear, Sports/​Activewear

The future for knitting factories is already here, according to the dynamic young tech company There’s no longer a need to be physically present to oversee and control your production, the Porto, Portugal headquartered company says.

“Get a glimpse of the Modern Textile Factory with Smartex FACT, your all-in-one digital factory management solution. Boost your factory operations, gain real-time visibility, improve quality with Automatic Roll Grading, and receive instant production notifications - accessible anywhere, at any time, on your devices,” Smartex said in a product launch announcement today.

“Picture this - sipping your morning coffee while already knowing what happened in your factory overnight. Transform the way you manage your factory operations today. Say "no more" to the lack of digitalisation and control over your production.”

Addressing challenges

According to Smartex, manufacturers often struggle with inefficiencies, quality issues, and the need for manual inspections, which can lead to increased costs and decreased competitiveness. Smartex FACT steps in to address these challenges by providing automated performance insights into machine data, roll production statistics and quality.

And with the platform being easily accessible via desktop or any smartphone, it is basically your textile factory in your pocket

The user can also personalise settings for quality control and even utilise a 'fast track' option for Grade A rolls, high-quality rolls that Smartex says can go straight to the customer without any manual inspection. With data-driven decision-making at their fingertips, knitted fabric manufacturers can now elevate factory operations, ensure consistent quality, boost overall efficiency, and outpace the ever-evolving competitive landscape of the textile industry, the company explains.

Smartex FACT Fast Track supply chain. ©

Key features

Automatic Roll Grading

With Automatic Roll Grading, Smartex FACT enables a user to set up their own Quality Standards to determine the automatic grading of knitted rolls based on the severity of detected defects. With a defined grading system in place, the user can guarantee uniform quality standards throughout the production process, thanks to Smartex CORE’s AI-driven quality control. Typically, in the case of knitted fabric rolls, only about 10% undergo inspection, Smartex adds.

With Smartex, every roll will undergo automatic inspection and grading, with Grade-A rolls receiving a Fast Track label - that can be printed and applied to rolls with Smartex LOOP, so that the user always knows where to focus your attention.

Smartex LOOP Passport Fast Track label. ©

Digital Factory Page

With Smartex’ Digital Factory Page, users gain a complete overview of their factory including the number of machines currently running and rolls produced on that day.

Smartex FACT Digital Factory Page. ©

My Machines Page

Smartex’ My Machines Page provides in-depth, precise data about the performance of every machine powered with Smartex within a factory, including speed (RPM) and operating time. The user will have the tools to comprehensively assess each machine's performance empowering the fine-tuning of machine operations, boosting both quality and productivity across the factory.

Smartex FACT My Rolls Page. ©

My Rolls Page

On top of the importance of speed and performance, Smartex places a high priority on quality. The company’s My Rolls Page grants clients access to a whole month of their production history. Users can zoom into each roll's production details to assess quality and even review where defects were detected in the digital roll map.

Real-time Notifications

Users can also stay in the know with Real-time Notifications tailored to their priorities. Whether it is machines operating at a lower RPM, excessive machine downtime, or the identification of poor-quality rolls, the user will receive timely updates. This enables the making data-informed decisions around increasing RPM speed, inspecting lower-quality rolls, and responding to other machine-related issues.

Smartex FACT Real-time Notifications. ©

Gilberto Loureiro, Co-founder and CEO of, comments on the new product launch: "Our new product takes manufacturing and quality control to the next level. With Smartex FACT, users will be able to know when rolls don’t meet the requested quality or when production issues arise. And with the platform being easily accessible via desktop or any smartphone, it is basically your textile factory in your pocket."

“As a pioneering and award-winning company, Smartex has consistently been at the forefront of transforming textile factories through hardware-based software solutions and the creation of essential tools for the Modern Textile Factory. Today, we take immense pride in unveiling our latest innovation to the world: Smartex FACT. This cutting-edge platform opens the door to undeniable data for factory operations, equipping clients to fortify their businesses for the future. With the power of data-driven decision-making, enhanced efficiency, and elevated quality, Smartex FACT is set to redefine the knitting textile industry landscape.”

“Don't wait, join the hundreds of leading factories already using AI in their production today with Smartex FACT (now available in English, Portuguese, and Turkish with more languages coming soon,” Gilberto Loureiro concludes.

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