PROC 5820 Tours C and D Essay
1. Identify key production planning considerations (which, when and how much of each to produce, methods of dealing with short/long term changes in capacity demand).
Planning at Jos A. Banks started with a broad figure of the ranges and aggregate counts of fabric needed by type: plains, stripes, herringbones and plaids. Then it was broke down to quantities of specific fabric needed and then it was broke down by what needed to be cut and assembled for entire season. From there weekly batches were planned on monthly basis.
The production schedule ran in 8 week cycles and 2 weeks of that was given to cutting. The rest was given to the shop. Computer generated group sheets provided information on how many unit of each type of …show more content…
5. Discuss the significant aspects of quality control as they relate to this process.
The Jos A Banks factory seemed to be split the foremen were chiefly responsible for checking quality and plant manager were responsible for product. Jos A banks had rigid standards; workers didn’t get paid for re-work.
Bolt fabric was inspected and marked when received and any flaws were trimmed out during cutting.
There were numerous inspection areas throughout the process from beginning to end and all products were given a final inspection once production was completed.
Jos A Banks was insistent that all pieces to a particular piece of clothing were cut from the same sheet of fabric. Layered fabric was marked to match with a Soabar marking device or a Meto gun so material stayed together in same suit. There were two matching stations in the factory for accountability and to ensure fabric cut together went in same coat.
New vendor items were tested for quality characteristics, stretching, pulling, how behaved when sewn and dry cleaned before they were qualified to be a provider and Banks started with small orders from new vendors until further proof of quality was established.
6. How is this industry likely to be affected by technological