Historic Northern Textile Mills ‘Rapidly Being Lost’ Says Charity

Bradford, West Yorkshire, has seen more than 100 fires at historic mills since 2010, according to the public body.

Greater Manchester has lost almost half of its mills – including 66% in Salford – since the 1980s, it said.

Historic England said it hoped the “potential of our former industrial buildings” would be recognized.

The report ‘Engines of Prosperity: new uses for old mills’ said the buildings came to define the urban landscape across Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire and were the workshop of the world.

From the late 18th Century onwards, the mills drove the industrial revolution and triggered technical innovation, new trade and transformed the transport network, said the heritage charity.

But many of the buildings face uncertain futures following the 20th Century decline in textile manufacturing.

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Historic England also made a call to re-use ‘original Northern Powerhouse’ mills in West Yorkshire in 2016.

There is public support for the survival of many of the country’s mills, according to Historic England which cited the 85% of respondents to its survey who said they did not want to see them demolished or replaced.

Pollsters You Gov questioned 2,028 people about the subject for Historic England.

John McGoldrick, curator of Armley Mills Industrial Museum near Leeds, said there is “no catch-all answer” to preserving mill buildings.

“A modern use for the mill depends on the circumstances. Some have massive historical significance but you must take each on its merits.

“Armley Mills is a perfect spot to tell the historical story of Leeds’ textile and many other trades but Holmes Mill in Clitheroe, Lancashire has been redeveloped differently as a shopping and food outlet. It’s just another way to expose visitors to industrial history.

“We would like to protect as many buildings as we can but we are also in the real world,” he said.

Historic England said it hoped the reports would galvanise owners and developers to see the potential offered by conversion instead of demolition.

Conversion stories
Schemes to put grade II listed mills back to use include:

Holden Mill, in Bolton, a cotton spinning mill built in 1926, converted to 275 apartments

Castleton Mills in Leeds, a former flax mill built in 1836, now renovated to house offices and studios

Holmes Mill in Clitheroe, Lancashire dating back to 1823, transformed into an entertainment venue

Source; Historic England

Different Types of Fabric Cutting Machines Used in Garment Production

Cutting is one of the processes in the garment manufacturing. In bulk garment manufacturing, multiple fabric layers are cut at a time by means of cutting machines. Different types of cutting machines and equipment are available for cutting fabrics and machines are used as per requirement and production volume. Semi-automatic and automatic improves cutting room productivity and improves cutting accuracy.

Different Types of cutting Machines
Cutting machine and equipment can be categorized as following
Manual cutting
Semi-automatic cutting machine
Fully automatic cutting machine
1. Manual cutting

Hand scissors are used for cutting fabric plies manually. Hand scissors are not machines but very useful cutting equipment. Factories may have semi-automatic and fully automatic machines for fabric cutting, but can’t avoid use of hand scissors in cutting section. Scissors are common tool in cutting process and hand scissors ha many use in cutting room.

2. Semi-automatic cutting machines

Straight Knife cutting machine:The straight knife is a common means of cutting lays in conventional cutting rooms because it is versatile, portable, cheaper than a band knife, more accurate on curves than a round knife and relatively reliable and easy to maintain. Even if a band knife is used for the main cutting operation, a straight knife would be used to separate the lay into sections for easier handling.

Band Knife cutting machine:
Band knives are used when a higher standard of cutting accuracy is required than can be obtained with a straight knife. Pieces to be cut are first cut on a block, and then cut exactly on a band knife.

Round knife cutting machine:
A round knife is used only for straight lines or lower no of lays of relatively few plies.

Die cutting machine:
This machine is useful where small motifs with particular shape and pattern and accuracy in cutting are needed.

3. Automatic cutting machines

There are different types of automatic fabric cutting machines. Here majorly used cutting machines in the garment industry are shown.

Computerized cutting machine:
Computerized cutting machines are used where high volume of garments is manufactured. This machine cuts fabric layers as per command given in computer system. Automatic cutting machine is also known as CNC machine. In the automatic cutting room, fabrics are spread on the table by auto spreader and the lay is positioned in the cutting table prior to automatic cutting. Many videos are available on the Youtube for automatic cutting machines.

Rib cutting machine:
Narrow fabric tape of rib is cut from knits fabric. Ribs are used in t-shirts neck finishing or piping operations and many other knits apparel manufacturing

Laser cutting machine:
Instead on blade fabric layer is cut by laser rays. Laser cutting machine is also computer controlled machine.

from:https://www.onlineclothingstudy.com/2016/12/different-types-of-fabric-cutting.html

Slitting Machine Development History

The slitting machine is a prepressing and postpressing machine that cuts a large roll of paper, film, non-woven fabric, aluminum foil, mica tape and other thin materials into small rolls of different widths, which are commonly used in papermaking machinery and printing and packaging machinery.

