Performance Improvement of the Maintenance Department in the Apparel Industry

In the apparel industry, machine maintenance department is one that works silently. They don’t get recognized much for their work. In the organized garment factories, maintenance people work closely with Industrial Engineering department when it comes for shop floor machine maintenance. In many factories management does not concern about their performance. So machine mechanics just do their job to keep machine running and always do breakdown maintenance.

A factory can gain substantial benefit by setting up defined work responsibility and making list of activities to be done by maintenance department other than just repairing machines when it breakdown.

Major Blocks in Implementing Lean Manufacturing in Garment Industry

This is a guest submission from Abhishek Goel. In this article Abhishek has shared the major blocks that he experienced in implementing Lean systems in the leading garment manufacturing factories.

Change is must to bring excellence in business. Manufacturing process needs to be improved to survive in the business for long run. For the sack of survival, lean tools need to be embraced by the global garment industry. There are many benefits of implementing lean tools or lean manufacturing like improved productivity and improved quality.

Are You Using Software for Determining Garment SAM? (Survey)

This is a quick survey to understand what percentage of garment factories are using PMTS software to determine standard time (SAM)?  

As per my opinion, most of the factories those have IE department and prepare operation bulletin for styles, don't use any software to estimate garment SAM. What do you think?

If you are working in a garment factory and/or know about the factories those prepare operation bulletin answer following questions by participating in this quick online survey.

How to Get into Garment Business

So you are planning for starting a garment business. Great!

You are on the right place for acquiring necessary knowledge for starting garment business. Read this article and explore this site to get answers of your queries.

In last one year I had received hundreds of queries related to small business set-up in garment industry. Most of them expressed their desire to learn - how to get into garment business? What are the requirements for setting up a business? How much money need to invest for the project? Etc. In this post I have pointed out primary things that you need to look into for starting small scale business in garment manufacturing.

Remember, it is not necessary to learn everything about garment manufacturing. Just learn what all areas you need to focus and how to get into this business step by step. For other things you can employ skilled professionals and experts. Also remember by reading this small piece of article, you are not becoming an expert in stating garment business, but you will get direction for your plan of actions.

Frequently Asked Questions on Garment Business Start-up

I know you have many questions those need to be answered. I have published this page - 'Frequently Asked Questions on garment business start-up' to answer questions those I receive frequently.

Read the following titles and click on it for the answer. I am building this page and will be adding more FAQs soon. In case, your question is not answered here, please write me using contact form.

If you like to add something to my answer, please add your comments in the following comment box. Or send me mail mentioning question. I will add your points here.

Readymade Garment Business – The Manufacturing Process Checklist

How to execute readymade garment orders? What would be the checklist for processing an order without much problems in the internal processes? - These are the common questions asked by start-up entrepreneurs and small garment business owners.

It is very important that every manufacturers should follow standard procedures for making readymade garments. This article covers such standard procedures in brief. To take your business process into the next level read following checklist and follow it.

Considering that you have received an order (shirt order) for manufacturing. And your goal is to deliver the order on time with full quantity and with best possible quality.

Followings are steps must be followed during processing an order.

10 Steps for Effective Implementation of 5S

This is a guest submission by Manoj Singh.

5S is considered as foundation and gateway of all kind of improvements. Successfully implemented 5S gives amazing results through employee workplace discipline. Remember, serious commitment from top management is required for successful implementation of 5S.

In this article, Manoj has explained how you can implement 5S effectively in 10 steps.

Apparel Merchandising - Roles and Responsibilities

Apparel merchandising is one common job profile in the apparel supply chain. Merchandisers are found working with buyer, in buying offices, in export houses and in fabricator’s workshop. Even in the same organization merchandisers may play different roles depending on their job profile.

Merchandising department works as mediator in between factory and buyers. This department is considered as heart and soul of the company. They coordinate with buyers for order, send sample for approvals and receive comments on samples and other approvals. Merchandiser prepares bill of materials, garment costing sheet and follow up with production processes. 

In this small piece of article, job responsibilities of an export house merchandiser are explained.

T-Shirt Design: Best Possible Ways to add Your Brand Label and Brand logo in a T-Shirt

Selecting the right place for attaching brand label or brand logo on a T-shirt is a part of T-shirt designing. There are number of options. I will be sharing different ways of attaching your brand logo and brand label on a T-shirt.

I was preparing Garment Techpack for the premium quality T-shirts. I was trying to make it informative with all technical details. Purpose was to provide every detailing of the t-shirt construction to suppliers through the teckpack and minimize to and fro communication between supplier and buyer.

4 Point Inspection System: Acceptable level (Points per 100 square yards)

4 Point Inspection System is the most common and widely used fabric quality inspection system for all types of fabrics in textile and apparel industry.

4 Point inspection procedure for fabrics, criteria for giving penalty points for fabric defects and calculation method of total points in an inspected fabric roll is explained in this article. (If don't know basics of 4 point inspection system, I would suggest you to read that article first.)