May '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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32 || P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 6 THREAD ... ACCORDING TO ED Each time the machine trims, changes colors, has a thread break, or is off for any reason, the average stitches per day will be affected. Factoring in setup and all other variables, a time for the job should be calculated, and then that block of time should be set aside for the job. If you are busy enough, then sooner or later you will run out of blocks of time to place on your schedule. Thread colors: As previously stated, changing thread colors takes time. An experienced operator can change a cone of thread quickly, but it still takes time. Most embroidery machines have slots for 15 colors of thread. It is good practice never to change a set of common colors. Leave the first 10 color slots with common threads and only change the last five. This will ultimately add to overall efficiency. Black, white, red, royal, yellow, navy, green, gold, tan, and orange are examples of 10 common colors. People: Having people to produce the goods is an important part of the process. Always have a "Plan B" in the event someone does not show up for work unexpectedly. A machine without an operator is not very efficient. Cross-training individuals is good practice for all positions within a small production environment. During a peak period or a schedule that is filled with critical dead- lines, it is a good idea to have an additional shift on standby. Hav- ing a crew to create a safety buffer allows for production to stay on course. If production stays at capacity on a long-term basis, consider bringing in additional equipment to help satisfy the demand. Even the best production plans run into emergency situations. However, with a well-thought-out production plan, the emergencies become the exception rather than the norm, and you can keep on time with production. Check out Sample Spotlights at Because there's always a story… Partnering To Help Your Business Grow To have your company or product featured, call Matt Wieber at 800.669.0424 x280

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