How far can module trucks travel to retrieve modules in order to increase gin machinery utilization before transportation costs negatively impact ginning costs? This is a question of concern to ginners and producers. Engineers at Texas A&M have been considering this question for several years and have developed a comprehensive ginning decision aid to answer this specific question. The decision aid uses the concept of “percent utilization” (%U) to balance the tradeoff between hauling costs and running the gin at or above capacity.
Funding for the calculator was provided by the Texas State Support Committee of Cotton Incorporated, the Cotton Foundation, Texas Food and Fibers Research Council, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas AgriLife Research, and the Texas A&M University Cotton Chair.