The C 70 is the second card generation offered by Rieter in a width of 1.5 metres. Other suppliers offer cards with working widths between 1.2 and 1.5 metres. This allows direct global comparisons between these cards - with astounding results, as the following findings of tests reveal. In all tests, considerable attention was paid to ensuring that the conditions for the C 70 and for the card of the respective other supplier were comparable. Production capacity, quality and energy consumption were tested.

All quality limits met

An American customer compared the yarn quality of a polyester cotton yarn with a count of Ne 20 at various production capacities. A C 70 and a 1.28-metre wide card of the latest design from another supplier were used. The C 70, which the customer had in operation already for a few years, was equipped with new components to ensure that both cards were state-of-the-art. A production of 170 kilograms of sliver per hour was used as a starting point. Up to a production of 181 kilograms per hour, both machines were on a par with each other in terms of quality. The quality indicator used was the number of neps per gram in card sliver, with a limit value as required by the customer of 200 neps. With a delivery of 204 kilograms of sliver per hour, this limit was exceeded several times over by the 1.28-metre card (Fig. 1). This was the point at which the team from the other supplier gave up and withdrew its machine from the race.

The C 70, on the other hand, reliably and continuously produced 227 kilograms of sliver per hour within the customer's quality limits. Even without supervision by the Rieter staff, the C 70 maintained an efficiency rate of 100 per cent over several shifts. The sliver was spun on a rotor spinning machine. Despite the fact that the C 70 produced considerably more card sliver, no changes in the yarn quality, such as imperfections, were noted. The yarn quality remained stable throughout the entire test period. The running values of the rotor spinning machine were very pleasing: The new state-of-the-art card C 70 with high production rates came out with better results compared to the average for the rest of the card C 70 (Fig. 2). The 25 per cent increase in production with the same yarn quality generated huge customer interest in the conversion kit.

Fig. 1: With a production of 227 kilograms per hour, the card C 70 achieved considerably more stable nep values in the sliver.