Standard Minutes (SAM or SMV) for Few Basic Garment Products

Can anybody estimate SAM (standard allowed minute) of a garment without seeing and/or analyzing the garment? No. It is not possible. To estimate SAM you have to analyze the garment carefully and check different factors that affect the SAM. SAM of a product varies according to the work content or simply according to number of operations, length of seams, fabric types, stitching accuracy needed, sewing technology to be used etc.

But still many of us inquire for approximate SAM values for basic products, like Tee Shirt, Formal shirt, Formal trouser or jacket. An estimated SAM helps in capacity planning of the factory, calculating the requirement of machinery and even helps to estimate CM (cut and make) costing of a garment.

However, for better understanding, I will suggest you first to read articles ‘How to calculate SAM for a garment?’. SAM is a short form of standard allowed minutes. It means a normal operator can complete a task within the allowed time (minute) when he works at 100% efficiency.

Standard minutes (SAM) of a few basic products have been listed down with its SAM range according to work content variation. In actual cases, garment SAM may go outside of the limit depending on the above factors. This list will be updated from time to time adding more products.

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