Plastics in Agriculture
into existing farming practices in order to increase production
efficiency and the quality of agricultural products.
Most of the current and impending agricultural technologies
fall into three categories that are expected to become
the pillars of the smart farm: autonomous robots, drones
or UAVs, and sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Driverless tractors, precision seeding equipment, automatic
watering and irrigation, autonomous robots for
weeding and crop maintenance, fruit picking robots,
drones for planting and spraying are all being implemented
to fulfill the need to boost worldwide food production
by 70% over the next several decades in order to feed the
anticipated population of 2050.
With new equipment and automation comes opportunities
for plastics because of their inherit properties. To help
keep food collection, processing, and packaging up and
running, agricultural equipment needs to be strong and
dependable. Cast nylon plastic has exceptional resistance
to wear and abrasion, both of which are common in farming
equipment. This plastic also has high impact strength.
It's not always easy or efficient to keep agricultural
equipment parts lubricated as some parts are not easily
accessible or require the equipment be taken out-ofservice
in order to perform lubrication or replacements of
parts. Cast nylon plastic parts are self-lubricating, and
because they have increased corrosion and chemical
resistance, they are less likely to break than other plastic
or metal parts so don't need to be replaced as often as
parts of other materials.
Most agricultural equipment handles food meant for
human consumption so this is a consideration of machinery
parts and cast nylon excels here because cast nylon is
a food-safe grade of plastic.
And finally, when safety or visibility is a concern, cast
nylon parts can be made in high visibility colors so they
can be seen easily, to prevent accidents or injuries.
Cast nylon is ideal for a wide range of applications
including: pulleys & sheaves, bushings, spacers, pipe
clamps, wear plates, nylon bearing blocks, bearing housings,
sprockets, chain guides, gears, wear strips, wear
pads, scrapers and bespoke components to name a few.
For more information, contact Calvin Petersen,
Nylatech, Inc., P.O. Box 455, Everson, WA 98247, 800-506-9566/360-966-2838, Fax: 360-966-2838, E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.nylatech.com.