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CNH Industrial Tour

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On May 8th the high school STEM class toured CNH Industrial in Burlington. Equipment manufactured at this plant include backhoes and combine headers. After we signed in and showed our picture ID’s, we got bright orange vests, safety glasses, and  headsets to hear our tour guide, Chris Talley, a CNH engineer. We had to walk to a building where the parts for the tractors were made. We had to stay between two yellow lines, because we had to stay out of the way of the workers and forklifts. Then we went by the painters. They don’t always use liquid paint, they also use powder paint; which is electrostatically applied and  then melted onto the parts. We walked through the welding area. They are looking for more people to become welders. Surprisingly a lot of the welds are done manually, and not robotically. I learned how they test their tractors. They hook things to the cab and pull on it with a lot of force to see what it can withstand. They also put them in a cold room, since the cold makes the steel more brittle. My favorite part about the whole tour was seeing the assembly line. They start out with little to nothing, and then everyone contributes to building a tractor. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable.