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Metal bending offers curve ball to powered agricultural equipment manufacturers

16/05/2019 09:42:58
 
 
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With demand for food ever growing, powered agricultural equipment is a segment that is set to continuously grow. OEMs are required to keep pace with this demand, while still delivering progressively more optimised tractors, combines, sprayers, seed drills and cultivation equipment to maximise harvests. One way to optimise the design, manufacture and packaging of this vital equipment is to utilise precision curved metal, which is now becoming more prevalent in the sector.

Matthew Pritchard, Group Project Manager at Barnshaws Section Benders, the world’s premier specialist profile bending company, explores how curved metal can deliver benefits to manufacturers of powered agricultural equipment.

When designing a piece of powered agricultural equipment, your starting point is going to be the chassis. This is usually formed of solid plate that is either bolted or welded together. Naturally, this approach to chassis construction requires a large amount of fabrication. However, press braking solid plate to eliminate welds across a chassis design can result in a frame which offers the same strength, but crucially with expediated production timeframes. Press braking can be carried out with high repeatability, with plates of almost any size. By identifying areas of the chassis that can incorporate press braked sections, OEMs have the opportunity to reduce production times by utilising them. In an industry with high demand, this efficiency gain adds up to improved manufacturing productivity.

The general industry trend in powered agricultural equipment is to deliver ever larger and stronger vehicles. This provides improved productivity and durability in the field. In this case, curved metal can be an attractive design alternative to welded sections, as it can deliver the required strength with less fabrication demands. Curved sections are typically lighter too, so increases in vehicle size can be accommodated while keeping overall weight down.

Powered vehicles such as forage harvesters present an opportunity to utilise curved metal. Collected silage is dispensed from the forage harvester via a chute into an adjacent trailer. Using a curved chute in this application improves material flow, which compared to an angle chute, results in less wear. This translates to a longer service life for the chute, and reduced maintenance requirements for vehicle operators.

The cab is important in providing comfort and safety to the driver. All modern self-propelled farming equipment will feature one, and curved metal can integrate seamlessly with designs. Curved metal can be provided to high quality standards, which ensures it can comply with the safety levels required in cab design and construction. Smaller profiles or larger sections can be provided equally.

Barnshaws Section Benders has built a formidable reputation in steel and aluminium bending through its support of the construction, transport, offshore and art sectors. The business offers a pressing capability to lengths of 12 metres up to 1000 tonnes, with an induction bending capacity that can service 32” pipes and section bending up to 35 metres long. Able to service orders of almost any quantity quickly, Barnshaws’ experience in providing curved metal for the transport sector, its large onsite machine capacity and its expert workforce ensure that the production needs of an agricultural OEM can be met reliably.

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Photo 1: One way to optimise the design, manufacture and packaging of this vital agricultural equipment is to utilise precision curved metal, which is now becoming more prevalent in the sector. (Source: Istock Copyright: maomspv ID: 600412238)

Photo 2: Powered vehicles such as forage harvesters present an opportunity to utilise curved metal. Collected silage is dispensed from the forage harvester via a chute into an adjacent trailer.

Photo 3: Barnshaws offers a pressing capability to lengths of 12 metres up to 1000 tonnes, with an induction bending capacity that can service 32” pipes and section bending up to 35 metres long.

About Barnshaws

Established in 1969, Barnshaws has grown to become the world’s premier specialist profile bending company; supplying market sectors such as construction, power generation, mining, transport and general manufacturing with shaped beams, tubes, plate and other profile section materials. More recent developments have seen the company’s engineering expertise expand from mostly steel to non-ferrous materials including copper and aluminium as well as specialist materials such as Hardox.

Barnshaws has ISO 9001:2015 approval and was Europe’s first bending company to achieve CE Marking of curved sections to Execution class 4, the highest standard available.

With facilities in the West Midlands, Manchester, Hamilton and Poland, Barnshaws can provide precision metal bending and profile cutting services, locally, nationally and internationally.

Equipped with the largest capacity bending machines in the world, Barnshaws can deliver curved sections up to 35 meters in length with the capacity to bend tubes and pipes up to 1,524mm outside diameter. In addition, the largest range of press brakes in the UK can accommodate materials up to 12 metres in length and form sections from materials up to 80mm in thickness, this together with a vast range of rolling machines enables Barnshaws to offer rolled cylinders from 350 to 4200mm diameter with wall thicknesses upto 100 mm, all of which can be supplied in the welded condition singly or in multiple belt lengths.

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Editor Contact

DMA Europa : Alan Hatch
Tel: +44 (0)1562 751436 Fax: +44 (0)1562 748315
Web: www.dmaeuropa.com
Email: alan@dmaeuropa.com

Company Contact

Barnshaws Steel Bending Group : Matthew Pritchard
Tel: 0121 557 8261 Fax:
Web: www.barnshaws.com
Email: matthew.pritchard@barnshaws.com

 
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