Mechanical 2 - Combine Feed Plate Adaptor
Student Team: William Pon, Jake Harris, Keith Davidson, Briana Ruth
Advisor: Karch Pogar
Sponsoring Organization: Hanson Worldwide
Liaison: Chris Wood/Chuck Zigmund
Hanson Worldwide wanted to adapt the Combine Feeder System to be less expensive, to handle higher loads, and to be more resistant to wear while maintaining the existing qualities of the original, unbreakable product. To accomplish this, various material changes were made to lower costs, improve strength, and decrease manufacturing time. Welds were replaced by bolts, decreasing assembly costs without compromising the structure. The new design improved in the wear resistance, verified through Finite Element Analysis, and the overall cost of the system was reduced by 25%. The design was completed on time and put into production. Combines in the Washington Palouse will be using the new design this summer in the wheat harvest.