GREG MCCUNN, CQT, CCT – CM,. STAFF ENGINEER, COMPOSITES (MATERIALS, ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY), JOHN DEERE
As an original equipment manufacturer, John Deere is a leader in steel manufacturing processes. However, 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. This presentation will review agricultural equipment industry applications in which thermoset composites are implemented to replace steel. Assessments defining successful and less than successful will be presented, concluding with observations and trends for thermoset composite applications, materials and suppliers to the equipment industry.
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.
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