GCSE Textiles

Revision cards for GCSE Textiles with the Edexcel board

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Market research

Needed to know:

-What’s currently selling well on the market

-What the target users require

-What kind of product will finally be developed


Carried out through:

-Questionnaires/ surveys/ interviews

-Magazines/ leaflets/ internet/ TV

-Writing letters

-Visiting exhibitions/ retail outlets

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Advantages of mass production

-Cheaper because made to fit standard average sizes

-One standard size template is used which spreads cost over whole production run

-No fitting is necessary

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Disadvantages of batch production

-Lost time during change in production of textile product

-Equipment has to be reset after each run

-Unsold product = wastage & storage problems

-Staff work repetitive

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Bespoke garments

A bespoke garment is an individually tailored item made to fit exact shape of person’s body

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Trading standards

They ensure that the manufacturers are meeting legal requirements when making and packaging a product.

They take the product apart and check any claims made by manufacturers.

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Market research

Needed to know:

-What’s currently selling well on the market

-What the target users require

-What kind of product will finally be developed


Carried out through:

-Questionnaires/ surveys/ interviews

-Magazines/ leaflets/ internet/ TV

-Writing letters

-Visiting exhibitions/ retail outlets

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Advantages of mass production

-Cheaper because made to fit standard average sizes

-One standard size template is used which spreads cost over whole production run

-No fitting is necessary

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Disadvantages of batch production

-Lost time during change in production of textile product

-Equipment has to be reset after each run

-Unsold product = wastage & storage problems

-Staff work repetitive

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Bespoke garments

A bespoke garment is an individually tailored item made to fit exact shape of person’s body

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Trading standards

They ensure that the manufacturers are meeting legal requirements when making and packaging a product.

They take the product apart and check any claims made by manufacturers.

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Advantages of batch production

-Flexible

-Easily repeated

-Variety of styles can be made

-Staff have flexible working conditions and receive training to ensure they can tackle each different batch.

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Just-in-time production

Using ICT and CAM, the delivery of materials and components arrive ‘just-in-time’ for production to start – it helps to manage and control stock & storage

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CIM

Computer-integrated manufacture

Integrates (links) CAD and CAM systems which link design development, production planning and system manufacture

Companies using CIM can design the product in one country and manufacture it overseas where labour costs are lower

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Ultrasonic cutter and stacker units

Read the printed label and cut it in the correct place

Advantage: smooth edge produced which reduces irritation for user

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CNC

-Work alongside programs such as CAM for cutting and joining

-They can repeat processes with great accuracy

-Easily reprogrammed

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Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags

A tagging system developed to enhance existing bar code identification systems

How they work

1. Programmed with unique item ID

2. Despatched to store

3. Antenna used to read tags on arrival

4. System updates store’s computerized stock control check system

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