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7 reasons why a garment exporter should never buy a schiffli machine

Garment manufacturing is a serious business where quality control, in time deliveries, maintaining production unit output levels, controlling production costs and keeping the production machine running at the most cost effective level are absolute must.

With every other factor “up and running”, your production machines play a major role in the output levels of your business. Selecting the “right machine” for your production units in vital for the overall success of your garment manufacturing business. Just as selecting the right machine is vital for the success, avoiding the inefficient ones is just as important.

This article deals with an unusual topic today. It deals with the reasons for not selecting schiffli machine for your garment export production unit. Here are 7 cool reasons fro which you must avoid schiffli machine for your garment export business.

7 reasons why a garment exporter should never buy a schiffli machine

Contrarary to what some ill informed garment exporters believe, schiffli machine are nothing like multihead machines. Irrespective of how many schffili machines you install in your unit, you would face following problems:

  1. Increased overhead costs. Unlike multihead machines, schiffli machines need dedicated technical manpower like supervisors, designers and technicians. This would exponentially increase your need for more workforce and increased expenses.
  2. Massive installation requirements. Unlike most other machines, schffili machines are only suitable for ground floor installation (without a basement), needs 25m length span and a dust free centrally air conditioned environment. That is a quite an administrative limitation.
  3. Technical team requirement.  Schffili machines need skilled labor to operate. This may be difficult to find for small unit operators.
  4. Constant production pressures. Schffili machines need to be kept operative round the year to remain financially viable. For those garment exporters, who have limited internal orders and export potential can not feed the machines constantly.
  5. Inability to deliver during peak production periods. On the flip side, schffili machines have limited production capacity. In the peak production season, they are unable to cope with the production targets. This leaves the garment production units with stuck orders and delayed deliveries resulting in massive financial implications and unit closure in extreme cases.
  6. Higher operative costs. Unlike multihead machines, schffili machines need more periodic maintenance with higher spares costs. It results in higher production costs and less cometetive edge in the international market. It is for this reasons, that most of the Indian garment exporters who installed the schffili machine in their production units incurred losses over time and had to sell off their schffili machine (only to replace them with more suitable brands).
  7. Schffili is getting increasingly unpopular. Schffili machines are getting increasingly unpopular with even the leading garment exporters of india (who, once had a huge demand for these machines). Today, most Indian garment export houses employ multihead machines for in house manufacturing after replacing their schffili machines. This trend is a clear indicator of the massive unpopularity of schffili machines.