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    Shaken, not stirred

    Recently had the opportunity to visit the former Laverda factory to see the the current MF harvesters being made now it is under the AGCO banner. There are not too many pictures from within the factory as you are limited to photographs within the visitor centre, so I have added a few others



    Having arrived at Marco Polo airport we were bused for about an hour across to the edge of the dolomite mountains and our hotel in Bassano del Grappa






    Where they cooked some superb Irish Aberdeen Angus beef (!)







    Next morning it was a 30min drive to the factory in Breganze- Looked round a couple of modern machines and also something dating back a bit







    We then went into the factory for a couple of hours, new to visitors was the recently installed paint line where parts, including whole chassis and fabricated items go through a multi stage process where frames of bare metal parts are dipped in tanks of cleaner, primer and gloss paint before being cooked in ovens- everything comes out with a much more professional looking paint finish that is supposed to be very durable.

    We also saw bare metal being cut, stamped, turned and welded to make all the thousands of bit required to make a machine, from my point of view there were some very interesting metal working machines to see, the ultimate had to be the newish sheet metal folder where the operator is shown on a screen what shape plate (earlier cut by state of the art Laser profile machines) to place where against two setting stops, these whisk away (everything is air operated) and the sheet is held down to the table, the bed clamps tight to the sheet and then it can fold over multipule sections, it can fold in corners like a box pan folder plus it does a load of other nifty folds and bends, the operator moves the sheet around and aligns further sides as instructed on the screen. Its an amazing bit of kit to watch and has replaced a large number of separate machines required to similar parts but at no where the accuracy now possible.

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    Re: Shaken, not stirred

    After a nice lunch and a bit of time in the visitor centre we headed back towards the hotel and stopped at a medieval hill fort/castle, the deal was to be driven up to the top but the coach turned out to be too long and not allowed up there, some decided to take shank's pony up the steep foot path, although some looked to be taking it easy part way!

    Meanwhile after a little bit of shopping we all managed to find a convenient bar to group back up







    Back at the hotel we were taken to a beautiful small old restaurant for a traditional 8 course Italian dinner followed by a few drinks, although one or two of the younger ones didn't get back the hotel until much later................

    Then the next morning we went back to the airport to leave our bags there and spend 4hrs whizzing across the lagoon to Venice Jame Bond style followed by Pizza, sightseeing, vino and another belt back across the lagoon to our flight home



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    Re: Shaken, not stirred

    The 1st photo is the "warehouse" that 007 is supposed to demolish when its blown up..... then on to St Marks square, went up the lift in the tower for a good look around and then a bit of sightseeing





    With the flights and touring the factory we managed to fit a lot into two and a half days, the factory as mentioned earlier was as always for me very interesting to see so many engineering techniques ans also to see under the skin of the combines being made on the line.

    Thanks to all the AGCO and dealer staff for looking after us all so well.

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