Fabric inspection systems for the apparel industry


Fabric quality conformance plays an important part in the garment value chain. If the garment maker is unaware of defects in fabric and begins manufacturing, the cost is not just the ‘seconds’ garments produced.

Real costs include the delay in shipping the full amount of first quality garments to their customer, re-equipping sewing lines and the additional labour – not to mention the cost of settling supplier disputes and resupply shipping costs.

It is not viable for garment makers to inspect 100% of the fabric they buy, so they rely on the information provided by their suppliers. In an ideal world, there would only be one reliable, accurate and consistent inspection process that all parties can rely on.

If the fabric supplier quality information is accurate, good and timely decisions can be made if there are issues. However, if the supplier information is also prompt, ie in advance of shipping the fabric, even better decisions can be made, not just to ensure quick resupply, but could also assist in improved yield from what previously may have been viewed as unusable fabric and possibly avoiding resupply.

If a reliable and accurate defect maps could be consistently be provided to the garment maker, lay plans could be adjusted to use fabric with defects, using technology to avoid the defects in the cutting process rather than claims, counterclaims and the cost of resupply.

Automated inspection systems can be used to inspect the fabric and create an electronic file of the total fabric width and length, with defect data and colour variation information.

Shelton’s fabric inspection systems employ advanced algorithms and techniques to detect and identify fabric faults based on your businesses unique specifications.

Our systems also have the ability to store not only defect maps but complete video of the total surface area that enables any dispute to be easily and fairly settled well in advance of the need to use the fabric.

Machine vision technology is becoming increasingly common across a range of industries, such as pharmaceutical companies and the automotive industry where traceability is key. Not only do companies need quality inspection systems to comply with ever higher standards, they also need to be ahead of their competitors.

Link: https://www.sheltonvision.co.uk/news/fabric-inspection-systems-apparel-industry/

Only one in eight Bangladesh garment factories passed international safety inspection - industry head

BANGLADESH-Only one in eight Bangladesh garment factories passed international safety inspection – industry head


DHAKA – Only 200 out of 1,600 garment factories in Bangladesh have met the requirements of an international accord on worker safety, and 400 factories have been barred from taking international orders, the industry body’s president said on Sunday.

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was set up by European fashion brands to improve factory safety in Bangladesh after as garment factory complex collapsed in 2013 killing more than 1,100 people.

The five-year pact was originally due to expire in May 2018 but the transition period has been extended. The pact’s factory oversight team will then hand over to a government body set up for that purpose.

Rubana Huq, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), accused the accord’s members of unilaterally imposing new requirements which were hurting the sector. She said she had met with their inspectors on Saturday to urge them to consult with manufacturers on their decisions.

“We had an agreement with Accord in May this year that it will not take any decision unilaterally but that has not been honoured,” she said.

“Since the formation of Accord, we implemented lot of remediation as per its requirements that involved huge investment. Now, in the name of final checks, the Accord is asking for several remediations.”

Huq also said that of the 1,600 factories inspected by the team between 2014 and 2019, only 200 had been awarded completion certificates.

At least 400 factories which inspectors found were to slow to comply with the new safety rules were as a consequence no longer allowed to accept orders from the Western brands that are members of the accord, she said.

The Bangladesh garment industry is the second largest export earning country after China and the sector represents about 16% of the economy and employs over 4 million workers.

In June, garment manufacturers demanded higher export subsidies from the government, saying proposals in the latest national budget, unveiled last week, were not enough to compensate for higher production costs and low prices.

Link: https://retail.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/apparel-fashion/apparel/only-one-in-eight-bangladesh-garment-factories-passed-international-safety-inspection-industry-head/70529280

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U.S. apparel company cuts ties with Chinese factory over internment camp suspicions

“China is facing intensifying international pressure over the camps, which have been widely called a human rights abuse.”

[The Hill]

Pakistan textile industry likely to get higher import orders from U.S.

“‘Owing to trade tensions between the US and China, Pakistan’s textile industry is receiving a large number of import queries from the US,’ an official of the textile industry disclosed. Already, the duties on the import of cotton – a major input for the textile industry – have been withdrawn by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in order to reduce the cost of industrial inputs.”

[Express Tribune]

Maersk to begin random container inspections over safety fears

“‘We have recently implemented a Physical Container Inspection Pilot within North America. We are currently performing inspections for import and export cargo into the ports of Newark Berth 88, Houston Bayport, Miami Pomtoc and New Orleans Ceres terminals,’ it explained. ‘The checks will be undertaken by the National Cargo Bureau and initially paid for by Maersk, and the containers will be selected at random.”

[The Loadstar]

USDA temporarily closes Miami import center to new horse arrivals

“The import center has approximately 95 individual horse stalls available for quarantine purposes. In addition to horse facilities, the import center also has a separate quarantine area for birds. APHIS veterinarians are monitoring all birds under quarantine and have not seen any signs of illness. The avian facility will remain open, and intake of new birds will continue as scheduled, APHIS said.”


Link: https://www.strtrade.com/news-publications-apparel-textile-forced-labor-container-inspection-012119.html