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Custom Molded Hood Incorporating Part Consolidation for the Agricultural Industry

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Custom Molded Hood Incorporating Part Consolidation for the Agricultural Industry
Custom Molded Hood Incorporating Part Consolidation for the Agricultural Industry

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In support of an agricultural equipment manufacturer's "lightweighting" efforts, Ashley Industrial Molding produced the tractor hood assembly shown here, which featured overall finished dimensions of 2,692 mm in length, 965 mm in width, and 165 mm in height. Utilizing sheet molding compound, a reinforced composite with favorable strength properties, we engineered a compression molding process that applied the right amount of material, heat, and force to attain the desired geometry. Additional operations consisted of routing to smooth the edges and hardware installation. Close monitoring of process controls enabled us to manufacture the components to within ± 0.25 mm tolerances and with a Class A surface finish.

This tractor hood exhibits the lightweight strength and durability to perform long-term in an off-road environment while maintaining its appearance. The high-quality construction enabled the customer to meet both their cost and weight reduction goals. If you would like to learn more about this project, or how lightweight molded polymer components can help your products meet an elevated performance standard, contact us today.

Custom Hood Assembly Highlights

Product Name
CNH B10/B19 Hood Assembly designed with inner reinforcement
Product Description
SMC Tractor Hood Assembly
Capabilities Applied / Processes
Primary:
  • Compression Molding
Secondary:
  • Routing and hardware installation
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
  • Press, Stud and rout fixtures
  • Rivet nut installation tools
Expertise
Compression molding
Overall Part Dimensions
Length: 2692 mm
Width: 965 mm
Height: 165 mm
Tightest Tolerances
± 0.25 mm
Material Used
Sheet Molding Compound
Material Finish
Class A surface appearance
In process testing/inspection performed
Thickness check Inspection
Industry for Use
Agriculture
Standards Met
Designed without reinforcement (weight reduction)

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