This article will guide you through the steps required during custom umbrella manufacturing. Various steps need to be performed before the umbrellas are ready to be packaged, and here you will learn all about them.
Step 1: Samples and Verifications
The first step of the custom umbrella manufacturing process involves providing customers with samples of their order. This is done to make sure that they are getting what they want and so materials are not wasted manufacturing something the customer isn’t looking for.
Customers can send in designs that they want the umbrellas to have. This will speed up the process as the business will know straight away what you are looking for and what you are expecting. This gets rid of any confusion during this stage and speeds up the manufacturing process.
Once everything regarding the design has been agreed upon, then the manufacturing can begin, and more details can be given. For example, the quantity of umbrellas you are looking for.
Step 2: Preparation and Quality Control
Step two is when the materials that are needed to manufacture the umbrellas are prepared. This will begin after the deposit has been sent and confirmed. The components that are needed include the umbrella frame, handle, fabric for the canopy, and any other umbrella accessories.
The materials for these components can include metal, aluminium, fibreglass, nylon, polyester, plastic, and wood. Some of these materials can obviously only be used for certain components, such as nylon and polyester only being used for the canopy of the umbrella.
If you choose custom umbrella fabric, then you will need to wait the longest time. However, choosing one of the existing fabrics will allow the process to go by much faster as those materials are already available and can be used right away.
The quality of all the materials that are going to be used needs to be checked as well, to make sure that the umbrellas are of high quality and are manufactured to a high standard which the customer deserves and is expecting.
Step 3: Fabric Cutting and Edge Locking
Once all the material have been checked and their quality is ensured, step three can begin. This step involves cutting the fabric which will be used when manufacturing the umbrella. The size to which the fabric will be cut will depend on the size of the umbrella which has been specified by the customer.
When the fabric is cut, it will need to be edge locked. This is done to make sure the quality of the umbrella is high and so the edges of the fabric don’t start becoming worn and start unravelling. This will keep the umbrella looking new for much longer.
Once the edge locking is done, then the small fabric cutting will need to be completed before moving on to the next step. Small fabric cutting involves cutting the fabric even further to make the triangular panels which you can see on umbrellas. The number of panels that form the umbrella canopy will vary depending on the size of the umbrella and the intended design.
Step 4: Umbrella Printing
Step four involves printing whatever design the customer wants onto the triangular panels which will form the umbrella canopy. The time will vary if the umbrellas have been ordered in bulk and also if they have been ordered during peak season as the business will likely be very busy focusing on other people’s orders as well.
There are various printing techniques that can be used to get the design the customer wants onto the umbrella canopy. The technique used will depend on what the company usually does when printing design. However, the customer could also ask to have a certain technique used due to the advantages it may have over other techniques.
Step 5: Sewing the Fabric and Securing it
Once the printing has been completed, the triangular panels need to be combined. This will be done using an electric sewing machine. This part needs to be carried out with great care because if it is rushed then the quality of the umbrella will end up being poor. There needs to be enough stiches when sewing the panel together to make sure water isn’t able to leak through, as that will defeat the purpose of the umbrella.
Once the sewing of the panels is completed, it is tested to ensure the quality is up to standard. This will make sure the customer gets what they pay for.
The fabric needs to be secured after it is sewed together, or it will remain unstable and won’t be able to do its job properly. The fabric is mounted onto the umbrella frame and it is secured to the ribs and umbrella tips by sewing. This can be done using semi-automatic sewing machines or it can be done by hand.
Step 6: Other Components and Final Quality Check
Once everything is sewn together, then the other umbrella components need to be added to form the final product, such as the handle for the umbrella. Once the umbrella is finally all put together, it is time to test it to make sure that everything works the way it should. If there are any problems with the umbrella they are fixed as quickly as possible.
The quality check includes making sure that the umbrella canopy is not damaged in anyway such as scratches being visible, or the design which was printed being distorted or ruined in some way. Moreover, the umbrella is tested to make sure it can withstand harsh conditions so that it doesn’t break while someone is using it. Once all the checks have been completed, then the final step can be carried out.
Step 7: Packaging
Once the umbrella manufacturing and testing is done, it is time to package the umbrella so that it can be shipped off to wherever it needs to be. The umbrellas need to be packaged properly so that they are secure and aren’t damaged during the deliver process.