I hope everyone had a good 4th. We are now on the downhill side of summer much to the chagrin of some cotton gin manufacturers that have deadlines to meet. :) We are now finishing up running Vandy Ribs for Lummus Gin Stands and they will be shipping out soon. Then, we will make one more run of our Game Changer Rib for Continental Gin Stands. Once this run is complete, that will be it. There are people on a waiting list who will get their ribs from this run, and we will have a few sets still left to sell, but we will be stocking spares for this upcoming season in the USA and will not sell them to fill orders that come in way too late.
On a different subject, I finally found a letter from Don Van Doorn of Lummus Corporation written to my dad in 2003. I had really given up on ever finding it, but when I was cleaning out an old briefcase, there it was. I am not sure many of "this generation," know the contributions my father made to Lummus during his tenure there as chief engineer and Executive Vice President. I think Mr. Van Doorn makes this pretty clear in this letter. If you are fortunate enough to have a copy of his book, "Ginning Cotton, An Entrepreneur's Story," read Chapter 3. Vandergriff at Lummus. It will further enlighten you as to his many contributions there. This chapter of Lummus history is one they need not shy away from any longer.
Vandy at Lummus. Gin Stand modifications to get an increase in capacities. Product line overhaul to get plants to handle increased trash from machined picked cotton. His designs made cotton ginned on Lummus plants the favorite of all textile mills. Notice the logo on the gin stand. Lummus has gone back to this today.
I hope the summer is going well and the weather has not been too damaging to any of your cotton planting. We have been running ribs hard since right after the first of the year. We have run 4,000 Continental Game Changer Ribs and already shipped them all out. We will make one more run to fill the remaining customer orders, and also allow us to stock spares. There will be a cut-off point where we will not sell anymore sets of ribs to allow us to stock spares for the upcoming season. Don't get caught by this, get your order in. We are now running Lummus Ribs. We are looking at about 2 weeks before they will be completed and shipped. Lots of interest was shown in our Rib for Consolidated Gin stands, but not enough actual orders for us to develop the new tooling. If you want Vandergriff Ribs for Consolidated Gin Stands, you need to call in and order. This rib WILL improve the performance of your gin stand in many areas.
This season, we will be stocking spare ribs so we won't get into the difficult position we were in last season. This was all due to our forging supplier getting hurt and ultimately retiring. We had to find a place to work with to get new tooling made, and we did. So last year's problem will not come back around again.
Hope you have had a great summer and have been able to relax a little and maybe even travel. I hope the weather has not hit you hard where you reside and work.
Many ask about my song "King Cotton." This song is about the planting, harvesting and ginning of cotton, but ultimately its about my Father, A.L Vandergriff. I am putting a link where you can get the download, right into your phone.
King Cotton. Words and Music by Loyd Vandergriff
I made this video to honor all of our Veterans and to pay tribute to the ones that paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Today is your day. Click the Link.
How many of you running a cotton gin have ordered gin ribs, and when they show up there is a whole bunch of them that are crooked and not straight? You can't even put the damn things in. I wonder why any manufacturer would send their customers crap like this. It's like they fail to understand the importance of a gin rib in the ginning process. That scenario has never happened with Vandergriff Ribs. Never. We have strict quality controls from the start of the production process to the finish. We are constantly checking tolerances, even right up to the end to make sure our customers get what they have come to expect from us. Quality, precision and performance. This has always been the case since inception, 1994. Those in the know didn't wait long to put them in their gin stands and put gin rib issues (which led to gin stand issues) far behind them.
Vandergriff Game Changer ribs receiving yet another inspection for precision and accuracy. Gin ribs is what we do. We have always taken this very seriously.
Call the Gin Rib Hot Line at 704-495-0296
The second run of Continental Game changer ribs are finished and getting ready to go to plating. They should ship late next week.
Machining complete on second run of Game Changers.
Getting boxed and ready for shipment to plating. Once they return, wearplates will be installed and this lot of ribs should ship out late next week. We are doing a third and final run of game changers (forgings on the way) and these should be ready by mid-June. The waiting list is getting close to full. Call and reserve yours while you can.
Getting ready to go to plating.
We are also building up a big inventory of wearplates for all models of our rib. If you need replacement inserts, give us a call.
The Gin Rib Hotline
Loyd nor Chris of CNC Performance Engineering will be at the Texas show this year. Chris is busy running game changer ribs for Continental Gin Stands. Two shifts worth. We have shipped out the first run and are well into the second. There will be one more run before we switch over to running Lummus Ribs. It is critical to get on the list ASAP to ensure that you will get the ribs you need for the upcoming season. We will be stocking a considerable amount of spares and will not get into these to fill orders that come in late.
If you are running a Lummus gin stand that has very narrow saw spacing's, we can make you a rib. Our CNC machined ribs from forgings are accurate and strong. Any issues you might be having currently in this area could be resolved. We have made some tweaks in design to deal with the smaller variety of seed.
