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Design of a Hydraulic Hose and Electric Cable Storage System for Mobile Agricultural Equipment

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Sarah Mabel, Doug Erickson, Dan Shannon, Sean Collins, James Glancey

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Kevin Smith

Case New Holland America LLC, New Holland, PA

Paper No. DETC2008-49933, pp. 565-573; 9 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 13th Design for Manufacturability and the Lifecycle Conference; 5th Symposium on International Design and Design Education; 10th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA, August 3–6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4329-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3831-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A new device for storing hydraulic hoses and electrical cables on round hay balers and other agricultural equipment has been designed and validated through computer modeling and prototype testing. The apparatus is a moveable steel arm assembly supported by an over center gas spring – linkage system that allows the device to toggle between an operational and storage (or transport) position. A face-grid feature allows the hoses a free range of motion, and insures that hoses remain organized. A full-scale prototype was constructed in order to confirm concept functionality, and determine key dimensions. Extensive calculations, computer modeling, and finite element analysis were utilized to optimize all components of the final design, and insure that the final manufacturing cost metric of $30 per unit would be met. Following these calculations, a second-generation prototype was constructed and field-tested with end users to ensure that the device met all performance requirements, while still maintaining ease of use. This device provides round baler users a trouble free hose storage and organization system that is convenient, efficient, easily manufactured and will improve equipment lifespan by promoting correct hose storage and cleanliness.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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