Agricultural Design Solutions
John Boevers, Molly Johnson, John Morris, Wes Wegner
After the first semester, it was decided that instead of making a prototype, we would make a full scale mock up. The purpose of this mock up is to determine if using rollers in the floor of our quarter turner will make a big enough difference in increasing the ease of sliding the bales that the required output for the hydraulic system is lowered enough to make our quarter turner cheaper to build.
Our team was faced with the task of designing an attachment that would rotate large square bales ninety degrees along the long axis of the bales. This has to be done before the bale is on the ground. The bale size we are focusing on is 3x4x9 feet.
Scope of Work
The purpose of this attachment is to alter the placement of the bale after is has been ejected from the baler and before it hits the ground. The final placement of the bales is to be ninety degrees from its original orientation when leaving the baler. The design of this attachment will also focus on minimizing the dragging of the bales on the ground and therefore reducing soil accumulation on the bales. The designing of this attachment and its options started in September and should be completed by December 7th, 2012. The making of the mock up began January 14th, 2013 and ran through April 19th, 2013. Our deliverables are a schedule of events, a completed design, a completed mock up, and results of testing. The time schedule on our deliverables will end on May 1st, 2013. The acceptance criteria for this attachment is if the bale is turned ninety degrees before it gets to the ground and that there is no more than four inches of sliding once on the ground.