In the past, the speed of the magnetic powder clutch of the slitting machine could not be high, because it would easily cause high-speed friction of the magnetic powder during operation, generate high temperature, shorten its life, and it would be stuck in serious cases, which would hinder the operation of the machine and bring serious consequences to the production.

Heavy impact on production efficiency. Now it is controlled by double-conversion motor, so that the magnetic powder friction is controlled to a certain value by the variable frequency motor control when the diameter of the winding material becomes larger. There is no high temperature.

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FROM:HAVESINO

The Textile Firm Making Polyester Desirable

An anonymous white factory building on a country lane in rural Japan seems a world away from the glamorous fashion houses of Europe.

Yet while the modest home of Japanese company Daiichi Orimono is indeed thousands of miles from France and Italy, representatives from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Gucci are regular and enthusiastic visitors.

This is because inside the facility 100 textile looms drum noisily, weaving unique – and much in demand – synthetic fabrics that look and feel like cotton and linen.

Polyester and nylon may have a bad historic reputation for producing cheap and uncomfortable clothes, but such is the quality of Daiichi Orimono’s textiles that they are now extensively used by many of the world’s most expensive fashion brands.

From the coats of Italy’s Moncler, to the sleek jackets of Prada and Celine, much of the fabric is made in Daiichi Orimono’s factory in Fukui prefecture, on the northern coast of Japan’s main island, Honshu.

But how did a small 70-year-old Japanese company that started out making sails reinvent itself as a key supplier to many of the world’s most coveted luxury fashion brands? And how did it become a business with annual sales of 23bn yen ($210m; £148m) despite still only employing 60 people?

It is a success story based on acute attention to detail, Japanese “omotenashi” or hospitality, and a rather driven and determined boss.

Daiichi Orimono’s chief executive Ryuji Yoshioka took over the reigns of the company from his father 35 years ago, when it was just a humble sports fabric manufacturer.

In the early 1990s he built the then new factory in Fukui, a region of Japan famous for its synthetic fabric manufacturing, and invested heavily in first class loom machinery.

Mr Yoshioka’s timing could not have been worse.

“As soon as we built the factory the [economic] bubble burst, and we lost clients [in Japan],” he says. “I had to be courageous because I had a great responsibility to feed my employees.”

Mr Yoshioka knew the company would fail if it relied upon the fickle Japanese market, so there was only one thing to do – he needed to attract overseas buyers.

“Back then there was no one who could speak foreign languages in the company, and no employees who were good at international sales, and so as the head of the company I had to go by myself,” he says.

“It was very stressful, but the responsibility and the sense of duty drove me forward.”

He started by targeting South Korea and Italy because those countries didn’t have a negative impression of synthetic materials.

At the time no other Japanese textile manufacturers were looking to sell overseas, and the industries that did export their merchandise used trading companies.

Mr Yoshioka decided that he’d cut out the middle man and try to sell direct to clients. He said this was vital so that he could properly explain about the fabrics his company could make.

So embracing omotenashi he decided to take potential clients out for dinner.

“I love delicious food, there’s nothing I cannot eat, and I love to drink, and anywhere I go I wouldn’t stop drinking before the client did.”

Soon Daiichi Orimono started to win overseas orders, and it hasn’t looked back.

Today, 70% of the company’s sales are to overseas customers – 30% to Europe, 30% to Asia, and 10% to North America. Its fabric is delivered to customers on giant rolls.

But what exactly makes Daiichi Orimono’s synthetic fabrics so special? There are numerous factors including the fact that its polyester and nylon is more densely woven than any others on the market.

Also vital is Japanese attention to detail and quality control, with Daiichi Orimono employees checking the yarns by hand and eye to make sure that the tensions and weaves are entirely correct.

Mr Yoshioka says he remembers very clearly the first day that Louis Vuitton and Moncler put in bulk orders.

“It was so surprising that I visited their companies and asked – is this really the fabric you want to use?

“I remember thinking repeatedly – do they think they are talking to a CEO of a different company?”

But the two fashion houses knew exactly who they were taking to.

While Daiichi Orimono currently does all its deals face to face, Mr Yoshioka says that in the future it is inevitable that the company will move into ecommerce, and so it is revamping its website.

Slitting And Rewinding Machine

1. equipment automatically line, count, slitting, winding at the same time. The end surface neat level.

2. the equipment is equipped with infrared automatic double counting device and automatic stop function.

3. equipment with pneumatic automatic distribution device, pneumatic shaft automatic unwinding, pneumatic wide belt with a long roll synchronous conveying device, cutting automatic pneumatic lifting device, mobile device, pneumatic separation about real spiral drilling, light and smooth, and can adjust the inclination of drilling.

4. hole pitch gear equipped with CVT from 10cm-60cm, do not change gears automatically adjust line spacing length. Also can be equipped with PLC programming and electric servo control, the perforation pitch infinitely adjustable.

