1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To improve the productivity of roller ginning plants by developing more effective methods of separating and reclaiming the carryover components of un-ginned seed cotton and cottonseed on a high-speed roller gin stand.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
A unit-type reclaimer (as opposed to the current batch-type reclaimer) with alternative machine components will be tested to separate and reclaim the carryover on a high-speed roller gin stand. The first reclaimer will be attached to an individual high-speed roller gin stand. Depending on test results, unit reclaimer's application could later be expanded to battery applications.
After developing and drafting shop drawings to manufacture the first experimental prototype for testing during the last of FY2012, the building of the first prototype by LUMMUS CORPORATION was completed, and it was shipped to the ginning laboratory for testing in May of FY2013. The prototype was installed in the ARS Roller Ginning Laboratory to test its performance relative to current reclaimer technology in material capacity as well as fiber and seed quality. Testing has begun,with preliminary results showing that the experimental reclaimer has adequate material capacity to handle high speed roller ginning of both Pima and upland cottons. Fiber and seed quality resulting from the experimental reclaimer relative to the standard has yet to be determined.