Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tech Pack Design - 5 Reasons Why Tech Packs are Important

Importance of Preparing Tech Pack Before Apparel Production


Tech pack for a style is the center of apparel sample development and apparel production. This drives and shows the way to every party involved in apparel production life cycle. This drives the activities of pattern maker, sampling department and production unit. This also includes the supporting vendors like the print unit, embroidery unit and so on. Tech pack also serves as a parameter to access the quality and track the design, measurement fit. Once tech pack is finalized and followed on the production floor, pics comes out perfect. So, It is important for a tech pack designer to deliver correct tech pack before the buyer starts investing money into manufacturing.

Here are few reasons why a perfect tech pack results in successful apparel production.

1. Smooth and Error Free Sample Development


We follow the process of trial and error when we don't know what to do to achieve perfection. But when we know what to do to achieve the perfection the job is to follow the process. Sampling is the same process. Tech pack give the pattern maker and factory guidance to make the first sample as close as possible. Tech pack also complimented with a skilled apparel pattern maker, capable vendor, and available material. With proper tech pack, you can optimize the sample development with less alteration. This may reduce time and money.

2. Document of Understanding between Buyer and Clothing Manufacturer.


Tech Pack is not considered only as a set of instruction. It also serves as a document of understanding between Buyer and manufacturer. It serves as a technical document for the manufacturer. Both buyer and vendor agreed upon all technical aspects mentioned on the tech pack. Those technical aspects are raw materials, construction details and points of measurement. 

Most of the time clothing manufacturers out of nowhere decide to alter materials and trims. They try to use the cheap material or substandard materials to save some money. With a tech pack, you can avoid those conflicts and can keep an eye on the manufacture and keep your quality intact.

3. Quality Assurance and Control


You can refer tech pack with your sample to figure out the gap between the expectation and actual sample. Also, you can check whether there is any scope of improvement in the sample. You can also do necessary change in the sample if that does not meet the standard or not as instructed in the tech pack. So, here you can use your tech pack as a parameter based on which you can access the quality of your sample. With your approval, you can process your final order. You can use as a tool to prove the agreed standard especially when you are working with an overseas vendor. So tech packs can be used as a tool to access your quality standard.

4. Most Effective Way of Communication


Tech Pack is the most appropriate and proven method to communicate to the manufacturer. The manufacturer can refer to this document at any stage of garment development. Anyone at any point in time has a question the first place to refer for an answer is the tech pack. This saves a lot of time and money. It's the most efficient way to find answer doubt instead of searching long email thread. Reduce doubts and give one point reference to clothing manufacturer. So, you can avoid a lot of money in preparing wrong sample development, logistic cost and time by using tech pack. If anything goes wrong in sample development, you can refer tech pack to identify the gap and revise.

5. Help you get Accurate Quote for Sample Development and Production.


Bills of Material in a tech pack makes it clear to the manufacturer what materials to source. So, based on the production quantity they can give you an accurate cost of production. Needless to say, clothing manufacturer offers an accurate quote when you show a tech pack. 

You can reduce the cost of garment manufacturing up to 20% by following the process. The best way to approach a clothing manufacturer is with a tech pack. You must prepare apparel design and technical specification for styles before approaching manufacturer. Tech pack helps clothing manufacturer process the production in a systematic way. Thereby the apparel production process becomes much easier and efficient. So, garment manufacturer saves time and money that helps to reduce the cost of production. When you are producing smaller quantity it might reduce almost $1- $2 lesser per piece of garment. This amount goes up and down depending on your order quantity.


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