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Machinery Matters

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The latest agricultural machinery news and industry updates brought to you by Farm Contractor and Large Scale Farmer. Follow us on Twitter @Farmconmagazine and check out our webpage farmcontractormagazine.com
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Welcome to the Machinery Pete Podcast hosted by Greg Peterson, known to the industry as Machinery Pete. For over 30 years, Greg has been a trusted source of knowledge in the farming equipment industry. Starting with a gut feeling, Greg set off to bring more and better data to the agriculture space. He’s been a voice you can trust, no matter where you’re listening or reading. In this podcast, Greg will be sharing stories and conversations from around the industry. The kinds of conversations t ...
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If you want to know the state of the plastics machinery business, don't look to pundits or economists; ask a salesperson. Good ones listen closely to their customers and often defy conventional wisdom, says Editor Ron Shinn, and we are wise to listen to what they had to say recently.توسط Endeavor Business Media
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Editor Ron Shinn rounds up five top stories from Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, including a look at Industry 4.0 technology in injection molding, comments from OEMs on the state of the economy and their businesses, and equipment debuts from Dri-Air, Conair and Athena.توسط Endeavor Business Media
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Artificial intelligence can be hard to define, but it's coming to plastics processing. Doug Anger, engineering manager for training provider RJG Inc., says processors should look beyond the headlines and buzzwords and start viewing AI as another innovation to add to their toolboxes. Part quality, efficiency and profit margins can be improved by tec…
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From trimming cycle times to optimizing the use of recycled materials, the ability to collect data and tweak production based on it offers molders many benefits, said representatives of injection molding machine makers — and molders are beginning to embrace Industry 4.0. In this episode of PMM Insight, Senior Reporter Karen Hanna shares what she le…
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PMM Managing Editor Lynne Sherwin attended NPE2024 as a first-timer. Editor Ron Shinn talks with her about her experiences, what she and other PMM staffers heard from participants, and what it might foretell for plastics machinery makers and processors.توسط Endeavor Business Media
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When we think of the factory of the future, we often picture a fully automated facility with few workers. But manufacturing gurus are beginning to talk about Industry 5.0, a human-centric, sustainable and resilient approach, in which robots and humans do what they do best in tandem, rather than having machines replace people. PMM Editor Ron Shinn e…
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Machinery Pete talks with Jake Bryce, Co-Founder of Machinery Scope (www.MachineryScope.com) in Alexandria, MN about the new partnership between Machinery Pete and Machinery Scope and also about Machinery Scope’s growth over the past 11 years since founding in 2013. Family owned business. Bryce brings his deep farming roots along with extensive exp…
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The recently concluded fourth round of UN talks on a global plastics treaty made some progress in narrowing down the issues still facing delegates, according to Stewart Harris, senior director for global plastics policy in the plastics division of the American Chemistry Council. But there is still crucial work to be done before the fifth and final …
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Processors who reject smart manufacturing technologies are putting their future at risk, says industry expert Alaa Elwany of Texas A&M. The government is mulling ways to help manufacturers unlock Industry 4.0 innovations, while surveys indicate growing interest among manufacturers. Senior reporter Bruce Geiselman looks at the state of smart manufac…
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A survey of more than 300 manufacturers found that 99 percent say they plan to increase spending in technology and Industry 4.0 in 2024. At the same time, the cost of sensors, hardware and computing services are coming down. In this episode of PMM Insight, Mo Abuali, digital director for manufacturing, retail and distribution at Wipfli LLP, told Ed…
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Editor Ron Shinn, a veteran of dozens of plastics trade shows, looks forward to NPE2024 in May. It's been six years since the last one, and at the rate technology is advancing, there'll be many revelations to enjoy on the show floor.توسط Endeavor Business Media
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Auxiliary plastics processing equipment such as blenders, dryers and feeders can now collect and analyze data, make production adjustments on the fly, predict maintenance and more. These intelligent upgrades also help processors manage the lack of skilled labor in their plants. Senior reporter Bruce Geiselman spoke with representatives of several m…
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The need to address the plastics pollution problem is universally acknowledged, but progress has been slow and parties are often working at cross-purposes. PMM Editor Ron Shinn gives his perspective on the struggle to find common ground for the sake of the earth.توسط Endeavor Business Media
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Machinery Pete chats with Jason Ingermanson of Solomon, KS whose beautiful line of farm equipment, including a ’22 John Deere X9 1100 combine with only 107 sep. hours, is selling on March 20, 2024 online auction by www.PurpleWave.com. Beyond the auction, we learn of the amazing growing restaurant biz Ingermanson has built since 2011, with 100 locat…
