GREG MCCUNN, COMPOSITES, MATERIALS ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, JOHN DEERE
As an original equipment manufacturer, John Deere is a leader in steel manufacturing processes. However, as equipment as equipment grows larger and more productive, it becomes heavier. OEM’s search for solutions to reduce weight, increase performance, and improve appearance yields some interesting composite applications.
However, not every application in which composites have replaced steel is a success story! This presentation will be a detailed review of one John Deere application considered to be ‘less than successful’. Assessments defining the TGW ‘things gone wrong’ will be presented, concluding with a rule of thumb for successful project implementation.
Greg McCunn has been developing John Deere composite components for 20 years. He makes it a mission to study and evaluate the effectiveness of applications in which OEM have implemented composite components. His background as a quality engineer supplying molded plastic interior trim parts to automotive OEMs, provides unique perspective to the supplier (molder) and customer (OEM) relationship. As a materials engineer supporting product engineering, he provides component design recommendations, material and process selection, aligning with the John Deere application.