Loyd recently wrote a blog on cylinder cleaning. In the article he talked briefly about drying. With so much wet, high moisture cotton being brought to the gins today, its worth another read. A valuable tid-bit drawn from a paper Mr. Vandergriff wrote on drying in the 1990's is the following regarding the importance of temperature of cotton as it enters the cylinder cleaners: "The cleaning and drying efficiency at 200 degrees is three times greater than at 150 degrees." Translation? You don't want low temperature high moisture cotton entering your cylinder cleaners. Long pipe runs to your first stage cylinders are poor arrangements. The temperature drops significantly and moisture removal is compromised severely. Cylinder cleaners do their jobs better when the cotton is warm, ie 200 degrees. Moisture removal continues and trash is released in a much more efficient manner. Not only that, your gin stands will greatly appreciate it and so will your saws and ribs. When setting up your drying and cylinder cleaning arrangement. Keep it simple. Don't let technology over-ride common sense.
Sending prayers out to all in the south that are affected by Hurricane Michael. This is devastating anytime, but particularly at this time of the year when cotton is just being picked and ginning has just started.
We have finished a big year for gin rib sales. We have made some modifications that have proven to help with little seed loss. A few sets of ribs with these modifications are running this year in the USA. Will get further documentation.
Wishing all of you the best this year and once again our thoughts are with all affected by Hurricane Michael.
Vandergriff Ribs getting packaged up and ready to ship out. Always made in the USA from USA steel and CNC Machined to high precision.
Installing wearplates for our Continental Game Changer Ribs.
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