USM Wear Tech and Bauer Built Announce Agreement to Manufacture CADEN Edge
ELDORA, IOWA (March 3, 2016) – USM WearTech of Eldora, Iowa and Bauer Built Manufacturing, Inc of Paton, Iowa jointly announced a collaboration and manufacturing agreement that will result in the installation of a proprietary robotic system for manufacturing CADEN Edge applications to agricultural, biomass, and industrial equipment. CADEN Edge is USM WearTech patented tungsten carbide welding process that enables tillage sweeps and ripper points to last 3 to 5 times longer than standard equipment. The new first of its kind, CADEN Edge Robotic System will be located at Bauer Built Manufacturing facilities in Paton, Iowa. The USM WearTech agreement with Bauer Built Manufacturing was jointly announced by Loran Balvanz, President and CEO of USM WearTech and Vaughn Bauer, President and CEO of Bauer Built Manufacturing, Inc.
“The new agreement combines strengths of both companies and will provide a major boost in manufacturing capacity for meeting the growing demand for CADEN Edge agricultural tillage equipment applications,” said Balvanz.
“With the CADEN Edge Robotic System, we will be able to run “lights out and 24 hours per day. The robotic system expands capacity by tens fold and with accuracy never seen before. We will have capacity to produce over 1.5 million CADEN Edge parts per year,” said Balvanz.
“Bauer Built Manufacturing sees the collaboration as a promising opportunity with a good fit. We have been putting the finishing touches on our new manufacturing facility in Paton and the CADEN Edge Robotic System will be installed at our plant,” said Bauer.
“With the slow down in the agricultural economy, farmers are looking for better ways to make existing equipment perform well, last longer, and to save on costs. By lasting longer, the CADEN Edge technology eliminates costly downtime by not having to change out sweeps and points. CADEN Edge tillage sweeps hold original shape longer which results in more consistent weed control and better performance in seed bed preparation,” said Balvanz.
“ISU and local economic developers played a role in making the connections. However before any collaboration discussions began, I tried the CADEN Edge sweeps out on my own tillage equipment and farms in GreeneCounty. I wanted to see the results for myself and I was convinced by what I saw. So the discussions and initial collaborations began and here we are today announcing an agreement,” said Bauer.
With expanded CADEN Edge Robotic manufacturing capacity in Paton and the recently announced DistributionCenter in Eldora, our joint capabilities will better meet the demand for CADEN Edge parts by farm customers and dealer networks around the world,” Balvanz said.