21st Century Harvesting, Great Plains and PTC Creo
September 16, 2013
This is the Miller farm. And I’m Wayne Miller, and my wife’s Yolette Miller, and we have three sons: Tyler is 26, Logan -- that’s not with the farm---he’s 24. And Simon is 17. And it’s just been a real tight-knit farm family.
This is Macy. And I guess she wanted to be in the picture here, so. My dad and mom moved down here in 1945. We’re in south central Kansas, halfway between Hutchinson and Dodge City. And we grow wheat, alfalfa, corn, milo, and we tried canola for the first time this year. I like all aspects of farming.
You’ve got times of the year that you just can’t get everything done that you want to get done but this is something I wanted to do all my life, and I’m glad I chose this occupation. Technology is changing agriculture more than anything in probably the last 20 years. We started a company with an emphasis on product innovation. We are making products here that feed the world. What could be more fun than that?
We are highly-focused on innovation and developing new products, new methods, new machines, bringing new things to market. We bring the best tools to the engineering team that we can. We bring the best software to develop our products on. I work on the drill line. Specifically, the 3S-5000. The 3S-5000 is used to plant grains. In PTC Creo, we do, from start to finish, the entire design on this machine. From initial layouts, all the way to build and fully assembled. Everything is done in PTC Creo. You’re looking for a drill to do a better job of placing your seed, the accuracy of it, and that all returns a better yield. Every time I’ve ever purchased a piece of equipment like the Great Plains drill, it has improved our yield.
Our products are made here in small-town Kansas. We have six manufacturing facilities, three for the Ag division and three for our Land Pride division. And the best part about that is that these people know and understand what the products do, how they're to be used, and so as they're putting them together, they know that there's a real, live farmer customer at the other end that relies on this equipment being great. Great Plains engineering is good. Before I ever purchase one, I like to walk around it. I want to see how good it’s built.
Something that PTC Creo allows us to do is make a product that is built but not overbuilt, using PTC Creo Simulate; we can build something that will do everything that the customer will ask of it. It takes a high horsepower tractor to pull a 50-foot drill, and you fill it full of wheat and then, like this drill, we have fertilizer on it also. So it’s got to be built strong or you’re probably going to pull it apart. We are designing products nowadays that we wouldn’t have dreamed of designing before PTC Creo. So it’s not a matter of fact how much quicker it would have been, it just probably wouldn’t have been designed at all.
There are thousands of parts that go into the 3S-5000, and PTC Creo and PTC Windchill specifically allow us to keep track of where each of them is and how many we’re going to need on a single piece of equipment. PTC software is an essential part of the way that we do business. All of our products are smart products starting with ground preparation. And then you have the planting and seeding equipment. The better yields you can get with the minimal soil disruption and the better fertilizer, herbicide applications, the better it is for the environment.
We’re all worried about the environment, we all want to do as good a job as we can in the we all try to work that way, if you don’t do that, you’re probably going down a wrong road. I mean, that’s really important to us, and I think that everything we do today, that we are leaving the land in better shape than when we started it. I think that’s something that every farmer thinks about. He loves to be able to go out and grow crops and help feed the world.