With competition becoming increasingly stiff in the apparel industry, it has become necessary to look at apparel manufacturing as a science and not an art. It is no longer enough to simply assume that, if you make a quality product, everything will be all right. You also need to implement techniques that will ensure a maximum of efficiency in your production. This is where industrial engineering comes in. 

In this module, we will introduce you some basic industrial engineering concepts that will enable you to properly grasp and measure the workflow going on in your enterprise. While some of these might seem, well, basic, remember that they form the pre-requisites for any productivity improvement project. You cannot improve what you cannot measure. Here, we will be focusing on the techniques that can be used by the apparel industry to create more efficient, productive and safe workplaces in order to ensure continued competitiveness into the future.

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After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  Identify the characteristics of industrial engineers and use the industrial engineering mindset to select between value-adding and non-value adding activities;
  Grasp the basic principles of workplace engineering as they relate to the apparel industry; and
  Use two method engineering techniques, TIMWOOD and TAPER, to identify issues at various points of the apparel production process.