Summer is winding down and that cotton is growing, too fast for some of us :) This was a huge year for Vandy Gin ribs, especially our game changer rib for Continental Gin Stands. CNC machines have been running non-stop since the first of the year and we are approaching 7000 ribs machined. This process is long and made some of our delivery dates later than we wanted. We are completely sold out of Game Changer Ribs now. We are about to finish up our first run of Vandy Ribs for Lummus gin stands and Cherokee and these will go out mid-next week. Then another small run to complete this year. We can not get anymore machined in time for USA this season unless you want some during the season. We have made some modifications and they will run in USA this year as well as some with our carbide that is already field tested and it just rocks.
The USA steel supply situation is getting difficult with tariffs and increase in demand. It's getting harder and harder to get reasonable delivery dates. They extend way out. This could affect the Vandergriff Rib as far as availablity when we want to have them for our production schedules. It also could affect pricing, but we are waiting to see how it settles out.
Any questions, call Loyd anytime.
A few months ago Loyd wrote a blog called, "External Factors that affect Cotton Gins. If you missed it, it might be worth your time to read. Plus, it has been updated to current.
Loyd recently wrote an article about cylinder cleaning. This history of it, and some practical applications for it today. To to this, the subject of drying must be touched on briefly as well. The link to the article is provided.
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This has been a very busy year with the demand for Vandergriff Ribs at a very high level. This expecially goes for Continental Game Changer ribs. A big shipment went to Australia, and then we were right back on making them for the USA market. This put our production schedule behind some, but the first run were delivered, and we are very close to getting the second run out. Over 4,000 forgings machined by CNC Production Machine. We are turning to Lummus Ribs now and will get those out mid-August. We are sold out of ribs completely for this year. We have wearplates available. We also have begun to offer a carbide option. It has been field tested last year and the results were outstanding. Our carbide is "custom blended," to meet the demands of the dynamics in the gin stand. It is not your run of the mill stuff. Finally, Loyd has tweaked the design of the rib to help deal with "little seed loss" more and a set is running in Australia. They are very pleased with the results of this. This new arrangement, with carbide to go with our game changer rib, will be called The Vandergriff Elite Game Changer. Stay tuned.