Fabric Warehouse is where the production process begins. It is where fabrics are stored, inspected, verified, labeled and packed. Fabric inspection is carried out to detect defects as early as possible in the manufacturing process so that time and money are not wasted later on in either correcting the defect or writing off defective garments.
Harindotama utilises the 4-point system, a system certified by the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) as well as the American Apparel Manufacturers (AAMA). Fabric shrinkage tests are also performed beforehand to determine how the fabric shrinks when put through the process of washing, drying and pressing. This test is important because shrinkages can potentially distort a garment’s shape.
For pattern making and grading, Harindotama employs state-of-the-art 2D and 3D softwares and CAD systems designed by AGMS, Lectra and Optitex. These softwares allow the user to make decisions by visualizing how alterations in style, fit, design features, and fabric type, will affect the final sewn product - without partaking in a costly physical sampling process.
Pattern grading is the process of shrinking or enlarging a finished pattern to accommodate it to people of different sizes. Grading rules determine how patterns increase or decrease to create different sizes.
Harindotama is integrated with the renowned Gerber’s apparel auto cutting machines and Yin auto cutting to deliver best-in-class cutting speed and precision.
Kawakami’s automated cloth spreading systems are equipped with advanced spreading mechanism that ensures that fabric delivery is smooth and has no tension.
Quick, accurate and self-adjusting cutting automation allow operators to cut faster and more efficiently.
Better productivity and workflow increase our output of cut parts. Workflow issues that were once difficult and time consuming to analyze can now be easily overcome.
Hartindotama exploits INA advanced hanger system to increase production efficiency and improvement of management of stocks. The hanger system is also used to avoid dirty and disorderly production workplace phenomena. The hanger system is most helpful in transporting cut panels and accessories during production process.
Jack automatic placket machines are also used to sew a variety of T-shirt V- shaped plackets. They are also suitable for the sewing of ornamental T-shirt fronts.
In addition, Pegasus flat seamers are integrated in the production process to produce uniform stitches on difficult-to-sew fabrics. Lastly, heat transfer machines are also available to transfer complex images on wide ranges of garment.
Ultimately, there is the end-of-line quality control inspection where inspectors are trained and accustomed to look out for unacceptable product defects such as spots or surface blemishes.
Ironing, the first process in the finishing stage, aims to remove wrinkles from fabric. The heating is commonly done to a temperature of 180–220 °Celsius, depending on the fabric. The fibers are straightened by the weight of the iron, and they hold their new shape as they cool.
Finishing quality control, the second process, includes product inspection, where every product is scrutinized visually for fine details. Here, entities review the quality of all factors involved in production process.
Lastly, the clothes are folded neatly and tagged with brand tags and informative labeling.
At the final stage, the end-products are scanned, using Garment Needle Detector Machines, to detect sharp and dangerous metallic foreign objects such as needles, hooks, ferrous fragments. This ensures that all products are safe and free from metal contaminants.
Finally, the goods are then inserted into plastic packaging, ready to be packaged for logistics. At this stage, the final products are packed, protected and enclosed for storage and distribution. The packing process also serves to prepare the goods for protecting, preserving, informing, transportation, and end use.
The final enclosed products are then ready for domestic and international shipment.
INDEPENDENT THIRD-PARTY INSPECTION
The professionalism and objectivity of the internal quality control division can be doubted in the long run when reporting on the performance of colleagues. This is why Harindotama asks for an independent quality control team to be the final frontier quality controllers to uncover defects before the products are declared fit for packaging. Harindotama gives its full support to these third-parties by providing them the appropriate and necessary equipment and facilities. These independent inspectors also intend to detect dangerous metallic foreign objects to free the goods from metal contaminants.
INKJET TEXTILE PRINTING
Harindotama incorporated Konika Minolta inkjet textile printer- Nassenger Pro 60 & 120 into its array of production tools. The inkjet printer enables extended continuous long-run overnight production with stability and contribute to labor saving. Furthermore, the high-performance multi-nozzle printheads of the printer further enhance the fidelity and vibrancy of color reproduction.
6-head to 12-head “Tajima” Embroidery machines are also used to stitch large and bulky pieces of garments consistently and quickly. These machines are designed to sew intense, finely-detailed designs on a wide range of garments.