Greetings. This has been a difficult season for many ginning operations. Excessive rains and bad conditions in the field have caused the gin plants to face high moisture situations that left them with wet soft seed. A ginning nightmare. We hope this will not occur anytime soon in the near future. We need the upcoming ginning season to be more cooperative weather wise to compensate for this big mess this year.
Vandergriff Gin Ribs are in a bit of a transition. We have changed forging suppliers. This is causing us to develop new tooling. This is expensive. This is not an investment Loyd wanted to make at this stage of his career. Given this, he has made a deal with his partner, Chris Nachtmann. Chris will make this investment in the new tooling development and the new tooling required to get forgings made, and ultimately ribs machined at his plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, CNC Performance Engineering. All the Vandergriff Rib business will now run through their operation from taking orders to billing. Understand that CNC Performance has been involved with The Vandergriff Rib from the start. (24 years) Nothing will change in terms of the quality of this rib. We will start with Continental Game Changer tooling and forgings first, and should have our first ribs rolling out by late spring. During this time, we will be developing the Lummus Tooling and should have ribs by early summer. I will remain actively involved with Vandergriff Ribs, but you can call Chris Nachtmann or Tammy Rogero at CNC to get on waiting lists and ask any questions you might have. (704)- 599-2555. Don't hesitate to call me with questions or concerns. We already have waiting lists started for both Continental and Lummus ribs. We will begin to look at ribs for Consolidated Gin Stands after we get the Lummus ribs up and running. Ultimately, we will have all 3 varieties of ribs running smoothly, along with wearplates. Also understand that The Vandergriff Rib for Lummus gin stands fits Cherokee Stands as well, and we can make the narrower model of rib for both of these stands. We were the pioneer in going "narrower," to begin with. We also offer a carbide option. This carbide is a special blend formulated for ginning applications and is USA Carbide, simply the best.
Loyd just took a quick trip to Dallas, TX to meet with his long-time partner Chris Nachtmann of CNC Performance Engineering. They have made the Vandergriff Gin Rib since the beginning. They discussed strategies and plans for 2019. There will be more about this later.
Here is a video Loyd did. He recorded Waylon Jenning's song, Don't Think Hank done it this Way and it is playing during the video.
Music by Loyd Vandergriff. It will be available for download soon.
Many of you know that Loyd Vandergriff is also a singer-songwriter. He has released 6 CD's of almost entirely original music. One of his songs from his 2014 CD is called "King Cotton." If you are in the ginning industry or cotton related industry, you might like it. The link to download the song is below.
If you want to check out Loyd's music. click on the link.
I know, it's only rock n roll..but I like it.
Wishing all our friends and customers a very Happy Thanksgiving 2018. We are grateful for your business and trust you place in us. Many of you are aware that Vandergriff Ribs have been in short supply this season. Simply put, we sold out. The way we manufacture this rib starting with raw 1018 USA steel, to placing it in a die designed especially for our ribs, to hammering or pressing out a forging, to ultimately CNC Machining each rib is very time consuming. It is not a simple matter to order 500, 1000, 2000 forgings and have finished ribs in a couple of weeks. A run of 2,500 ribs from ordering steel to completed CNC machined ribs can take close to 3 months. If we run out, we are out until this entire process starts again. We go through this process not for one model of gin rib, but three. Today's environment with tariff's placed on steel imports make things even more difficult. There is more domestic demand for USA steel and now delivery dates are extended way out further and further. 8-12 weeks just for delivery once order is placed. We continue to make every effort to get Vandergriff Ribs made for all of our customers. We know this has been a difficult year. We appreciate you very much.
Happy Thanksgiving 2018.
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.
Loyd wrote this song about his dad in 2011. He made a youtube of it right before the Southern Southeastern Gin show in Memphis last year, where the Vandergriff Pioneer Award is presented. He decided to share it here as well. Loyd has written over 70 songs and has released 6 CD's. He has cotton in his blood.
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 personally writes the blogs and provides updates on what is going on with Vandy Inc and the industry in general.