In the field of vehicle technology, tractors are examined and tested under various aspects according to international standards and the DLG’s own standards. User protection is the first priority. As a technical service designated by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority and the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), the DLG Test Center conducts safety tests of components (e.g. roll-over protection devices and cabs of tractors, construction machinery and trucks) as well as tests to determine the field of vision or noise and vibration loads on the complete vehicle. Material and continuous load tests on components and systems as well as evaluation of the electronic functionalities of steering systems and ISOBUS round off the spectrum of tests.
The performance and consumption data of tractors are determined under standardized and reproducible conditions. In accordance with OECD Tractor Code 2, the performance is recorded on the power take-off output test stand and the draught power measuring vehicle. The crowning service is determination of the energy efficiency of tractors within the framework of a DLG PowerMix test simulating practical on-farm applications.
The DLG vehicle technology engineers are represented in various national and international committees to offer support and technical advice to the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) on the German position within the OECD Tractor Code.
Here, the practical experience gained from agricultural work and the testing of agricultural machinery and equipment is incorporated into the production of the Expert Knowledge Series, standards and regulations.