An Unconventional Sewing Workstation - Designed to Improve Material Handling in a Garment Unit

It is often said - "necessity is the mother of innovation".

Why should we allow the beautiful garments to touch the floor tiles and drag garment parts while operators make them on the production shop floor? Can we design a better working space for the operator to avoid such kind flaws in the production system?

Yes, you can. The answer is shared here.

A non-traditional sewing workstation and production floor layout. See the sewing workstation in the below image.

Sewing workstation with unit production system
Image: Sewing line | non-traditional sewing workstation | unit production system

It is not my idea. I found it on the internet and sharing an image of the sewing floor that have a non-traditional sewing workstations. Operator's chairs (stools) are placed on the raised platforms. Yes, here this factory is using overhead rails for material transportations (unit production hanger system) and using moving hangers to carry the garment parts.

Safe work place. Lot of open spaces.

A higher vertical space between a sewing machine table is required to handle such big size garments and garment parts (shown in the video). That may inspire to develop such workstation.

I have seen a few garment factories using overhead transportation system for various garment products even with a bigger panels (like trousers and suits). As the height of the chain low when the chain reaches to an operator’s workstation and the long garment components touches the floor. In such cases, the said raised platform for sewing operator is a good solution.

I found this type of sewing workstation in a YouTube video shared by Yunus Textiles based in Karachi, Pakistan. You can watch the video of the production floor using below YouTube link.

I would say nice idea. Credit goes the Yunus Textile Mills Limited.

I would like to say thanks to the Yunus team for sharing their production floor video on YouTube.

I hope you find this post helpful for a new idea. If not, you can give a thought.

Design your workstation as per product and workflow. This said design is not applicable for all products and not required for all type of apparel product manufacturing.

Related post:
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  2. An unconventional sewing line layout

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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