How It All Fits Together
SATRA VisionStitch is a complete stitching package. We train a team of your people to understand all aspects of stitching and how to respond to your problems. The SATRA VisionStitch software provides a visual tool to see immediately what is happening and how improvements can be made. The visual approach means we can help you by analysing your stitching from anywhere in the world.
1: Problem definition
The process starts with the company defining the difficulties it has in the stitching room and discussing the order in which the workstations should be visited. These difficulties can be with anything from quality or productivity issues to a high turnover of staff, creating a demand for fast and effective training. Work stacking up is a typical indicator that something is wrong.
We teach you about stitching problems during our Stitching Improvement Training.
2: Preparing workstation for use with SATRA VisionStitch
In preparation for the assessment of quality/productivity issues, the SATRA VisionStitch tape and sensor are fitted to the problem workstation. The sensor is attached to the computer running SATRA VisionStitch.
This is done simply and quickly by the system user and does not affect production.
3: Recording current work
Without changing any aspect of how the operator is currently working, a recording is made as a series of around five to ten components is stitched. From these recordings, a representative average trace will be chosen. This will allow SATRA VisionStitch to compare performance, both before and after improvements have been made.
4: Workstation factors assessed
During the recording, the SATRA VisionStitch user will be looking at the ergonomics of the workstation and assessing how the machine operator is positioned. The user will note down the improvements necessary to address the problems identified by the company.
5: Workstation setup altered
Alterations to the workstation will be made by the SATRA VisionStitch user. These are all done at the same time to minimise the break in production. The alterations will include changes to the machine settings highlighted by use of the SATRA VisionStitch software, and to the workstation/working practices/positioning of the machine operator, determined by the visual assessment. If you need to alter the speed of the machine, the SATRA VisionStitch software will show you what speed you should be using.
We teach you all about altering workstations during our Stitching Improvement Training.
6: Recording work with new setup
New batches of the same work are stitched and the improvements can be seen by comparing the new and old traces. Fine tune your adjustments, and re-record new batches, until you are happy with the improvements you have made.
7: Showing results
The ease with which stitching can now be accomplished means that it may be necessary to convince everyone that their work has improved. This can be easily accomplished by showing them the visual trace comparison. SATRA VisionStitch shows in a simple way exactly how much time is saved and how much better the operator is at controlling the sewing machine.
The operator will see that the job is taking less time to complete and that his or her quality has improved too.
8: Training School
Training starts on a workstation which has been set up correctly using the knowledge gained earlier. Initially, a trainee is given standard paper exercises to attempt. By trying to match predetermined traces, the trainee will learn the best techniques for stitching.
We teach you how to set up a training school during our Instructor Training.
9: Using new standard work traces in the training school
New optimal traces can be used in the training school to help teach new operators how to stitch real work. Exercises are made from these traces. Trainees try to complete the exercises by matching traces created on a correctly set-up workstation. As their skill levels improve, the exercises become harder.