Course Title: Set up, adjust and maintain carding machines

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: MIET6164C

Course Title: Set up, adjust and maintain carding machines

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3221 - Certificate III in Textile Production

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

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Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to set up, adjust and maintain carding machines used to process fibres for spinning operations or non-woven web forming operations in a textile enterprise, including set up for production, problem solving, repairs and preventative maintenance.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTX3014A Set up, adjust and maintain carding machines


1. Set up machines for carding operations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Specifications and production requirements are interpreted to determine machine settings
1.2 Documentation relating to machine settings, operation and maintenance is interpreted, referenced and applied according to the needs of the task
1.3 Tools appropriate for the machine and task are selected and prepared and used in a safe and effective manner to set up machine for operation
1.4 Machine is set up for operation according to required specifications, including fixing of required attachments, and to run at optimum quality and efficiency levels
1.5 Raw fibres are set up for loading into feed sheet.
1.6 Carding operators are instructed of any special operating requirements


2. Test machine settings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Carding machine is operated in accordance with manufacturer’s and workplace instructions to test settings against specifications and operational standards
2.2 Fibre sample is examined to identify required adjustments to machine settings or pattern specifications
2.3 Quality tests are conducted on sliver or web or organised as required to ensure optimal production outcomes are achieved
2.4 Required adjustments are identified and documented and machine settings adjusted accordingly
2.5 Operation is monitored in all production stages


3. Diagnose and fix carding problems

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Carding machine operations are monitored to assess ensure operational efficiency in accordance with OHS procedures
3.2 Fibre is assessed to identify faults and to assess impact on operational problems
3.3 Problems and faults are identified and analysed to determine root cause
3.4 Diagnosis is established and strategy for repair or replacement of machine components is developed
3.5 Carding machine is returned to optimal performance through repair of faulty operation
3.6 Carding machine is operated to ensure problems have been fixed


4. Communicate operational information

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Records are maintained and reports prepared where necessary
4.2 Adjustments to machines and patterns are documented and discussed with appropriate personnel
4.3 Operational instructions are documented

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to set up machines for carding operations, test machine settings, diagnose and fix carding problems and communicate operational information.

Details of Learning Activities

In general your training is contextualised according to the company’s production processes undertaken as a part of the trainees normal work duties.

Your tasks are selected for training and explanation of the task to be undertaken is given by the trainer and the correct procedure discussed. The task is demonstrated by the trainer and underpinning skills and knowledge are developed.

When the trainer is confident you are capable of undertaking the task safely you will then do the task. During this time your work would be monitored by the trainer and questioning and further instruction given.

You will also be given workplace based tasks and activities to complete and practice between visits. Any activities and work performed between visits are reviewed and further training is undertaken accordingly.

RMIT University learning resources are used to support your training.

Teaching Schedule

In general you will be taught by 5 means within a workplace training context as follows:

1. Introduction and overview of course. Basics of skills required and course content 2 hours
2.  Use of learning resources and basic skills development 2 hours
3. Complete manuals 4 hours
4. Supervised skill development to competency 40 hours
5. Consolidation of skills and assessment 2 hours

You will practice skills and understanding as a part of your workplace duties between sessions. Activities and work performed between visits are reviewed in the following session and further training is undertaken accordingly.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be in the form of observation of your ability to to set up machines for carding operations, test machine settings, diagnose and fix carding problems and communicate operational information. Also by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed by observation as you demonstrate the ability to to set up machines for carding operations, test machine settings, diagnose and fix carding problems and communicate operational information (you can check the performance criteria above for more details of these skills). You will be questioned for underpinning knowledge for all these operations.

Assessment Matrix

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