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    1. Chris Turner 97 months ago | reply

      wonderful, i wonder what this thing did?


    2. corcam [deleted] 97 months ago | reply

      unique shot.. i like it

    3. massenpunkt 97 months ago | reply

      thank you!

      it is a carding machine.


    4. Ignacio LPM 97 months ago | reply

      Nice composition. I like the tonality on this.

      3:1 Group

    5. C.P.Storm 97 months ago | reply

      You sure want to make sure that all the gears are well aligned!
      (3:1 Group)

    6. yakubovich 87 months ago | reply

      Awesome machine! I've used it in a collage:

    7. massenpunkt 87 months ago | reply

      thanks ilya! you honour me thereby.
      i would like to see "more" from you on flickr.

    8. Uttertoad Comix [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Strange Mach!nery, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    9. Paul Boulter 76 months ago | reply

      Wonderful. Has the look of a classic.

    10. Chaddy Goods 73 months ago | reply

      This is part of a carding machine. Looking at the photograph it is probably the second part of a double doffer card for producing non-woven products. There would normally be a "feed section" with another "cylinder" complete with "workers and strippers" and a "single doffer" infront of the machine you see.

      The main "cylinder" (with the fancy spoked wheel) rotates clockwise and is covered in card wire which opens out and orientates the textile fibres. The "worker and stripper" rollers above the cylinder are also cover in card wire and rotate anti clockwise.

      Some fibres from the "cylinder" are transfered on to the "worker" rollers which are then removed by the "stripper" rollers and placed back onto the "cylinder". This process continues to randomly mix all the fibres as they pass through the card.

      Some of fibres are then removed by the "top doffer" (Highest roller with spoked wheel). This rotates anti clockwise at a slower speed than the "cylinder" cause fibres to bunch up again on the "top doffer" card wire. The "top doffer" is the stripped by a "comb" or "flutted" roller and a web of fibres produced and moved away on a conveyor.

      The three rollers below the "top doffer" are the "upper fancy stripper", the "fancy" and the "lower fancy stripper" The "fancy" rotates clockwise and raises the remaing fibres on the cylinder so the can be stripped by the "bottom doffer". The "fancy" rotates at high speed and creates air turbulance and "fly" which is fibres floating in the turbulance. The fancy is coverd to keep the fly down and the "top and bottom fancy strippers" are used to keep the "fancy" clean and control fly.

      The "bottom doffer" rotates anti clockwise and removes fibres from the "cylinder" just as the "top doffer" does. These fibres are stripped by a "comb" or "flutted" roller to form a second web. This second web is moved away on a conveyor and has the first web from the top doffer laid onto it to double the thickness.

      The web is then used to make all types of wadding based products. The web can be thinckened even further by being laid on itself in a "cross folder" and then "needle punched" to give it structure.

      Some fibres remain on the "cylinder" to travel round again to continue the mixing process.

      I hope that explains how it works?

      I think it will probably be as clear as mud.

      I have a few pictures of various carding machines working in mills but non are as good as this picture. The machines I have photographed are usually full of oil and fluff.

      Excellent photograph.

    11. Eddi van W. 55 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons- Free Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. a g a t h e - j. s. 55 months ago | reply

      thank you very much for the CC licnce:)
      I used your image here :

    13. Darwin70 53 months ago | reply

      This is just fantastic. Just love the complexity on show here. I don't want to know what it does or how it works - I think opening that to your imagination is part of the impact.

    14. Slimdandy 53 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the use of this image:
      The [   ] of Plenitude

    15. ellenm1 51 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Tag my images (in your language), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. Islandguy 48 months ago | reply

      thanks for making this awesome image available to us! Here's how I used it:
      Chocolate Bunny Factory

    17. Preconscious Eye 46 months ago | reply

      A beautiful photograph...and amazing description of it's features by Chris! This image obviously inspires the imagination as beautifully depicted by islandguy : )

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