Improvement of production of double disc planters

Reeson, Andrew (2016) Improvement of production of double disc planters. [USQ Project]

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Norseman Machinery is an agricultural manufacturing company based in Edgeroi, New South Wales and Toowoomba, Queensland. Originally focussed on importing John Deer and Kinze machinery, they transitioned to manufacturing planters based on the brands they imported. Their main product is the Techniplant, a double disc precision planter used for row crop and broadacre farming.

Norseman is a farmer owned business and does not employ any engineers. Their products have been developed through the replication of existing machines, and trial and error. No engineering or holistic overview has been applied in their development and therefore, many issues have seeped into the design, wasting time and money. This project aims to solve these issues.

A new workshop layout was created that increased the amount of storage space available, reorganised current storage to prioritise important components, improve the access to and working conditions in the component assembly area, and streamline the workflow through the workshop.

Norseman’s production processes were analysed and recommendations were made towards their improvement. The main focus of the new production plan was the stores department, as it was found to be the main source of inefficiencies and bottlenecks. The new plan is aimed to improve productivity and efficiency by ensuring sufficient stock levels, predicting accurate lead times, reducing travel times and overhauling the computer stock system.

The majority of this project involved the redesign of a number of components for Norseman’s main product line. The new parts are stronger, simpler, easier to assemble and more suitable to handle the rough conditions of Australian farming. An emphasis was placed on finding Australian suppliers and increasing support for local manufacturing.

The research is supported by Norseman Machinery and the findings will be implemented next year in order to improve the productivity of their business.

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Item Type: USQ Project
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Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Major Mechanical Engineering project
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Malpress, Ray
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 04:27
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 04:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: agricultural manufacturing; double disc planters; manufacturing planters
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091302 Automation and Control Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified

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