- iQblue from Lemken supports farmers in achieving optimal work quality by enabling them to buy and replace wear parts at the ideal time
Monitoring the quality of the work process is indispensable for achieving a high degree of autonomy. Sensor systems that monitor process quality are therefore a very important element.
iQblue tool monitoring enables tool condition monitoring during cultivator operation and detects possible tool loss as well as coulter wear. By means of a timely warning, tool exchange can be implemented early on in manual, semi- or fully-autonomous applications, therefore ensuring the quality of work or preventing further destruction. Above all, the system is essential for autonomous vehicles, but can also be used on standard tractors.
Tool analysis is carried out during the turning process on the headland by analysing camera images using an AI algorithm when the implement is raised. This enables both progressing wear and tool loss to be detected. It can also be used to forecast when the tool needs to be replaced. The system outputs warnings in the form of a traffic light, whereby coulter loss is indicated in red, damaged or worn coulters in yellow and intact coulters in green.
Automated and driver-independent monitoring of the work tools enables the necessary exchange of wearing parts to be indicated early on as well as foresighted damage recognition, and therefore represents an important further development in the autonomisation of work processes.