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Diffusion and Performance of CAD/CAM in the U.S. Textile and Apparel Industry

[+] Author Affiliations
He Yan

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

Susan Fiorito

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Paper No. IMECE2002-39475, pp. 13-17; 5 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Textile Engineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Textile Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3651-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This study examines the determinants of CAD/CAM adoption and diffusion in American textile and apparel industries. Innovation diffusion theory provided a conceptual framework and empirical base applicable to the study of technology adoption and implementation. A variety of sources were used to develop the survey which was mailed to a national random sample of 500 textile and apparel manufacturers. The responses of 103 manufacturers from 30 different states were analyzed. Factor analysis was used to identify the dimensions of reasons for CAD/CAM adoption. Hypotheses were tested with logistic regression analysis procedures. The diffusion of CAD/CAM practices was found to be driven primarily by the market and affected by the business-unit size. In addition, labor considerations affected recent CAD/CAM adoption.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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