As cotton producers patiently await moisture and start to gear up for spring planting, the other side of the industry, cotton gins are taking full advantage of their off-season by making improvements and updates to their businesses. And that's where L.P. Brown company comes in to the picture. Richard Vaughn told us of an exciting new machine that can increase efficiency of the cotton gin.
"We're out of Memphis, Tennessee, we were established in 1924," Vaughn said. "We're in the cotton wrapping business, module cover business, bagging, automatic baggers, ultra twist wire, we sell wire for all packaging, all bale packaging. We have a new automatic bagger. We have PE bags and a poly pro bagging machine."
Depending on the part of the country where your gin is located you would pick either the poly propylene bagger or the poly ethylene bagger. but with either material, the concept is the same. It saves time, reduces labor, and improves uniformity and efficiency at the very end of the gin line.
"The industry is going in to automation, with labor issues. So that's the direction of around the press trying to eliminate help basically," Vaughn said. "Most gins out in the industry have four to five people working on a press, and these baggers, if you're automated strapping with an automated bagger, you can eliminate three to four people."
Automated bagging machines are still a relatively new advancement in the cotton ginning business. But the system does everything to the bale itself, securely strapping the bale, pulling on the bag, and it even has cameras set up at key locations so the label numbers can be kept straight.
"We have three of the machines, our PE machines, in Yuron, California, Rolling Hills, North Carolina, and Smith Gin in Odem, Texas. And all three of those gins run one person on the press. He runs the strapper and the bagger, and basically that's where the industry is heading," Vaughn said. "The machine bags it itself. The PE machine wraps it, seals it, this one puts a longitudinal seem on the flat part of the bale, and then they seal the top and bottom. We label it, sample it, and everything."
The automated system finishes up by taking the required fiber sample from each bale and labeling it appropriately, again saving even more time at the end of the ginning line.