Technology: Then and Now

Topics: Industrial Revolution, Weaving, History of the textile industry Pages: 2 (510 words) Published: May 18, 2013
In 2013, we have come so far technologically from the 1700's. Back then they were just trying to find a way to mass produce products, or even just make certain tasks easier. During the industrial revolution many inventions were created to do just that. For example, in 1733 the flying shuttle was invented by John Kay. The flying shuttle doubled the work a weaver could do in a day. Next, there was the spinning wheel invented by John Hargreaves in 1764. The spinning wheel was made to work 8 threads at the same time. Lastly, in 1769, Richard Arkwright invented the water frame, which used waterpower from rapid streams to drive spinning wheels. These are just a few of the many inventions that have influenced the world we know today. Before John Kay invented the flying shuttle in 1733, it took a long time for weavers to produce cloth. After, they were able to speed up the process of making the cloth with this shuttle that was a boat shaped piece of wood, and sped back and forth on wheels. Also the flying shuttle boosted profits, because there was more product being produced. This invention spurred a change in the textile industry, but soon there would be an even more convenient invention to top the flying shuttle, because of the speedy weavers that the spinners could not keep up with. James Hargreaves invented the next big step in the textile industry, the spinning wheel, a.k.a the spinning Jenny in 1764. He named his spinning wheel after his daughter. The spinning wheel made it possible to work 8 threads at the same time. Cash was awarded to the inventor of a new, and better version of Kay's flying shuttle, or spinning machine. Both at first were operated by hand, but later there would also be an even more convenient way to produce the desired product quicker and easier. Finally, in 1769 Richard Arkwright invented the water frame which made working a spinning wheel more efficient, and prevented the spinners from having to use their hands. Later, in 1779, Samuel...
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