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Manufacturing’s Impact on the Agriculture Industry

Monday, January 4, 2016
posted by IMT-Webmaster

metal-manufacturing-in-the-ag-industry-webMetal manufacturing advancements have been a part of improving the agricultural industry as far back as the beginning of the industrial revolution. Before the revolution and the introduction of machines to aide in the process of manufacturing, most metal work was done entirely by hand and thus, very little metal work was actually done. The typically wooden tools used in agriculture at the time were far less sturdy than metalwork, and had a bad tendency to warp under environmental exposure.

With the advent of machines and assembly lines however, it not only became cheaper and easier to manufacture tools made of metal, but it opened up the entire agricultural community to further advances in its own tools of the trade. As the metal manufacturing world continues to grow and evolve today, the agricultural industry benefits from these advancements in a variety of ways.

  • Longevity: Metal works are far more durable than wooden ones, capable of weathering changes in temperature or moisture, as well as simply being sturdier overall.
  • Production rate: The introduction of machines designed specifically for agricultural processes cuts down on the need for human labor, which not only increases the speed at which these processes can be done, but also the accuracy with which they are done.
  • Increased production overall: With advances in the manufacturing of machines have come advances in the agricultural industry itself. New ways to encourage growth, as well as better ways to collect and preserve that growth without resorting to waste.

In the past, before the introduction of metal manufacturing, agriculture was practiced entirely by hand, or through the use of domesticated farm animals like horses. After the introduction of metal machinery and alternative powers like gasoline, the long and laborious job of many could be replaced by machinery like tractors and combine harvesters and the careful maintenance of only one or two people instead.

The manufacturing of metal works have advanced even further than that in recent years through continuous innovation in the field though. As technology continues to grow and adapt, our capabilities continue to as well.

  • Detail work with smaller and smaller pieces in machines increases accuracy in the work provided, with less chance of these parts needing to be replaced as often from being worn down through ill fitting.
  • Advancements in materials and production qualities in machine parts leads to machines that are faster and more durable.
  • The introduction of the “Information Age” has brought about the advent of machines fitted with GPS monitoring or even self-guiding programs, allowing for far more precision in their work.

All of these advancements benefit from the regular growth and innovation of the metal manufacturing and fabrication world, whether it be in the agriculture machinery itself, or in the technology being created for these machines. Because of the material’s durability and aptitude for precision, a majority of the new technological advances being made involve metal pieces.

As technology and our capabilities with it advance, so does our precision and detail in metal manufacturing, which in turn continues to advance technology in the agricultural industry at an ambitious rate. Some of the most necessary parts in machinery can be incredibly small and detailed, and it’s only through advancements in technology that we are able to produce these pieces. While metal works overall prove far more durable than the previous wooden ones, they still wear down over time and require various parts to be replaced, or even improved as the technology itself grows and improves.

Supply and demand for agricultural products continue to grow, and technology must with it. Metal manufacture is indispensable to this growth



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