TECH-500 Textile Manufacture
Wool Technology links production and metrology to processing. An overview of processing systems, Worsted and Woollen, is presented. The early stage processing of wool and the spinning process to yarn are covered in much detail with the principles, processes and machinery explained and examined. The utilisation of wool fibre in the world-wide textile industry is presented, including the development of new products, and other textile fibres that compete with wool are described. Fibre properties and their impact on processing and final products are also covered.
Wool fibres are only one of many fibre types both natural and synthetic which go into the manufacture of textile apparel. Topics in this theme look at those competing fibres and describe textile processes in general.

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TECH-500-100 Competing Fibres
Modules in this topic give examples of recent developments in synthetic fibre technology and give a “snapshot” of some of these fibres.
TECH-500-100-100 Competing Fibres: “Shingosen”
This module examines the wool fibre against some competing fibres, and also looks at developments in fibre technology. “Shingosen” fibres from Japan are used as an example of a very recent development.
TECH-500-100-200 Competing Fibres on the Internet
This module is included as a “snapshot” of some other fibres that compete against wool. It is not intended to be a complete list, just a quick look at some information on the Internet.
TECH-500-200 Textile Processes
Textile processes are examined in general. An exercise is provided which matches textile machines and processes.
TECH-500-200-100 Textile Processes & Products
This module describes textile processes in general, including those processes which are integral to the manufacture of blended fibre products. An exercise is provided whereby textile products are matched to textile machines and processes. After this exercise, the complexity and inter-relations of the processing pipeline should be apparent. Some textile processes not covered individually in this subject area such as weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing are outlined in this module.