Planning is the term widely used for its immense importance in day-to-day life. It comes with strategy, mission, scheduling & routing. Though it seems like planning & scheduling is the same stuff, but in real practice, it is not. Planning is a summary view of a set of activities in which proper objective, mission, routing path & scheduling included. From planning, we can find alternative paths & solutions. Scheduling is a part of planning with proper time & action plan of selective activities.
Planning is an important factor in the garments and Leather industry. Garments & Leather manufacturers take orders based on production planning. Proper planning can execute the right time delivery (shipment) of export, that’s why planning is a department in the manufacturing industry and getting high value to middle and top management. Among cutting, sewing, washing and finishing departments.
Cutting is not all about capacity, efficiency and working hours. Cutting starts as per the planning sequence if the production preparation process has already completed. Cutting delay for some quality issues of fabrics. Based on shade grading, shrinkage, there has a cutting plan.
Sewing plan depends on per hour production capacity, working hour, efficiency, order quantity, machine types and product difficulties. The first day is to set Line layout, 2nd day you will get output but production will be less than average.
For a lot of 5000 pcs, Your sewing 1st-day production 300, 2nd Day 700, 3rd day 1000, 3rd Day 1150, 4th day 1150, 5th day, 6th day the rest 700 and layout of next lot. So, your average production per day 833.
When it is coming to the wash process, generally a minimum of 3 days keep after the sewing completion date for the washing plant. In the garments industry, everything never going to happen as per planning. Sewing may take two days more than the planned date. So, pressure going to hit on Washing and Finishing. A production planner has to follow up washing backlog with Washing factories; what goods urgent, what washing delay is allowable. If garments manufacturer does not have own washing plant, they have to give subcontract in another factory. In this case communication with a washing plan, washing follows up is very much necessary for a production planner.
The finishing process is very complex of fancy style. Casual styles are comparatively easier than fancy style. Based on the buyer product quality standard and the number of the finishing process, finishing the production plan can be done. If you have many lots in hand in finishing, you have to check which delivery is tight. Finishing is done on priority base and Shipment date status.
Final quality inspection is done when goods packing already completed. If a final inspection fails and the buyer asks to recheck the whole quantity of goods, you will fall in trouble if you do not have time in hand to ship the goods. So, it's really necessary to keep one week in advance when you do production planning.