The Problem of little seed varieties.
Over the past few years, little seed varieties have become a pain in the ass for Cotton Ginners. I wrote an article addressing this concern several years ago. The basic premise of it was that "the gin," is the last person consulted when changes are made outside their operation, but still bears the brunt of the change. This was the case with the little seed varieties. Today, the little varieties of seed persist, and with that...the problems.
Over the past couple of seasons, we have worked with an Australian ginning outfit to help them with their problem of losing little seed. I studied this problem diligently for a long time and came up with an idea that I felt should really help in this area. We applied this change and the results were well received, and little seed loss for all practical purposes was eliminated. Given this success, we decided to apply this change to all models of our Vandergriff Gin Ribs for this upcoming gin season. If these little varieties of seed are still causing you grief, consider our newly modified rib. Not only does this modification help, but of course you get the rest of what comes with the Vandergriff Rib, superiority in performance across the board.
Competitors now want to talk about their "Steel Rib." There is only one problem. They still use a casting process to achieve it. This process is inherently inferior. Vandergriff Inc. is the only company to use a "forging process," to ultimately get the finished product. This forged rib comes from 1018 USA steel, not cheap foreign steel. It is machined with CNC equipment, to get the industries most accurate, strongest rib on the market today. These bigger wider gin stands on the market today have narrower saw spacings which means more ribs and more saws. So to get the stand to operate a peak efficiency, much more horsepower must be applied to the roll box. This puts extreme pressure on the gin ribs. This is where the Vandergriff Rib shines. Ginning under these type of conditions.
Competitors are constantly making changes to their rib models, some on a yearly basis, to try and compete with the Vandergriff Rib. They always fall short. If little seed varieties are still a problem for you, consider the Vandergriff Rib. If your ribs are a maintenance nightmare, you need the Vandergriff Rib. Your ribs issues will be behind you, and you can focus on others aspects of your ginning operation.
Loyd personally writes the blogs and provides updates on what is going on with Vandy Inc and the industry in general.