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Master Sewing Data

The World’s Most Accurate Standard Time Measurement System For The Garment Industry 


What Is MSD

MSD (Master Sewing Data) was established in 2010 as a consulting project to establish a computerised work measurement system that is:

1. Accurate
2. Reliable
3. Universally Named
4. Methods Description
5. Work Done Sequence
6. Easy-To-Learn
7. Fast-To-Apply
8. Based on MTM-2

The project consultant, C.H. Wong is a distinguished Certified MTM Instructor and Expert with more than 25 years’ experience and he has established all the required Motion Patterns of the sewing industry for manual, mechanical, man-machine and automatic template sewing lines.

The MSD system was found to be the most significant high speed motion pattern estimating system for the Sewing Industry and is able to set accurate and reliable standard at a faster speed than GSD.

In 1984, C.H. Wong met Jim Mercer, the founder of Methods Workshop and signed an agreement for the distribution of GAD (General Assembly Data) and got familiarized with GSD at that time. After being certified as an MTM Instructor, he set to work in developing a higher application system for the Sewing Industry which has evolved considerably since the invention of GSD.


How Is MSD Developed

MSD is based on industry standard system of MTM-2 which is the database of MSD. MTM-2 was chosen because it fundamentally meets the eight demands of International MTM Directorate in achieving a very high level of consistency for standard time development.

As the motion pattern of sewing operators’ exhibit some variation in distance as well as the motion type, it is therefore an acceptable practice to adopt MTM-2 as the most desirable database for the establishment of higher standard data for Garment Sewing operations.


MSD Special Classified Motion Pattern Data

MSD was developed from actual study of garment sewing operators’ motion patterns. After disallowing for unnecessary motions of the operators and based on Standard Work Methods, the following motion patterns were established:

Get & Place Fabric
Get & Place Part / Tool
Get & Match Small Parts
Get & Match Parts
Place Parts
Place & Locate Object
Fabric Matching To Machine
Machine Setting
Template Fixture Handling
Template Fixture Movement (Open & Close)
Tool Use
Fabric Adjust
Shape Folding
Remove Fabric From Template Fixture
Get & Aside Tool
Get Object / Part
Get Object / Part & Hold
Get Object / Part & Regrasp
Get Object / Part & Press Light
Get Object / Part & Apply Force
Get Object / Part & Slide
Get Object / Part & Pull / Push
Get Object / Part & Lift
Get Object / Part & Pass To Other Hand
Draw Line (With Pencil or Marker)
Eye Action
Weight Force Application
Body Turn
Body Step To Walk
Body Foot (To Push Down On Pedal)
Body Bend

Selection of Motion Patterns

These are determined by:
a) Type of Motion Pattern
b) Motion Pattern Break Point
c) Method of Assembly
d) Degree of Difficulty
e) Distance
f) Weight Factor


What Operational Methods Are Covered By MSD

The MSD system can be customised for unique in-house process and this can be specially developed for the special application and can be included on the MSD Datacard. Almost all the Garment Industry’s operational methods are covered by MSD:

a) Washing of Garment
b) Drying of Garment
c) Mini-Pack to Packaging
d) Final Pack to Carton
e) Carton Box Making
f) Needle Detection
g) Inspection and Thread Trimming
h) Ironing
i) Sewing of Panels – Small
j) Sleeve, Collars
k) Front to Back Panels – Singlets, Shirts, Coats, etc.
l) Sub-assembly – Cuffs, Sleeves, Pockets, etc.
m) Botton Holes Making
n) Labelling and Hole Punching
o) Zip Sewing
p) Counting and Stamping
q) Fabric Cutting (Auto and Manual)
r) Bundling
s) Setup for Auto-Cutting
t) Embroidery Operations
u) Fabric Relaxation
v) Material Handling, etc.

For more information about MSD training and consulting to develop MSD Data for in-house application for cost estimating, standard man-hours development, and lean workflow line balance, please contact the Administrator at: