Effects of technological advancement on cotton gin on society

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5 Emission Factors for EPA’s AP-42" 27). Ten years later McCarthy Gin utilized smaller diameter flighted roller in providing the required pushing action at the ginning point. In the modern ginning process, the technology has advanced so as not to focus on the traditional ginning mechanism but also combining gin with other auxiliary functions (Veit 319). The process has since technologically advanced to the folding of systems into one single integrated device. The modern textile ginning process is characterized combination feeder, condenser with feeder and gin stand. The automated machinery is in the large-scale manufacturing of various textile products such as a garment. These automated machines offer high speed in the fabric cutting and high accuracy. These machines vary from water jets, air jets, and even knife cutting machines.

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Other latest technology in this automated machinery includes the use of laser fabric cutting technology, plasma torch among others technologies (Hergeth 87). According to Harold Hill, one of the most important reasons behind the technological advancements in the textile industry is especially in cotton spinning machinery is the application of the air currents. The use of these machines in the textile production reduces the cost of production. This technology ensures that the production process is faster as compared to when hand spinning is used. Despite the fact that at the initial stages, the production cost is higher, in the end, this technology ensures that the clothes are less expensive and more accessible. Relative to the previous cotton ginning process in which the woody drum entrenched with sequences of hangers, which fixed the fibers and hauled them into a finer weave, which allowed the seeds to pass, the production cost was higher due to its slow process.

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Besides this technology strengthens competition among large companies at the expense of the medium and small firms. The use of machines because of the industrial revolution has thus negatively affected employment in the textile industry. According to Fontana and Riello (2005), the total employment in the textile industry dropped by 40% within the European Union alone between the 198-s and 1990s (Grace Annapoorani 77). This fall in the employment is attributed to the use of machines in the textile industry because of an industrial revolution. Besides these modern technologies are expensive to the small textile companies. The larger companies, however, can afford them giving them a competitive advantage over the smaller firms. The slaves were therefore shipped from Africa to meet the high demand for the cotton products.

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Besides with the better versions of the cotton gin, even after the abolition of slavery, mechanization of the textile industry ensured that cotton remained one of the leading exports in the US. Between 1803 and 1937, cotton was the leading export in the US (Fontana and Riello 169). Just after a few years of its discovery, the southern people of the US commenced on primarily relying on cotton production. They increased their cotton production and were later forced to expand westwards pushing the Indians further west. "Seamless Industrialization: The Lanificio Rossi and the Modernization of the Wool Textile Industry in Nineteenth-Century Italy. " Textile History, vol.  36, no.  2, 2005, pp. Grace Annapoorani, S. "Design Quality, Mechanization and Taste in the British Textile Printing Industry, 1839–1899. " Journal of Design History, 2017, p.

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