Using the 'ol bean - Soy plastics
Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:05 AM
Mielewski credits Ford’s work with the USB that started about 10 years ago that has helped the company perfect the foam and make other products, including many of the plastics in vehicles, from soybeans. “We have received [about] seven grants from the USB, so it’s been a really strong partnership,” she says. And she’s been pleasantly surprised by how much the board has helped in some of the issues during development. “When we had technical issues, we would come to the table with USB representatives, and they knew more about their crop, [so] they could help us get past those technical hurdles.”
During the workshop, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) even got the chance to make some of the soy-based foam. “That was the first time we actually had someone else make the foam, so we were really excited about it,” Mielewski said.
In the shed: '42 "H", '45 "H", '49 "M" & some GREEN stuff too. Oh, get over it.....they're all old and still run!
Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:25 AM
1973 IH 500C a.k.a."Calico Cat"
1955 Cat D2 5U bulldozer with Hyster D2N winch
1945 Cat D2 3J crawler tractor
1979 Pettibone "Super 6" Forklift a.k.a. "Too Tall"
1973 Ford F600 Dump Truck
1980 Ford F350 Flatbed a.k.a. "Beastie"
1960 Allis Chalmers Model 72 All Crop combine
1966 Case 931 Comfort King Tractor
1988 Mack R688ST Road Tractor
1955 IH TD 9 with Drott Loader
Posted 20 August 2012 - 10:06 AM
Posted 20 August 2012 - 10:51 AM
It is my understanding that the plastic panels used on JD combines are also made out of soybean plastic, as well as the start up fuel put in JD tractors and combines at the factory is soy-diesel.
I would happily buy soy diesel, IF it were available.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:35 PM
What was old is new again!! Lots of soy plastic used in WWII.
Yup, photos of Henry Ford banging on one of his cars (used plastic panels) with a sledge exist.