The importance of a production schedule
Production isn’t always a smooth and seamless process. Just because your manufacturing contract defines terms and sets a delivery date doesn’t mean that everything will go according to plan. A garment production schedule allows designers more insight into what’s going on at any given time during the production process, allowing them to spot any problem areas that might cause delays. A production schedule also allows for both customer and manufacturer to perform their respective tasks concurrently, which can greatly reduce the total production time for the order.
What should your manufacturing production schedule contain?
Every task required to be performed by each department (sampling, cutting room, quality control, etc.) in order for them to complete their portion of the run should be represented in your production schedule, and it should be noted whether any other task in any other department is dependent on its completion. For example, the cut order planners are responsible for examining the order to determine the volume, size rations and sectioning procedures before passing it through for the marker making, the next step in the garment manufacturing process.
In addition to assigning each task to the responsible staff member in each department, the production schedule should include start and project completion dates for each task. By mapping out all the tasks across each department, you can spot bottlenecks and conflicts and begin to build efficiencies into your garment manufacturing operation.
OK, that all sounds very tedious. What help is there?
Most designers bringing their fashion products to market will never need to develop a garment manufacturing production schedule themselves. However, it makes good business sense to ask your manufacturing partner if they use one, and if you can see a sample from an earlier run. Become at least minimally familiar with the various tasks performed by each department. Once the production schedule is in place and the run has begun, check periodically to make sure everything is going according to plan and is up to your standards.
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