Mustang announced completion of phase 1 of a 3-phase agreement to supply axle test stands to John Deere’s axle division Funk Manufacturing Company. Funk Manufacturing Company is an integral division of John Deere and is engaged in the research, design, and supply of heavy-duty axles and transmissions to the world-renowned manufacturer of farm tractors and heavy-duty industrial plant.
Under the terms of the agreement Mustang and it’s business partner, Rockwell Automation, jointly supplied a complete turnkey laboratory to Funk Manufacturing Company. The project included all construction work, electrical, plumbing, contracting and the manufacture and supply of a 400 HP axle test stand. The construction work included the supply and installation of a test bed comprised of 70 T-Slot Steel Test Plates, an operator’s walk in control pulpit, Dyne controls, MCC upgrade and a new cooling pump house and pumps.
The axle test stand itself is an extremely rugged high horsepower design with multiple axle take offs from the gearbox and the ability to perform multiple test cycles and procedures. The test stand is controlled by a 400 HP variable speed AC drive system supplied to Mustang by Rockwell Automation.
“This project was complete and encompassed much more than the standard scope of supply for a project of this type,” said Bruce Finch, Manager, Engineered Products Group at Mustang. “We were required to supply a complete turnkey system, including all the building modifications, concrete construction and contracting work, as well as the dynamometer and startup services. This sort of all encompassing project is not new to Mustang, and due to our partnership with Rockwell, we were able to meet all of the extremely exacting requirements of Funk Manufacturing Company.”