Introduction of a Needle | Specifications of Needle

The typical “European” specifications for a needle includes a word, a number (usually a four digit number) and a final combination of letters and numbers. For example: Vota 78.60 G.02 The capital letter at the beginning of the word ( “V”), identifies the origin of the needle (obtained from a wire, pressed or die-cut), the type, the number of butts and the type of tail. The other capital letters have a very precise meaning, except for the vowels “e” and “a” which are added to make the word pronounceable, and indicate the shape and the height of the butt, the eventual existence of a groove and its size, the length of the tail and some other features of the needle.

  Fig: Needle
The next group of numbers identifies the needle according to the length and the gauge. The first part indicates the whole length rounded off to the mm (in our case that makes 78 mm); the second part indicates the gauge of the needle in hundredths of millimetres (in our case the gauge of the needle is equal to 0.60 mm).

The final group of letters and numbers has to be read as follows. The first capital letter indicates the needle manufacturer (For example Z for Torrington, E for Exeltor, G for Groz-Beckert). The next number is used to distinguish a specific needle among all the needles produced by the same manufacturer.

The next letter refers to some particular features of the needle: for some needles an “A” indicates that the latch has been fixed with an angular pressed pin while an “R” means that the latch has been fixed with a straight pressed pin. For other needles, the latch fixing method is indicated by a “0” before the last number. A “0” indicates that the latch has been fixed with a standard pressed pin; no “0” means that the latch has been fixed with a screw pin.
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Mazharul Islam Kiron is a textile consultant and researcher on online business promotion. He is working with one European textile machinery company as a country agent. He is also a contributor of Wikipedia.

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