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Prepared By : Mazadul Hasan sheshirID: 201000040000813th Batch (session 2009-2013)Department : Wet Processing Technology Email: [email protected] : www. Textilelab.blogspot.com (visit)

Southeast University Department Of Textile Engineering

I/A 251,252 Tejgaon Dhaka Bangladesh

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Singeing and desizing form preliminary processes to which grey cloth is processes are intended to remove cotton ends. Protruding from the surface of the cloth and certain constituents of the sizing mixture applied to the warp yarns before weaving. The preliminary processes are intended to remove cotton ends before weaving. Protruding from the surface of the cloth and certain constituents of the sizing mixture applied to the warp yarns.

Since spinning of yarn form short lengths of fibres essentially involves making a bundle of fibres parallel to each other followed by drawing and twisting, the ends of some of the fibres are likely to protrude form the surface of yarn, while those of the bulk of the fibres may be considered as trapped inside the yarn. When such yarn is used in weaving, these free fibre ends, along with very short fibre lengths, protrude from the surface of the fabric, giving it a fuzzy appearance. They destroy the smooth and the lustrous character of the fabric surface. Fabrics like stain, sateens, poplin, handkerchief cloth etc. are valued for their smooth appearance. Therefore, in most of the cases, the protruding fibres have to be removed and this is done by a process called singeing.


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The verb ‘singe’ literally means ‘to burn superficially’. Technically, singeing refers to the burning-off of. Loose fibres not firmly bound into the yarn and/or fabric structure. Singeing is an important part of pretreatment. This is the burning off of protruding fiber ends from the surface of the fabric. If not done properly, unclear print patterns, mottled fabric surfaces, and pilling results.

Loose yarns not firmly bound into the fabric structure;

Protruding fibre ends sticking out of the textile yarns and/or fabrics.Textiles materials are most commonly singed in woven or knitted fabric form or in yarn form.



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Singeing Definition :

If a fabric is to have a smooth finish, singeing is essential. Singeing is a dry process

used on woven goods that removes fibers protruding from yarns or fabrics. These

are burned off by passing the fibers over a flame or heated copper plates. Singeing

improves the surface appearance of woven goods and reduces pilling. It is

especially useful for fabrics that are to be printed or where a smooth finish is

desired. Pollutant outputs associated with singeing include relatively small

amounts of exhaust gases from the burners.


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Singeing process is as follows:

1. To produce a smooth surface finish on fabrics made from staple fibers first the fabric surfaces are brushed lightly to raise the unwanted fiber ends.

2. Then the fabric is singed with or passed over heated copper plates or open gas flames. The fiber ends burn off.

3. The fabric is moved very rapidly, and only the fiber ends are destroyed.

4. As soon as the fabric leaves the singeing area, it enters a water bath or desizing bath. This stops any singeing afterglow or sparks that might damage the cloth.


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Some of the precautions to be taken in considerations during singeing:-

1. The fabric to be singed should be dry as wet fabric tend to scorch more readily than dry.

2. Uneven singeing may cause streaks on fabric or bubbles when the fabric is finished.

3. Improper singeing may lead to loss of 75 % loss in tensile strength loss in warp direction.

4. The fabric should not contain any acid releasing salt,which may release acid on heating and tender the fabric.

5. Stopping the machines may cause bars on the fabrics.6. Singeing may cause hardening of the size thus leading to difficulty in its

removal.7. Possibility of thermal damage to temperature sensitive fabrics.8. The burning characteristics of fibers must be taken into account when this

process is applied, as heat-sensitive fibers melt, forming tiny balls on the surface of the fabric. These balls interfere with dye absorption, so that, as a general rule, heat sensitive fibers would be singed after dyeing or printing.


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1. Singeing of a fabric is done in order to obtain a clean fabric surface which allows the structure of the fabric to be clearly seen.

