Award selections are based on four factors – creativity, feasibility, collaboration, and bottom-line impact. John Deere created the supplier innovation awards in 2010 to promote innovation in the company’s supply base and recognize suppliers who think creatively. The innovative sensor solution was made possible by close collaboration between the OEM and Baumer, Frauenfeld. The demanding requirements of the application ruled out the usage of standard sensors. Baumer’s capability to analyze the application and the requirements during the collaboration resulted in specifically optimized inductive sensors. These Baumer sensors allow for fast and high resolution distance determination even during operation.
Baumer, based in Frauenfeld (CH), supplies a full-portfolio of sensor solutions including inductive sensors, ultrasonic sensors and frequency sweep oil level switches to John Deere. Baumer CEO Oliver Vietze accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held in April 2016 in Moline,IL USA.
He said after the ceremony: “Our whole Team is very proud of beeing recognized for our innovation capability. It confirms our profound sensor and technology expertise. But it takes more to be really innovative. Product development in agriculture needs to take into account the demanding environment and other industry requirements such as reliability goals, product development processes and project management expectations. This award recognized the level of excellence Baumer achieved in all of these areas.”