Industrial embroidery is primarily for high-end apparel, polos, button downs, towels, etc. It is a fancier decoration process that utilizes thread to replicate a logo. It is not recommended for thin fabric (t-shirt or performance wear) but it is possible.
Embroidery is a very clean, sustainable, and environmentally friendly process, since it only consumes thread, electricity, and backing material. There is minimal waste, and the end product is long-lasting.