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Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
Ultrasound sensors make forage harvesters more reliableFraunhofer-Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (IZFP)476, Saarbrücken, Germany
Harvesting machinery must function without failures during the entire harvest season, for any interruption in operation will result in considerable economic losses for farmers and contractors. To increase reliability and thus, the concomitant maximum efficiency and productivity, engineers and scientists from the Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken have developed a quality assurance system for forage harvesters: The semi-automatic “LinScanDuo 2.0“ ultrasound testing system is already successfully operating at the John Deere factory in Zweibrücken.
Reliability and chopping quality are significant factors for forage harvester economy. For economical operation to be possible, the harvesting machines must guarantee, in addition to maximum availability in peak operation, high throughput. For ensuring trouble-free operation, the researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP have developed the “LinScanDuo 2.0“, a high-performance testing technology for testing weld seams on blade holders of forage harvesters. “LinScanDuo 2.0“ is used to improve the quality assurance process in production, increasing the productivity and safety of the entire system.
John Deere 8000 Series forage harvester Weld seam testing on blade holder using “LinScanDuo 2.0“
© Photo Fraunhofer IZFP / Uwe Bellhäuser
Custom system design for inspecting weld seams
High testing rate and seamless testing
Years of experience in production quality assurance