Standard Minute Value: SMV in Garments, Calculation, Importance

The term Standard Minute Value – SMV is mostly used in the garments industry. It is a process of time study and measure standard minute and then calculates the SMV. The calculation of SMV is actually done by the Industrial Engineer. Generally, it indicates the time taken to make garments by the workers using the right types of machinery. In the garments factory, you may find that many people used to the SAM – Standard Allowed Minute which is the same as SMV. SMV varies garments to garments, style to style, factory to factory. Management and buyers ask for SMV and it is the responsibility of the IE department to calculate and give it to the respective parties. Here in this article, I will share details of Standard Minute Value: SMV in Garments, Calculation, Importance with a practical example.

Standard Minute Value: SMV in Garments, Calculation, Importance

Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of an integrated system of men, machinery, and materials. SMV is one of the most important tools used by IE.

Standard Minute Value - SMV in Garments, Calculation, Importance

The Main Objective of Industrial Engineering

  • To Increase Productivity
  • To eliminate waste and non-value added activities
  • To come up with the optimum use of scarce resources that would bring out the best results.

Importance of SMV in the Apparel Industry

The reason why we use this are given below:

  1. SMV is calculated for doing costing of garments
  2. It is used for calculation of target and set the right target
  3. To calculate efficiency of workers
  4. SMV is calculated for making a plan and take effective factory production decisions.

For Calculating SMV – Standard Minute Value in Garments you must have a proper idea of machine operating procedure and working process of workers. Close observation of Industrial Engineer is required to calculate the right SMV for a particular product or style in your factory.

Basically, SMV is the sum of the basic time requirement and allowance applicable to it. Normally allowance is given at the rate of 10% based on efficiency.

Formulas of Calculating SMV

SMV in Garments Formula

Calculation of SMV in Garments

SMV = (Basic Time + Allocated Allowance)

The formula of Basic Time = Observe Time x Rating Factor

Basic Time

Basic time is the most likely time required to make garments considering observe time and applicable rating factors.

Observe Time

Time is taken to do work when an observer is observing closely and record the worker’s work speed.

Calculation of Observe Time = Total Cycle Time is divided by Number of Cycle

Cycle Time

Cycle Time is the time between starting a garment manufacturing and finishing of those garments.

Rating Factor

The rating factor is assigned based on an evaluation of worker performance which is conducted through eye judgment. A worker can be fast, slow and rating is on a scale of 100% to lower.

Costing SMV is calculated for sending SMV information to buyers. Normally 5% additional time is added with the actual SMV.

Costing SMV = Actual SMV + (Actual SMV x 5%)

Example of Calculation of SMV in Garments

Suppose for making a product the following assumption is there

  • Observe Time = 25 Minutes
  • Rating of Operator = 80%
  • Considering Allowance = 10%
  • Basic Time = 25minutes x 80% = 20 minutes
  • Allowance = 20 x 10% = 2 Minute

So, SMV = 20 minutes + 2 minutes = 22 minutes for making a particular garments product

SMV Calculator

You can use the following calculator to quickly calculate the SMV of garments.

Calculation of Capacity of Single Operator in Garments

  • If an operator works for 10 hours a day
  • 30 minutes to make a product

Capacity = (1 operator x 10 hours x 60 minutes)/30 Minutes = 20 Pieces of Garments by an operator

If you assign 100 operators then your capacity will be = 100 operators x 20 pieces = 2000 pieces a day

Calculation of Efficiency Percent

  • SMV 22 Minutes
  • Working Hours 10 a Day
  • Number of Operators 100 person
  • Actual Production 2000 pieces

Efficiency (%) = (2000 pieces x 22 minute)/(100 operators x 10 hours x 60 minutes) x 100 = 73.33%


Target = (10 hours x 60 minutes x 100 operators)/smv 22 minutes = 2727 Pieces of garments

SMV of Different Garments Manufacturing

  1. Men’s Long Sleeve Shirt is 23.15
  2. 5 Pockets Long Pant is 20.14
  3. T-Shirt is 8.41
  4. Cargo Pant is 36.28
  5. Polo Shirt is 10.39
  6. Trouser is 8.13
  7. Chino Short Pant is 37.42
  8. Cargo Short Pant with Bone Pocket is 31.92
  9. Cargo Short Pant without Bone Pocket is 24.06
  10. Cargo Crop Pant is 30.74
  11. Men’s Chino Pant is 24.15
  12. Nano Chino Pant is 28.93
  13. Leggings is 4.64
  14. Blouse Manufacturing is 4.73
  15. Hoodies Manufacturing is 15.99
  16. Jogger is 19.61
  17. Lingerie is 4.52
  18. Shimmer Dress is 17.60
  19. Ladies Overall is 32.93
  20. Kids Overall Hoodie is 21.60
  21. Brooke Short Pant is 9.32
  22. Brooke Skirt is 7.90
  23. Brooke Hoodies is 15.66
  24. Cody is 28.14
  25. Chino Pant is 36.86
  26. Blazer is 21.85
  27. Shirt Manufacturing is 33.84
  28. Jacket Manufacturing is 44.97
  29.  Garments (Pant) Finishing Process is 9.05

Hopefully, you understand what is Standard Minute Value and how you can calculate it. If you have any confusion then please let me know. I will try to clarify farther in detail.

Written by

Md. Nahian Mahmud Shaikat

Standard Minute Value: SMV in Garments, Calculation, Importance

12 thoughts on “Standard Minute Value: SMV in Garments, Calculation, Importance

  1. I work in the field of production in Romania
    How can we cooperate in the field of Operation Breakdown, SMV and Layout

  2. Hello Dear,

    Can you plz give a clear notion about the SMV for sweater/Heavy Knit?
    Thanks in advance.

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