Contents of My New Book (Garment Manufacturing: Processes, Practices and Technology)

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List of Contents 
1. Apparel Manufacturing Business Overview
1.1 The Apparel Supply Chain
1.2 Types of Apparel Manufacturing Companies
1.3 Roles of a Buying House in Apparel Business
1.4 The Role of Traders in the Apparel Business
1.5 The Categorization of Apparel Products
1.6 Shirt Manufacture:  A Snapshot of the Apparel Manufacturing Process

2 The Organizational Structure of an Apparel Manufacturing Company
2.1 Organizational Structure of Garment Unit
2.2 Organization Chart of an Apparel Manufacturing Company
2.3 Conclusion

3 The Garment Manufacturing Process
3.1 Processing of a Sample Order
3.2 Various Processes of Garment Manufacturing
3.3 The Apparel Production Process Flow Chart
3.4 Garment Sampling
3.5 Apparel Merchandising
3.6 Garment Costing
3.7 Order Booking
3.8 Pattern Making
3.9 Sourcing of Raw Materials (Fabrics and Trims)
3.10 Fabric Inspection
3.11 Textile Testing (Fabric Testing)
3.12 Pre-Production Meeting
3.13 Production Planning and Control
3.14 Cutting (Fabric Cutting)
3.15 Sewing (Garment Sewing)
3.16 Garment Washing
3.17 Garment Finishing
3.18 Quality Control
3.19 Shipment Delivery
3.20 Garment Printing Process
3.21 Garment Embroidery
3.22 Subcontracting or Fabrication Work
3.23 Conclusion

4 Garment Factory Departments and Their Activities
4.1 Various Departments of a Garment Unit
4.2 The Marketing Department
4.3 The Design Department
4.4 The Merchandising Department
4.5 The Pattern Making Department
4.6 The Sampling Department
4.7 The Fabric Store
4.8 The Trims and Accessory Store
4.9 The Textile Testing Lab
4.10 The Production Planning and Control Department
4.11 The Cutting Department
4.12 The Sewing Department
4.13 The Machine Maintenance Department
4.14 The Industrial Engineering Department
4.15 The Finishing Department
4.16 The Quality Control Department
4.17 Supporting Departments and Their Activities
4.18 Conclusion

5 Machines, Tools and Equipment
5.1 Tools and Equipment for the Pattern-Making Department
5.2 Tools and Equipment for the Sampling Department
5.3 Tools and Equipment for the Fabric and Trim Store
5.4 Tools and Equipment for the Cutting Room
5.5 Machines, Tools and Equipment for the Sewing Department
5.6 Different Types of Industrial Sewing Machines
5.7 Tools and Equipment for the Finishing Department
5.8 Office Equipment and Furniture
5.9 Entrepreneur’s guide
5.10 Conclusion

6 Garment Manufacturing Technology
6.1 What is Garment Construction?
6.2 Garment Operation Breakdown
6.3 Different Types of Garment Seams
6.4 Classification of Stitches
6.5 Garment Production Systems
6.6 IT based Technology for Garment Manufacturing
6.7 Conclusion

7 Pre-Production Processes
7.1 Pre-production Activities in a Garment Factory
7.2 Different Types of Garment Samples
7.3 Importance of Garment Sampling
7.4 Garment Techpack
7.5 Garment Specification Sheet
7.6 Questions To Ask Your Buyer before Accepting an Order
7.7 Garment Sample Review Procedure
7.8 Sample Approval Procedure
7.9 Pre-Production (PP) Meeting
7.10 Calculation of Raw Material Requirement for an Order
7.11 Sourcing of Fabrics
7.12 Sourcing of Trims and Accessories
7.13 Purchase Order
7.14 Scheduling of Pre-production and Production Activities
7.15 Conclusion

8 Managing a Garment Production Unit
8.1 Key personnel of a garment factory
8.2 Employees’ Roles and Responsibilities
8.3 Production Tracking and Reporting System
8.4 Standard Operating Procedures
8.5 Conducting Regular Meetings
8.6 Project implementation
8.7 Measuring KPIs
8.8 Technology Up-gradation
8.9 Policies for Retaining Employees and Workers
8.10 Conclusion

9 Textile Basics
9.1 Process Flow of Textile Manufacturing
9.2 Textile Fibres
9.3 Types of Fabrics
9.4 Various types of woven fabrics
9.5 Various Types of Knitted Fabrics
9.6 Fabric Categories Based On Fibre Content
9.7 Knitted Fabric Categories Based On Fabric Patterns
9.8 Importance of Knowing Textile Properties
9.9 Testing Standards for Knits Fabrics
9.10 Sewing Threads
9.11 Fabric Terms and Definitions

10 Quality Control
10.1 What is Quality?
10.2 Quality Control and Quality Inspection Procedures
10.3 Different Stages of Quality Checking and Quality Inspection
10.4 Measuring a Garment
10.5 Quality Manual
10.6 Acceptable Quality Level (AQL)
10.7 Shipment Audit
10.8 Definition of Defect and Defective Garment
10.9 Measuring Quality Performance
10.10 Corrective Actions for Quality Issues
10.11 Tips To Improve Garment Quality
10.12 Conclusion

11 Factory Compliance and Certification
11.1 Social Compliance
11.2 Code of Conduct
11.3 Factory Certification
11.4 Conclusion

12 Documentation and Reporting System
12.1 Importance of Documentation
12.2 List of Documents Maintained by Factories
12.3 Management Information System
12.4 Production-Related Reports and Record Maintenance
12.5 Key Performance Indicators for the Garment Factory
12.6 Conclusion

Annexure-1: Bill of material      
Annexure-2: Time and Action calendar      
Annexure-3: Purchase order      
Annexure-4: Process flow chart shirt manufacturing     
Annexure-5: Operation breakdown of a shirt      
Annexure-6: Garment cost sheet     
Annexure-7: Hourly production report      


Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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