The final goal of any production and manufacturing process is to have a high quality, reliable product as a finished result. If the quality of the provided outcome does not comply with the expectations and the needs of the consumers and does not meet international standards, then the production might as well have been a waste of time and resources. Does this sound too harsh? Well, it is indeed important to make sure you as a manufacturer provide a high-quality product. This is relevant and applicable in every sphere of the economy, but the Industry of Textile production just cannot live without it. For this purpose, a few steps are usually always taken to accomplish. Those are techniques like Quality Assurance and Quality Control of the production process. And there are two main ways to conduct the quality control and assurance of the manufacturing. Let’s find out a little more about each of them.
As mentioned above, there are two methods to perform a quality control and assurance. Those are:
Both approaches are crucial for Textile Industry, so let’s understand them a bit better.
The Testing method is a very commonly used way of making sure the production process is following all the necessary standards, that the materials in garment production are good quality and that they are being handled accordingly. It is also important to test the machinery for working to their maximum capacities and for not damaging the fabric and other materials itself.
Different types of testings are being done regularly to monitor the process and the outcome of the manufacturing. Those testings vary between chemical and physical ones. Physical testings include the checking of buttons, dimensional stability of the fabric and so on. Chemical testings are related to audits of color fastness to washing, heat, lighting and other conditions. And overall, all of them have one purpose of assuring a quality product at the end.
Testings can be conducted either in the laboratory of the producing factory itself or in other testing laboratories that are specialized in the quality control and assurance of the garment production. Usually, a third party conducted testing is preferable due to the better concentration and unbiased monitoring process. It is also important to trust the quality assurance testing procedure to specialized professionals to ensure the maximum quality and efficiency, by testing all materials and machinery used during manufacturing.
Such testings are conducted to provide high quality, which is crucial to maintaining your reputation and position in the market of garment production. Thus, they need to be implemented with set international standards to be met and provide products made of good quality raw materials that will make them durable and worthy.
However, in line with their advantages, quality assurance and control testings can also be a little bit on a pricier side with their equipment.
Here is where we step up to the second method, the Inspection procedures. The inspection process entails the examination of the manufacturing procedure to respond to international standards. The result of inspections is detecting and identifying defects, fixing them, as well as correcting flaws on initially defective garments. The main steps of quality inspection include:
- Performing the inspection
- Detecting and finding the defects
- Informing about the defects to the proper staff members
- Understanding the cause of defects
- Fixing them
The inspection process spreads to a few stages: inspection of the raw materials (fabric and accessories), inspection during the process of manufacturing, and the final product inspection.
So basically, inspection procedure includes all stages of the garment production starting from raw materials and components, followed by the actual manufacturing and monitoring of the work, and ending the process with the inspection and examination of the finished product.
The inspection process requires careful attention to detail as sometimes defects can be left unnoticed even after the quality control and assurance systems. That is why during inspections it is required to check on the compliance with standards and examine as little of possible issues as the length of threads, stitches, and so on.
Quality is the priority. Sounds good, doesn’t it? The industry of garment production needs to ensure high quality of finished products, that will respond to international standards, be durable, and most importantly meet the needs of the consumers to their maximum extent. No one needs poor quality apparel. That is why these two methods of assuring good quality are required to be conducted. They will not only prevent the possibilities of unwanted results to occur, but they will also improve your production’s status in the market, which is always a plus for any industry.