ESP International Receives Innovation Award from John Deere Construction and Forestry Division.
Cedar Rapids, IA – ESP International of Cedar Rapids, IA has been honored by receiving the INnovation of the Year Award at the John Deere Achieving Excellence Partner Banquet. The Innovation Award was presented to ESP from the Construction and Forestry Division of John Deere for work on the FLOD (First Line of Defense) split seal design. ESP was also awarded Partner Status with John Deere Power Systems. This is the tenth year and second consecutive year that ESP has been recognized with John Deere’s highest supplier rating.
The First Line of Defense (FLOD) seal is used for large pin joints on four-wheel loaders and ADT units, with potential to use across all John Deere platforms. ESP’s revolutionary seal design combines new cross-sectional profiles with state-of-the-art materials. Collaborating with John Deere, and testing through an unbiased third-party lab, SP utilized its FEA and in-house prototyping capabilities to design around multiple iterations and deliver an expedited solution. This seal compensates for manufacturing tolerance and normal operational wear, mitigating warranty issues. The FLOD seal allows ease of assembly in all conditions and creates optimum sealing, significantly reducing contamination and improving joint life.
ESP International is a global engineered solutions provider with expertise in seals, rubber products, plastics, and cast metal products. Their in-house engineering team offers design capabilities for seal applications and metal castings. ESP’s solutions portfolio also includes quality management services, vendor consolidation, value-added assembly, and inventory management programs. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ESP has been serving the OEM market and John Deere for more than 42 years.