Reaping the Benefits: Composites Use Grows in Agricultural Equipment

Grain tank extensions made with our patented TEC process.

Plastics Unlimited is a plastic products manufacturer and a leading manufacturer of agricultural equipment parts. We’re fully engaged in it. Having long ago recognized the potential exponential growth in “the field,” we’re the groundbreakers.  We’ve led the way in the transition from metals to composites. 

Real growth in agriculture manifests itself in many ways—case in point: Agricultural equipment, which may be the fastest-growing segment in transportation production. You can see the trend from combines and sprayers to riding lawn mowers, bailers, and cuts to autonomous tractors.

While the projected use of similar parts in cars & trucks is ten years or so, their agricultural counterpart expects an impressive 6o years, with very little time spent in a “garage.” These are outdoor, sun, and weather-exposed vehicles. Uptime is crucial.

It’s an exciting time in the ag industry that will affect every man, woman, and child on earth.

This new direction is driven by both the current and projected trends in global farming. Clearly, cars and trucks aren’t the workhorses that feed the world. Farm equipment plays that role. So, it’s imperative that our composites deliver stronger ag parts faster, at a lower cost, with performance considered right down to their weight on the ground. Lighter equipment requires the benefits that Plastics Unlimited composites bring to the table. Here are a few examples.

Appearance, fit, and finish are precision areas where thermoforming composites meet the high expectations of the ag industry. Also, parts consistency is key. Variable textures, colors, branding elements, and higher UV-stability make our composites extremely desirable.

Greening in ag composites is expected of course and here, we achieve the perfect cycle of the equipment dramatically energizing corn and soy crop yields, with a percentage of both being redirected to the production of unsaturated polyester resins. In turn, they become primary components in thermoforming polymers. Green Solutions like this outshine petroleum-based SMC’s in every way, satisfying our relentless pursuit of “Sustainability.”

Plastics Unlimited, a Tier-1 molder, opens this door with Tool-less Engineered Composites (TEC). Our patented technology blends the high aesthetics and durability of thermoplastics with the strength, toughness, and dimensional stability of composites to produce a structure with a Class A surface and a B-side contributing a high stiffness and strength to weight ratio.

We’ve expanded our efforts to meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population. Our UV-stabilized, corrosion-resistant parts are revolutionizing the world of ag equipment. The quickest path to increased productivity and profitability is a straight line, from Plastics Unlimited to sustainable equipment that feeds the planet.

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