When it comes to taking your agricultural equipment manufacturing business to the next level of customer demand, we can sum up our advice in two words: Design Matters.
Your ag equipment design — and all of the component parts that go into that equipment — is crucial to reducing manufacturing overhead and assembly time, and increasing your ability to keep up with demand.
The right ag equipment design can improve your equipment, manufacturing process, and your reputation in the eyes of potential clients. The wrong ag equipment design, though, can do just the opposite — cause your equipment to break down, increase your manufacturing time, and ruin your reputation.
Why is design so important?
Why is the design of your equipment and component parts so important? Here are seven reasons why your ag equipment design matters:
Increases efficiency in manufacturing and assembly
When your component parts are designed to be consistent (the exact same shape and size every time), it reduces the amount of time spent making minor (or sometimes major) adjustments to get component parts to fit correctly. That, in turn, increases the efficiency of your manufacturing and assembly process.
Reduces the amount of raw materials used
The right design takes into account the amount of raw materials needed, and can maximize material usage during the fabrication and manufacturing stages. This especially comes into play when you hire an outside fabrication company to provide your component parts. Their nesting software can take your component part design and map out the ideal cut patterns to maximize material output.
Increases the longevity and durability of your equipment
Design plays a big role in the longevity and durability of your equipment. Don’t believe us? Throw your equipment together with sub-par parts and see how long it lasts.
The proper design of your equipment takes into account the normal wear and tear on component parts — and can suggest minor to major tweaks that will reduce the risk of component parts wearing out, keeping your equipment running better and longer.
Improves the strength of component parts
Using the wrong material or sub-par pre-made component part can often lead to break downs. If the material isn’t rated for the weight and amount of use your equipment will put it under, there is a huge risk it will wear out and break quickly — causing your customer unnecessary frustration and ruining your reputation.
A professional design team can guide you in the right material to use and offer suggestions to reduce the wear and tear on component parts.
Saves you time and money
Imagine the amount of time and money you would save by following a set design for your equipment that details every cut and hole and how everything fits together. No more guesstimating on the right size. No more making adjustments to try to get everything to fit together.
The proper design allows for every component part to fit together the first time, every time.
Points out inconsistencies and flaws
A knowledgeable design team will be able to find inconsistencies and flaws in your equipment design — and offer suggestions to improve them. While no one likes being told how their work is flawed, that very information can save you in customer break downs.
Eliminates the need to purchase pre-made component parts with hefty price tags
The component parts you purchase from big name suppliers — imagine being able to get that same part custom made to your needs and at a discounted price. That’s just one of the benefits of reverse engineering.
Working with a design team on your equipment design can often eliminate the need to purchase pre-made component parts that come with a hefty price tag and replace them with parts designed to be more efficient and durable (and at a fraction of the cost!).
Work with a Professional Designer
While there are many reasons why design matters in your agricultural equipment manufacturing process, chances are you don’t have the money to hire someone to focus completely on design.
There’s where Fusion Tech comes in. Our fully-staffed design team can provide you with the services needed to take your equipment manufacturing business to the next level — and build your reputation as a provider of top-notch equipment.
Want to know how? Request a free consultation with one of our agriculture equipment manufacturing specialists and they’ll explain how our design services can help you succeed!