Reduce Standard Time (SAM) of a Garment Style

You already know what the standard time is.

You might be also knowing how the standard time of a garment style is calculated using PMTS data or through time study method. You have standard time for all the products and styles you are making in your factory.

Now the question is how to reduce Standard Time (SAM) of a Garment Style?

I don't need to mention the importance of reducing the standard time of your styles for a garment factory. After the reduction of the existing garment SAM, you will get a new standard time for the same product. The reduced standard time will result in reduced direct labour cost and increased labour productivity.

I am considering that you are already using sewing machines attachments, folders and guides and you have using the correct standard time. Even after that, there are two ways of reducing the standard time of a garment.

1. By using an automated sewing machine. 
Install an automated sewing machine (where applicable and automation available). Check a few examples in this video.

2. Through Method improvement
Standard Time is measured combining motion times (TMU) of all motions in an operation cycle and allowances. If you can eliminate some motions from the operation cycle, the standard time of the operation will reduce. 

If you can reduce the standard time for some of the operations of a style, standard time of the garment will decrease.

Standard time  reduction

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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