Why am I thanking Eli Whitney? Because if it wasn't for him, we'd still be picking seeds out of our cotton like this!
Thanks to Eli, we now have the cotton gin which seperates the cotton lint from the seeds for us!
This is the gin we use, which Lance's Uncle Jim, is part owner of.
If you don't know what happens to the cotton up to this point...check out this post!
The module truck unloads the module at the gin onto the walking floor.
If the cotton is loaded onto a wagon instead of in a module, the wagon is parked at the gin, and the cotton is sucked out of it using a suck pipe. The suck pipe also sends the cotton into the gin just like the module feeder.
From there it flows into the gin stands. The gin stands seperate the seeds from the cotton lint. The lint continues out the back of the stands to the lint cleaners.
The seeds fall to the bottom of the gin stands into a trough that augers/blows them into the seed house.
The cotton comes from the lint machines and falls down the lint slide into the press. The press makes a bale of cotton. One side of the press holds the cotton, then when full, rotates and puts the cotton under the press, which packs the cotton into a bale. Meanwhile, the empty bay is being loaded. When the door opens, employees push tie wires around the bale, which hold the bale together.