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Gin Safety Can’t Be Ignored

By Roger Isom Calif. Cotton Ginners Association While folks begin to tighten things up for the upcoming ginning season, pre-season training will begin, and as always, they will slap in the National Cotton Ginners Association’s Safety videos, including the one on lockout/tagout and say they have covered their “safety training requirements.” But is that really the case now? Is carefully ... Read More »

Gin Schools Renew Efforts To Prevent Contamination

The 2013 Cotton Ginner Schools offered a wealth of information – from maintenance to safety – to increase ginners’ proficiency and provide gin managers/owners updates on the latest ginning technology and industry issues. In addition, certified ginners were able to obtain continuing education credits. Attendance was again strong: Southwest School (123), the Western School (43) and the Stoneville School (85). ... Read More »

Safety Should Be Priority Year-Round At The Gin

Spring is a transition time. A time of renewal. A time for planting – and a time for working on those things that caused you headaches last gin season. Unfortunately, it is also one of the times that we seem to have very serious injuries around gins. Rebuild, remodel and repair are all non-routine tasks. These are things that we ... Read More »

Four More Years – What’s In Store For Us?

There are a lot of different opinions regarding what the President’s second term will look like, and they vary considerably. Depending on who you talk to, our country could be something between the Garden of Eden and the Apocalypse at the end of the four-year period. Without commenting on the overall picture, we have been looking closely at the regulatory ... Read More »

BWCC In San Antonio Offers Research, Technology Updates

The 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio will once again feature updates on research and technology at the annual Ginning Conference. Some technologies are becoming more and more economical and can easily be integrated into the gin operation. One of the most advanced technologies is the automated bale bagging system. There are several automatic bagging systems available or soon ... Read More »

Gins Doing Excellent Job Of Controlling Dust

Back in January of this year, I discussed cyclone repair and maintenance in order to minimize particulate emissions from cotton gins. This month I want to talk about the particulate that comes out of the gin cyclone exhausts that state and Federal regulators are interested in counting. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long listed atmospheric levels of particulate (some ... Read More »

Precautions Necessary For Handling Round Modules

Few people expected the use of round modules to grow so rapidly, but now almost all gins have some cotton in round modules. Even though the introduction of the round module was met with apprehension, ginners have now accepted them and lauded their many advantages. However, the handling of round modules at the gin is still a work-in-progress. There are ... Read More »