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CHAPTER - 7 WEAVING CALCULATION & USEFUL FORMULAS: 7.1. Count: · · · A number indicating the Mass per unit Length OR The length per unit mass of Yarn. Expression of the fineness of Yarn. There are three Systems to Calculate Count 1. Indirect System 2. Direct System 3. Universal System 1 7 1 Lea Leas Hank = = = 120 yd 1 hank 840 yds. or 768 meter

1. Indirect system Total No. of hanks per one pound is the count of that yarn (Ne) i.e. if 10 hanks (10 x 840 yds. or 7680 meters) weighs one Pound or 0.454 Kg, then the Count of Yarn in indirect system 10s or 10Ne. This System widely used for staple fiber spun yarns like 100% Cotton, Viscose, Polyester fibers and their blends. Higher the yarn Count i.e Ne the yarn is finer

Count =

Length in hanks (840 yards) Weight in Pounds

2. Direct System Count = Weight in grams per 9000 meters of yarn In this system the yarn numbering is called as Denier (D) Higher the yarn number i.e Denier the yarn is coarser. 3. Universal System Count = No of grams per 1000 meters or per km of yarn. In this system count is called as Tex

Commonly used other numbering systems I. Nf - French count: It is the No of 1000 meters length in ½ kg of yarn Count is the No of 1000 meters length per kg. of yarn. III. Worsted system: IV. Linen system: V. Hemp, Jute, Flax: Conversion System English (Ne) to Denier (D) English (Ne) to Tex French (Nf) to English (Ne) Denier Tex English (Ne) = = = 5315 / Ne 590.5 / Ne Nf x 1.181 Count is the No. of 560 yards in one lbs. It is the No. of leas of 300 yards per pound Count is the No of 14,400 yards length per pound of yarn II. Nm - Metric system: -


Twist per Inch or meter (TPI or TPM) To give strength to the yarn, certain twist is given in the yarn. TPI vary according to end use of yarn. More twist for warp yarns, medium twist for weft yarns and less twist for hosiery yarns. We calculate the twist as TPI or TPM. Twist is given in `Z' direction or `S' direction. If twist is given in CW direction it is `Z' twist. If it is given in CCW direction it is `S' twist. Single yarns are given `Z' twist and double yarns are given `S' twist. Twist relation for double yarn TPI = 0.7 x Single yarn TPI


Multi-filament Yarns Multi-filament yarn are identified as 80/34/250, 80/34/0, 155/16/120 Here the first number denotes the Denier, second shows No. of filaments in the yarn & the last indicate No. of Twist per meter.


Winding Calculation Slub ­ catcher settings: a. b. Fixed Blade Oscillating Blade = = Carded Combed (2.0 to 2.5) x Diameter (1.5 to 2.0) x Diameter 25% more than above

Smooth micro-set

c. d.

Serrated Blade Electronic yarn clearer

= =

100% more than the above 3 cm x 3 Diameter = = = =

Diameter For Blended yarn Yarn clearer efficiency Knot factor

1/ (28 x count ) inches

10 to 15% more settings

Faults remved × 100 Faults present Total breaks during winding (at faults) No. of Breaks due to objectionable faults stength of spliced joint × 100 strength of parent yarn

0.1 x Single strength in grams

Retained splice strength Winding Tension Optimum spindles / winder N

= = =

Expected efficiency Expected production


= =

4.8 × y OR +1 S 4500 × Y S × N (12 + 98)

13Y / Winder per 8 hrs. in kgs (12 + 98) × C

B = breaks per bobbin C = English count

Y = Length / Bobbin (meters.) S = Winding speed (meters./min) 7.5. Warping Calculations: Machine Efficiency E=

R × 100 R +S

R = Uninterrupted running Time for 1000 meters (sec) =

1000 × 60 Machine speed in mtr/min

S = total of time, in seconds for which the machine is stopped for a production of 1000 meters. = R+

B × N × T1 T2 T3 + + + T4 400 L L×C

N = Number of ends. C = Beams per creel.

B = End breaks / 400 ends / 1000 meters L = Set Length in 1000 meters

Timing of activities in Seconds are T1 = To mend a break T2 = To change a beam T3 = To change a Creel T4 = Miscellaneous Time loss / 1000 mtrs.

