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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

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.

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.