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Private equity investors are having an impact on the plastics industry. The results are bigger, more sophisticated plastics companies with deeper pockets that are willing to invest in technology to accelerate growth. John Hart, managing director of P&M Corporate Finance, speaks with PMM Editor Ron Shinn about the trend.…
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Inflation, high interest rates and supply chain disruptions have created uncertainty throughout the economy, but whatever the short-term outlook, one constant is clear: Finding workers will remain a challenge. Senior reporter Karen Hanna looks at the employment outlook for the plastics industry in this episode of PMM Perspective.…
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Machinery Pete chats with Rodney Miller, host of the well-loved TV show “Small Town Big Deal” on RFD-TV and 300 other TV stations across the country. Rodney has deep farming and farm equipment roots, being from Benton, IL where he still has a farming operation. He was also a force behind the growth of Montana Tractors from $3M in annual revenue to …
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Every recycler has horror stories about contaminated bales of recyclable materials, and knowing what's in a bale is essential to meet standards for recycled pellets or flake. Transparency in the marketplace would benefit everyone, but there are problems with the model that might actually discourage use of PCR, according to one industry expert. Edit…
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Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing recently conducted its fifth annual survey of machinery investment plans for the upcoming year. The results, and follow-up interviews with processors, equipment OEMs and plastics industry experts, make the case for "cautious optimism" in 2024. In this episode of PMM Perspective, we look into the crystal ball to se…
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Emissions that come from the manufacturing and transport of plastic parts can and should be controlled. When plastics processors commitment to greener practices, it benefits the environment, customers, workers and the business. Explore the use of digital technology to monitor processes, and sustainable energy sources. Hear more in this commentary f…
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Arlene Davis, director of NPE content and experience for the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), talks with Editor Ron Shinn about the extensive conference and educational programs that will be available at NPE2024 in May, significantly enhancing the NPE experience.توسط Endeavor Business Media
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How companies handle promotions and professional development can go a long way toward easing challenges they might otherwise face filling job openings. While employers might have once been able to rely on trade schools and a deep labor pool to fill roles ranging from entry-level to supervisory positions, human-resources (HR) experts say that’s no l…
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Wages and other costs for the new contract won by the United Auto Workers will trickle down to Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 auto suppliers, including plastics processors, according to industry analyst Laurie Harbour. The automotive supply chain was already vulnerable before the UAW strike because of COVID, labor shortages and lower automotive volumes.…
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From plant design to part quality, artificial intelligence offers manufacturers efficiency advantages. Jimmy Asher, managing director and Smart Factory CTO, Deloitte Consulting LLP, detailed the ways AI is applicable to the plastics industry in this article by Bruce Geiselman. Read more about AI:IMM makers integrate artificial intelligence to impro…
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Machinery Pete talks fast-moving changes in the auction industry with recent notable consolidations and rapid technological advances. Pete chats with Aaron McKee, Founder/CEO of Purplewave.com, a long time leader in the online only auction space, about their big news last month (Oct. ’23) of a new partnership with Copart, Inc., a worldwide leader i…
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Representatives from the American Chemistry Council discuss two issues of growing importance to plastics processors — extended producer responsibility programs, commonly referred to as EPR programs, and polyfluorinated substances, or PFAS. Tim Shestek, senior director for state affairs in the Western Region, and Robert Simon, vice president for Che…
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Plastics processors are facing challenges in their workforces as experienced operators retire and new employees need to level up their skills. Senior Staff Reporter Karen Hanna details the efforts of OEMs, training programs and companies to educate their staffs and prepare them for the future. Read more from our package, on how training can be tail…
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PMM Editor Ron Shinn speaks with Matt Seaholm, CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), about the global effort to solve the problem of plastics in the environment, and the organization's role in those initiatives.توسط Endeavor Business Media
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Every plastics processor should take the threat of cybercrime seriously. Senior Staff Reporter Bruce Geiselman details steps you can take to make sure your data is safe, your employees are aware and your company has a plan if the worst happens. Read more stories from our report, about cyber insurance and about ransomware.…
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Consultants, company leaders and employees tout lean manufacturing as an approach that empowers employees while helping companies run more productively. Senior Staff Reporter Karen Hanna relates how two processors, Comco and Mercury Plastics, have improved their operations. Read more from our series on lean manufacturing here.…
