Preliminary Assessment of the Stickiness of Cotton

W.S. Anthony, R.K. Byler, Henry Perkins, and Michael Watson


As a result of the need to rapidly evaluate the level of stickiness of cotton, a new apparatus was designed, constructed, and tested. The apparatus essentially consisted of a stand-alone Motion Control Color/Trash Meter cabinet with the color/trash meter removed and replaced with an infrared moisture sensor, and the compression platen removed and replaced with a resistance moisture sensor. The infrared moisture meter responds to the level of natural sugar and insect sugar that is contained within the sample whereas the resistance moisture content is affected only slightly. Results of several studies under laboratory conditions indicate that the instrument can correctly identify whether a sample is sticky or not over 75% of the time.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 1464 - 1466
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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