Ingeniare. Revista chilena de ingeniería
versión On-line ISSN 0718-3305
BARRAGAN G, Salvador et al. MECHANICAL DESIGN OF A PROTOTYPE CORN SOWER. Ingeniare. Rev. chil. ing. [online]. 2006, vol.14, n.2, pp. 130-134. ISSN 0718-3305. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-33052006000100006.
Mexican agriculture is a strategic sector for national development. Corn has an important role in the industry due to the fact that it is processed into a great variety of products and by-products. There are some agricultural workers that sow in irregular grounds such as hills and sloping surfaces. This kind of sowing is often for their own consumption, but it is not less important than the industrial counterpart. Sowing in this type of grounds is done with rustic tools owing to lack of access to modern equipment, due to its cost and other reasons. The use of rustic tools is hard work and time-consuming for the workers. In this project, a proposal to make this job easier on sloping grounds is presented. This proposal consists of a machine that reduces the physical exertion and time required of the workers, by increasing the sowing speed, making the operation less expensive, safer and more efficient.
Palabras clave : Prototype; sowing machine; agricultural machinery; design of machine; Mexican agriculture.