The wide variety of colors and sizes for a single model requires the use of a size matrix for order entry, purchase order and production. Seasonal and collection-based production requires a unique management approach.
There is no clear-cut concept of a unit of product. A wide variety of handling units and groupings must be managed, from rolls and cases to pallets and sets.
The machines in a production sequence may have very different cycle times which vary between products. Correct modeling of this process is essential to efficient management of queuing and buffer stocks.
There are relative long lead times between purchasing raw material and delivering finished product to a customer. This creates the need for careful inventory management and forecasting.
Textile products undergo a wide range of highly specialized processes. Production flows may branch and re-unite. Each process, from spinning to final garment making, has a unique set of production parameters: weave patterns, dye recipes, print design.
Most manufacturing systems process a large number of components into a small number of end products. Textile enterprises use a small number of raw materials to create a multitude of products.