FIBER PROCESSING EQUIPMENT
Tumbling and Washing: The fleece is first washed with a high-quality scouring soap. Fiber is then sent to the tumbler to remove any loose vegetable matter (VM), and dirt.
Carding: This machine is the core of the fiber mill. From this machine, batts, roving, center-pull bumps, and rug yarn can be produced. The blending of fibers can happen on the carder.
Picking: Cleaned fiber is sent through the picker to open the fiber in preparation for further processing. The blending of fibers and colors can be done at this stage for uniform consistency.
Draw Frame: Rovings from the carder are taken to the draw frame to create a roving that is uniform and consistent. The blending of multiple rovings can create a unique product.
Fiber Separator: This machine removes guard hair and VM from fine fiber. This machine is optional and not all fleeces require this process.
Spinner/Plyer: Drawn rovings from the drawframe are twisted into yarns of various plys and weights. Unique yarns can be created at this stage.