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Design of Operator Enclosures for Agricultural Equipment

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Design of Operator Enclosures for Agricultural Equipment. ASAE Distinguished Lecture No. 2, pp. 1-8. Winter Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 15 December 1976, Chicago, Illinois  903C1076.(doi:)
Authors:   R.N. Sellon
Keywords:   Design Activity, Structures, Noise Attenuation and Thermal Insulation, Operator Safety, Vehicle Enclosure Interface, Test Activity, Structural Testing, Standards, Operator Comfort, Pressurization, Glazing Material, Seating and Human Engineering, Provisions for Electronic Equipment

This paper is intended to provide a guide in the design and development of an operator enclosure for agricultural vehicles.

I. Design Activity. 1. Structures. 1.1 To maintain integrity in any operator enclosure, an all-welded construction is preferred rather than a knocked-down (K.D.) version. The savings incurred in shipping space of a K.D. enclosure is diminished due to the extra operations required during fabrication and the great expense required to assemble at its destination. However, service parts such as fenders, doors, windows and hardware should be bolted in place for adjustment and replacement in case of malfunction or damage in the field.

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