Production in meters. per 8 hrs.(K) = Production in Kgs. Per 8 hrs. = Warping Tension = 7.6. Sizing Calculations:

480 x mtrs / min x E / 100 Kgs. (K x N) / (1693 x English Count) 0.03 to 0.05 x Single Thread Strength


Warp weight (in Kg) =

Length in meter × 1.094 × Total Ends 840 × 2.204 × Warp Count

2. Size pick up %age =

Sized warp weight - Un - Sized warp weight. × 100 Un - sized warp weight.

3. Weight of size = Warp Weight x Size pick up % 4. Stretch %age =

Sized Warp Length - Un - Sized Warp Length. × 100 Un - sized warp Length. Total Ends × Warp length in yards Sized warp weight (lbs.) × 840

= =

5. Sized yarn Count =

6. % Moisture Content 7. % Stretch

8. % Droppings on loom =

Wt. of Sized Yarn - Wt. of Oven Dried Yarn ×100 Wt. of Sizd Yarn Delivery counter Reading - Feed Counter Reading × 100 Feed Counter Reading 840000 × D × C 454 Y × N × P

C = English Count N = Number of Ends

D = Dropping in gms. Y = Length woven (yds.) P = % size add on 9. Invisible Loss % =

Amount of size material issued - Amount of size added on yarn × 100 Amount of size issued

2.0 kg / kg of sized yarn 0.3 kg / kg of liquor 0.2 kg / kg of yarn =

Steam Consumption (Sizing M/c) = (Cooker) = (Sow box) = 10. Max. Speed of machine (meters / min)

No. of Cylinder × 1000 × English Count Number of Ends

11. Wt. Of Warp in gms / mtr 7.7. Weaving Calculations =

No. of Ends × 0.6 English Count

1. Reed Count It is calculated in stock port system. No. of dents in 2 inches is called Reed Count

Reed count =

EPI 1 + Weft crimp %age

2. Reed Width

Reed Width = Cloth width ×

100 + weft crimp %age 100

3. Crimp %age

Warp Crimp %age =

Warp length - Cloth length × 100 Cloth length

Weft crimp %age =

4. Cloth Cover Factor 1. 2. 3.

Weft length - Cloth width Cloth width

× 100

Warp cover factor = Weft cover factor =

EPI Warp Count PPI Weft count

Wp.C.F. × Wt.C.F. 28

Cloth cover factor = Wp.C.F + Wt.C.F -

5. Maximum EPI for particular count 1. For plain fabrics 2. For drill Fabrics 3. For satin fabrics 4. Other design = 14 × = =


Count × 28 × 4 Count × 28 × 5


7 Ends / repeat × 1 / yarn diameter = No. of intersections / repeat + ends / repeat


5. Yarn diameter.

1 28 × Count

6. Weave Density a) Warp Density = Ends / cm × = < 250

Tex × K

b) Filling Density = Picks / cm × Tex × K = < 350 c) Weave Density = 50 +

(Warp dencity - 100) × F.D. - 100 (Weft dencity - 100) × F.D. - 100

d) Effective weave density = W. D x K of loom width x K of Design = < 72 Wp / filling - K Loom Width - K Weave Design - K Cotton = 1.00 140 cm - 0.99 Plain1/1 Polyester/Cotton = 1.03 180 cm - 1.00 Twill 1/2 Viscose Filament = 1.17 190 cm - 1.01 Matt, Gabardine 2/2 Polyester Filament = 1.22 220 cm - 1.02 Drill 1/3 250 cm - 1.08 Satin 1/4 330 cm - 1.15 360 cm ­ 1.20

= 1.00 = 0.87 = 0.82 = 0.77 = 0.69

7. To change the count and number of thread / inch, keeping the same denseness of the fabric: 1. To change the EPI Without altering the denseness:

EPI in Exp. Cloth =

EPI in given cloth × Warp count in expected cloth Warp count in given cloth


To change the count without altering the denseness:

EPI in exp. Cloth 2 Count in Exp. Cloth = EPI in given cloth

× Count in given cloth

8. Warp requirement to weave a cloth a.

Warp weight in gms/mtrs =

Total ends × 1.0936 × 453.59 × crimp% × Waste%age 840 x Count R.S. in inches x 453.59 x PPI × Crimp %age × Waste%age 840 x Count


