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Post  Paola fix on Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:17 pm

The Water Frame
This machine was advanced by Richard Awkright in 1768, it was firstly named the spinning frame, but before water power was used to run it. Even though Awkright patent his technology, it was later overturned on an invention by Thomas Highs. John Kay helped develop the spinning frame with Thomas Highs, together they sold their invention to Awkright, and from there Richard made the machine work in a better way, fixing all the minitory problem.
The water power comes from the use of a water wheel making the spinning frames work. This water wheel provided way more power than humans, as an outcome this reduced the amount of human labor needed. The machine worked with hundreds of spinning heads in one building and is way easier too operate. However this waterwheel depended very much on the weather conditions. To prevent disasters measurements had to be taken to prevent floods from happening. If there was a long period of dry and hot weather it would be very hard and even worse in the winter. The water for the machine came from underground channels, that drained water out of a mine. Comparing to the Spinning Jenny, the water frame could only spin one thread at a time, until they were both combined by Samuel Crompton.
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Post  Mikal on Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:33 pm

Very interesting that an invention was first invented and later improved a lot of times. Another example of this is when the steam engine was invented. The steam engine was first invented by Thomas Newcomen. His invention was pretty much inefficient, but it became more efficient when James Watt improved Newcomen's engine.

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