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Value Stream Mapping and WIP reduction – A potent tool for ‘operational excellence’ in apparel industry

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Stitch World February, 2016

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Global macro-economic indicators, competition and cost pressures are compelling organizations to focus on “Operational Excellence”. Successful manufacturers excel in operations through the use of principles like Value Stream Mapping and other tools under the aegis of Toyota Production System, which advocate waste elimination from manufacturing processes, resulting in enhanced efficiency and quality. Current scenario at apparel manufacturing shopfloor Apparel manufacturing involves raw material (fabric) cutting, sewing, finishing and finished goods storage. If we summarize typical issues that surface in the factories today, the list would be something like this: • Piles of pieces waiting to be reworked. • Lot of delays due to larger lots. • No standard WIP (Work in Progress) maintained on…

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