Rags are an inevitable part of our life and need to be processed in a systematic manner for hygienic purposes. Many different types of rags are available in the market, which are manufactured by different companies and can be found in a large variety. These rags are processed either by using hand-operated machines or by using advanced equipment. For those who work with small, lightweight items, rags made of cotton, jute and sisal are the best options available.
Rags are a cost-effective and hygienic method to process different kinds of items ranging from paper, fabric, glass to ceramic to porcelain. Cotton bags are the most commonly used material throughout the world. However, there are many other materials that can also be used for rags processing. Rags like jute, sisal, jute fiber, nylon and carpet are among the different materials which are processed extensively. In order to have the required functionality, all rags are required to undergo appropriate processing techniques which include but not limited to washing, pressing, cutting, seaming, stuffing and laminating among others.
The basic principle behind the processing of rags is by which they are able to absorb the liquid or moisture that is applied on them. A simple cotton rags processing machine consists of four major parts namely, initial dressing, base dressing, lamination and final dressing. The initial dressing is termed as FIN (Fashion Inertia). This is responsible for giving the original shape or form to the fabric during the rags processing. It is the base dressing which makes the machine flexible enough to handle various kinds of bags such as Terry cloth, cotton rags, nylon rags etc.
After the basic machine stages are complete, the rags are now ready to be processed further. There are two types of rags processing techniques used in this regard. One of them is hand rags processing and the other one is using machines. In the hand rags processing technique, the rags are manually processed. This is a much slower process and manual machines are also known as mechanical machines.
When it comes to the rags processing technique using machines, there are mainly two types of machines available in the market. One is the fully automatic machine and the other is the semi-automatic machine. The fully automatic machine is the perfect solution for mass production, while the semi-automatic rags processing equipment is the best suitable option for small scale production.
The main advantages of the fully automatic rags processing equipment are that it can handle bulk orders of rags at one go. Moreover, it reduces operating costs and manual labor cost. The drawback however, is that it produces a lot of dust and pollution. On the other hand, the semi-automatic equipment uses brushes or yarns to move the rags through the machine. This technique results in less dust and pollution but it does not result in saving on operating costs.