Taproot Fibre Lab / Breaking Machine

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The breaking machine consists of 5 steel rollers designed to crush and crack retted flax straw to release the fibre from the shive. To ensure optimal processing, the operator can adjust the roller force exerted on the straw, and control the number of times the straw passes through the machine.

Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2083 mm
Width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1100 mm
Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2300 mm
Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350 kg
Fibre Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   600-1200 m
Throughput . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30 clamps per hour
Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1Ø 240VAC, 50/60Hz
Rated Current . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4A
Price . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Call for quote

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THE FLAX TO FIBRE PROCESS

Stage 1: Rippling
Removing the seed boll from the flax stem.

 

Stage 2: Breaking
The first step in separating the break from the straw. The outer woody stem is crushed and bent in preparation for scutching.

 

Stage 3: Scutching
The broken and crushed woody “shive” is separated from the fibre.

 

Stage 4: Hackling
The fibre is combed smooth and straight while the shorter and lower quality fibre (tow) is separated.

 

Stage 5: Intersecting
The fibre is drawn out into a continuous ribbon called a “sliver.”

 

Stage 6: Spinning
The sliver is further drawn out and twisted into a yarn.