Know your machinery parts?
The Ag Connect Expo, held January 8-10 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, featured leading agricultural machinery manufacturers from around the world. Exhibitors included the major, well-known brands, as well as a large complement of lesser known manufacturers who supply components for farm equipment.
Components on display are used in all major agricultural machinery. In the first photo of this slideshow, first look at a close-up view of the component. Guess its name and function, and maybe even the company that made it.
What kind of equipment is “toughened” by this part?
“Three-piece suit.” Sarah Gensler, GBGI, Inc., is holding a hub and spindle assembly for tillage equipment, featuring a new precision three-piece seal.
Tough for tillage
It’s a disc, of course, but for what type of tillage?
Ingersoll Tillage Group’s new SoilRazor disc features a saw-tooth cutting edge that’s designed for deep soil penetration and cutting through tough crop residue. The disc is being used by Krause, Sunflower, Alamo and other companies.
This tool is touted for reducing wear and tear on a tractor? What is it?
Hitch it up
Jim Rogus, Terrog Manufacturing shows off his company’s articulating implement hitch. “It takes the backlash out of the hitch and provides more precise control,” he says.
Get in gear
A typical use for this part?
Rick Carr, Superior Gearbox Company, says one use for the item is the apron drive for a live-bottom trailer. It runs the conveyor belt at the bottom of the trailer. “[The gearbox] changes direction or changes the speed of power,” he says.
Meet “Banjo Man.” What’s he made of?
Banjo Corporation makes flange connection parts for liquid handling. The pieces provide a positive seal and allow you to orient the fitting in any position, says Scott McDonald, Banjo sales manager. Deere, Case, AGCO and other manufacturers of large self-propelled sprayers use the product.
What type of machinery would use these parts?
Kondex Corporation supplies a mix of cutting components and high-wear parts for the harvesting equipment industry, selling disk mower knives, straw chopper blades and other parts to the major manufacturers, says Keith Johnson, Kondex manager of engineering.
These special materials are used in what parts of a tractor?
Ortlinghaus, a German company, makes parts for tractors, including this PTO clutch. The company make its own “special materials” for clutches, brakes and plates, company representatives say.
‘In every machine’
Components from Comer Industries “are in just about every machine,” says Bruce Kepley with the company. An easy part to identify?
Much in the mix
Comer’s agricultural wheel drive is just one of a number of parts that Comer has designed for CNH.
Can you guess what these components accomplish on a machine?
Faster Incorporated’s quick disconnects are a unique technology for connecting under pressure. They’re shown here on a new Vermeer trailed mower.
Turkey, Italy, France, China and Germany were some of the countries represented in the components displays at AG CONNECT.
Jimmy Wang, SDH Hydraulic, Shanghai, China, shows off his company’s specialty, hydraulic gear pumps. These will be used in tractors built around the world.
All the way from Italy
Can you guess the nature of these parts?
“They’re flow meters for measuring aggressive chemicals in spraying equipment,” says Howard Boyden, a U.S. representative for Polmac.