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The New Generation Of Cotton Harvesters

           New Ideas / New Designs                Copyright 2013  /  Jimmy Bell 

US Patent 8407975

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  Doffers must then remove cotton from spindles which is then blown into harvester’s basket.   Also spindles grind trash into cotton fibers, making it more difficult to gin. Spindle harvesters require thousands of spindles to adequately pick cotton. With increased harvesting speed more spindles are required to keep pace with the harvester’s ground speed.
  A closer look at spindle cotton harvesters reveals that spindle harvesters are one of the most complicated pieces of farm equipment on the farm, and are reaching their maximum in these areas: Size, weight, speed, row width, cost, water Capacity approximately (360 gals. 2,880 lbs.), Lubrication approximately (80 gals. 600lbs.). Other problems with spindle harvesters are; Spindles, doffers, moistener pads, chains, bars, and cutter blades that wear out, also, wetting seed cotton, seed damage, spindle twist, spindle warping, and spindle breakage. ENVIRONMENTAL and SAFETY ISSUES are also a problem with spindle harvesters. Recognizing, and understanding these problems with spindle and stripper harvesters is the first step in solving these problems.
   The Cotton Industry is asking for a more suitable harvester that can solve these problems, EFFICIENTLY, ECONOMICALLY, ENVIRONMENTALLY, AND PRACTICALLY.
     COTTON AIR HARVESTER’S row units are SAFER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY in that they do not require spindles, doffers, moistener pads, brushes, rotating drums, cutter blades, water, additives or spindle lube, resulting in better Conservation of our Natural Resources.

  Although pneumatic, (AIR,Vacuum,) harvesters have been tried many times, no successful commercial pneumatic harvester has been produced. Those early inventors knew that AIR HARVESTING was worthy of refinement and researching. Since then many advancements have been made which were not available to them.
  As we look back over the many patents as far back as the 1800’s, and to the present, we can get an overall picture of how air is and was used in cotton harvesters.
We also must understand that those inventions did not reflect modern cotton harvesting,  hand picking was the standard and no one could have envisioned the HUGE COTTON HARVESTERS of today.

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View from inside Harvester Row Unit

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 FIG. 8 is a top view of cotton air harvester's row units 6 entering cotton row. Cotton plants 15 are compressed together to approximately 9 inches as row units enters cotton row and are furthered compressed together to approximately 5 inches by extractor unit's front panel 22, (also see 23 and 25 of FIG. 16). Cotton plant's limbs 15 are folded together in order to bring seed cotton 14 into close contact with self cleaning extractor units openings 24, where seed cotton 14 is removed from cotton plants 15A (also see FIG. 9). Cotton is harvested from both sides of the cotton plants using air flow 13 (wind, vacuum, atmospheric pressure). The large amount of plant material moving thru extractor units create a self cleaning environment using cotton plants 15A, as a cleaning method to continually push unwanted material past harvester's self cleaning extractor units.

 

WIDTH SHOWN IS 5" INCHES

FIG. 17 is a top view of cotton air harvester's row units 6, showing how air flow 13, (wind, vacuum, atmospheric pressure, denoted by large black arrows) is used to harvest seed cotton 14 from cotton plants 15, air flow 13 is the result of blower fan units 4, which force air from inside air plenum transfer chamber 3 FIG. 6, thru duct work 1C to basket 1B on harvester's chassis 1A (see FIG. 1 prior art and FIG. 6), as air is forced out it creates a vacuum inside air plenum transfer chamber 3 which causes the outside atmospheric pressure 13, to force outside air in thru extractor unit's openings 24, to replace the air that has been removed from air plenum transfer chamber 3, thus creating a continuous air flow 13. As harvester's row units 6 enter cotton plants 15, air flow 13 enters harvester row units 6 from the front and rear and intensifies as it is forced thru extractor unit's openings 24. As air flow 13 moves thru cotton plants 15 seed cotton 14 is dislodged from cotton burr 15A and is then blown (vacuumed) into extractor unit's openings 24. Air flow 13 is the most intense where front and rear air flows 13 meet together 29 at extractor unit's openings 24.

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FIG. 16 is a simplified schematic top view of cotton air row units 6, showing row units 6 facing each other and are spaced approximately 9 inches apart; left and right self cleaning extractor units 7 also face each other and extend out from panel sides approximately 2 inches (see 22 and 26). Extractor's flat panels 23 and 25 are spaced approximately 5 inches apart, and extractor's opening 24 which angles rearward 45.degree. from harvester's row unit's side panel.

