Most importers, when they visit their supplier’s factories, only see the final operations. However, in China, many problems come from the sub-suppliers. Here is an example.
Photo of the workshop where rubber print is applied (the cut pieces are lined up, and then colors are applied one by one):
We work with a purchaser of baby garments. The supply chain looks like this:
We went to see the printing factory, because we noticed frequent problems of imprecisions in the prints. You can see the way prints are applied on the cut pieces in the photos below.
Photo of the way they apply the rubber print in white color:
Photo of the frame for applying the white color:
The advantage of visiting this sub-supplier was to show him what needs to be improved. They immediately applied the corrective actions.
For example, some yellow color was missing. They added it manually, with the help of toothpicks.
Photo of the way they add some missing yellow color (blurred for confidentiality purposes):
Fortunately, all the pieces had not been printed yet. So a correction was possible on the frame itself (they can enlarge the passage for the rubber paint).
Photo of the way they enlarge the area where the yellow color is applied: