Crescent Woolen Mills Co.
Quality converter of natural and synthetic fibers on the woolen and open-end systems......since 1923.
Crescent has 98,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and the best state-of-the-art equipment from such countries as the United States, England, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Japan.
Crescent yarns have been on space shuttle flights since 1982.
our woolen spinning system involves six distinct processes to convert the fiber into yarn:
BLENDING - sometimes referred to as opening, this is a process where the different fibers are put together to form an intimate blend of different types of fiber in one yarn such as wool/nylon, wool/silk, wool/alpaca, alpaca/angora, etc.
CARDING - this opens the fiber and causes the fibers to align themselves in a parallel fashion. Carding also determines the weight (or thickness) of the yarn. The weight is regulated by a computer which constantly monitors the amount of fiber entering the machine. The end product coming off of the cards is called roving. The roving is wound on spools.
SPINNING - wound spools are taken to the spinning frames and "twist" is put into the roving to give it strength. The degree of twist is expressed in twists per inch. Both the speed of the spinning process and twists per inch are set by and maintained by computer. The end product coming off the frame is yarn and is wound on a bobbin.
WINDING - if the yarn is going to be used as a single ply (only one strand of yarn) it goes on a bobbin to the winding department. The winders take the yarn off the bobbin and place the yarn on a cardboard cone. If there are any knots, thick, or thin spots in the yarn the computer controlled automated winders cut out the problem area. The yarn is air spliced back together, insuring the uniform consistency of the yarn. This air splicing technique and the elimination of knots greatly improves the knitting and weaving productivity as the yarn moves much more efficiently through those processes. From here the yarn is packaged and shipped to the knitter or the weaver.
DOUBLING - if the yarn is to be more than a single ply, it goes from winding to doubling. Here it is plied with one or more stands of yarn. Crescent's system can accommodate plying up to 4 strands of yarn. Different types of yarn can be plied together (i.e. two cotton yarns and one wool yarn resulting in the end yarn being one-third (1/3) wool and two-thirds (2/3) cotton, etc.) The yarns to from the cones (winder end product) on to tubes. All the strands of yarn on the tubes are parallel to each other.
TWISTING - the tubes of plied yarns are then placed on a twister which puts twist into the parallel plied yarns. The twist is regulated by computer. Twist is expressed in "twists per inch". The yarn goes from the doubling tubes on to cardboard cones. The yarn , now on cones, is packaged and shipped to the knitters and weavers.
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Crescent Woolen Mills Co.