DECEMBER 5, 1952
Know Your Plant. . . .
Quality Control Tests and Inspects To Uphold High Production Standards
A crew of 50 people including in
spectors, testing clerks, trouble
shooters, and strobotac operators
are the guardians of quality at!
Firestone Textiles. They work in |
the Quality Control Department'
under the direction of Quality Con
trol Manager Clyde Moss.
This department has a double
function: (1) To test materials in
the laboratory, and (2) to inspect
materials as they are being pro
duced within the plant. These jobs
are sufficiently large and im
portant to require the assistance
of five supervisors in addition to
Mr. Moss. They are: Sam Honey
cutt, Carl Guffey, Charlie Hipps,
Alvin Riley, and Miss Leona Dam-
Before cotton, for example, is
entered into the production chan
nels, its fibers are tested in the
laboratory for tensile strength and
fineness. Extremely sensitive in
struments are used to determine
these factors, and to record per
manently their findings.
After the cotton goes into pro
duction samples are taken at each
step and tested as follows:
Picker laps—tested for evenness
and weight per yard.
Caz'd sliver—tested for evenness
and weight per yard.
Roving—tested for hank size,
eveimess and twist.
Yarn—tested for breaking
strength, yarn size, twist,
evenness, and general appear
Inspectors take over at the
Warping and Twisting stages and
make on the spot checks for im
Synthetic fibers enter produc
tion at Firestone Textiles in the
Twisting Department. From that
point on through Weaving these
fibers in the forms of cable cord
and cord fabric are subjected to the
same sort of ridgid control through
testing that cotton receives. Weav
ing samples, both synthetic cord
fabric and cotton chafer fabric,
are tested for strength, stretch,
weight per yard, thread count,
gauge, and moisture regain.
In addition to the routine
functions of testing and inspecting
the Quality Control Department
has over-all responsibility for the
quality of the product that leaves
the plant. That is to say that they
must see that it measures up to an
established standard in all re
spects. Other important assign
ments for this department are: (1)
product development, (2) Improved
methods development, (3) Improv
ed machinery design.
From a very practical view
point QC’s job is to detect poten
tial trouble and forestall it, by
making remedies before quality
standards are affected.
..THE Quality Control Department operates a pilot plant, above,
complete with abreviated spirining, roving, and twisting frames. With
this equipment samples of yarn can be produced to meet experimental
specifications. In the background foremen Sam Honeycutt, left, and
Alvin Riley, right, look at the Yarn Standards Evaluator, a device
that makes possible a comparison of a sample lot of yarn with
specimens of yarn that meet United States Government Standards.
Girl Basketballers To
Meet December 8
All girls who are interested in
playing basketball this season with
the Firestone Girls Basketball
team are invited to meet in the
Recreation Office at 5:00 p. ni.,
December 8. This team will play in
the Gaston County Girls Basket
QUALITY Control Manager
Clyde Moss stands beside the
Shirley Analyzer—a machine
that separates foreign matter
from raw cotton.
From Page 2
(Games thru Nov.'
SECOND SHIFT BILLIARD
Mon., Dec., 8, Weaving-Carding
Fri., Dec. 12, Twisting-Spinning
Mon., Dec. 15, Weaving-Spinning
Fri., Dec. 19, Carding-Twisting
Thursday December 11
Second Shift 10:00 A. M
First and Third Shift .... 7:00 P. M.
JIMMY MOSS operates the
Scott Skein Breaking Machine,
testing skeins of yarn for tensile
strength. The tensile or breaking
strength of. yarn is of para
mount importance in the manu
facture of tire fabric, inasmuch
as the more uniformly strong the
yarn in the fabric—other things
being equal—the stronger the
tire made from that fabric.
