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RFID Technology for the Garment Factory Management – An Overview

The success and growth of an apparel manufacturing business depend on how well cross-department production information is delivered, handled and executed in real-time. What is required is a reliable platform to fulfil all these aspects of the business.

RFID (Radio-frequency identification)technology is the call of the hour to improve the operational flow in such a complex environment of apparel production business. It collects and analyzes production data during the entire production workflow on a real-time basis. This specifically deals with common production problems encountered on the shop floor.

If I talk about production, an RFID system not only obtain information about production quantities in real-time basis but also system tracks the efficiency of each line, tracks the performance of each sewing machine and each worker. Most importantly it detects the source of the problem in real-time. It shows who is working in which bundle, fast resolution of bottlenecks and rapid tracing o…

Virtual Fitting Room: An ultimate solution for online apparel shoppers

When we are purchasing electronic items and books from online stores with full confidence then why not buying garments from online garment stores? The reason - does the clothes fit me? That is why shoppers think a while to decide whether they go for online shopping or not. Study says, online stores that sell clothes get huge customer return due to fit related issue.

Now shoppers can try before they buy. recently launched "Female Fitbot Mannequin" that may eliminate FIT related problem with apparel purchased from online apparel stores. Online stores those have provided virtual fitting facility are getting most of the online shoppers and their customer return has gone down drastically. Using a robot for fitting on the computer screen provides customers how garment will fit on her physical body. To get exact fitting of the garment shopper has to enter her body measurement on the "virtual fitting room" Height, Neck, Bust, Waist - level to belly button and wrist …

About Me

Thanks for showing your interest in knowing more about me.

I’m Prasanta Sarkar. I am the author of Garment Manufacturing: Processes, Practices and Technology and the person behind this blog. I have also written and published these ebooks.

I am a Textile Engineer (B.Tech) from Govt. College of Engineering and Textile Technology, Serampore, India. I hold Post Graduate in Fashion Technology from National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India.

I have worked in a garment exports house in Gurgaon, near the Capital of India. I have also worked with an apparel consultancy firm as a consultant.

I have worked with many garment manufacturing companies in India and Bangladesh and conducted a number of training programs in industrial engineering, quality management, and sewing operator training. I have implemented the BlueCherry Shop floor control system (RFID production tracking system) in India, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Bulgaria.

I have handled many projects on productivity improvement…

What is Line Planning?

In this article, the line means sewing production line or production batch. Each line contains a set of machines to make garments for mass production and a set of machines vary depending on product category.

Line planning is scheduling and allocating of orders to production lines according to product setting (product is being made in the line) and due dates of production completion. A line plan defines when a style is going to be loaded to the line, how many pieces to be expected (target) from the line and when an order to be completed. For example, please refer to the following Table-1, where a simple line planning has been shown in a spreadsheet.

During booking orders or allocating orders to the production line, planners must check what is running on the line and how many days it will take to complete the running style.

The benefit of Line planning: It helps the production manager as well as line supervisor with information such as what is the daily production target for a line. They …

Latest Technology for Apparel Industry (Article list)

The Latest apparel technology articles posted on OCS are listed in this page for your quick reference. Alternatively you can search Technology article by label 'Technology' on the technology category are listed.

Latest Technology Solutions for the Garment Manufacturing IndustryTop Fashion PLM Software Solution ProvidersQONDAC Networks, Production Monitoring Solutions by Dürkopp AdlerInstant Embroidery Thread Coloring Unit Developed by Coloreel

Machines used for Denim (Jeans) Manufacturing

Contributor: Md. Mostafiz Uddin , Bangladesh
Denim is known as all time fashion for all age group and for both sex. The demand of denim pants are always there. To supply enough Jeans to the sourcing countries entrepreneurs are setting plants in low labor cost countries. Bangladesh in one such example. To reduce the manufacturing cost high end technology are used in denim plants with basic machines. Specialised machines and semi automatic machines are used in sewing, i.e. patch pocket pattern making, serging panels and automatic patch pocket attaching. A plant of 500 machines can be set with following machine mix.

About the Contributor: Md. Mostafiz Uddin is in the Apparel Trade since 1999. Currently he is holding the post of Managing Director at Denim Expert Ltd, a Denim Manufacturing Company.

Vendor selection criteria for U.S. and European Market

Apparel manufacturers wishing to become suppliers for major U.S. and European companies must generally be “qualified” by the company before they will be given an order. The qualification process is generally a straightforward effort to determine the capacity, suitability, and stability of the producer in relation to the needs of the buying company. Western buyers seeking a new contract or subcontract supplier may ask potential suppliers for the following types of information. Specialty shops and small retailers buying from small producers may require less detailed information.

Production capacity: Production capacity means what the volume (quantity of garments) potential can produce in a specific period of time. This can be measured by having knowledge of
Number of skilled workers, and types of skills represented.Number of unskilled workersNumber and types of machinesEnergy source and back-up energy sourcesNumber of days per standard work-week and shifts worked.Number of units produce…

Machinery Required for Setting up In-house Testing Lab in a Garment Export House

It is really a good idea to set up an in-house textile lab for checking basic physical properties of textiles. Why depend on Third Party testing labs for the confirmation of specification like fabric count, yarn count, and color matching?

Fabric properties like dimensional stability, color bleeding, and color fastness to washing can’t be ignored. The buyer would not accept any goods failing these basic requirements. As an export garment manufacturer don’t start cutting fabric for production without testing above mentioned fabric properties.
It is also true that an export house can’t keep all types of machinery required to test buyer test specifications. It is not feasible though. The primary test required for physical properties and machine required to do those tests for the in-house testing lab set up have been enlisted in the following table.

Sl. No. Testing requirements Machinery 1 Fiber content Microscope, various chemicals used to identify fiber contents 2 Yarn Count Pressley balan…

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