This is an automated sample creel loading system. It uses a pattern file which including thread up, pile height information and product construction. 4 yarns at a time are blown into the standard creels, from a creel of 16 possible packages. The yarn is metered in length at all positions, meaning the pattern, desired sample size and overhead are used to calculate a variable length yarn at each position. This has benefits in loading speed and minimizing yarn waste.
The yarn is loaded and a “tail” of yarn is left on the front of the creel to facilitate splicing to the sample tufting machine.
After an initial alignment to a particular mobile creel, setup involves
- Moving the creel into position, and the creel being locked in place
- fitting from 4 to 16 packages
- loading the pattern
(Approx 10 minutes setup time)
The machine reports on “no yarn” conditions (empty package, or broken yarn)
The machine is guarded to the required standards.