Weft Weight in gms/mtrs =


Cloth length in mtrs with the given weft weight

Weft wt. in kgs x Weft count x 1848 x 0.9144 = PPI x R. S. in inches

For Silk and Polyester


Warp weight in gms/ mtrs =

Total ends × Count (Denier) × Crimp% × Waste %age 9000 RS in inches × PPI × Count (Denier) × Crimp % × Waste %age 9000


Weft weight in gms/ mtrs =

Allowance for count in Bleached and Dyed Fabric: Count becomes 4% FinerDyed counts become max 6% Coarser 9. Fabric production calculation

1. Loom Speed = Motor RPM ×

Motor pully diameter Loom pully diameter

2. Loom Efficiency %age =

Actual Production × 100 Calculated Production

3. Moisture Regain %age = ×

Yarn weight - Dryed Yarn weight × 100 Dryed Yarn weight Yarn weight - Dryed Yarn weight × 100 Yarn weight

4. Moisture Content %age = ×

Type of Yarn Cotton Jute Silk Rayon, Viscose Wool Nylon Polyester

Moisture Regain% 8.50 13.75 11.00 11.00 17.00 4.20

Moisture Content% 7.83 12.10 9.91 9.91 14.50 3.78

5. Warp weight in Kg. =

Total ends × Tape length in meter. 1693.6 × Warp Count

RS in centi - meters × Cloth Length in meters × PPI 4301.14 × Weft Count

6. Weft weight in Kg. =

EPI PPI 7. Cloth weight in GSM = + × 25.6 Warp Count Weft Count 8. Oz. (Ounze) per Sq. Yard =

GSM (Grams per Sq.Meter) 34

10. Material measurement: To calculate the length of any rolled fabrics, this formula gives the nearest accuracy. L=

0.0655 (D - d) (D + d) t

Where L = Length of material (Feet) t = Thickness of fabrics (inches) D = Outside diameter (inches) d = Inside diameter (inches) 11. Weight of yarn in a cloth: The weight of cloth manufactured on looms depends upon the weight of yarns in the warp and weft: ends/inch, picks/inch and the weight of size on the warp. Therefore, Cloth weight = Weight of warp + Weight of weft + Weight of size (All in lbs.) Where as Weight of warp in lbs. Also Weight of weft in lbs.= =

Total No. of Ends × Tape Length in Yds. 840 × Warp Yarn Count

Length of Cloth (Yds) × Picks / inch in Cloth × Reed Width (inch) 840 × Weft Yarn Count

7.8. YARN QUALITY & OTHER PARAMETERS 1. Yarn Appearance: The Visual Effect obtained by viewing a sample of yarn wound with a designated traverse on a black board of designated size. Nep: Slub: Thick place: a tightly tangled mass of unorganised fiber an abruptly thickened place of yarn a yarn defect where the diameter is greater than the adjoining segments and extending for 6 mm Thin Place: a yarn segment where the diameter is 25% lesser than the average diameter of yarn Fuzz: Bunch: Untangled fibers that protrude from the surface of the yarn a yarn segment not over 6 mm in length that shows abrupt increase in diameter caused by more fibers matted in this particular place Method: yarn wound on hylam black boards wound for fixed wraps per inch as per count compared with standard reference boards. Grades: Above `A' to below `D' - The imperfections increase from Grade `A' and the maximum in grade `D'. Average index of five boards of five graders. 2. Yarn Evenness: Unevenness: Variation in the linear density of a continuous strand or of a portion of a strand. Apparatus: Principle: Uster­Evenness Tester Difference in the capacitance variation. Lower the Count lower the Imperfections. One km of yarn is run through two capacitance plated at specific speed (fixed as per the count). The capacitance variation is integrated and expressed as % unevenness (U%). The imperfections are counted and are reported per kilometer. 3. Linier Density of Yarn: Expression of the fineness of Yarn A number indicating the mass per unit Length or the length per unit mass of Yarn Direct system: Denier, Tex (Weight Of Unit Length) Indirect System (Units of Lengths) per (Units of weights)

