Optimizing EfficiencyEfficiency is the backbone of any manufacturing process. As margins tighten, each point of efficiency you can achieve controls the impact of your bottom line. A narrow margin of efficiency separates the plants that thrive, and those that go out of business. Automation, process improvement, and workforce training are the key tools to pushing these numbers up, but each of these runs directly into the availability of mechanics. No automation delivers value if the machine doesn’t run, the most efficient process still needs working machines, and the most skilled operator still needs working tools.
Improving QualityQuality control is a non-negotiable aspect of textile manufacturing. Inconsistent stitches or other machine-related defects can result in subpar products. Once again, a rigorous quality program and investment in operator training can make the difference between you and your competition. Again, mechanics are necessary to maintain this. Countless machines with poor timing, awkward feeding positions, or improperly configured machines inject quality errors into the finished products, costing time and money to replace, repair, or answer unsatisfied customers.
Safety and ComplianceThe safety of the workforce is a top priority in any manufacturing facility. A well-maintained machine is less likely to pose safety hazards. In an era where finding and retaining a workforce is harder than ever before, unsafe conditions will ruin talent pools, skyrocketing insurance costs, and bury plants in lawsuits.
Adapting to TechnologyAs technology continues to advance, sewing machines are becoming more sophisticated. Mechanics must stay up-to-date with the latest innovations. Training ensures that mechanics can handle modern machines, including computerized systems and automation, allowing manufacturers to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving industry. Automation is widely trumpeted as the Panacea to the soft goods industries ills, yet it magnifies the shortage that is already the most crippling in the industry. Automated sewing equipment requires MORE knowledge and skill from mechanics than ever before. Not only mechanical skills, but the next generation must add programming, data management, AI tools, and much more to their skill sets.