Monthly Archive: April 2019

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Stitches and Seams

Today most retailers and global manufacturers are communicating Stitch / Seam Specifications using the Stitch identification numbers, SPI specifications, and often include Seam Drawings to their global contractors. Make use of this valuable system today by following the links below that will take you to the proper Matrix. ISO 4915 STITCH TYPES Stitch Type Matrix (English) PDF Stitch Type Matrix...

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8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing ‘TIMWOODS’

One of the most fundamental criteria for developing a successful firm is eliminating unproductive tasks (wastes). This concept is a key component of Lean thinking, and it can help you boost your profits. The 8 wastes of Lean Manufacturing are what we are attempting to eliminate from our operations by removing the causes of Mura and Muri as well as...

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Calculating Sewing Floor Capacity

For supervisors or production managers is very important to know the floor capacity to plan their production efficiently. Calculation of capacity is very simple but you must know the line efficiency. The other important factor to calculate floor capacity is manpower absenteeism%. So you must know the line wise efficiency and absenteeism %. You can calculate the efficiency in minutes...

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Productivity and efficiency calculation

Productivity calculation Most of the industrial engineers calculate worker/line efficiency on the basis of SAM value and actual productivity (per hour productivity of a operator/line). Below are the simple methods to calculate worker/line efficiency and productivity. ​Worker/line efficiency SAM (Standard allowed minutes) of the garment = 10 Minutes produced by each labor =(40 pieces X 10) = 400 minutes Minutes...

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Failure Mode Effect Analysis

In the highly demanding and competitive fashion apparel world where the profit margins are shrinking and buyers are placing increased demands for high quality, reliable products on a cheaper price. The increasing cost pressure making it more difficult for manufacturers to maintain the quality and reliability. Traditionally, quality and reliability has been achieved through extensive quality inspections and the final...

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Cost Of Poor Quality

Quality is one of the most discussed and least understood subjects in the apparel industry. Most of the organizations still people equate quality function with inspection and the data of the first time pass final inspection is considered as the quality performance of the company. During my visits to factories, I found that they all record defect data/process failure data...

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Automated Optical Fabric Inspection

Fabric contributes to approximately 50-60% of the total garment cost, making it crucial to the entire garment production process. Garment rejection/alteration owing to fabric weaving or knitting defect might result in a significant loss of value for the company. To provide defect-free clothing, not only the defect diagnosis procedure but also the location marking of the defect on the fabric...