Agriculture students enjoy New Holland Agriculture factory tour
On 26th of June two mini busses full of Agricultural Engineering Students set off from Hadlow for a factory tour at New Holland Agriculture in Basildon. This had kindly been arranged by Doug Arnold from Haynes Agri Tech who are a local New Holland dealership working closely with the Agricultural team at Hadlow.
Upon arrival and after the safety talk, the group where treated to coffee/tea and biscuits followed by a presentation in the very plush cinema, all about the birth of New Holland machinery right up to the present day multi global business.
Then it was off to the factory floor, to say the factory was vast is an understatement! It appeared to stretch for miles and whilst the students had expected it to be noisy, in fact it was not. This was due to the well laid out and very much automated way that the factory ran. With robotic spray painters, robotic parts delivery and the build-up of the machines on an assembly line, the human workforce worked at a steady pace, each worker having a set job, with heavy lifting made easy using mechanical assistance wherever possible.
Once all aspects of the factory floor and the assembly plant had been seen, the students where treated to a very pleasant and fulfilling lunch at the works canteen.
Next they headed off to the visitor centre for a look at the latest in the New Holland range of tractors from 100 to 250hp. The students got to sit in and look all over many of the top models, as well as trying their hand at a simulator showing how the latest GPS technology aids farming today.
It was a fantastic trip that all of our Year 1 & Year 2 Agricultural engineering students enjoyed and were able to take away some valuable information and great memories.
Our thanks go to Doug Arnold of Haynes Agri Tech for arranging the trip and all of the volunteers and staff at New Holland Agriculture Basildon for a truly wonderful insight into where modern agriculture is going.