ISO 9000 & AUDITS WORLD CONFERENCE ABSTRACT
Implementing QMS in Denim Apparel Industry
Traditional bulk apparel manufacturing focuses on the number of garments produced and tries to minimize defects and re-work. The management system demands traceability of WIP as well as rejects. This leads to managers trying to fudge numbers to avoid the perception that they are not in control of the goods. An organization without implementation of QMS usually faces the issue of missing products during and after the production process is finished. Lack of technology to monitor goods in bulk also leads to inaccurate reporting. Low literacy environments especially face this issue, where organizational structure and proper job descriptions are not created or implemented. Such organizations rely on individual skill and most often prefer multi-functional employees that can perform 2-3 job functions. This can be useful in a small industry but in bulk manufacturing environment this leads to over worked employees who fail to focus on their core responsibilities.
This presentation will discuss the issues faced and their potential solutions when implementing QMS. The biggest hurdle is to get all the key stakeholders to take ownership because without it nothing can be implemented on the production floor.
Department of Commerce
Environmental Protection Agency
Schindler Elevator Corporation