We got to see our Auto-coner in action today and it didn’t fail to wow!
Standing tall and very, very wide on the first floor, it’s every bit as impressive as it looks – this is one clever piece of kit.
The Auto-coner is where the cotton yarn comes after it has been spun, up on the third floor. It not only winds the yarn from cops onto a cone at speeds of up to 1,500 metres a minute it also analyses the threads for imperfections and faults as it goes.
If the sensors detect a fault, the clearers automatically, cut out the faulty section and then splice it back together, untwisting then re-twisting the ends together to form an almost invisible join.
We turned it on today so the engineers could programme the highly intelligent computer, which tell the Auto-coner exactly what settings to use with all the individual types of yarn.