Sensor Technology Increases Efficiency of Agricultural Machinery and Vehicles

Intelligent rubber tracks, air springs and drive belts: Continental supports continuous monitoring of the condition of components.

Recognize imminent failures early on and avoid downtime: In the future, targeted monitoring will enable predictive maintenance, which means that operators can respond to component defects before they happen and replace them accordingly. Continental combines its products and systems with innovative sensor technology so that the condition of important components in agricultural machinery and vehicles can be determined at any time – therefore making rubber tracks, air springs and drive belts intelligent. But this is just the beginning: Further connected components are already in the pipeline and are to be integrated in a holistic concept.

In the meantime, Continental wants to use the data it acquires to offer its customers additional services. “We rely consistently on digitalization and connectivity. Therefore, the focus is on prevention, because every unexpected downtime is a drain on productivity. Predictive maintenance concepts help our customers to increase efficiency and operating safety and, at the same time, to reduce downtimes and costs,” explains Hans-Jürgen Duensing, member of the Continental Executive Board responsible for the ContiTech division and the off-highway segment.

Sensor technology reduces wear of rubber tracks


A world first at Agritechnica: Rubber tracks with sensor technology are among Continental’s latest technological highlights. This technology allows the carcass temperature of the rubber tracks to be measured and monitored during use on vehicles. The company will present this innovation to the general public for the first time at Agritechnica. Targeted monitoring of this kind helps operators of agricultural vehicles to extend the service life and efficiency of these components and helps avoid repair costs. If something becomes critical, the driver receives a corresponding warning on a display in the driver’s cab. The previously required speed restrictions during the transition to asphalt can therefore be minimized.

Control the height of vehicles and attachments, from the driver's cab with intelligent air spring technology

Thanks to innovative sensor technology, Continental air springs can adjust their height electronically, monitor the internal pressure, and measure the internal temperature. Potential problems are detected in real time and the journey can be stopped before any damage occurs. With the intelligent air spring, this means that, for the first time, it is possible for drivers of agricultural vehicles to electronically control the height of vehicles and their attachments from the driver's cab to compensate difference in height due to an increased load or uneven surfaces.


Drive belts of the future collect data


Continental’s innovation management team is working flat out on providing real time information on the status of belts. If the belt shows signs of wear, these can be detected early on by the sensor technology. Mechanics can then replace the belt before it leads to total failure or greater damage. Firstly, this prevents downtime – particularly in peak seasons, such as harvest – and secondly, prevents costly repairs. Operations become more efficient, too.

Continental at Agritechnica

Technology company Continental will be presenting its latest technological highlights for the agricultural industry from November 12 to 18 at Agritechnica (Hall 3, booth F19) in Hanover. It will be showcasing a range of products from predictive maintenance solutions to camera systems, displays and catalytic converters right the way through to tires.