The PHOTOGRAPHS, DRAWINGS and EXAMPLES used herein are intended to facilitate an understanding of ways in which the invention US PATENT # 8407975, herein may be practiced. Complete Patent with Drawings are available online at USPTO.GOV

 

The invention claimed is:

1. A self-propelled cotton air harvester comprising: a header assembly attached to a front lifting mechanism of the harvester for movement through a field of cotton plants in equally spaced rows, the header assembly consisting of: a) a main metal framework; b) an air plenum transfer chamber having a top, sides, ends, and bottom, the air plenum transfer chamber is mounted on top of the main metal framework of the header assembly making up the upper section of the header assembly; c) a plurality of row units each comprising left and right side panels, wherein front edges of the left and right side panels of the row units slope backward at a 45 degree angle, the row units are attached to the bottom of the main metal framework of the header assembly making up the lower section of the header assembly, the row units are spaced approximately 9 inches apart with the left and right side panels of neighboring row units facing each other thereby creating a streamlined tunnel to allow for the least resistance as the cotton plants move through the tunnels of neighboring row units; d) a plurality of self-cleaning extractor units attached in a 45 degree angle along the front edges of the left and right side panels of each of the row units for fully harvesting the entire cotton plant, the self-cleaning extractor units are spaced approximately 5 inches apart with the self-cleaning extractor units of neighboring row units facing each other, wherein lower, forwardmost self-cleaning extractor units are the first to contact the cotton plants at the base of the cotton plants, openings of the self-cleaning extractor units angle inward and forward at 45 degrees into the side panels which helps restrict the plants from becoming snared when moving past the openings; e) blower fans which force air from inside the air plenum transfer chamber out through ductwork to a harvester basket thereby creating a vacuum inside the air plenum transfer chamber which causes the outside atmospheric pressure to force outside air in through the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units to replace the air that has been removed from the air plenum transfer chamber by the blower fans creating a continuous air flow that harvests seed cotton from the cotton plants; wherein the cotton plants are compressed together to approximately 9 inches as they enter the row unit tunnels and are further compressed together to approximately 5 inches by the self-cleaning extractor units whereby limbs of the cotton plants are folded together to bring the seed cotton into close contact with the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units, as air flow moves through the cotton plants, seed cotton is dislodged from the plant and is sucked into the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units, the large amount of seed cotton moving through the self-cleaning extractor units creates a self-cleaning environment using the cotton plants to push and clean unwanted plant material through the row units.

 

6. The self-propelled cotton air harvester of claim 1, wherein cotton is harvested from both sides of the cotton plants, air flow enters the row units from the front and rear and intensifies as it is forced through the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units, as air flow moves through the cotton plant,  seed cotton is dislodged from plant and is then vacuumed into the openings, the openings are large enough allow a large amount of cotton to move into the openings, the flat surface of the extractor units allow cotton limbs to slide across the openings without being pulled into the openings, the large amount of cotton plants moving through the row units creates a self-cleaning environment using the cotton plants to continually push and clean unwanted material through the row units, thereby preventing material from collecting inside row units.

 

7. The self-propelled cotton air harvester of claim 1, wherein the row units are attached to the underside of the air plenum transfer chamber thus creating a tunnel effect, the row units act as wind tunnels that fully cover the entire row of cotton from the top of the cotton plants to the bottom with a strong concentrated air flow, air flow enters row units from the front and rear and intensifies as it enters the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units from all directions, thereby maximizing air flow turbulence to completely surround and dislodge seed cotton from the cotton plant by utilizing the tremendous power and flexibility of air flow to harvest seed cotton by bringing the seed cotton and air flow together at the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units.

 

 

COTTON AIR HARVESTER

    My name is Jimmy Bell, and for approximately 12 years I have been Studying,  Experimenting and Researching  Cotton Farming, Harvesting Techniques, and  Harvesting Equipment. As a result of this research God has allowed me to design the NEW COTTON AIR HARVESTER HEADER which is now US PATENT # 8407975  Issued April 2, 2013.

    SUMMARY: Mechanical Cotton Harvesters have replaced the labor intensive method of harvesting cotton by hand (hand picking), with Modern High Capacity Cotton Harvesters. 

     Mechanical Cotton Harvesters can be divided into two groups; STRIPPER HARVESTERS, and SPINDLE HARVESTERS. Stripper Harvesters  work by stripping cotton and large amounts of unwanted plant material from cotton stalks, which then must be seperated and the trash removed from the cotton resulting in higher ginning costs, thus having a negative impact on Stripper harvesting. 
   Spindle Harvesters offer better quality harvesting but also strip unwanted material from cotton stalks. Spindle harvesters use sharp rotating barbed spindles to Snare and wrap seed cotton around spindle's shaft in order to hold and Dislodge seed cotton from the plant. Spindles must come into direct contact with seed cotton in order to pull cotton from the cotton burr.   

