Sep 22, 2016

How to Calculate Needle Down Time in Garment Shop Floor

In an earlier post needle down time is explained. In this post I will show you how to calculate needle down time. Needle down time is also referred as needle time. Needle time is the total time a machine is run during the day, or we can say total time spent on stitching garments.

Gerber Technology Owned AccuMark CAD Software is Available on Subscription Plan

Fashion and apparel companies are under significant competitive pressures to design, develop and produce their products faster and more efficiently while ensuring they get the right products to market at the right time and at the right price. The return on investment for best-in-class software applications can be easily justified over time, however up-front cost often creates obstacles for companies who are starting up or operating on tighter and tighter margins. Making AccuMark available on a subscription basis eliminates the barrier of up-front costs. 

Sep 21, 2016

Interview Questions for QC Manager for a Garment Unit

What questions to ask to a candidate (e.g. QC Manager) depends on the job responsibilities to be given to the candidate once he/she is hired. Secondly, interviewer normally ask questions on the areas on which he/she has better  knowledge and understanding. So single set of interview questions does not fit for all candidates as well as for all interviewer. Here I have taken a case and listed a set of 20 questions. These interview questions are prepared for one person who is going to interview a candidate applied for the position Quality Control (QC) Manager in a readymade garment factory. According to his requirement quality manager will be responsible for following areas.

Sep 20, 2016

Difference between Productivity and Efficiency

Productivity and efficiency are the primary performance measures in garment production. We have earlier discussed about Productivity and Efficiency separately. In this post we will understand the difference between productivity and efficiency with an example.

Sep 19, 2016

How to Calculate Machine Productivity

Calculating machine productivity is one way of measuring line productivity or factory’s productivity. If you are already measuring labour productivity of your sewing lines, you might be also interested in calculating machine productivity for your lines. It is easier to estimate production capacity of a line for the given products, if you have machine productivity data for various product categories. In this post I will show you how to calculate machine productivity of a sewing line.

Sep 17, 2016

Different Types of Sewing Machines used for Hemming Operation

Hemming is a very common operation in making garment. The finished edges like bottom opening, sleeve opening of a garment is called hem. And the process of making the hem is known as hemming. Like bottom hemming of a shirt, and sleeve hemming of T-shirt. Hemming is done by folding the edge and stitched by sewing machine. Edge folding might be a single folded or double folded. 

Sep 15, 2016

The True Just in Time (JIT) Concept

Whether you’re a lean enthusiast or not, JIT is a concept pretty much everybody aware and probably practicing in the work place. Just in time is also known as Toyota Production System, short cycle time, demand flow manufacturing. As name implied just in time simply means getting things when they need.

Sep 13, 2016

Robot Sews First Complete Garment (T-Shirt)

Today we are going to share about a breakthrough innovation in the apparel manufacturing industry. This is the first time a robot stitched a complete garment.  This robot is invented by Sewbo Inc. Semi-automatic stitching workstation is there for decades and garment  industry use those semi-automatic machines to improve production and reduce labour cost. But till date garment industry has not able to eliminate human intervention in stitching full garment. Read the press release by Sewbo Inc and watch the video, how a robot is sewing the T-shirt.

Sep 3, 2016

Importance of Standardization in the Workplace

Last week we discussed the importance of Kaizen as a lean tool to improve the work place productivity as well as our individual lives. The natural progression of Kaizen is standardization.

Sep 1, 2016

Garment Pattern Making Software for Your Clothing Business

The pattern making software is called as CAD system. Abbreviation of CAD is computer aided design. Nowadays CAD system is a must have software in garment export house, medium and large size garment business. A CAD system is used for pattern making as well for marker making, and pattern grading.