Sampling is the product development stage. It is a process by which a small number of garments are made so as to match the buyer requirement and to get approval from the buyer so as to start off the production. The sampled garments represent the accuracy of the patterns and quality of production skills and techniques. The samples not only serve the purpose of communicating correcty with the buyer regarding their styles and products, but it also helps to calculate the fabric consumption along with that thread and other accessories used.
This department makes samples on the basis of specifications and requirements sent by the buyer in the tech pack. Types of Samples: Proto Sample, Fit Sample, Pre Production Sample, Pre Size Set, Size Set, Salesman Sample, Shipment Sample
We are using the latest GERBER AccuMark Pattern Design System (PDS) a sophisticated computer-aided system for pattern design and editing beside of Design Cad program. Our CAD department is responsible for the following functions:Determining cutting average for costing, Making the most efficient cutting marker, Development and alterations of patterns, Development of size set pattern by grading, Positioning of embroidered and printed items, Digitizing the pattern.
Spreading: Spreading is the process of super-imposing plies of fabric on a horizontal table in a manner, which permits these plies to be cut simultaneously into product components acceptable for assembly. The spreading is done either manually or automatically by the spreading machine.
Cutting: The lay is cut with the help of electrically powered straight knife cutting machines. The machine is moved through the lay following the pattern lines of the marker progressively. Notches are also added. For smaller components like collars, ribs and etc that need high accuracy, band knife-cutting machine is used. It is a non-portable cutting device which cuts the fabric as it is passed across the blade
Jacquard, stripes and checks cannot be spread with the spreading machine due to requirements of matching so they are spread manually.
EMBROIDERY / PRINT DEPARTMENT:
The embroidery department which is located in another unit of us receives the cut part of the garment, style and the embroidery details in the form of the hard copy format. The design is scanned and digitized (punching) using the Embroidery CAD software and saved as the machines format. After loading the digitized design to the machine, a sample is done before going into production. After confirmation of the sample in terms of the positioning, thread colors, quality and backing materials, the bulk production starts. We work in 7 embroidery machines, 2 of them are with double sequin apparatus and 1 applique laser cutting system. After the embroidery is been done for the first set of the cut parts they are then sent to the trimming and the checking section of the embroidery department. After checking and finalizing the QC embroidered items are sent back for stitching. The similar process is also followed for our print department.
The sorted bundles of cut parts are send from the cutting department to production line where Sewing is done. Starting from the handling, it is most important and an initial step of the production. Unicatex has its own in-house stitching unit to maintain quality control during the processing beside the ones we have externally, too. There are what is called sewing stations for sewing different parts of the cut pieces. The sewn parts of the garment, such as sleeves or pant legs, are assembled together to give the final form to the clothing.