2. Fabrics, which have been signed, soil less easily than un-singed fabrics.

3. The risk of pilling, especially with synthetics and their blends, is reduced in case of singed fabrics.

4. Singed fabrics allow printing of fine intricate patterns with high clarity and detail.

5. The risk of skitter dyeing with singed articles dyed in dark shades is considerably reduced, as randomly protruding fibers are removed in

6. singeing which could cause diffused reflection of light.


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Singeing of textile materials is necessary for te following reasons:

1. Cotton materials are valued for their smooth appearance. After the formation of fabric it has a fuzzy or hairy appearance due to projecting fibers, thus affecting the luster and smoothness cotton is known for.

2. Unsigned fabrics are soiled easily

3. The protruding fibers obstruct the subsequent dyeing and printing process

4. Goods which are to be mercerized are signed to maximize the luster

5. In fabrics of polyester and cellulosic fiber blends singeing is the best method to control pilling, sometimes double singeing is done to minimize the pilling.


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There are three main types of singeing machines:

1. Gas singeing machine,

2. Plate singeing machine,

3. Rotary-cylinder or Roller singeing machine.


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In this type of singeing machine, the fabric passes over a burning gas flame at such a speed that only the protruding fibres burn and the main body of the fabric is not damaged by the flame. This is the most common type of machine used for singeing fabrics as well yarns.

Fig.: Gas singeing machine.

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Fig.: Line Diagram of Gas Singeing Machine for Woven Fabrics.

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A gas-singeing machine is normally employed. The gas-singeing machine is typically equipped with four burners, and is capable of singeing one or both surfaces of the fabrics.

A water-cooled roller is provided at a location opposite to the burners, thereby enabling singeing to be performed without undermining the strength of even thin fabrics. It is important to set a drain temperature of the water-cooled roller in a range of 50°C to 55° C.

Cautions are required because a dew-point is generated when the water-cooled roller is cooled down too much, and results in increased amount of remaining fuzz or adhered carbon.

The fabric feed speed is preferably set at around 100 to 150m/minute.

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1. Both sides singeing in this process.

2. It is a standard process and ideal singeing.

3. It is a continuous process.

4. Fabric becomes very suitable for subsequent process.


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1. Not suitable for synthetic fibre.

2. Dirty burner can produce spot on the fabric.

3. Due to inconsistent speed, fabric may get burnt.


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Following are the important gas singeing parameters:

1. Flame intensity,

2. Fabric speed,

3. Singeing position,

4. Distance between flame burner and fabric,

5. Flame Width.


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1. Flame IntensityTogether with the supply and control units for gas-air mixture, burners comprise the most important part of any singeing machine. The flame intensity of the singeing burners is based on the amount and the outlet speed of the gas-air mixture leaving the burner slots. Besides having high thermal energy, flame also has considerable mechanical energy. All the thermal and mechanical energy of the flame is directed onto the fabric during singeing. The temperature of the flame at the mouth of the burner is in the range of 1250 to 130 C0 0̊ . The speed of the flame at the burner outlet may be between 15 and 35 meter per second. The flame intensity usually lies between 5 and 20 bars.

2. Fabric SpeedThe fabric speed in the singeing machine is usually in the range of 50-160 m/min depending on fabric (gram per square meter) weight and fibre blend. For heavier fabrics, the speed is kept slower as compared to lighter weight fabrics.

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A) Singeing onto free-guided fabricThis is the most intensive singeing position with highest efficiency. In this position, the flame bounces onto the free-guided fabric at right angles. This position is usually recommended for singeing of fabrics with all natural fibres (e.g. cotton), regenerated fibres and blended fabrics, which have been tightly woven and have weights over 125 g/m2.

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B) Singeing onto water-cooled roller

In this position, the flame bounces at right angles onto the fabric while the fabric

passes onto water-cooled guide roller. This position is usually recommended for all

blended and synthetic fabrics as well as for fabrics having weights less than 125

g/m2 and fabrics with open structure.

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C) Tangential Singeing

In this position, the singeing flame falls on the fabric tangentially. This position is

usually recommended for very light weight and sensitive fabrics as well as fabrics

with broken filaments.

