Submitted to: Transactions of the ASABE
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/11/2013
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: After two years of field testing a prototype spiked-tooth lint cleaner, the Multibar Sawless Lint Cleaner (MBSLC), a final year of field evaluation was conducted at commercial cotton gin in West Texas located approximately 30 miles Southwest of Lubbock, Texas.The cotton lint cleaner was tested in a 4-stand plant with conventional stripper-harvested precleaning equipment (two-stages of cylinder cleaners and two-stages of extractors). Gin stands 1–3 are Lummus 170 gin stands. The number four gin stand is a Lummus 158 and was not used in testing. Behind each gin stand was an air jet cleaner followed by two-stages of lint cleaning. Data was collected on three different outings, early-season, mid-season, and late-season. Samples were obtained from the module feeder, feeder apron (gin stand 1, 2, & 3), after gin stands (1, 2, & 3), after air jet cleaners, after first-stage lint cleaner, and after second-stage lint cleaner. The MBSLC was behind gin stand number three and was the first-stage of lint cleaning. Samples collected were analyzed for fractions of trash and seedcotton, moisture, fiber quality high volume instrument (HVI) and advanced fibre information system (AFIS), and percent lint in the lint cleaner waste. This study focused on fiber quality changes associated with three of the four gin stand lines. The fiber quality and lint waste associated with the line containing the MBSLC was compared to the other two lines with conventional saw-type lint cleaners.