Show simple item record Amarasinghe, DAS 2011-03-28T05:45:23Z 2011-03-28T05:45:23Z 3/28/2011
dc.description.abstract The patterns of competitive advantage and hence the structure of exports and imports depend on stage of economic development of a country. The relatively advance countries lose competitive advantages in product groups intensive in unskilled labor and shift to products and processes, intensive in capital, skilled labor and innovation. Sri Lanka being a labour abundant country it is logical to demonstrate its competitive advantage in clothing manufacturing. However country is progressively losing the ultimate advantage they had on labor. Even by the mid 1990s labour cost in Sri Lanka were higher than in neighboring countries such as China, India Pakistan and Vietnam. In addition to increasing labour costs Sri Lankan apparel manufactures are to be' confronted with decreasing prices due to increasing competition and additional upward pressures are exerted on the manufacturers by high absenteeism and employee turnovers. Although high mechanization and better utilization of human resource are considered as counter moves to combat increasing manufacturing costs the former has limited practical value due to frequent style mix changes. The selection of personnel who are physically and mentally qualified for maximum quality and quantity performance is the initial step in establishing better human resource utilization system. This study investigates the possibility of using selected motor ability tests such as motor coordination, manual dexterity and finger dexterity as a tool of telescoping quality and quantity performance of one specific human resource in the apparel plant-the sewing machine operators. Randomly selected fifty sewing machine operator trainees were tested on performance criteria based on the four work samples and motor ability tests based on Canadian Force General Aptitude Test Battery. Among the three motor abilities finger dexterity showed the highest correlation with sewing efficiency and motor coordination showed the strongest correlation with quality of workmanship. The results of the study suggest that significant efficiency improvements and quality of workmanship gains can be achieved by using motor ability tests with right selection-ratios. en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 111p. : ill. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject TEXTILE INDUSTRY-Sri Lanka ; en_US
dc.subject TEXTILE INDUSTRY-Work-study en_US
dc.title Telescoping failures in industrial sewing machines en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MSc en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Textile & Clothing Technology en_US 2004-02 2004-02
dc.identifier.accno 79896 en_US

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