Duo has created spreaders and hoppers together for more than two decades
2021 marks the 25th consecutive year that Koller Craft, LLC and Agri-Fab, Inc. have worked together to produce equipment that the agriculture industry utilizes on a daily basis. Agri-Fab, a manufacturer of lawn and garden attachments, has teamed up with Koller Craft to create parts for its spreaders and hoppers that many people have relied on for years.
One of the oldest plastic molders in the Midwest, Koller Craft uses injection molding for various parts for spreaders and hoppers, coming in different sizes and colors—black, orange and green. Throughout the last quarter-century, Koller Craft has used its injection molding on poly cart trays, dust covers, sweeper housing and gears, among other industry parts.
To manufacture some of these parts, Koller Craft uses High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which provides tensile strength, a large strength-to-density ratio, high-impact resistance and a high melting point. Other parts are manufactured with Polypropylene (PP Copolymer). This is more flexible than HDPE and retains its shape after torsion, bending and flexing.
When plastic is used to manufacture these parts, it holds up to the tough environment the end product is earmarked for. Plastic can tolerate exposure to chemicals, ultraviolet rays and moisture that causes metals to oxidize and rust. It will flex when needed and will not scratch or dent like metal can.
Plastic can also be a more cost-effective option than metal. The ability to consolidate multiple parts into one piece eliminates the need for secondary options and keeps costs down. Resin, used during plastic molding, also delivers lower material costs than metal.
Another benefit of plastic is it allows for flexibility in the design and manufacturing process. Metal parts often require welding, grinding, die work, bending and rework on each individual part in order to achieve the design specifications. With plastic, these secondary steps are often included in the manufacturing tool and allows for the injection molded part to come out complete. The part can also have color and texture added to it, eliminating the need to paint or decorate the part.
After 25 years, the relationship between Koller Craft and Agri-Fab remains as strong as the millions of parts they have manufactured together. These two manufacturers plan on continuing to collaborate for many years to come.
About Koller Craft
Koller Craft, LLC, a Koller Enterprises company, is a family-owned and operated full-service provider of injection-molded plastic components that is headquartered in Fenton, Mo. Since 1941, it has focused on providing its customers with the highest levels of service and quality. Besides manufacturing the product to the proper specification, Koller Craft also specializes in on-time shipping, customer service and quick problem resolution. To learn more, visit https://koller-craft.com
Agri-Fab is a manufacturer of lawn and garden and outdoor equipment. Agri-Fab’s product line has expanded to include many innovative and feature-rich products for the lawn and garden industry as well as the UTV/ATV market. Established in 1975, the company employs over 400 people during peak season and distributes products through dealers and retailers worldwide. Agri-Fab is located in Sullivan, Ill., a town with a population of 4,500 people. https://www.agri-fab.com