ARMY NATICK LABS MA CLOTHING AND ORGANIC MATERIALS LAB
The major and minor evaluation system used to establish the quality of fabric required by the Government was never totally understood by the textile industry. The reason, apparently, was poor communication between the supplier and the purchasers as to desired quality. This evaluation system was different from the many quality analyses used for commercial fabrics. It was realized that a standard method of evaluating quality of fabric that would be agreeable to both the textile industry and the Government was needed. The point system was proposed as the standard method of evaluating quality of fabrics and was discussed at three Industry Advisory Committee meetings. Various tests were run. Results of inspections conducted by the industry were compared with results of verification inspections. Areas of difference were resolved. In 1961 the Government and the industry adopted a standard method of defining and scoring defects, thereby assuring that goods delivered on contracts were of the quality stipulated as acceptable by the specification. The first mass procurement of 26 million yards of carded sateen, employing the point system method of evaluating defects, was extremely successful. The point system is simple, easily understood, and has been hailed by the textile industry as the necessary bridge in the communication of quality required by the Government.