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4. Distance between Flame Burner and Fabric

The distance between the burner and the fabric is usually in the range of 6-8mm

but it can be adjusted in a range from 6-20mm.

5. Flame Width

All good singeing machines come with a provision of flame width adjustment

according to the width of the fabric. This is essential to optimize the gas economy.

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Following are three essential conditions for good singeing:

1. A flame with high mechanical & thermal energy to quickly burn thermoplastic protruding fibres (e.g. polyester) without any molten beads formation.

2. A homogeneous flame with uniform mechanical & thermal energy to result in uniform singeing

3. An optimal flame/fabric contact time to neither results in incomplete not over-singeing.


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An indicator of the singeing effect is the fabric temperature just after its passing over the singeing flame. The fabric temperature can be continuously monitored by a radiation pyrometer and indicated by a thermometer. Hence, the fabric temperature may take over the singeing control and regulating function. When the fabric temperature increases to a pre-set value, the machine intensity would automatically reduce, while when the fabric temperature goes down, the flame intensity would automatically increase.Hairiness Tester provides another possibility to control the singeing effect objectively. The fabric surface ismonitored by means of a laser beam and the hairiness of the fabric is displayed on a computer screen. The measuredinformation can be used as a set value for the control of the singer in order to achieve theprogrammed effect.


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Common problems in GAS singeing and their causes

A. Incomplete Singeing1. The most common causes of incomplete singeing are as follows:2. Too low flame intensity3. Too fast fabric speed4. Too far distance between the fabric and the burner5. Inappropriate (i.e. less severe) singeing position6. Too much moisture in the fabric incoming for singeing.

If the fabric incoming for singeing has too much moisture in it, a significant amount of thermal energy will be used up in evaporating the fabric moisture rather than burning the protruding fibres, resulting in incomplete singeing.

B. Uneven Singeing Across the Fabric WidthThe most common causes of widthways uneven singeing are as follows:

1. Non-uniform moisture content across the fabric width2. Non-uniform flame intensity (uneven flame height) across the fabric width3. Uneven distance between the burner and the fabric

This may be due to misalignment or improper setting of the guide rollers

4. Uneven smoke evacuation over the burners

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C. Uneven Singeing Along the Fabric Length1.The most common causes of lengthways uneven singeing are as follows:2.Non-uniform moisture content along the fabric length3.Non-uniform flame intensity along the fabric length

• Variation in gas-air mixture supply• Increasing or decreasing thermal energy of the flames during production

4.Change in fabric speed during singeing5.Change in the distance between the fabric and the burner along the length

D. Horizontal Singeing StripesThe most common causes of horizontal singeing stripes are as follows:6.Rollers with an un-centred rolling action7.Sudden fabric tension increase

E. Vertical Singeing StripesThis may be caused by:8.Total or partial blockage of flame outlet

Common problems in GAS singeing and their causes

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F. Over-singing or Thermal Damage of the FabricThe most common causes of over-singeing or thermal damage of the fabric are as follows:1. Too high flame intensity2. Too slow fabric speed or too long contact time between fabric and flame3. Too close distance between the fabric and the burner or too deep

penetration of the singeing flame into the fabric4. Inappropriate (i.e. too severe) singeing position

G. Formation of Small Beads of Molten MaterialThis may be cause by:5.Insufficient energy supply, when the thermal energy is not supplied quickly enough to be able to ignite the thermoplastic fibre rather than melting it.

Common problems in GAS singeing and their causes

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In this type of singeing machine, the cloth passes over and in contact with one or two heated curved copper plates. The thickness of the plates ranges from 1 to 2 inches. The heating of the plates is done by a suitable burning arrangement of gas mixed with air. The plates are heated to bright redness and the cloth passes over and in contact with these plates at a speed ranging from 150 to 250 yards per minute.

The passage of the cloth can be arranged in such a manner that one or both sides of the fabric may pass over and in contact with the heated plate, in order to accomplish singeing of one or both sides of the fabric in a single passage. In order to avoid local cooling of a certain part of the plate by constant passage of cloth over it, an automatic traversing mechanism is fitted to the machine. This mechanism brings the cloth into contact with a constantly changing part of the plate, not only to avoid local cooling but also local wearing of the plate.


