31 Mar How Agricultural OEMS Can Take Advantage of the Projected Market Increase
According to a recent article in Farm Equipment, Rabobank International predicts that agriculture equipment sales will pick up in 2017. Robabank’s February report anticipates that the crop cycle will rise and farmers will begin to reestablish planting methods that optimize yield. This return to profitability will then lead to an increase in equipment purchasing.
Farm equipment manufacturers are encouraged to emphasize equipment’s ability to improve efficiency and demonstrate a clear return on investment (ROI).
Farm Equipment Manufacturers See Value
Original equipment manufacturers can gain from this sales upward trend by finding ways to reduce component costs or design assemblies. Opportunities include looking for new technologies that favor bushings (also known as bushes) and mechanical enhancements in applications.
Agricultural buyers have many options and possible solutions to bushing designs. A woven fabric metallic bushing offers unique performance benefits and cost efficient design solutions. PTFE lubricating fibers can be woven into a fabric cloth liner and mechanically bonded on to a steel backing substrate then formed into a bushing, thrust washers or other shapes.
For agriculture uses, this style of bearing can tolerate a variety of exposed elements – dust, debris and other contaminations that can enter the bushing assembly. However, in severe use cases sealing systems should be considered. Furthermore a woven fabric liner offers high load and edge load capacity without supplemental lubrication to manage friction and wear, making them ideal for ag tractors, combines, tillers, bailers, sprayers and seeding equipment.
The tenacity or aggressive resistance of the woven fabric liner, such as those found on CCTY Bearing’s F-Max series, allows the bearing assembly to have shafting or pins designed without costly precision finishes or surface hardness treatments. Note that some PTFE-style bearings may need these requirements in order to be effective.
Source New Bearing Suppliers
Oftentimes, OEMs will look for new bushing technologies and progressive suppliers only when tackling vexing application problems. While gearing up for the projected sales increase in 2017, buyers and engineers have time to find new providers with leading bushing technologies. Emerging or new suppliers bring innovative solutions that can range from improved designs, value-added products, cost advantages and efficient supply chain integration methods.