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APRIL 2015
 
EVENTS FLASH
As high sentiments for both domestic and export markets marked the prelude to the Garment Technology Expo – 2015, the fair saw visitation from a wide spectrum of the industry ranging in scale, geographical location and product categories. The exhibitors complemented the industry’s requirement with an equally diverse display of options for technology. New launches, upgrades, bestsellers… the fair featured it all. StitchWorld brings to you a hawk-eye review of the same.
 

USA: FineLine Technologies launches ‘As You Like It’, the new RFID labels
USA: Datacolor introduces MATCH TEXTILE 2.0 colour match software
UK: James Heal launches TruBurst’s upgraded version
India: Awareness Seminar on ‘Lean Manufacturing’ by ATDC Bangalore
India: Ikea to invest Rs. 600 crore in Maharashtra
UK: Tesco saves US $ 3.21 million with Lectra’s Modaris
USA: BOSSG Group chooses Gerber’s Paragon cutting systems
India: CII envisages Government-industry connect platform
USA: Levi’s saves 1 billion litres of water; releases environmental impact study
USA: Tukatech’s TUKAcad adopted by MIT’s Open Style Lab
India: Telangana to set up an exclusive market for greige and dyed fabric
Germany:MADEIRA 2015 Texprocess exhibit to go ‘Beyond Threads’
India: Singaar Global, Jaipur to start new factory soon
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Industrial Engineering in Apparel Manufacturing – VIII
Layout Planning

The key aim of every layout is to maximize utilization of available space in order to optimize the material flow, maintaining visibility or ease of supervision. The other benefits of a good layout may be improving on other productivity factors such as manpower, machine and lesser defects. Different production setups have different arrangements of resources depending on a number of factors such as product, process, and space availability, and of course mindset of the management. We observe a number of variations in the machine layouts having its own pros and cons. And we always starve for better layouts aiming for maximizing unidirectional material movement optimum handling and storage of cut parts, half-finished parts and complete garment for easy retrieval.

Remaining competitive is perhaps the biggest challenge for the industry today… more so as the uncertainties that impact global trade is aplenty and not all of them are in the control of the manufacturer. Among the ‘un-controllable’ factors that affect business is ‘currency fluctuation’. While the rupee has remained largely stable against the dollar in recent times, other currencies have weakened sharply, making such countries more competitive. But these and similar such situations will continue to impact the exports from time to time. What manufacturers can do is rework their internal systems and rely on technology to improve productivity, worker’s efficiency and bring down cost of production so as to offer more competitive prices.
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Different stitch types are required to join different types of fabrics in different circumstances and for different end use. For example, single needle lockstitch is used for joining two plies of woven fabric resulting in limited or no stretchability along seam and on the other hand, single needle chainstitch is used for joining two plies of knitted fabric resulting in stretch along seam. Similarly, three-needle flatlock or bottom coverstitch is used for hemming of knitwear and five or six thread top and bottom coverstitch are used for butt or overlap joining of thick knitwear for avoiding bulk. These different stitch types were developed over half a century ago and virtually no new stitch types were developed during the last half a century. ‘ActiveSeam’ from Merrow Sewing Machine, USA heralded a new beginning of R&D and infused a new hope for the sewing machine manufacturers, a StitchWorld exclusive on this revolutionary seam.

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