Farm equipment maker uses PTC software to design massive grain drill

The new grain drill from Great Plains Manufacturing. Photo courtesy of PTC.
The new grain drill from Great Plains Manufacturing. Photo courtesy of PTC.

PTC, a Needham-based firm known for its product lifecycle management software, said new customer Great Plains Manufacturing has used PTC software to design and build a large grain drill that greatly increases crop yields.

The new drill, known as 3S-5000, is 50 feet wide and can plant a wide range of crops three times faster than conventional drills, which may be only 30 feet wide, PTC said in a press release.

As old age thins out the ranks of US farmers even as the global population expands, it is crucial that the remaining farm operations use equipment that’s far more efficient than earlier plows and drills, the release said.

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Great Plains Manufacturing’s 3S-5000 not only places seeds more efficiently but also plants them deeper; the result is deeper roots that make crops more resistant to drought, PTC said.

“Using PTC software, Great Plains Manufacturing drives value from the rich, complete 3D definition of its products and is able to design and deliver better equipment through stronger, more efficient manufacturing processes,” Mike Campbell, an executive vice president at PTC, said in a statement.  “Great Plains is among the innovative companies that we work with helping to transform how products are created from concept through manufacturing, service and retirement.  We enjoy working with them as they continue to design cutting-edge, innovative equipment to address the dynamic changes the farming industry is seeing.”