GIRLS BOWLING LEAGUE
Tues., Dec. 9, Main Office vs
Thurs., Dec. 11, Weaving-Twisting
Tues., Dec .16, Weaving-Twisting
vs Main Office
Thurs., Dec. 18, Spinning-General
FIRST SHIFT BILLIARD
Mon., Dec. 8, Spinning vs Weaving-
Tues., Dec. 9, Twisting vs General
Mon., Dec. 15, Twisting vs Weav-
Tues., Dec. 16, Spinning vs General
FIRST SHIFT DUCK PINS
Mon., Dec. ,8, Twisting vs Carding
Wed., Dec. 10, Spinning vs Weav-
Mon., Dec. 15, Spinning vs Carding
Wed., Dec. 17, Twisting vs Weav-
AMERICAN BOWLING LEAGUE
Thurs., Dec. 11, Firestone vs
Thurs, Dec. 18, Firestone vs Knox
8:00 P. M.
LADIES PIONEER BOWLING
Wed., Dec. 10, Firestone vs Cohens
Wed., Dec. 17, Firestone vs Thread
6:00 P. M.
TESTIJNG Clerk Vernon hJrocKman, above, checks a sample of
roving on the Uster Evenness Tester to determine variations in
roving size. As the roving goes through the machine a pen-and-itik
recorder automatically draws a line on a chart to indicate variations.
This recording mechanism is to the right of the tester in the picture.
News In Brief Continued
From Page 3
LITTLE LEAGUE BOWLING
Sat., Dec. 13, Firestone vs Red
Mrs. Margaret Davis, inspector,
her husband, and daughter had a
wonderful Thanksgiving with Mr.
and Mrs. Lon Davis.
Emory Johnson, Cloth Room, and
Mrs. Johnson had as guests recent
ly, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ayers and
family from Charlotte.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Davis have
returned from a three-weeks vaca
tion trip which took them through
Panama Canal and to California.
They visited San Francisco and
Los Angeles while in California and
returned home by-way-of Dallas,
Texas, where they visited their
son, Frank Davis, Jr., and his wife.
They reported a wonderful trip.
Bobby Smith of Clover, S. C. has
accepted a position in the Cotton
Department as secretary to Mr.
Davis. He is a recent graduate of
the University of South Carolina.
This department welcomes Bobby
to his new position and hopes that
he will enjoy his work.
Gear Machine Operator Jerry
Howie and Mrs. Howie announce
the birth of a son, Jerry Michael,
on November 16 at Mercy Hospital
Painter Roy Chastain and Mrs.
Chastain, respooler, announce the
birth of a daughter, Judy Carolyn,
at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
S/A Robert Ward, former em
ployee of the Shop, was home
cently on a ten day leave and
was a visitor to the Shop on No
vember 24. He will report back to
San Diego, Calif.
Dewitt .Jenkins has resigned
job as carpenter foreman to accept
work in Virginia.
Miss Betty Moss, main offic®’
and Miss Frances Smith, daughtci
of John Smith, laboratory, spe^*^
Sunday, ’November 16 in Florenc^>
S. C. visiting Rev, and Mrs. R-
Fisher. Mrs. Fisher is the formed
Miss Dixie Ruth Hawkins of GaS'
tonia. Rev. Fisher is Chaplain of
the South Carolina Industrial
School for Boys.
Mr. J. V. Darwin, main office-
and Mrs. Darwin returned to GaS'
tonia November 21 from a trip to
Bermuda. Mr. Darwin with
hers of “The Carded Yarn
ciation” and “The Southern Combe
Yarn Spinners”, held their annu^
convention with the cruise on to®
Ocean Monarch, The group travels
by automobile to Norfolk, Va., Fi*
day, November 14, sailed
Norfolk, Satui'day, November 1 ’
and arrived in Bermuda, Monday-
November 17. The Ocean Monai^
was used as hotel facilities 'vni ^
the group enjoyed two days j
sightseeing and shopping. Leaving |
Bermuda, Wednesday, Novem^^ ;
19, the ship docked at Norfo
November 21. The business sessio’i^
of the convention were held ^ ^ :
board ship on the return trip- ^ i
Darwins report a delightful ti’iP-
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