Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ginning Season on the Horizon

We hope the repair season has gone well. It was another good year for Vandergriff Gin Ribs, we appreciate all our loyal customers, and those that have installed our rib for the first time. You won't be disappointed.  Gin ribs are what we do and take pride in, from 1018 USA Steel that are forged into an accurate forging by a process that is hard to duplicate, and finally to the extreme precision of our CNC Machining.  And it is this precision in key areas that makes all the difference. We have been doing this for 21 years now and have the formula down especially in vital areas of the rib design. If smaller seed are becoming a consistent issue for you, we can take our existing design that is proven over time and slightly modify it to what we call for now, a Vandergriff "Extreme." This will most certainly deal with littler seed varieties.  If you are running even narrower saw spacings, our design will run smoother, not damage seed or cause rib fires, and you will not have to pull out the stand to blow out or clean ribs on a frequent basis.

There was some very bad information that spread through the industry about the need for a good rib for gin stands with narrower saw spacings. Our rib, unfairly got lumped into the category.  The source of all this did have huge issues with  ribs, but had never tried a Vandergriff Rib in their gin stand to try and remedy this issue. Statements like this are unfortunate for the industry.  Our rib for  gin stands that went to narrower saw spacings (Vandergriff 1996)  have been running and are running in  gin stands across the cotton belt and in Australia as well. Vandergriff Research was and is the catalyst behind the industry's move to narrow. We developed gin ribs to accommodate this. It is inconceivable that with so many of them running successfully in the industry (8,000+) that they would lose seed.  Again, if small seed are becoming troublesome, we can apply our Extreme design feature for you.

If you currently  ginning with Consolidated Gin Stands, we can help you.  164. 198. 184. 222.  We have ribs for you. They run good. They don't tag or start rib fires. You don't have to pull out the stands and clean them out.  Don't let gin ribs hamper the performance of your Consolidated Gin Stand.  It is a very good, well designed piece of ginning equipment. (A Product of Vandergriff Research)

Our Game Changer Ribs for Continental Gin stands are the Cadillac of Ribs for your Continental  gin stand.  Competitors talk a good game, but we always get calls and end up replacing them with ours.  Tagging, Fires. Breakage.  Just things you should not have to put up with from gin ribs.

We of course also provide Vandy ribs for Lummus 158, 170 and other model gin stands. Same Vandergriff Design and production process that has made it the Cadillac of ribs for 21 years. Many of these have been running in gin stands for 10 years or longer.  They simply change out the wearplate when necessary. The accuracy, strength and precision of this model rib has ruled the day since its inception.

Cherokee Gin Stand Owners?  We have Vandy Ribs Running in your stands as well. We can provide help for you too.  If you are going to wider gin stands up to 12 feet and have extreme horsepower on your roll box. You need a Vandergriff Rib to deal with these difficult stresses and strains put on the gin rib.   Don't let inferior ribs hamper performance of your gin stand. You have way too big of an investment for this to happen.

The Jet Dryer is also a product of Vandergriff Research and ginners are finding all about its unique drying features, energy efficiency and cost savings.  Not to mention good drying that continues on into the cylinder cleaners promoting more efficient trash release.

"Product's of Vandergriff Research"

Loyd Vandergriff

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rumors and misinformation about Vandergriff Ribs that run in gin stands with narrower saw spacings are proving costly for those that took the bait.

"We were told your rib lost seed."

Vandergriff Ribs are the Gold Standard in the ginning industry.
It's What We Do.

"A Product Of Vandergriff Research"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mid Summer 2017

Summer is flying by.  We have been rocked by brutal heat in the Central Valley of California.  This has caused what was already an abnormal amount of snow in the high Sierra's to melt at a higher rate and rush down rivers and streams into reservoirs that simply can not handle this volume.  The only alternative was to "let it out," into the streams below. This of course has caused flooding down below in many areas.  Fortunately, the fertile Tulare Lake bottom has survived.  There were many bleak scenarios related to this, some as bad as 1969 that actually made the cover of Time Magazine.  But now, huge acreage of cotton will be planted, the biggest crop in years.  The entire cotton crop around the central valley looks as good as I have seen in many years.

The 1969 Flood was so serious that old cars were hauled in to place along the levee's to prevent erosion that could lead to serious compromise. A picture similar to this made the cover of Time Magazine.

1968 El Rico Gin

J.G Boswell's El Rico Gin had to be completely dismantled and hauled into the town of Corcoran and stored until the threat of the flood was over. Then, rebuilt.
This gin had many first for the industry.

