Garment Overhead Rail System

SLIM Garment Overhead Conveyor

Garment Overhead Fig 1

More than just an overhead garment rail system, SLIM Garment Overhead Conveyor offers automated garment handling solutions designed to optimise workflow and maximise productivity. The system can be easily modified to suit any change or expansion in the Laundry Process, Pressing & Finishing, Quality Control, Sorting, Assembling & Packing line. Production processes can be monitored based on real-time data captured which allows effective cost management.

With shorter production leadtime and improved workplace ergonomics, handling efficiency is expected to increase by 30%.

DESIGN CONCEPT FOR GARMENT PRESSING & FINISHING SECTION

With a computer server supporting up to 30 workstations and programmable traffic route control, garments are seamlessly transferred and distributed between various workstations in different sections - pressing & finishing, quality control, sorting, assembling & packing, which eliminates operator’s movement.

System Workflow
  • Receiving Workstation – Start-off point for cleaned garments. Laundry operator hangs each item on RFID-enabled hanger and place hanged garment onto the overhead conveyor. Therafter, the laundry operator will select the next processing station according to the garment type and activate the transfer.
  • Pressing & Finishing Workstation - The laundry operator receives the garment and carries out pressing. Upon completion, the finished garment is loaded onto the conveyor and automatically transferred to next touch-up station or Quality Control station.
  • QC Workstation – Any garment that does not meet quality standard will be rejected and the QC operator will direct the item to the previous workstation at pressing & finishing section to be handled by the same laundry operator. The QC operator will hang the garments that meet QC standard at the screw conveyors for packing. Packing staff will activate the transfer of emptied RFID-enabled hangers to be returned to Receiving Workstation.
Factory Start-up
  • The overhead conveyor at each workstation comes with provision for light fittings. Fluorescent lights can be easily mounted onto the allocated slots of the overhead conveyor to save installation costs for brackets and lighting support.
  • Each workstation is built on modular system with 50w power supply. Substantial savings on utitlities can be achieved as not all workstations are in use at all times.
Other Management Capabilities
  • Each laundry operator is required to enter his/her Employee ID at the workstation at the start of his/her shift. The system will capture the production output of each laundry operator which enables management to monitor staff productivity and administrate incentive program accordingly.
  • Each workstation can temporary store up to 15 garments and the overall production line can store up to 300 pieces for 22 workstations at any one time. The Laundry Supervisor is able to monitor the production data real-time and make necessary adjustments to achieve optimum output. The system workflow provides a neat and conducive work environment.
Improvement in Production Output
  • Less manual handling and increase output
  • Less paperwork and allow laundry operator to focus on production line for improved productivity
  • Higher level of productivity awareness in laundry operators
Improvement in Product Quality
  • Prompt handling of individual garment as each piece is transferred to the next section as soon as it is completed. For QC section, the QC operator is able to check the finished garment as soon as it arrives unlike conventional handling method where garments are manually transferred in batches by trolleys.
  • Instant Sampling Check - System allows Laundry Supervisor to conduct quality check on the pressing & finishing standard of new employees based on the garments assigned to him.
  • Quality Control Section – System captures the processing data of each item with QC information as well, such as the number of rejections.
Efficiency in Plant Management
  • Where few laundry operators are assigned to the same section, the system will assign the garment to the workstation according to the productivity level of each laundry operator.
  • With real-time data collected, the Laundry Supervisor is able to monitor production schedule and make informed decision on manpower planning. ie. Arrangement for overtime, deployment of more manpower at certain section.
  • The system has full record on operator output, rejection rate and garment output. The production data allows management to determine the corresponding salary package and implement reward & recognition program.
  • Modular design enables the system to prompt the exact malfunction or fault of the entire setup.
  • System structure allows integration of lightings and power supply.