    

 

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 Also MODERN COTTON FARMING HAS CHANGED the way cotton is planted, cultivated, and harvested. Cotton plants are grown closer together producing a more uniform cotton plant which makes it more preferable for modern mechanical harvesting.  

   Uniform growing of cotton  plants   makes it easier to compress  cotton  limbs  together  as cotton plants pass thru COTTON AIR HARVESTER’S self-cleaning extractor units.

   Large cotton plants produce large limbs that cannot be easily folded, and stalks that can damage spindles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Cotton Air Harvester’s row units form a continuous blanket of compressed cotton which is vacuumed from both sides of the cotton plant and not one boll at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Cotton plants are first compressed together to approximately 9 inches as they enter the front of the row unit tunnels and are further compressed together to approximately 5 inches by the self-cleaning extractor units ( 7 ) whereby limbs of the cotton plants are folded together to bring the seed cotton into close contact with the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units, as air flow (13) moves through the cotton plants, seed cotton is dislodged from the plant and is sucked (BLOWN) into the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units, the large amount of seed cotton moving through the self-cleaning extractor units creates a self-cleaning environment using the cotton plants to push and clean unwanted plant material through the row units. The row units act as streamlined wind tunnels that fully cover the entire row of cotton plants from the tops of the cotton plants to the bottom with a strong concentrated air flow (13).

  Air flow (13) enters row units from the front and rear and intensifies as it enters the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units from all directions, thereby maximizing air flow turbulence to completely surround and dislodge seed cotton from the cotton plant by utilizing the tremendous power and flexibility of air flow to harvest seed cotton by bringing the seed cotton and air flow (13) together at the openings of the self-cleaning extractor units. 

    SPINDLE COTTON HARVESTERS DEPEND ON AIR FLOW and cannot harvest cotton without air flow. 

  The actual harvesting process can be divided into two steps: The first step is to dislodge seed cotton from the cotton plant. The second step is to blow the seed cotton into harvester’s basket after is has been doffed.
  
The MASSIVE spindle harvester header assembly is designed to dislodge seed cotton from the cotton plant using thousands of parts such as spindles, doffers, and moistener pads.  Air flow must then be used to blow cotton from doffing chamber into harvester’s basket, thus completing the harvesting process.
  COTTON AIR HARVESTERS use air flow as a complete harvesting method, first to dislodge seed cotton from the cotton plant, which is then blown into harvester’s basket.
  Cotton is well suited for AIR HARVESTING in that it reacts well to air flow, and is easily dislodged, (vacuumed) from cotton burr. It takes less air flow, (force, vacuum) to remove seed cotton from cotton burr than to remove burr from cotton stalk. Harvester’s ground speed cannot over take the air speed (AIR FLOW, WIND, VACUUM) used to harvest seed cotton.

  Also COTTON AIR HARVESTERS are able to harvest loose cotton that now falls to the ground in between spindle harvester’s row units. COTTON AIR HARVESTER’S Front Cover Panels cover the open space in between harvester row units, and directs loose falling cotton over and onto Cotton Air Harvester’s Self Cleaning Extractor Panels. 
   
    

FROM START TO FINISH, COTTON AIR HARVESTERS USE AIR FLOW AS A COMPLETE HARVESTING METHOD. AIR HARVESTING OFFERS THE GREATEST POSSIBILITIES AND OVERALL IMPROVEMENTS IN COTTON HARVESTING, AND NO OTHER HARVESTING METHODS ARE EQUAL TO THESE POSSIBILITIES AND IMPROVEMENTS.


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                                                        Jimmy Bell     

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                                          OCILLA, GEORGIA 31774 USA


 

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 "Great inventions came by understanding and utilizing their potential."

COTTON AIR HARVESTERS ARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF COTTON HARVESTERS AND THE COMPANY THAT DEVELOPS AND MANUFACTURES THEM WILL LEAD THE INDUSTRY.

              “AIR  OFFERS  INCREDIBLE   POWER, 

 

       WORKABILITY,  FLEXIBLITY,    AND USEFULNESS."

 

                    "AIR IS A REUSABLE RESOURCE."

 

 

                      "AIR NEVER WEARS OUT.”

WIDE ROW COTTON AIR HARVESTER

NARROW ROW COTTON AIR HARVESTER

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 This reduced weight and flexibility allows harvester’s row units to be grouped closer together than spindle or stripper harvesters, and can be configured to harvest wide row or narrow row cotton, also reduced weight results in less soil compacting and wear on roads.