Agritechnica technicians dismantle machine
HANOVER, Germany — Working in a giant, German fishbowl, mech-anics tore a perfectly good tractor down to its parts.
“Farmers love their machinery. They always want to know what goes on inside a piece of machinery,” farm equipment engineer Raffaele Talarico said about his project to show off what makes a modern tractor tick.
“No matter how complex (it might) get, a farmer still wants to know how it works.”
Talarico’s dismantling project took place during the Agritechnica farm show in Hanover earlier this month.
The week long farm show draws more than 450,000 people through its gates.
Farmers, machinery company executives and a few interested members of the public got to see six tech-nicians take apart the cab, the frame, brakes, engine and the drive line of a brand new tractor. They did it behind four walls of plate glass in the middle of the trade show’s Systems and Components hall.
Crowds formed around the glass to watch as the tractor was reduced to small parts bins and major components that might be found in the assembly line of a farm equipment factory.
“We couldn’t take every piece out, but they took apart quite a bit,” said Talarico, who operates the Italian branch of DLG, the farmers’ society that runs Agritechnica.
The point of the exercise was to illustrate that farm equipment is largely dependent on components not made by the machinery’s branded maker.
“They buy the cab from one company. The transmission from another. The engine arrives ready to install from someone else. The axles and drives are built by a company that specializes in those elements,” he said.
“It takes more than a Deere or an Agco or CNH to build a machine. They are responsible for the design and assembly, the delivery and marketing and support. Often the innovative things we find in the machine are built by suppliers.”
Carraro Drive Tech supplies some of the drive parts that are found in the Deere tractor that was dismantled for the Agritechnica display.
Fabio Gallo of Carraro said as a supplier of parts to a variety of manufacturers, it remains partners of many of the OEM manufacturers for decades as suppliers of replacement pieces and developers of new technology.
“We go beyond the sale of parts and spare parts,” he said.
“We advise on the maintenance of our axles and transmissions. We develop new technologies as well. We are the ones you don’t see in your agricultural tractor. But we are still there.”
Talarico said suppliers often drive the technology forward, coming up with innovative solutions to farmers’ needs. It is the machinery company that puts the technology to work inside the equipment.
Show organizers brought in component makers during the week to be interviewed for the crowd and discuss their roles in building the dismantled John Deere.