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In this type of singeing machine, the cloth passes over and in contact with a heated rotary cylinder made of copper or cast iron. The rotary cylinder has internal firing and revolves slowly so that constantly a fresh surface of the roller comes in contact with the cloth. The direction of rotation of the cylinder is opposite to the direction of the fabric so that the protruding fibres or nap of the fabric is raised. This type of machine is particularly suitable for the singeing of velvets and other pile fabrics. If the singeing of both sides of the fabric is required, then two cylinder are employed, one for each side of the fabric.


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Fig.: Line diagram of rotary-cylinder singeing machine


Rotary-cylinder singeing results in removal of protruding fibers from the fabric

surface when it passes over, and in contact with a heated rotary cylinder.

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Circular singeing machine for tubular fabric

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Circular singeing machine

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Features of knit Circular singeing machine

1. circular expander

2. enables tubular knit fabrics of cotton and its blends in all the usual diameters to be singed evenly and free of selvedge marks.

3. The fabric is guided onto the circular expander via a turntable and untwister

4. eight swiveling burners.

5. The diameter of the circular expander is power-adjusted and coupled to the burner adjustment system. Thus the gap between the burner and fabric remains the same

6. LCD monitor is provided to enable the data records

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Circular expander – Diameter range 250 – 1200 mm (9.8" – 47.2")

Circumference range 785 – 3770 mm (30.9" – 148.3")

Singeing speed 40 – 120 m/min

Fuels: Natural gas, butane, propane, LPG


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Here the problem in the process and their maintenance are given below: -

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Testing singeing effectiveness

The effectiveness of singeing process can be checked by one or more of the following:

• By looking at the singed fabric with magnifying glass and comparing its hairiness with that of the un-singed fabric. A well-singed fabric shows less hairiness.

• By testing the singed fabric for pilling performance and comparing it with that of the un-singed fabric. A well-singed fabric gives less pilling.

• By sticking and removing a sticking tape on the singed fabric and observing the number of fibres attached to the sticking side of the tape. A well-singed fabric results in less number of fibres sticking on the tape.

• Noticing the feel or handle of the singed fabric. An over-singed fabric may give a harsher feeling.

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Yarn Singeing Machine

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Machine name: SSM

Manufacturer: Scharer Schweiter Mettler.

Origin: Switzerland


Machine No. 877.0130/01&02

I (max): 40A

F: 50 Hz

U: 415V

Made in EU

Engineered in Switzerland

Yarn Singeing Machine

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Various parts of singeing machine• Package holder cone form• Handle of spindle• Drum or roller• Roller or drum plate• Yarn guide• Gas burner• Feed Package holder• Overhead cleaner• Every m/c contains 40 package• Each package weight is 2.5 kg• Spindle plate (Tension box + sensor + yarn guide)

Machine Parameter

Yarn quality Speed (rpm)58/2, 60/2 100040/2, 20/2, 30/2, 24/1 850-900Air pressure 15 barGas pressure 17 bar

Yarn Singeing Machine

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Production Calculation of Yarn singeing machine:

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Points of Control

1. The fabric must move rapidly through the flame to prevent the base fabric from being heat damaged.

2. Extremely hairy fabric may require multiple passes through the burners to remove the hairs without damaging the fabric.

3. All the gas burners must produce a uniform flame. Clogged burners will leave a un-singed streak that will become highly visible when the fabric is dyed.

4. The singer must be provided with a mechanism that either turns off the flame or mechanically displaces the burners away from the fabric when the line speed is decreased for any reason.

5. If not, the fabric will scorch or burn in half. Fabrics containing thermoplastic fibers such as polyester can form hard melt balls as the fiber melts and recedes away from the heat source, These melt balls will cause the fabric to have a rough raspy hand.

6. The fabric may require a subsequent processing step to remove the melt balls.

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