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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Cotton's Path Through the IntelliGin

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Cotton's Path Through the IntelliGin

· Module feeder—Compacted cotton as it comes from the field begins processing here. Video camera and moisture sensors in the feeder relay information about color, trash, and moisture to a computer.

· Dryers—Cotton may bypass the dryers completely or dryer temperatures may be adjusted higher or lower, depending on instructions from the computer.

· Cylinder cleaners and stick machine—One or more stages may be needed, depending on the intended market quality of the cotton.

· Gin stand—Removes fibers from the seeds. Sensors again relay quality information to the computer.

· Lint cleaners—The computer controls the number of cleaners to achieve the best end quality and value.

· Bale press—Sensors measure the final quality immediately before the cotton fiber, or lint, is pressed into 500-pound bales ready for marketing.

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Last Modified: 3/8/2007
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