Inline Quality Inspection Process in Apparel Industry

Quality Inspection:
In the apparel industry different types of inspections are happened for improving garments quality. It helps to prevent defects in manufacturing process. Inspection is one of the main tools of quality assurance. During garments productions to ensure quality there are apply 4 types of inspection process. 

These are in below:
  1. In line inspection
  2. Table inspection
  3. Pre-final inspection
  4. Final or Pre shipment inspection
In-line Inspection:
In-line Quality Inspection means inspecting goods at the time of production, so that any defect occurring at this time may be located at the earliest stage or as is called at needle point and may be easily repaired. This process is done instead of checking at the end of the process. Thus repair becomes easy and cost remains lower. Thus garments defects rate remains at minimal.
Fig: Inline inspection in garments industry
Required Tools and Equipments for in-line Quality Inspection:
An in-line inspector is a person who conducts quality inspection while the work is in process or in progress. He identifies the defects at the needle points. The inspector must be a trained person and he must be equipped with the following tools, equipment’s and environment also.

Basic tools and equipment’s for in-line quality inspection in the apparel industry are listed in below:
  • A medium size table (Of greenish grey color) lit with tube lights having light quantity to the tune of 1000 lux.
  • Measurement tape.
  • Another measuring tape that fixed on the table; the tape should be metallic origin.
  • Good quality scissor.
  • Need arrow sticker for display the location of defects, etc.
Key Guidelines to In line Quality Inspection:
In order to successfully conduct quality inspection of garments some guidelines must be needed. For inspection purpose the inspector should pursue the following guidelines:
  1. Quality Inspector must have a worksheet along with size-spec and special buyer instruction, if there is any.
  2. For each style there should be an approved sample in close proximity to the inspector.
First pre-production and production samples must be closely monitored and inspected to check the following-
  • Check size-spec rigorously.
  • Check sewing and non-sewing defects.
  • Check if there is any oil marks, stain marks or shading.
  • Check if there are defects due to machine, needle, thread, or feed mechanism, etc.
  • Check if right color & type of thread, button, zipper, lining, shell, label, logo, etc. have been used.
  • Check if buyer’s special instruments have been followed or not.
  • Check location of major defects & identify why they originated.
  • Ensure that machines, tables, and operators hands are clean.
  • Ensure that right type of needle, feed-mechanisms, etc. are in use.
  • Always follow worksheet, buyer’s instructions, size-spec, and assortment.
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