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Research Project: Cotton Contamination Detection at Gin Stand Feeder Apron

Location: Cotton Production and Processing Research

Project Number: 3096-21410-009-02-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 1, 2020
End Date: Dec 31, 2020

Objective:
The specific objectives of the proposed research is to assess the best method for detecting and removing plastic contamination at the gin-stand feeder apron. The gin stand feeder apron has been selected as it provides the only place in the gin where the cotton is presented in a thin stream of open-locked cotton and is at a position where the cotton can also be easily diverted when any contamination is detected. Time permitting, research will be expanded to include work on module feeder detection system.

Approach:
The research will assess the commercial potential for the previously developed lab based method to detect contaminates; the research will provide a cost analysis as well as performance assessment, to be conducted in the laboratory as well as in a commercial field trial. The laboratory work will assess efficacy of the proposed system and the commercial field work will assess issues associated with operating such a system on a fully autonomous operation that will span 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The detection method to be explored is use of low-cost high-speed machine vision using off the shelf color-cameras; for detection of plastic contaminants. Time permitting additional work will include development of a system to detect plastic using machine vision system mounted inside the module feeder at a commercial cotton gin.