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LOGO: Journal of Cotton Science

 

COTTON GINNERS HANDBOOK
A Comprehensive Gin Maintenance Program

Authors: Paul A. Funk and Robert G. Hardin IV
Pages: 78-89
Engineering and Ginning

A comprehensive gin maintenance program is critical to optimizing the efficiency of a ginning system and affects labor, energy, and maintenance costs; safety, downtime, daily throughput, fiber properties, and customer satisfaction. A comprehensive gin maintenance program includes a sound maintenance philosophy, downtime and repair documentation and guidelines, a dormant season repair program, ginning season preventive maintenance, and a ginning season repair program. Implementing a comprehensive gin maintenance program in dormant and ginning seasons will minimize the frequency and length of downtime. This will maximize throughput, reducing energy and labor costs per bale, benefitting both the gin’s customers and its owners. Example downtime, inspection, repair and preventive maintenance reports are provided.