As a traditional industry that provides consumer goods for the people’s livelihood, the umbrella factory has experienced a long development process in its production technology. In the process of the development of the basic functions of umbrellas to fast-moving consumer goods, portability, fashion and other functions, the technical level of the industry has also been comprehensively improved. Its development process is mainly manifested in the following aspects:
(1) Application of new materials
The umbrella surface material and umbrella frame material of the umbrella are products of light industry and heavy industry respectively. In recent years, umbrella cloth materials have been introduced, especially for sunshades. Only the anti-ultraviolet fabrics include silver glue, satin, pearl glue, impact cloth, and laser. , Yarn-dyed lattice, polyester interweaving, etc.; as a typical fast-moving consumer goods, plastic umbrella fabrics have also been developed from ordinary PVC materials to environmentally friendly POE materials. In terms of umbrella frame materials, to meet the needs of portable umbrella products, it has developed from traditional steel bones to aluminum alloy bones, glass fiber bones, carbon fiber bones and even titanium alloy bones. New materials such as carbon fiber, aviation aluminum, TEFLON, silicon-coated cloth, and CORDURA nylon are widely used in high-end umbrellas, raising their functions to a new level. It is foreseeable that the application of new materials will further promote the upgrading of umbrella products and improve the quality of life of the public.
(2) Product design and development technology
In recent years, sunny umbrella products have made great progress in the umbrella frame structure, especially the wind-proof design, even the anti-bone design of the umbrella frame that is not easy to break even if it is blown over in windy weather, and so on. The design of umbrella fabric styles, colors and umbrella frame structure also adopts three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD), combined with hand-painted design, optimizes the sample manufacturing and trial production process, making the umbrella product appearance more diversified, and the structure is lighter. Firm, more exquisite packaging, shorter update cycle.
(3) Product manufacturing process
Umbrella manufacturing is a labor-intensive industry, especially the sewing of finished umbrellas has been dominated by needlework for a long time, and the overall degree of mechanization is low. In recent years, a series of umbrella-making equipment such as computerized cloth cutting machine, computerized high-speed single-line car, computerized umbrella top machine, strapping machine, bead tail machine, automatic pipe welding machine, slot bone automatic mold forming machine tool, etc. Widespread use of Umbrella has improved the production efficiency of components and reduced labor intensity, which to a certain extent represents the level of the umbrella industry in the world.
In general, the technological innovation of my country’s umbrella industry has achieved certain development, and some leading enterprises have accumulated considerable technical strength. However, the industry as a whole still has a lot of room for development in the fields of equipment level, product design innovation ability, new material application, and scientific management.