November '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 2 P R I N T W E A R N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 2 2 P R I N T W E A R N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 provide the simplest method for achieving even pressure and proper alignment on the pantograph as compared to using conventional hoops, and may even allow you to easily place and stitch multiple pieces in a single hooping/setup. WORKFLOW Informational flow: The way information is stored and transmitted can make a significant difference in how quickly an order is completed. Regardless of the system you employ, you have to ensure access and remove 'regressions' in the flow of information. Ideally, each department and worker has access to all information necessary to complete their tasks as goods for decoration arrive at their stage of production. Ensure that every department aims to deliver their own output and information as a finished package to the next depart- ment in the production process, leaving no unanswered questions. Each job that arrives in your embroidery department should either be pre-packaged with all information, design files, dates, and deliverables, or have an identifier pointing staff to a place where those crucial bits of information are stored in an easily accessible system. Though they are rarely eliminated, the aim is to limit regressions. These are times when the flow moves backward, requiring a department to stall production while obtaining information, files, or materi- als from a department earlier in the production chain. For example, if your art/digitizing department is tasked with providing files, color sequences, and placement specs to the embroidery department, you don't want to see embroidery department staff running down the digitizer for a missing file or specifica- tion, and you definitely don't want staff- ers regularly calling customers to clarify information that should have been locked down by sales in the quoting/ordering process. Investing in systems that aid this process, like customer relationship and job management software, can help eliminate loops and slowdowns by making it simpler to enter information. These systems help clarify what information is required to proceed with a given job; as well as allow for centralized storage of customer, job, and design information, easy remote ac- cess, and provide tracking speeds of both customer interactions and repeat orders. PHYSICAL FLOW As simple as it may seem, correcting the literal layout of the shop floor can im- EMBROIDERY Erich's Embellishments The design on the left has thousands more stitches and six more color changes than the design on the right. The more production-minded file re- sults in a time savings equal to four additional production runs in an eight hour day. Digitizers with an operator mindset can make a major difference to your productivity over time. Whether you use a local server system or a cloud-based solution, centrally ac- cessible order management systems make it easy for everyone in the produc- tion process to enter, update, and retrieve information at need.

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