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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Controlling the Ginning Process
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Moisture
  • Evaluation of moisture sensors for cotton bales.

  • Single camera measurement of color, trash, and moisture.

  • Development of a resistance-type portable lint moisture meter.

  • Resistance-type moisture meter for gin drying control.

  • Field evaluation of resistance measurement techniques for determining the moisture content of cotton.

  • Develop resistance measurement equipment and techniques for determining the moisture content of cotton during classification.

  • Field evaluation of infrared measurement techniques for determining the moisture content of cotton.

  • Laboratory calibration of a dielectric moisture monitoring system in conjunction with a paddle-type sampler.

  • Measuring the moisture of module bottoms.

  • Restoring moisture to seed cotton and lint.

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Sensors
  • Methodology to predict the stickiness of cotton.

  • Improvement of calibration for HVI type color and trash measuring equipment used on-line in gins.

  • Improvement of color and trash measurements with color image processing.

  • Analysis of cotton quality factors based on classical light scattering theory.

  • Calibration of a resistance-type moisture sensor in conjunction with a flapper-type seed cotton sampler.

  • Portable trash sensor.

  • Portable moisture sensor.

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Machine Performance
  • Development of performance characteristics of gin machinery.

  • Development of the relationship between gin classing and AMS classing as function of machines.

  • Optimization of machine performance.

  • Developing new machines.

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Modelling
  • Development of a Neural Net to represent a gin system.

  • Neural networks to replace the dynamic programming model of a cotton ginning system.

  • Revision of the dynamic programming model of a cotton ginning system.

  • Mathematical models of machine parameters.

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Field Experiments
  • Evaluation of process control equipment in field gins.

  • Field evaluation of portable video techniques for determining the color and trash content of cotton.

  • Field evaluation of methods to repair cotton bales.

  • Field evaluation of methods to reduce the the force required to package cotton bales.

  • Field evaluation of methods to measure the moisture in cotton bales.

  • Field evaluation of louvered lint cleaners.

  • Field evaluation of reduced-waste lint cleaners.

  • Field evaluation of combined cylinder and saw cleaner for lint.

  • Sensing of moisture in cotton bales at gins.

  • Sensing of noise levels in gins.

  • Reduction of noise in field gins.

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Last Modified: 7/14/2004