World's First 40 BPH Gin plant.
First to have bales strapped naked at press.
First to have Automatic Trailer dump
First 10 foot cleaning equipment.
First drying systems to handle these types of capacities.
Design Engineer. A. L Vandergriff

We are glad the that things did not reach this level of seriousness with the heavy snowpack of 2017. This will allow companies like J.G. Boswell and other central valley farmers to plant as much cotton acreage as they like. Good news indeed.  

More news:

Vandergriff Inc has several projects going now that give cause for some excitement as the gin season approaches. On the gin rib front, we were thrilled we could help out a couple of gins that had ordered and  received new gin ribs that were not straight, making it all but impossible to even get them installed.  We happened to have enough in our inventory to supply them and solve this issue for them. You all know that Vandergriff Ribs will never show up to a gin with issues related to straightness.  We have pretty much sold out of all models of our ribs now.  That's usually the case when it gets to be this time of the year.

We got many of our Jet Dryers in some nice gin plants this spring and summer as well. In an environment where energy costs are a real factor, these dryers are extremely efficient to operate.  Lots of natural single locking action going on in the dryer that prepares the cotton to do a better job of releasing trash when it hits the incline cylinder cleaners.  More and more ginner's are seeing the benefit of switching over to Jet Dryers to dry and condition their cotton while saving money on energy costs as well.

We hope as gin season fast approaches, that it will be a good season for everyone.  Don't hesitate to give us a call.

Loyd Vandergriff

Friday, June 9, 2017

More Gin Rib Updates.

There continues to be discussions and debate on design of gin ribs, especially when it comes to relief sections for ribs running in stands with narrower saw spacings,  I will again emphasize that Vandergriff came up with the current spacings in 1996.  Along with this, he developed a rib to go with it.  In doing so, he chose not to abandon the type of relief section that he had used in all ribs Vandergriff Inc. had manufactured up to this time.  The Vandergriff Rib was already well on its way to becoming the standard in the industry. This relief section, coupled with the skilled use of CNC Machining from a 1018 steel forging contributed heavily to the success and performance  and reputation of Vandergriff Ribs.

There continues to be emphasis by some that this relief section needs to be narrowed, or closed up more to deal with seed loss. This argument is presented by competitors that have had serious issues in this area.  We have not had these issues with the Vandergriff  Rib and see no need to change our current arrangement.  Please take note of the following.

Vandergriff 181 Gin Rib for Continental Gin Stand

This Gin Rib is used on the 161-181 saw spacings established by Vandergriff in 1996. We worked with Namoi Cooperative in converting their 161-181 saw gins. Ultimately they ended up with 20 converted gin stands, all running the Vandergriff Game Changer rib with our standard relief section.  They are not losing any seed with our design. Overall, there are a total of 26 gin stands overseas and in the USA  with narrow saw spacing's running the game changer with this relief design. None. Zero, report any seed loss.

Given this type of success,  it was only natural that we apply this same relief design to our Vandergriff  Rib for Consolidated 184/222 saw gin stands. These stands use the same narrow saw spacing's as the Continental 181. (Vandergriff, 1996 spacings)

Given all the talk through-out the industry related to this, I decided to make some inquiries on how our Ribs are currently performing this season.

Chris Veness at Southern Ginning in Australia is running our rib in all 4- 222 saw gin stands in one of his plants.  When I enquired how the ribs are performing he said: "The new seed varieties make it more difficult to clean the seed, so we are having to gin at a slightly lower ginning rate, but we are not seeing an issue with seed loss." We continue to be very happy with the ribs, and all 4 gin stands run non-stop."

I called Jackson Hammack at Early Country Gin in Georgia.  He has two of his three 184 gin stands running our rib. He said, "We have no issues with the Vandergriff  Rib. We certainly have no issue with seed loss.  We push these stands up to 20 bales per hour plus and they just gin.  We most certainly can not do this with our other gin stand that is running conventional gin ribs.

All Vandergriff Ribs use this Vandy Relief design.  This, coupled with precision CNC work from 1018 steel forgings allow ours to perform at high levels. From Lummus 158-170. To Continental 141-161-181. We have them running in Cherokee Stands as well. Their performance in all these stands over time has helped establish the rib as the premier rib in the industry.  But even with this well earned reputation, there can be exceptions to the rule when it comes to performance.  These exceptions are difficult to understand or explain. It could be as simple as the ginning point being off, tooth lead not in proper location, or the rib rails themselves not located or installed accurately.  Other gin stand issues and settings could come into play.  I would only comment from a Vandergriff perspective that any issues such as seed loss and performance are extremely rare with our rib and most often  caused by issues that are not rib related.

