How to Grade Sewing Machine Operators?
Sewing operators grading is very effective to achieve maximum output from a sewing line. It also works as an employee motivator. Normally it’s seen that when a sewing operator is upgraded into the front step then he get motivated and give more effort for the next step. Day by day, all the largest garments manufacturing groups have started a tradition of fixing the salary of sewing operators according to their grading.
Grading System of Sewing Machine Operators Followed in Apparel Industry:
Normally sewing machine operator’s wage has to pay according to category of operator. There are different types of categories such as skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled and A, B, C which is done according to their experience. Without these, garments manufacturing factories followed some systems or methods in doing sewing operators grading which are mentioned in the below:
- Grading according to types of operation,
- Grading according to sewing operators capability in various operations.
All the above methods have discussed in the following:
1. Grading according to types of operation:
A, B and C grade sewing operator is selected in this grading systems, where A, B and C grade sewing operator is perfect for completing A, B and C grade operations respectively. This type of grading is done according to the below points. Such as-
- Critical and non-critical operations,
- Skill level required to perform an operation,
- Machine using capacity such as flat lock machine and single needle lock stitch,
- Operations in the various parts of garments.
Now, one example will help you to better understand of the above discussion. A list of shirt manufacturing processes have shown in the below table according to A, B and C grade operations.
|A grade operations||B grade operations||C grade operations|
|Close collar||Join shoulder||Locking operations|
|Close cuff||Hem front placket||Run stitch collar|
|Attach front pocket||Attach side seam||Run stitch neck band|
|Set sleeve placket||Sleeve attach||Sew pleats|
|Match and set cuff||Attaching main label||Gathering|
|Attach neck band||Attach yoke||Closing flap at bottom|
|Attach front placket||Hem bottom||Hem cuff|
2. Grading according to sewing operators capability in various operations:
It’s another sewing operator grading system followed in readymade garments sector. Here, operators are categorized according to the number of operations performed by an operator from the A, B and C grade operations. It also shows the efficiency level of an operator. Grading table has presented in the below:
|01||A+||All A grade operations,At least 5 B grade operations,All C grade operations,Efficiency stands at 56%|
|02||A||Above 5 A grade operations,At least 5 B grade operations,All C grade operations,Efficiency stands at 52%|
|03||B||At least 2-3 A grade operations,At least 4-5 B grade operations,All C grade operations,Efficiency stands at 50%|
|04||C||At least 5 B grade operations,At least 4 C grade operations,Efficiency stands at 45%|
|05||D||Trainee,Any B or C grade operations.|