5. the machine is equipped with adjustable force device two, can produce core coreless rewinding products, drilling, slitting, rewinding or non drilling, slitting, rewinding, equipped with adjustable products rewinding, tightness, pneumatic compression device.

6. the equipment adopts import frequency conversion control speed regulation, and the wiring of the electrical parts is reasonable, beautiful, generous and convenient to operate.

7. can be equipped with a tailstock magnetic tension system.
The company provides customers with a variety of unwinding, take-up methods, magnetic particle force control, horizontal expansion force control, conveyor belt control, servo control, expansion force and other methods to meet the requirements of various product production, to achieve the best effect of slitting

Suntech new product ST-WFIM-G Fabric Inspection Machine

Suntech new product ST-WFIM-G Fabric Inspection Machine is used to handle a wide range of rolled fabrics, which is especially designed for garment factories. This machine can be used for fabric inspection, measuring, rolling and cross cutting purpose.

Ergonomically designed
Fast and Easily handled, requiring for one operator only
Improve fabric quality
Synchronize production process
Provide objective quality reporting
Reduce administration

Speed: 5-60m/min
Fabric Width: 1.8-4.0 meters
Standard Roll Diameter: 300mm
Electric Specs: 3 phase, 380V; 50HZ (can be adjusted to suit for different countries)
Remark: Variable working width is possible and can be tailor-made to your requirements of processing needs.

ST-WFIM-G

Features:

  • Accurate Length Counting(Y/M)-Counting error ≤1m/km.
  • Full Width Fabric Inspection- with 30 degree fixed angle inspection screen.
  • Sturdy Device for the coming fabric roll unwinding
  • Movable Wheels
  • Linear Fabric End Cutter- Optional

Structural adjustment of textile machinery industry

The annual council is an important platform for companies to understand industry market information, discuss and develop future directions. At the meeting, Gao Yong, vice president of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, comprehensively analyzed the operation of the textile economy in 2012 and made judgments on the development trend of the industry in 2013.

According to the China Textile Industry Federation Entrepreneur Questionnaire, in the fourth quarter of 2012, China’s textile industry prosperity index was 58.61, indicating that the industry as a whole showed a warming trend. Gao Yong believes that this year’s export market has a recovery trend, but it depends on whether China’s textile and apparel international competitiveness can be maintained. With the urbanization and the growth of residents’ income, the domestic demand market will expand steadily; the price difference of cotton will continue this year, the pressure of the cotton spinning industry will not decrease, and the export of cotton products will still be affected; the industry will run smoothly, and the overall trend will be low and high.

Wang Shutian pointed out that in 2013, the focus of the textile machinery industry will still be industrial upgrading and structural adjustment. He said that although the economic operation of the textile machinery industry showed a weakening trend in 2012, the pace of structural adjustment of industrial enterprises has obviously accelerated.

Wang Shutian pointed out that the textile machinery industry should further explore how to promote technological innovation in the industry. As a large textile machinery country with a large production scale and a large variety of products in the world, domestic textile machinery enterprises cannot always follow the technical aspects of products, but strive to be the leader. To this end, China Textile Machinery Association is organizing member companies to strengthen technical cooperation and promotion among enterprises by creating innovative technology alliances in the textile machinery industry. At present, the “New Generation Textile Equipment Industry Technology Innovation Alliance” led by the Association is in the process of being promoted. Wang Shutian said that the establishment of the alliance will provide enterprises, universities and research institutes with technical cooperation and promotion platforms in line with market rules, and jointly break through the technical bottleneck of industrial development.
At the meeting, China Textile Machinery Industry Association elected Lu Honggang, vice chairman of China Textile Machinery and Equipment Industry Association, as the secretary-general of China Textile Machinery Industry Association, and Gu Ping and Chen Xingqiang as vice presidents.

Textile Measuring & Rolling Machines

This Textile Measuring & Rolling Machines compact, sturdy bench mount machine is easy to thread up and produces excellent rolls of cut to length fabric. It is fast, accurate and easy to operate.

Bench mounted and portable.
Quick, easy thread up, no center bar required.
Uniform fixed tension.
Accurate length counter with cutter guide.
Hand wind (no power required)
Fabric width-standard 1800mm.
Non standard, up to 3200mm wide.
Max roll size 250mm diameter x 60kg.
Maintenance free.

length-counter

Textile machinery industry

There are two types of textile machinery manufacturing: one is to manufacture the whole machine, and the other is to manufacture special spare parts (such as spindles, cradle, steel collar, wire ring, knitting needle, card clothing, heald, menstruation). Film, etc.). The special equipment for manufacturing the entire textile machine factory accounts for a small proportion of the whole plant equipment, so under certain conditions, it is possible to change the variety to produce other machinery. The proportion of factory-specific equipment and special assembly lines for manufacturing special-purpose parts is large (especially knitting needles and card clothing), and it is difficult to change varieties. In each processing type, the proportion of casters is gradually decreasing, and the proportion of cold stamping, grinding, electroplating, polishing, etc. is gradually increasing. CNC machine tools and multi-station automatic machine tools partially replace special machine tools, which enhance the adaptability and flexibility of production.

