ENHANCING PROFITABILITY & SUSTAINABILITY UPLAND COTTON, COTTONSEED, & COTTON BYPROD THROUGH IMPRVMNTS IN HARVESTING, GINNING, & MECH PROCESS
Location: Cotton Production and Processing Research
Title: Multibar sawless lint cleaner: Field testing results
Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 27, 2011
Publication Date: April 25, 2011
Citation: Holt, G.A., Wanjura, J.D., Pelletier, M.G., Thomas, J.W., Barnes, E.M., Gamble, G.R., Baker, R.V. 2011. Multibar sawless lint cleaner: Field testing results. In: Proceedings of the Beltwide Cotton Conference, January 3-7, 2011, Atlanta, Georgia. p. 646. 2011 CDROM.
The Multibar Sawless Lint Cleaner (MBSLC) is a prototype spiked-tooth lint cleaner initially designed to replace the first stage lint cleaning in a cotton gin. Previous studies conducted in the ginning laboratory in Lubbock, Texas, demonstrated improvements in some fiber properties, as well as minimizing lint waste when using select spiked-tooth patterns. The first field study of the MBSLC was conducted in a commercial cotton gin during the 2010-11 ginning season. Early in the season seven modules of differing varieties were randomly ginned in one to two bale lots using the same model gin stand. The MBSLC replaced the first stage saw-type lint cleaner behind one of the gin stands. Lint and mote samples were obtained for each gin line. Results indicated significantly less moting (6.6 lb/bale) and higher bale value ($21.19) for the MBSLC. The MBSLC had higher leaf (0.7), more short fiber (1.3%), and large nep size than the saw-type lint cleaner. A second series of tests were run at the end of the season on fourteen modules of a single variety from a single producer. Data from the second test is still being analyzed.