Flying shuttle

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The warp threads run vertically from the front of the loom to the back, and the weaver raises some threads while lowering others. Disadvantages of the Flying Shuttle The flying shuttle, like many other early inventions of the Industrial Revolution, came with a human cost.

The weaver never touches the shuttle except to change the bobbin. The manufacturers formed an association which refused to pay Kay any royalties. This machine included the Flying Shuttle.

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Since the weaving width is no longer limited to the width of the weaver's reach, the fabric -- and the loom -- can be much wider than the reach of a man's arms. It had an enormous impact on the woolen industry. Without the Flying Shuttle, it is unlikely the textile industry would have grown like it did in England during the 17th century. Kay never profited from his invention, and he died in France. Before the invention of the Flying Shuttle, weavers had to pass the shuttle through the warp threads by hand. At each end of the race, there is a box which catches the shuttle at the end of its journey, and which contains a mechanism for propelling the shuttle on its return trip. The weft is wound onto a pirn rather than a bobbin, and the pirn does not rotate in the shuttle. His hands don't have to throw or catch the shuttle.

At each end of the race is a box with a mechanism in it for propelling the shuttle out of the box and across to the other side of the race, with great force. This invention greatly sped up the weaving process and made it possible to weave much wider cloths.

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On a traditional shuttle, the weft rolls off a bobbin in the shuttle and comes out one side of the shuttle. The Flying Shuttle John Kay and the flying shuttle sped up the production of cloth so much that spun yarn was hard to come by. Kay lost all of his money in legal battles to defend his patent. For many the word shuttle is more likely to be a way of transport, or even a space age vessel, as its action so accurately describes the repetitive toing and froing along a pre-planned route. The weft thread is made to exit from the end rather than the side, and the thread is stored on a pirn a long, conical, one-ended, non-turning bobbin to allow it to feed more easily. Without the Flying Shuttle, it is unlikely the textile industry would have grown like it did in England during the 17th century. Despite this step forward the invention was not initially liked or preferred by the English weavers but was quickly adapted by the French weavers who were able to sell cheaply in the English market. He was seeking for a new kind of shuttle that would speed up the relatively slow pace of hand weaving. The weaver never touches the shuttle except to change the bobbin. Finally, the flying shuttle is generally somewhat heavier, so as to have sufficient momentum to carry it all the way through the shed. However, he had no experience or knowledge in business or industry so was unable to successfully market his power looms, using his factory only to test out new inventions. Kay invented a shuttle that was mechanically thrown. The shuttle then had to be caught in the other hand, the shed closed, and the beater pulled forward to push the weft into place. In Historical , Technical The invention of the flying shuttle.

Because the hand shuttle was passed from hand to hand the path of the shuttle was in the form of an ark rather than a straight line.

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Flying shuttle