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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 03)
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Design and Construction of a Mechanized Loom

A.S. Akinwonmi
Corresponding Author:  A.S. Akinwonmi 

Key words:  Aso-Oke, cams, construction, design, harness, local weavers, mechanized loom, shuttle, warp
Vol. 3 , (03): 159-171
Submitted Accepted Published
2010 September, 15 2011 February, 22 2011 March, 30

This study analyzes the design and construction of a Mechanized Loom to improve the existing Hand Loom used by the local weavers and to weave a 300 mm width Aso-Oke instead of the existing 100 mm width. There are difficulties in weaving of Aso-Oke using the Foot Loom and Hand Loom since this conventional method is time consuming and labour intensive. In the Mechanized Loom, the mode of operation of the Hand and Foot Loom was studied and then mechanized with the application of Cam mechanism and spring to throw the Shuttle from one shuttle arm through the harness to the other shuttle arm. In the design, the warp is separated to form the shed through which the shuttle passes from one shuttle arm to the other shuttle arm with the aid of the harness and its linkage. The construction was done using mild steel and hard wood for the cams. The advantages and importance of this Mechanized Loom include high efficiency, increased production, easier operation, cheap and available material, portability, durability, reliable accuracy and reasonable speed.
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A.S. Akinwonmi, 2011. Design and Construction of a Mechanized Loom.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 3(03): 159-171.
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