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How do textile mills choose cans? Pay attention to three essentials.


How do textile mills choose cans? Pay attention to three essentials.


Top 3 essentials to help you the choose the right sliver can

For Spinning Industry, sliver cans play the most significant role in every stage of cotton yarn production. Different types of sliver require different sliver handling systems. Choosing and determining the right one helps in optimizing the best quality of yarn production. Not just quality yarn, the right handling system also helps in retaining the desired parameters failing which results in imperfections and below standard hairy sliver that directly hampers the quality of the yarn.

While it is imperative for spinners to keep the handling system in mind along with the sliver cans, they should also consider the various processes such as carding, drawing, combing, roving, etc which the sliver cans undergo. While these processes enable consistent and faster production for the textile industry, every sliver may not be fit for the same. Slivers cans which are a wrong fit become a barrier in the process of quality yarn production.

Concerned how would you know which sliver cans are perfect for you? Worry no more. We have complied below the three most essential guidelines that you should always look for while choosing the right sliver cans for your operations.

1.Body Sheet

Sliver Cans are made from HDPE (high density polyethylene) sheets which are the natural progression from the earlier used Aluminum and Fiber materials. Today, these cans are made from a high-quality plastic material which are butt-welded and proven to be super effective for operations in the textile industry, preventing snagging during the filling and emptying process. Apart from this HDPE sliver cans also allow for dimensional accuracy.

With the advancement of technology, Anti Static HDPE sheets are also available nowadays. Cans made from these sheets have anti static properties that help in preventing the fluff from getting stuck on the inside & outside parts of the can. This property results in less sliver wastage and renders good aesthetic value too.


It is imperative for every spinning mill owner to know the value that springs add to the sliver cans. Spring is the heart of the can.

Be it a pantograph spring or a box-type spring, the core value is all about a consistent lift force that they provide to the can. Given the significance of this part of the can, you must want to know whether there is any method to look for which choosing a right can. Ofcourse, there is. Infact, there are a variety of factors that can influence spring selection, such as the fiber that is used (for instance, 100 percent cotton is heavier than polyester, viscose , rayon or synthetic yarns with blended fibers), the sliver can width and height, weight per can and many more. Therefore, before you select the spring for your can, make sure you fully understand these factors in order to choose the appropriate spring and spring load for your can.

3.Caster Wheels

If springs are the heart of the can, casters might be aptly regarded as the muscles that help in moving. Choosing the perfect casters is often critical in the functioning of the can. Quality casters are the ones that are fluff free, dust free and scratch resistant. In addition to these factors, the weight bearing capacity should also be kept in mind while you choose the casters.

Not just the inherent qualities, but the wheel material and finish also have a major impact on the durability of the wheel. Apart from these, periodic maintenance and cleaning also needs to be done from time to time for the smooth functioning of the wheels.

Other Considerations

While body sheets, springs and caster wheels are the three most essentials that need to be considered while choosing the right sliver can, there are few other factors which should be well adhered to.

  • Whether the sliver can you choose needs casters? Every can doesn’t need a caster. For instance, cans used in open end and rotor spinning do not often require casters.

  • What is the height of the bottom binder or the kicking band? 

  • Do your cans require identification band’s for different yarn counts?

Once all these factors and essentials have been judged by you, making the right decision on the sliver cans to use for your operations would be rest assured.

Sliver cans would always be the most important part of every yarn spinning operation. 

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