Loyd Vandergriff

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Vandergriff Inc. Late Spring Updates

Hope the repair season is going well and hope the outlook for cotton crops across the cotton belt are looking good.  A few observations and updates are in order.

There continues to be rumblings through the industry of a need for a gin rib that will not lose little seed, especially on gin stands that have gone to narrower saw spacing's.  This could come from a conversion of an existing stand, or a new gin stand that has incorporated these saw spacing's into their product line. These rumblings come from people that have never run a Vandergriff Rib in stands with narrower spacing's. This is very disconcerting. None of our gin ribs for any model of gin stand or any saw spacing has ever let seed escape. Ever. Customers who run them will readily document this.  Any loss of seed through your ribs is not acceptable.  We have ribs for all models of gin stands. Vandergriff Inc was the pioneer in the move to narrower saw spacing's and when the need arose, developed gin ribs to deal with this as well.  Managers from big gin operations in Australia that had purchased big gin stands with narrow saw spacing's reached out to us to help them with their gin rib issues. We responded.  Their issues were solved.  Whatever  model gin stand you have whether its a conversion or a new gin stand, we can help you. You don't have to "settle" for the status quo which is not working out well for you or wait for them to continue to try and develop a rib to solve this. We already have one.

Mr. Vandergriff did a lot of research on narrowing the saw spacing's in 1996.  He converted a 161 saw gin stand to a 181. This conversion ran for close to 10 years before people finally took interest in its real potential for capacity increase and seed cleaning capabilities. Could he have gone even narrower?  Understand this was a radical move for the time.  His research indicated this would be the optimum spacing to increase capacity and clean seed without issues developing. Vandergriff Inc continues to believe this spacing to be the ideal spacing.  Any effort to "narrow this down" further will bring in complications that he strongly considered at the time. All of our conversions and work we do in this area use his 1996 gold standard spacing.  All our ribs go hand in hand with this. With any gin stand that is using narrower saw spacings, a strong, accurate CNC machined gin rib is essential. We have it.

Keep checking for updates on what is going on with Vandergriff Inc. We have exciting projects in the mill. We have outstanding drying system options with our Jet Dryer, and Spider to deal with round modules that our becoming more and more the standard.

Loyd Vandergriff

Monday, April 3, 2017

Texas Cotton Ginners Trade Show

Vandergriff Inc. will be at the Texas Ginners show April 7,8 2017.  Drop by our booth and say hello.
We have products from gin ribs to Jet Dryers to gin stand conversions to the Spider round module unloader.

Hope to see you there.

Vandy Ribs For Consolidated Gin Stand

Ribs being CNC Machined from Steel Forgings for unparalled accuracy and strength

Vandergriff/American Jet Dryers in Australia

Game Changer Ribs shipping to Australia

Loyd Vandergriff

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mid-South Farm and Gin Show 2017


I just returned from the mid-south farm and gin show in Memphis. Was great to see many customer and friends there.

There is always interesting developments taking place in the ginning industry, as companies strive to obtain more and more market share for their products and services.  At this particular show, no ground breaking developments were on display or talked about much, at least in public. The industry continues to move to narrower saw spacing's in gin stands and in many cases, make the move to wider and bigger stands.  Vandergriff Inc. was out front with these narrower spacing's dating back to 1996, and of course have been out front with gin ribs to accommodate these spacing's.  There was some talk about a new "seed saver" rib for Consolidated 184 and 222 stands.   Understand that if you run a Vandergriff Rib, you will not lose any seed.  We have them running in Consolidated Stands in big ginning operations in Australia, as well as here in USA with glowing reports on their performance.  While Lummus Corporation is discontinuing the manufacturing of these Consolidated stands, understand that Vandergriff Inc is here to help those of you that still have them. You made a big investment in these stands which are good ones,  and our rib will help you maximize their performance and protect the investment you made.

No seed loss with Vandergriff Ribs for Consolidated Gin Stands.

Continental Game Changers

We are on our second run of Continental Game Changer Ribs and have a waiting list for this. Call to get on it.  Late spring delivery.

We also have waiting list for Lummus 116 and 170's.

We can convert your 161 Continental to a 181 saw gin.  22-24 bales per hour.
If you are dropping cotton with your current 161 to the point you have to run huller ribs?  Don't expect the 181 conversion to stop this.  We are adding 20 more saws and ribs to your existing stand. That's it.  Good gin stand people find it a simple matter to install our conversions and get them running with no issues and no huller ribs.

Look forward to seeing you in Lubbock April 6 and 7.

Loyd Vandergriff