The quality should not be "inspected into" a garment after it has been made instead, quality should always be "manufactured into" a garment at every step and checked repeatedly during production.
Inspection Process in the garment industry includes majorly 3 steps-:
This is done before production starts. In this stage, pieces are inspected during various stages of bulk production before the final assembly of the garment takes place. The quality of the garment, if inspected close to the manufacturing point, lowers the rework costs of quality by reducing the amount of rework required as the source of the problem is identified as early as possible.
Pre Production inspection aids in the identification of the workmanship insufficiencies and equipment malfunctioning. It should be conducted in every production section; spreading, cutting, ticketing, bundling, sewing, pressing and finishing.
The requirement to detect the error at the source gives strength to the need for inline inspection. After the initial inspection has identified the discrepancies, key manufacturing points are inspected for conformance to the specifications, like stitches per inch, seam allowance, stitch types, machine types and work aids usage methods, etc. the critical operations are identified for the style by the technical team and products on those operations are inspected.
End-line inspection refers to the manufacturer's installed inspection station at the end of the production line to inspect the final garments. In this stage, often a 100% inspection criterion is used.
In the end line inspection, the sample size can be determined based on the batch or the lot size, and the sample's acceptance criteria are based on the AQL level as needed by the buyer. The garments are inspected for their conformance to the size and appearance specifications, where the defects identified are stickered to make the rejected pieces identification easy on the floor.
The observations from this inspection are recorded into an End-Line Inspection report, and the production line supervisor is thus notified about the defects, who in turn, gets the rework done on those pieces. Once the defects are rectified, the pieces are re-inspected for quality.
How BlueKaktus helps in the Inspection Process?
● Cutting out Mistakes- Nothing adds to your time and costs like avoidable mistakes, especially when it comes to quality inspections. If a bad batch of products slips through, it can damage the reputation all around, which may hamper future business. BlueKaktus quality inspection software ensures that quality inspections are carried out in a well-structured manner, minimizing the chances of errors.
● Providing Statistics for Each Supplier- The traditional approach leaves much to be desired when it comes to gathering and viewing statistics, but BlueKaktus offers dashboards for defect analysis and quality analysis allowing you to review and track vendor/ QC's performances.
● Clearing out Paperwork- Another advantage of using BlueKaktus is that it removes the paperwork that clutters up offices and desktops. The data is stored on the cloud, accessible to all, avoiding duplication and corruption of files.
● Mobile Application - With the BlueKaktus Quality Mobile application, QCs can do their work from anywhere, allowing them to take pictures of defects using mobile and upload them in real-time.
● Real-Time Reporting- Not only does our software save time for the QCs but it also enables the buying house and the suppliers to review each activity with real-time data. This may result in quicker and more accurate decision making.
especially important when manufacturing garments, as manual production
processes often result in products that are more prone to human errors and
mistakes. These steps to garment inspection convey the essential basics of
quality control inspection for garments.