Five Steps to Improved Manufacturing Quality
Good managers seek to contain costs in the manufacturing environment. There is no better cost to eliminate than the cost of poor quality. Scrap material and lost labor hours add no value to the operation.
- Use a Team Mindset
Quality won’t be sustainably improved by individuals. To really make lasting and meaningful change in manufacturing processes, it will take a team based approach.
- Define Quality from the Customer Perspective
Too often, staff within a manufacturing environment want to make a product “better” but don’t really know what better means. With additional cost, we almost always can make a product better.
- Develop Organizational Understanding of the Cost of Quality
The cost to fix a defect in the field once it reaches a customer is dramatically higher than the cost to fix the source of the problem before it is created. It is essential that the manufacturing staff be trained to understand the cost multipliers involved with warranty repair or replacement and cost of damaged reputation. Once the staff take this perspective, a desire to find root cause for problem solving is inherently developed.
- Solve Problems Completely
All too often, manufacturing quality improvements fix the symptoms of failure rather than the root cause. This can be done by adding quality inspection steps or rework stations that make it more efficient to fix defects.
- Employ Strong Process Discipline
Throughout the quality improvement process, it is essential that strong process discipline is employed. Depending on the product that is being manufactured, deviation without proper team cooperation and anticipation of the change could have dire quality repercussions.
In order to best eliminate these wastes, a strategic approach to quality improvement is essential. By following these five steps, quality can be improved in a meaningful, sustainable way commentedSalomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.
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Vintage Jeans Trend for 2016
You may have already seen how the vintage jeans take more popularity each day, becoming one of the most seen trends on the fashion parades and celebrities who love the 90’s look.
“The vintage jeans seem to become an important option for denim lovers who are always trying to get new styles, and they do not necessarily look for new designs, but they also like old fashion styles and adjust them to the present”, was the opinion of Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of a jeans manufacturer in Mexico named Grupo Denim.
Some of the most important brands of jeans have noticed this tendency to wear vintage jeans and have asked their designers to make more of these styles so they can put them into sale, as the trend is increasing crazily.
Some people did not fancy with vintage jeans years ago, and they are surprisingly changing their mind at the present, looking how this trend is more popular than ever, so they are looking for those jeans at the stores, trying to buy old but new designs.
Some designers are trying to make small but significant changes to the vintage jeans to make them more feminine and give them that modern fit look but keeping the vintage appearance and creating the perfect combination between old and new styles.
To go with this wonderful jeans trend, try to wear your vintage jeans with leather jackets and heels, I am sure you and the rest will love this style, you can also wear them with baggy sweaters, remember, these jeans are intended to have a similar style from the 90’s, so you can take ideas from the clothes and how they were worn on that decade.
“You can see more and more people wearing vintage jeans every day, as this is a great option for those persons who love to go with the actual fashion”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.
Future robots already in our present, will they take over?
During the past years we have being advised that at some point in or lives, robots or computers will take our jobs. Intelligent robots seemed to be a future thing but it is a fact now that machines have been taking control by replacing human hand work and those future robots are already in our present and they are becoming a trend.
Soon, a taxi won’t need a taxi driver, it will be autonomous, newspaper business won’t need journalist because there will be news filling software, there will be surgical robots so doctors will no longer be needed.
Talking about the textile industry we might think that designers could not be replaced by any robot because they are so creative and sensitive, skills and feelings that only a human being could have; but, artificial intelligence is also showing progress and there will be a time where computers might prove to be even more original than humans so designers will need to fit in that new era or they will need to change their profession.
Although it is hard to think that a computer could replace the feeling and hard work that a designers puts on every project, but they need to start thinking where they could fit in the textile industry when computers will take over.
Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, thinks that we cannot deny that sooner or later information age will be ruling the textile industry but that does not necessary means that the apparel business will no longer continue, it just will need to be adjusted as needed. “My legacy is to keep on supporting hand work as much as possible in order to keep our employees instead of purchasing machines. I know computers are a fact but we need to find a way to adapt our business to the new era and keep our workers at the same time”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.
White biotechnology in textile processing
The development of oil based polymers began with the advent of organic chemistry in the first half of the twentieth century, and since then there was no looking back. Synthetic and petroleum products are used in dyes, fibres, and even fabrics. But the increasing environmental laws against these products and growing landfill of non-biodegradable products are leading developments in technology that are in favour of protecting and conserving nature.
White biotechnology can help achieve sustainability and protect the environment. One area in which industrial biotechnology can aid in developing environment friendly applications in the textile industry is wet processing. Enzymes are being used to provide solutions in dyeing processes since ages. The method of removing stains from woven fabrics using enzymatic starch is a well-known example of the use of white biotechnology in textile wet processing. In the 1950s microbe amylases were used for desizing processes for the first time, which are now commonly used in many textile industries.
Cellulases have replaced the otherwise pumice stone using technique of stonewashing in denims. Another important application of enzymes in textile processing is in producing anti-pilling finish, which is believed to increase the quality of the fabric. Cellulases are used in processing machines leading to synergizing action which in turn reduces fibrils and give a smooth surface. This technique is also popularly known as bio-polishing and is employed in woven and knitted fabrics all around the globe.
The president of Grupo Denim Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal commented “Producers and end consumers in today’s world are aware of the harmful effects on ecology of the planet and recognize that petroleum and synthetic products are not inexhaustible. This necessity drove the invention of biotechnology, which incorporates replacing chemical process to biological ones. Industrial technology or white technology uses living organisms, organic substances, and chemical components of the organisms like enzymes in the production process”.