Production Management & Workflow

Bad Cuff Pressing

From my desk here, perhaps hundreds or thousands of miles from your shirt unit, it is my job to help you improve the quality of your shirts and to increase your profitability.  That isn’t always an easy task.  But today, I’d like to talk about two really bad things that may be happening from time to time.  Knowledge of this will go a long way towards eliminating the problem.

  1. What is the most ugly pressing error that you can do on a shirt?
  2. What part of a shirt is most often over-looked by an inspector?

When I had my big wholesale plant years ago, a very ugly pressing error came to light and it happened to be on one of my own shirts.  I was not happy.  I called a meeting of the inspection staff to discuss this with them.  I remember using push-pins to display my shirt on the bulletin board in the meeting room.  I was pretty lucky at that particular time.  I had an inspection staff that was dedicated and concerned.  They readily agreed to address my problem du jour.  Minutes later, at their job stations, my inspectors whined about this problem area.  The pressers needed to be re-trained and supervised.  The problem area was more “common” than I thought.  I still was not happy.

How to raise your labor cost without really trying.

How to raise your labor cost without really trying.

It seems that this should be a column that I write in the middle of the slow season.  But you are reading this in the middle of the busiest time of year.  This is the time that you’ve looked forward to all year.  Now is when you have the most amount of cash left over at the end of the bills.  But let’s try to learn some lessons from this busy time and perhaps that will translate into real cash savings come the dog days of summer.

Let’s fast-forward into the future, to the summer of 2018.

Creative Ways to use Rope Ties

In 1989, at the Clean Show in Dallas (remember the snow?  And the 18 degrees?!), I stumbled upon a product called No-Knot cords, an early incarnation of today’s Rope Tie.  Years later, I learned that the product was originally invented to wash roll towels.  You don’t see these much anymore, but if there were already 50 US states when you were born, you probably need a short introduction to roll towels.  Instead of a paper towel dispenser in a restroom, there was a towel dispenser.  This dispenser had a real cotton fabric towel hanging out of the bottom of it.  It didn’t have a visible end.  The towel disappeared back into the dispenser.  What you saw was a hanging loop of fabric with the clean part in front of you and the soiled part of the towel would roll back into the dispenser.  When you pulled of the clean part of the towel, the front roller would unroll the clean towel and the rear roller would wind up the soiled towel.  The laundry would tie up and secure the soccer-ball size dirty towel roll with a No-Knot cord and wash the big ball of fabric as such.  When it came time to finish the toweling, the roll was released from the “rope-tie” and the length was fed into the ironer.  On the opposite end of the ironer, the towel was wound onto a spool with a crank and was then ready for re-use.  There was a small amount of rope-tie usage for shirts in the 60’s, but it never caught out, but I did revive the product in the late 1990’s.  The No-Knot cord was refined into a more sophisticated product in the late 1990’s by MBH Enterprises.  The latest version of the product was invented by yours truly and is marketed exclusively by Cleaner’s Supply.  What MBH brought to the table nearly 20 years ago, was the spring-loaded button, in 5 colors.  This is something that we were unable to do successfully with No-Knot cords.

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