While tie length is an indicator of bale thickness, other factors that play a role in determining bale thickness should not be ignored. Some of these factors are cotton’s natural resilience, the force applied during bale pressing and the bagging material used to protect the lint.
Size matters! Producing uniform well-protected cotton bales for our mill customers is a primary goal of the U.S. bale packaging program. Uniform cotton bales benefit the U.S. industry by maximizing mill processing efficiency, as well as creating efficiencies for everyone storing, handling, and transporting bales of cotton.
Gin Universal Density Bale*
Average Bulge Thickness
33 inches (or less)
0.84 m (or less)
28 lbs./ ft3
472 kg/ m3
Note: These are approximate values and some normal variations are to be expected.
*Gin Universal Density and Gin Standard Density Bale tie lengths for approved ties can be found in the JCIBPC Publication Specifications for Cotton Bale Packaging Materials.