With some looms, non-dobby foot looms, there is another process called tie-up, but because I am weaving this series on a computer-controlled loom, I don't have to crawl under the loom to connect the treadles (foot pedals) to the shafts according to the weave structure; this is a relatively short and straight-forward process, unless you have not enough room under the loom and need to test your contortionist skills. (I do this when weaving on my Jack loom.)
A computer-controlled loom (which is not a special loom as much as it has lots of extra parts) can read a weave structure designed (or downloaded) on the computer, in a graph-like format called a draft, and decide which shaft/s is/are lifted in what order.
In my case, I needed to switch on the computer, open the program that translates the draft into the lifting order, and select the weave structure I want to sample;
then I switched on the air compressor in the garage to power the physical lifting, (the car is not attached to the compressor; Ben needs to park this close so the garage door can be closed);
and I switched on the black box which conveys the lifting order to the solenoids.
Oh, and I prepared the weft samples by winding them onto pirns that goes into the shuttle.
My workstation is all ready to roar in less than 60 seconds. (The air compressor in the garage is behind the wall to the left.)