4. Count Test ­ Apparatus Wrap reel Balance 120 yards of yarn / 100 meters of yarn wound in a wrap reel and weighed . From the weight, the count is calculated. 5. Single Thread Strength Testing Force Required to break a single strand of yarn of unit length Apparatus - Single thread Strength Tester RKM %Elongation 6. Lea Stength Testing Lea Breaking Strength The Force required to break one lea Unit ­pounds Count Strength Product Apparatus ­Lea Tester 7. Principles Of Tensile Testing Constant Rate of Loading: The Rate of change of Load is constant ­ Uster Dynamat Constant rate of Traverse: The pulling clamp moves at a constant rate ­ Lea ­ Pendulum tester Constant rate of Extension:Rate Of change of Specimen length is constant ­ Statmat 8. Twist Testing Direction Twist S ­Twist: When Held in vertical position, the spiral confirm in slope to the central position of the letter `S' Z ­Twist: When Held in vertical position, the spiral confirm in slope to the central position of the letter `Z' No of Turns (Twists) per Unit length Single Twist

Double Twist Twist Multiplier Apparatus: Twist Tester Direct Method Indirect Method 7.9. Analysis Of Cloth Sample: On analysing a sample of cloth made from cotton; rayon, silk or flax with view of its reproduction produced thus: 1. Record whether a fabric is in the grey or the finished state. 2. Determine which threads constitute warp and which weft. 3. If in grey, test for the presence of size material by staining with iodine, when the starch in the size warp turns deep blue in colour, the weft being unaffected. 4. Examine for direction of spinning twist in the yarns, and also if either set of threads is two-fold yarn. If crepe yarns have been used it may be necessary to test for amount of twist present. 5. Count the ends and picks per inch in the fabric. If more than 2 warps or wefts are used, find the number per inch of each yarn type used. 6. Test the yarns for Regain i.e. how much longer they are out of the cloth than the length of the sample from which they were abstracted. By this means we can estimate the length of warp required to give the length to cloth and from the weft regain we can estimate the length in Reed or length of each pick of weft. In weaving ordinary classes 10% of cotton goods warp regain between 4% and according to the structure, while the weft regain is usually about 5%. These figures apply to grey cloths only. In finished goods, the regain will differ according to the nature of the finished applied. Very often the length of the cloth is increased and its width reduced on finishing, hence the warp regain may be as low as 1% to 4% while the weft regain may be 8% to 10 %. "Rigmel" finished and "Sanforising" are finishing processes in which the fabric is pre-shrunk both in warp and weft directions, the advantage being that the fabric, when made into a garment, will retain its shape: it will not shrink in the laundering. When analysing these materials regains of 8% to 10% will probably be found in both warp and weft. 7. Test the yarns for counts of warp and weft (The count of the yarn is the number of length units required to weight on gain). In a grey sample the warp will probably be sized yarn and the count recorded will be the sized count. This should be corrected by making a second test after thoroughly washing the fabric to remove all size and

filling materials. If the sample is a bleached, dye, or printed cloth, the counts of warp and weft will be affected counts test then made, allowing about 5% in bleached count = 20s grey count: 38s bleached = 36s grey count. 8. Analyse the sample for weave details i.e. whether plain, twill, satin, or some other weave, and proceed to develop the draft and peg plan when necessary. 9. When analysing the sample containing rayon yarns, it is important to test for type of rayon i.e. Viscose, Cuprammonium or Cellulose Acetate, i.e. number of filaments comprising the rayon thread must be countered and the yarn exactly matched to obtain true reproduction of the sample. If the fabric is a coloured woven material, such as a poplin shirting or a zephyr check, the warp and weft patterns must be abstracted. For the ordinary kinds of cotton fabrics the contraction during weaving makes the cloth stand about 4 ends per inch closer in the cloth than in the reed and there is a gain of about 2 picks per inch from the loom to the warehouse table. Thus if a cloth is required to the following dimensions: 36 inch wide, 120 yards long, 72 ends / 66 picks per inch, 34s warp, 30s weft, plain weave ­ the making particulars would be : warp length 126 yards : ends per inch in reed, 68 : pick wheel on loom, 64 : pure warp ends ­ 36 x 72 = 2592 plus selvedge allowance say 30 extra ends = 2622 ends width in reed 38.2 in. When estimating the grey or loom particulars to reproduce a given finished sample of cloth, experience in the handling of that type of cloth, both in the grey and finished states, is necessary. No general rule can be laid down to cover all classes of goods, careful measurement of regains will, in most cases, be of great assistance in this work.


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