The Hindu Business Line

This bike makes work eas­ier in spin­ning mills

- LN RE­VATHY Andhra Pradesh · Guntur

Imag­ine a ma­chine op­er­a­tor in a spin­ning mill mov­ing along­side the ring-frame in a chair that is pow­ered by a VFD-con­trolled mo­tor (Spin­bike), instead of pac­ing back and forth, for join­ing the bro­ken yarn.

A cou­ple of spin­ning mills have opted for this Spin­bike solution to re­duce the op­er­a­tor’s fa­tigue and en­sure ease of op­er­a­tion.

A spin­bike is not a freeflow bike, but one with VFD(vari­able fre­quency drive) con­trolled mo­tor, pointed out A Karthikeya­n, Pro­pri­etor, Cleen­tex. “It will move with the op­er­a­tor in a straight path, in both — re­verse and for­ward — di­rec­tion, and is fit­ted with 2 two cops trol­ley,” he added.

“I came up with this solution as I had worked in a spin­ning mill for close to A spin­bike at work in a spin­ning mill

eight years; the con­cerns of the op­er­a­tor touched my heart. The ma­chine op­er­a­tor would easily walk 14-17 kilo­me­tres per shift of eight hours, as his/ her job is to join the bro­ken yarn asand­when a break­age oc­curs to en­sure smooth run­ning of the ma­chine and col­lect the cops in a trol­ley. It is a tir­ing job” he added. “With Spin­bike

Plus, the op­er­a­tor’s move­ment on foot is re­duced by 95 per cent and fit­ment of the cops trol­ley aids in uni­form pick­ing of the cops through­out the process. The sider (op­er­a­tor) need not bend to pick up the cops,” he ex­plained.

The three-year old start-up has supplied 120 bikes in the last 24 months. “This in­cludes the sup­ply of 10 Spin­bike Plus to a mill in Gun­tur, in Andhra Pradesh.”

Ac­cord­ing to Karthikeya­n, a spin­ning unit with 25,000 spin­dles will need eight such bikes.

“We will be able to de­liver up to 30 Spin­bike Plus a month,” he said.

The com­pany also im­parts train­ing on use of the bike.

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