Showing posts from February, 2019

WRAP Certification Process and WRAP Standards

This is a guest submission by Dr. Charm.

I participated in the Magic fashion show, the largest apparel trade show in the world, in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 2019. During the show, I had the opportunity to visit the WRAP stall and have a constructive discussion with their representatives about the certification process and its importance to the industry. Ms. Darlene Ugwa, Manager of Education & Business Development, and Mr. Clay Hickson, Senior Director of Strategy, explained the history of WRAP and its outlook for the industry.

WRAP, an acronym for Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, is the world’s largest independent factory-based social compliance certification program for the sewn products sector. Its headquarters is based at 2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 601, Arlington, Virginia, which is five miles from Washington DC, the capital of the United States.
WRAP is a must-have certification for many apparel manufacturers if they want to export to buyers and retailers in…

Classification of Fabric Defects

In the weaving and knitting mills and in the apparel manufacturing, we need to deal with fabrics. Though the fabric manufacturers try to make the fabric fault free, somehow different kind of unwanted flaws is found in the fabrics. There are many types of fabric defects. In this post, our guest author Dipanwita Roy done extensive research on understanding various kind of fabric defects and classification of such defects.

Fabric defects A fabric defect corresponds to a flaw on the manufactured fabric surface. There are numerous fabric defects, and most of them are caused by machine or process malfunctions. Apart from this, defects are caused by faulty yarns or machine spoils. Each factor has different effects and greatly reduces the sale and serviceability of the textiles.

Defects Classification Defects are broadly classified as minor, major, and critical defects. Minor defects include small faults which have no influence on the purchase of the product. Major defects are those which wh…

NIFT Admission - GD and PI Process and Guides

The dates are fast approaching for the completion of the admission process in National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) for 2019 batch. My previous article was specific for postgraduate students applying for a master’s degree in NIFT but then I thought why not do something which might benefit an even bigger audience. In this article, I will take you through the screening process done by NIFT after the written exam.
From the 2019 college prospectus, I’ve seen that the dates of Group Discussion/ Personal Interview have been shifted to the month of April. The process of GD &PI starts with assigning dates to the students and the student must be present on that day only. The location for this will be the Indian Social Institute, Delhi. The students are called in batches for a course and each batch is assigned a different time period for that day. On closing of gates, attendance would be taken, groups would be formed according to the roll number and then forwarded off to group dis…

Struggling with Your ERP System? You Need an MES

In the age of real-time technology, MES, IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI), there are many technology solutions for the apparel manufacturers. ERP is one such most common tool manufacturers can’t avoid this. Manufacturing companies invest in ERPs in the hope that it would help them integrate all business processes into a single system. The expectation is to streamline all processes by deploying an integrated system so that all business goals are achieved efficiently. However, the reality of ERP is very different. 

Most of the ERP users experience one of the following difficulties.

Post-mortems instead of Real Time Actions Normally, ERP systems are not designed to be “real-time” applications. They will not be able to grasp the fast and dynamic actions within the shop floor as their intended purpose is to store and share information as opposed to providing statistics on the current situation within the factory.

System Doesn’t Grow with the Business As the business starts growing the …

M. FTech Course @ NIFT - an Introduction for Newcomers

The NIFT admission 2019 counselling dates are fast approaching. Soon the final decision of “whether to go for having a Master in fashion technology (M. FTech) or continue what I am perusing” need to be made by you. This question also raises with it a lot of questions regarding the pros and cons in perusing with this career choice.

Currently perusing masters from NIFT, New Delhi, I myself faced a lot of questions during the admission and later during subject generalization so in this article I am going to share the various subjects that the M. FTech program is going to put through the 2 years of college.
Since the admission criteria allow all postgraduate students from engineering background for this master’s program which include students from Textiles, Computer Science, Mechanical, Electrical etc., students have to be made comfortable with the change in their stream. And the syllabus has been designed keeping that in mind only.
The first semester is like the introduction to this pro…

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