The textile machinery has strong manufacturability, complex structure and many parts. It needs to be pre-assembled or partially assembled before leaving the factory, and then subjected to production test or partial production test to ensure that the machine quality meets the requirements. The textile machinery factory has a well-equipped testing department.

There are many kinds of textile machinery parts, such as 1200-1500 kinds of double-cylinder sock machine parts, and the processing steps of parts are diverse. If a factory produces a variety of machines at the same time, it is necessary to properly arrange the production rhythm and front-to-back connection of the parts to ensure that the variety and quantity of parts required for the entire machine assembly can be provided on the assembly line as scheduled. Modern textile machinery industry adopts new management methods and methods such as computer and system engineering to manage enterprises.

The textile machinery industry is interdependent and mutually reinforcing with many other industrial sectors. For example, the steel for the production of knitting needles requires good elongation, toughness, necessary hardness, rigidity and elasticity, which requires the steel for the smelting and rolling of the metallurgical industry. The textile machinery needs motors that provide special functions in the motor industry, such as torque motors and stepping motors; high starting torque, high working time rate, textile special motors that can withstand harsh environments; DC motors with variable speed performance and variable frequency motors Wait. The electrical and electronic industry is required to provide high-quality components and more complex automatic control devices and microprocessors and microcomputers that can withstand 8000 hours of continuous operation per year. It is required that the petrochemical industry provide oil-resistant synthetic resin which is invariably deformed in lubricating grease for a long time and is superior to non-ferrous metals, and is used for manufacturing transmission parts, bearings and seals, etc., and also needs various engineering plastics and reinforced plastics with excellent performance. Wood with an increasingly scarce resource, or instead of metal to reduce weight and inertia, improve corrosion resistance, wear resistance and other properties. The rubber industry is required to provide various transmission belts, roll wrapping materials, aprons, various cushioning parts, etc., and other mechanical industries are required to provide general-purpose speed reducers, universal transmission parts, universal clutches, couplings, brakes and other mechanical parts. In addition, in order to meet the needs of aerospace technology, automotive industry, weapons industry, new technologies, new materials, new structures, such as high-precision, high-speed rolling bearings, carbon fiber reinforced plastics, micro-compressed air lines and valve parts, hydraulic torque Converters, hydraulic transmissions, and jet technology have also begun to be used in textile machinery to promote high speed and high efficiency.

After decades of development, China’s textile machinery industry has made great progress. However, compared with the world’s advanced technology, there are still some gaps and some serious problems. The overall technical level of textile machinery is low, the product development and innovation capabilities are weak, and the investment in research and development is insufficient. The technological transformation of enterprises is not enough, and the manufacturing technology is backward. The domestic basic industry is weak, and the basic supporting parts cannot keep up, which affects the quality of textile machinery products and the improvement of the level of mechatronics. The development of textile machinery products lacks organic cooperation with the process, which affects the use of textile machinery products. The policy is not matched, which affects the competitiveness of domestic textile machinery products. In response to these problems, China’s textile machinery industry has taken a series of measures to vigorously develop textile machinery infrastructure, introduce foreign textile machinery technology, differentiated development strategies, and the country’s corresponding policies to support the development of textile machinery, and achieved good results.
From 2008 to 2010, with the rapid development of the world and China’s textile industry, the greater the demand for textile machinery, the development of China’s textile machinery industry is facing a good opportunity. It is estimated that by 2010, driven by the upgrading of textile machinery, the output value of new products of China’s textile machinery industry will increase from 25% in 2005 to 50% in 2010; the export value of textile machinery products will account for more than 30% of the same period; The numerical control rate of textile machinery industry equipment will reach more than 10%, among which key key enterprises will reach 15%-20%; the key parts of major textile machinery products and the finishing process capability index of new special basic parts will reach 1-1.25. . Therefore, the development space of China’s textile machinery industry is huge.

Motorized Warp Beam Lift and Transport Trolley

Motorized Warp Beam Lift and Transport Trolley ST-MBT-01 suitable for bottom beam transporting, inserting in weaving machines. Warp beam weighing up to 2500kg and beam width as per requirement.

Electric Warp Beam Carriers FEATURES:

1). Suitable for sensitive warp material.
2). Regular drive with 2-AC drive motors.
3). Maintenance-free battery.
4). Electronic pulse steering for smooth starting and braking.
5). Automatically extending support rollers for transverse movement.
6). Lifting movement by motor-driven with automatic quick lift.

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