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WA College of Agriculture students are shown over Ausplow's state-of-the-art factory at Naval Base.

WA College of Agriculture students are shown over Ausplow's state-of-the-art factory at Naval Base.

Students gather round to hear how stages of manufacture are accomplished.

Students gather round to hear how stages of manufacture are accomplished.

A total of 19 WA College of Agriculture, Cunderdin students witnessed the latest in precision seeding technology on a tour of the Ausplow factory in Naval Base this week.

The factory tour included a visit to the welding, fabrication, blast and painting assembly areas. The design principles and benefits of the DBS, or Deep Blade System, was explained to the students by Ausplow General Manager Chris Farmer.

Chris explained how the DBS knife blade, closing tool and press wheel assembly were designed to achieve sub-soil cultivation, precision seed placement and enhanced water harvesting.

Students were particularly fascinated with the use of 3D printers in the design process of the component parts and the state-of-the-art blast and paint areas.

“Students were extremely engaged and it gave them a better understanding of the DBS bar and tank that we use for the College seeding programme,” College technical officer Shane Childs said.

“One of the students was particularly interested to understand the process, as his family farming enterprise had recently ordered a DBS Multistream airseeder”.

Students were also able to speak to engineering staff on pathways for career development post-secondary education.

A visit to the CBH Grain Handling facility and Museum in Kwinana followed the Ausplow factory tour.

According to Chris, Ausplow is an enthusiastic participant in promoting education of the industry to encourage young people in career pathways.

“It’s an exciting and important industry and the students were very impressed to see the technologies we use as a manufacturer,” he said. “I think it also is important that they see a WA manufacturer playing a major role in the Australian industry.”

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Saturday, June 30, 2018