New Products and Processes
The needs of modern farming have presented agriculturaltool suppliers with difficult challenges. Powerful tractors placegreat demands on tillage tools to work the soil deeper andfaster. To meet this challenge, disk blades and sweeps mustbe hard enough to resist wear, yet sufficiently elastic so theywon’t break if they impact an obstacle. To produce the best tillage tools for modern high speedfarming, Case IH Earth Metal disk, coulters, openers andsweeps are manufactured from a new alloy steel whichpermits heat treating up to 52 Rc Rockwell without causingbrittleness or loss of elasticity. These new blades are superiorto the previous industry leader Earth Metal products.In both lab and field test the new Earth Metal blades madefrom the alloy material have proven to be tougher and longerlasting than the previous Earth Metal steel.If these new Earth Metal blades can out perform the previousindustry best Earth Metal blades and sweep… they will outperform the typical carbon blades and sweeps by evengreater margins.
Building Quality Into Every Disk
It’s not only the materials that make Case IH disks stronger,the entire manufacturing process is designed to producesuperior blades.Our supplier, North American Tillage Tools Company (NATT),located in Hamilton, ONT, Canada has invested in newtechnologies and equipment to produce tillage tools to evenhigher standards of quality, durability and toughness. Automated production, including material handling robots,makes this state-of-the-art facility one of the most advancedin the world. The cutting edge of the disk blades are precision machinedusing automated edge-turning equipment, to create theoptimal combination of edge sharpness and strength. A 25-ton decoiler feeds steel through a leveller to a 2000-tonpress, which stamps out disk blanks. These blanks thenundergo further processing, including edging, notching,shaping and heat treating. Automated processing at everystage boosts productivity and increases throughput, yieldingshorter cycle times from order placement to delivery.
Automatic edge-turning equipment machines perfect edges every time.Automatic notching machines can be programmed to produce any required number of notches.Large capacity furnace heats disks to achieve optimal hardness, without sacrificing ductility.