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Machinery Pete catches up with Kurt Aumann, owner of Aumann Vintage Power in Nokomis, IL. Kurt has been one of the foremost auctioneers in the vintage tractor, farm memorabilia, pedal tractors, toy tractors and farm signs space for decades. Kurt and Pete talk about Aumann Vintage Power 5-Day Annual Fall Auction Oct. 22-26 plus the 14 collector auct…
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From Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing and plasticsmachinerymanufacturing.com, we bring you our podcast! Each month we will provide interviews with plastics industry professionals; these episodes are referred to as PMM in Person. Each month we also deliver an audio article, referred to as PMM Perspective.…
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Machinery Pete talks about the heavy construction equipment market with Andrew and Mike LeMaster with Black Star, an emerging company with a growing footprint across the U.S. helping folks sell, find and appraise all types of heavy construction equipment. The company aims for a more personal touch in the buying/selling process and utilizes innovati…
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In the latest edition of Machinery Matters and Arable Chat, Matthew Tilt and John Swire speak to exhibitors and key people behind the scenes of this year's Cereals Event, including Jill Hewitt from the NAAC, LSPB and Bayer, and Weaving Machinery Go to www.cerealsevent.com for more information and to book tickets. Use promo code: FCLSFCE23QE for 50%…
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In the latest edition of Machinery Matters and Arable Chat, Matthew Tilt and John Swire speak to exhibitors and key people behind the scenes of this year's Cereals Event, including KWS, QLF, Garford Farm Machinery, AgAnalyst and more. Go to www.cerealsevent.com for more information and to book tickets. Use promo code: FCLSFCE23QE for 50% pre-booked…
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Antique tractors aren’t the only thing being restored on the farm today. Machinery Pete talks with Jeremiah Fairbanks, General Manager of Repair & Renovation with Morton Buildings about the company’s storied 120-year history dating back to 1903, how it transitioned a few years to a 100% employee-owned company and specifically about the company’s st…
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In the first of four special joint editions of Machinery Matters and Arable Chat, Matthew Tilt and John Swire speak to exhibitors and key people behind the scenes of this year's Cereals Event, including Amazone UK, Sencrop, the Multiple Systems Atrophy Trust, Sumo, and Merit Inspections Ltd. Go to www.cerealsevent.com for more information and to bo…
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With March Madness coming to a head with the NCAA Final Four this week, Machinery Pete talks with Jess Settles – farmer from Winfield, IA and Iowa Hawkeye basketball legend, also TV college basketball analyst on ESPN, Big Ten Network and Fox Sports. Settles talks about growing up on the farm in Winfield, IA, his family’s deep farming roots, his bas…
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Machinery Pete looks back over his 33+ year career and pulls together his best tips and advice to young farmers. Pete also talks with Zach Hiner, Jim Huff and John Probasco with the new auction firm Merit Auctions of Fort Madison, IA. Hiner, Huff and Probasco have over 100 years experience in the auction biz. They already have 10 auctions on the bo…
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Join host Matt Tilt for this second episode featuring the Cereals 2023 agronomy and crop exhibitors this time featuring: - Olivia Potter of KWS - Simon Fox & Wilson Boardman of OptiYield - Richard Phillips of AminoA - Gregor Pierrepont partner at Thoresby Estate - Karen Walker of the Multiple System Atrophy Trust - Malcolm Macaulay of the James Hut…
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In this episode, join host Matt Tilt down at the site of Cereals 2023 in Nottinghamshire to chat with several of the crop and chemical suppliers who are exhibiting at the event. In Part 1 we speak to Ben Robinson of Syngenta, Becky Howard of PGRO, William Davis of Ceres Rural , Steve Mowbray of BioNature UK and James Clarke of Rothamsted Research. …
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The story of North Prairie Butchery in Faulkton, SD, the dream project coming into reality of Troy Hadrick, a 5th generation cattle rancher in northeast South Dakota. Hadrick recently received a $2.2M grant from the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program to build a 25/day head beef/pork/bison processing facility in Faulkton, SD to help expan…
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Get to grips with the latest location technology in agriculture including the benefits of searching for utility networks before undertaking any ground work as well as the latest in radar technology for locating autonomous vehicles in this episode of Machinery Matters. With guests, Richard Broom from Line Search Before U Dig and Sam Wood of Nav Tech…
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Machinery Pete visits with Gary and Julie Peterson in their farm shop in Beresford, SD in advance of their upcoming, highly-anticipated John Deere collector tractor auction November 26, 2022 in Lennox, SD by Westra Auction Land & Realty featuring the Peterson’s (6) rare open station 40 and 50 Series John Deere tractors. Gary and Julie share the sto…
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Machinery Pete conversation with Devin Marcin, Operations Mgr. with Quality Drills in Windsor, Colorado. Devin is known as “TheAirSeederChick” on Instagram. Marcin tells of her journey from growing up in the non-ag world of suburban Denver, CO into the hands dirty world of customizing and optimizing farmer’s used John Deere air seeders and planters…
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Machinery Pete has been asked a growing number of times throughout 2022, “Pete, when will the other shoe drop with used equipment values and how far will they fall?” Pete tackles this question head-on diving deep into multiple sources of market data and relevant anecdotal stories and comes out with an answer that will surprise many if not most in t…
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