Involvement of Industrial Engineers in Cutting Department of a Sewing Factory

What all activities Industrial Engineer can do in cutting department? - This question was asked by one of the OCS readers. 

In this post I have answered this question with possible involvement of IE departments in cutting department.

In the garment industry Industrial Engineers (IE) mainly focus in the sewing department of a factory. IEs perform various activities in sewing floor and improve production processes. IE skills and knowledge can be applied in the other departments too, like cutting department and finishing department in a garment factory.

How will You (Industrial Engineers) Improve Efficiency of a Sewing Line?

In this post I am going to ask you one question - being an Industrial Engineer, how will you improve efficiency of a sewing line?

Or if you have already improved line performance earlier then how did you achieve that improvement?

(Note: Line performance to be measured in efficiency percentage).

Primary goal of employing an Industrial Engineer in a company is to reduce production cost and improve product quality. Production cost per garment is directly linked to factory efficiency when other parameters like workers salary are fixed. It means when you increase line efficiency (labor productivity) production cost per garment goes down.

Application of IE Concepts in Finishing Section in Garment Factories

Question:  I am working as Asst. Officer (IE) in ABC Fashion Ltd. I just want to know the application of IE in finishing department? I mean what we can do as IE in finishing department? It will be very helpful if you reply me back. Thanks …asked by Hasan.

You are an Industrial Engineer. You already know about industrial engineering tools and techniques used for managing and improving production. Most IEs practice IE concepts only in sewing floor. Similar tools can be applied in finishing section also. In the following, I have listed down few things that can be done in finishing department without further brainstorming and skill upgrading.

Impact of Real Time Shop Floor Control System in Improving Garment Production

Low productivity and delays in production are common issues faced by garment industry. Most of these problems can be solved or at least can be reduced, if information related problems are available on time.

Factories employ data recorders and engineers to capture production data and make reports. Unfortunately, when data collection is done and data is compiled into report many things are changed. Sometimes it becomes too late to take further action for betterment. Many times lots of data are collected but nobody bothers to analyse those collected data and share with top management. No way to escape from the problems. In such scenario, industry needs a robust shop floor control system and adequate data. 

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement (The Book)

In garment factories many Engineers and Managers feel that they have done everything to improve processes and working methods. They don't find further things (new and innovative) to work on next.

You might be observed that improvement becomes stagnant after few years of working in a same factory. If you are feeling so, take a deep breath and be ready to read something that would gives you ideas. Yes, you need to read the book "The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement"

Few days ago Mr. Keerthi Abe, Managing Director of SewEasy, reminded me about this book and ask me to add this book in the book list

Overtime Work in Garment Industry – Does it Cost Effective for Factories?

I had posted this question in OCS forum. OCS readers participated in this discussion and shared their views.
My question was

"When factories work overtime for 2 to 4 hours - Does it cost to company? Or factory gains benefit from working over time? To be more specific: Whether cost per piece (labor cost + overhead cost) will increase or reduce when a factory work overtime?
What do you think?"

I am sharing view points of 4 experts who participated in this discussion. They have also mentioned alternatives other than doing Overtime. Read on. If you have a different view or agree with one of them, don’t hesitate to share yours with us.

Read Apparel and Fashion Magazines Online for Free

You might like to keep yourself updated. Would be interested learning new things everyday and be informed. Would like to know what is going on in the fashion industry as well as in garment manufacturing business.
You can fulfill your wish by simply subscribing couple of print magazines.
But sometimes many don't prefer spending money for this (subscribing Magazine - printed or e-magazine). 

Subcontracting Business Process in Garment Industry

In my earlier post 10 small business ideas in garment industry, I have mentioned subcontracting (job-work) is one option for entrepreneurs to start business with low investment. In this post I will explain the procedures of subcontracting in apparel supply chain.

What is Subcontracting?

Subcontracting can be defined as doing partial work of a contract that is originally received by other. The companies those do subcontracting are called as subcontractors. They are also known as job-workers.

IE Guide Book is Available on Flipkart and Amazon Store

This is just for your information that my book Industrial Engineering Guide to Job Interview Preparation is available on Amazon and Flipkart store.

Now you can easily make your purchase of this book from or

Tips for Sourcing Quality Garments for Your Business

So, you are in apparel business. And you are sourcing garments from various garment factories. Or are you just planning to start your dream business in garment industry? Read on following tips on sourcing garments.

I am often asked one question by small business owners and by would be entrepreneurs - ‘How to know that vendors are supplying quality garments?’
To help them out I have shared few tips on how to know that you are getting quality garments. These tips are applicable to any size of garment business that source garments from various manufacturers.