Argo Tractors has always believed in the importance of designing safe and comfortable cabs tailored specifically for tractors, and producing them in-house. In order to ensure the expertise and resources necessary to design cabs that meet the needs of those who work in the field of agriculture, several years ago Argo acquired a company adjacent to its plant in Fabbrico that has specialised in building tractor cabs since 1966.
Today, the tractor cab plant covers an area of about 33,000 square metres, 10,000 of which are covered, and counts about 120 employees, including manual labourers and specialised technicians, who prototype and mass-produce all the tractor cabs designed by Argo Tractors.
Their cabs are built using the most modern design and production systems. To this end they have made major investments in the automation of their production processes, with new welding robots and assembly lines capable of producing up to 105 cabs per day.
Argo Tractors tractor cabs are made by three different departments: one dedicated to the construction of the frames and platforms, and two assembly lines for the trims and finishes.
The cab construction process consists of various stages:
- In the construction department, the cab frame is formed by a combination of special section bars and stamped sheet metal. Large welding templates are used to ensure the repeatability and uniformity of the shapes of the assembled units, which are then welded by four robotised welding centres.
- Next, the frame is powder coated;
- The coated frame is then sent on to one of the two assembly lines, depending on whether it will be used for a low/medium power range tractor or a high-end tractor. The cabs of the speciality, utility and farm tractors are put together on an assembly line divided into two segments: one for the preparation of the platforms, and one for the cab itself. The line that assembles the cabs for the high-power tractors, on the other hand, is circular, and operates according to a continuous cycle.
- Once the cabs have been completed, they are taken to a dedicated testing area, where the mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic functions of the various units are tested on a set of test benches. The cabs only leave the factory to be sent on to the next phase once they have been approved by the computers.
- The cabs are then transferred to the assembly lines at the factories in Fabbrico, Luzzara and San Martino in Rio, where the tractors made by Argo Tractors Group are produced.
- Once assembled, the tractors undergo further testing to ensure that the tractor interfaces properly with the cab.
Source: Argo Tractors