I hope everyone has a great show. I hope to be there next year. Lots of good friends and good people there.
Shipping em out!
Made in the USA!
I hope all is going well. Chris Nachtmann of CNC Performance Engineering was at the Southern Southeastern Gin Show in Memphis representing the Vandergriff Gin Rib. His company has been involved and has machined this rib from a forging from the start. (1994). He indicated it was a good show. We have a pretty significant waiting list going now for Continental Game Changer ribs. (around 3,000 sold) The first run of around 1,000 ribs should be completed soon, and those that were first on the list should be the first to receive their ribs. Then the second run will start of approximately 2,000 more. Chris has added a second shift to his operation to speed this process up. We have also sold some ribs for Consolidated and Lummus Gin Stands, and they will get into the pipeline next.
If you have any questions or want on the waiting list you can call the gin rib hotline at (704) 495-0296
You can call Loyd at: 559-324-8848
Interested in Conversions? Don't want to have to re-do a bunch of your plant because you bought big gin stands? $$$ Let's talk about it.
The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is fast approaching. Loyd will not be in attendance at this year's show, but Chris Nachtmann of CNC Performance Engineering will be in our regular booth and can answer any questions you may have regarding Vandergriff Gin Ribs and take orders as well. We already have a substantial waiting list going for Vandergriff Game Changer ribs for Continental Gin Stands. Also be aware that we are venturing back into the conversion business with Continental Gin Stands. He can also answer any questions you might have related to this.
Loyd is planning on attending the Texas Cotton Ginner's annual show in Lubbock, TX in early April.
Have a great show in Memphis!
Things are progressing with Vandergriff Gin Ribs for Continental Gin Stands. Forgings are showing up and machining is about to start. We have a waiting list for "Game Changer," ribs. We are doing two runs, and are about sold out for the first run. Make sure if you want the Vandy Rib for next season, to call and get on the list.
CNC Performance Engineering is very active now in the process and you can call them directly to place your order, and get on the waiting list. They have established a Gin Rib Hotline. Here it is: 704-495-0296
If you have any questions or concerns. Call Loyd. He is not going anywhere.
We will get set up to run Vandy ribs for Lummus Gin stands next. We make all models.
It is important to understand that if you have a Cherokee Gin Stand, Vandy ribs run good in them. We sold several sets with the narrower saw spacings, and have them for all models of their gin stands. Vandy Ribs are strong, the forgings are made from 1018 USA Steel and they are precision machined. We have used this process for 23 years and CNC Performance Engineering has been involved from the start.
Mr. Vandergriff designed the original rib for Consolidated gin stands. He drew one of a forged rib that was never used. They decided to stick with the original rib. With so many calling and inquiring about the "Vandergriff Rib," for this gin stand, Loyd pulled out Mr. Vandergriff's drawing from 1996 and used it to develop the tooling to make the forgings. Of course this drawing was spot on. We started offering this rib for Consolidated Gin Stands a few years ago. They perform just like Vandergriff Ribs do. No nagging issues that slow down the ginning process. On the front of the gin stand it says, "A Product of Vandergriff Research," just like these gin ribs are. They are made for each other. These ribs will not be available until mid-summer, after we finish running Vandy Ribs for Lummus Gin stands.
Our first batch of forgings from the new tooling place are almost ready. They should be shipped to CNC Performance Engineering next week. Chris Nachtmann has been working close with them to get them right. They look good. We should begin machining ribs in 10 days or less. These will be the Game Changer ribs for Continental Gin Stands. We already have a waiting list going. If you want on the list, call Loyd (559-324-8848). For those of you that aren't aware, the profile on the game changer has been tweaked. We have a steeper slope on the curvature of the rib as it heads down to the bottom of the rib. This provides for better seed discharge. This in turn allows the roll to run looser creating a situation for more capacity if you want to take advantage of it. Lot's of customers have put our game changers in their 161 stands, changed to a 200 HP motor and have seen significant increases in capacity.
As soon as we finish up with Game Changer ribs, we will move on to Lummus. Currently, we have about 3 sets of Vandy 170 ribs in stock! Call Loyd and get em!
Finally, we will take a look at ribs for Consolidated Gin Stands once we finish up with the Vandy Ribs for Lummus Gin Stands.
Don't let inferior ribs bog down your ginning operation and performance of your gin stand. Down time is money. Rib fires, tore up saws, and tagging are not cost cost effective. Make the investment in Vandergriff Ribs and then you can address other problem areas of your ginning operation.
Vandy Ribs are machined from Forgings made from 1018 USA steel. Each rib is CNC machined. For 24 years, The leader in gin rib technology and performance.
A customer that is well known for being "hard to please," ran a set of our 161 game changer ribs this past season. He called and wanted two more sets for next season. He told me; "I hate to tell you this, but yo rib is by far the best on the market. It's like throwing prime rib into the gin stand."
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