Yanmar America Equipment Division
YANMAR Technical Review
Introduction to Yanmar America (YA)
For more than one hundred years, Yanmar has been developing the world's leading engine technologies and products to enrich people's lives and create a more sustainable future. Founded by Magokichi Yamaoka in Osaka, Japan and now operating in countries across the globe, the company expanded to the North and South American markets in 1950. Today, from our regional headquarters in Georgia, we market, sell, service and support industrial engines for off-road applications and generators, commercial marine engines, sub-compact tractors, compact construction equipment, cogeneration systems, gas heat pump systems and utility task vehicles. All of these products are designed using the latest technologies and with a dedication to reliability, eco-friendliness and premium design; they are then supported in the market by our team of customer service representatives, as well as our strong distributor and dealer network.
Table 1. Introduction to YA
The YA Facility is shared by many departments ranging from Production to Technical Service. Our newest addition to the facility (Building 2) houses our Agricultural Production Facility and our administrative offices.
The largest department located in Building 1 is our Parts department. Next to it is our Construction Production area. The back portion of our facility, houses our Tractor Development, Application Engineering, Service and Remanufacturing Departments
2. Industrial Engines
Improving sample engine speed to prospective and current customers is one of the major activities of the YA industrial engine application engineering group. The standard 6 month lead-time from the Yanmar Japan Biwa plant is a difficult proposition for current and prospective Yanmar customers. In order to significantly reduce the lead-time, YA takes a similar production engine, changes parts, and performance tests the new engine configuration. Yanmar America is in the process of completing a new dyno installation for that purpose (shown in Fig-2). The Industrial Engine Team at YA displayed an award winning CAN panel at the 2015 YWK that was developed in house. The panel was designed to improve the end user's experience with their Yanmar engine. The YJ standard of flashing lights and symbols for regeneration control, was too confusing for the average operator. In 2016 this panel had additional functions added to further help our customers such as remote start (shown in Fig-3). Future development for the YA engine team includes wireless engine diagnostics, the assembly and sale of complete engine packages, and the expansion of Yanmar America's distributor engine & power pack lineup.
3. Agriculture Equipment
The AG equipment department is focused mainly on providing tractor implements, accessories, and attachments that satisfy our customer's needs. Two of the major attachments we design and test at YA are the front end loader (shown in Fig-4) and the mid-mount mower (shown in Fig-5). During development of the mid-mount mower we also conduct several industry standard safety tests in addition to strength and performance tests. Other key attachments developed at YA are the front hitch, and the mounting system for backhoe attachments. YA also measures strain data during live operation that is converted using the Rainflow method for later fatigue analysis (shown in Fig-4). The Rainflow data is then used to calculate the estimated fatigue life of a part based Miner's Rule and the Modified Goodman equation. Both mean stress and amplitude are taken into consideration when estimating fatigue life of a part. YA also has 18+ acres on site for durability testing of loaders, mower, backhoes, and other implements (shown in Fig-6). One of the key function of the test group is checking matching of implements to tractors and stability testing (shown in Fig-7). Static strength loading (stress buggy) and automated cycle testing is also conducted at YA (Shown in Fig-8).
4. YA's Future Direction
As a whole, YA is striving for world class customer service. The Industrial Engine Division at YA is looking to further the new customer experience with the ability to install Yanmar engines in potential new customer's applications at Yanmar America. We have already successfully gained a new application by this method and are looking to grow this business model. The Agriculture Equipment Department will focus on bringing new innovative attachments, implements, and solutions to the market. By growing our level of engineering capability at YA we will be closer to the customer and able to react with more agility to our customer's needs.
Yanmar America Industrial Engine Division