Institute of

Agricultural Technology

Technical Equipment

The Thünen-Institute of Agricultural Engineering has several fully equipped laboratory areas to research new measurement methods and to develop new measurement systems.

From the original idea of a measurement, through the electronic circuit design up to the programming and starting of a prototype and the use of a prototype, all stages of development are covered with this equipment in order to make today’s incredibly fast technological advances available for agricultural use at this time.

Our equipment can be classified into Equipment, Tools and Platforms:

Scope RTO 1044
Scope RTO 1044 (© Thünen-Institut)

Equipment and Hardware

  • RF assembly parts
  • Network analyzer (Agilent 8753ET)
  • Logic analyzer (LeCroy)
  • CAN analyzer (Vector)
  • MicroControllers (8 bit and 32 bit)
  • Scopes (Rhode & Schwarz RTO 1044, Agilent/HP, Fluke)
  • Power supply units (all performance classes)
  • Precision data logger (Meilhaus, Data Translation)
  • Precision circuit analyzers (Keithley, Fluke, HP)
  • SPS systems (Siemens)
  • Signal generators (Rhode & Schwarz, Agilent, Tektronix)
  • As well as a large assortment of active/passive components and ICs from well-known manufacturers.
Development of Measurement Systems
Development of Measurement Systems (© Thünen-Institut)

Tools for Simulation, Design und Programming

  • Cadence (OrCAD Capture, PSpice AD and PCB-Layout)
  • Different C/C++-Compiler (gcc, avr-gcc, Keil)
  • Eagle PCB-Layout, FreeCAD
  • LabVIEW
  • OpenCV
  • Origin
  • Scilab
  • IDEs (Eclipse, WinAVR, AVRStudio32)
  • Step 7 (Siemens)
ThünoCopter (© Thünen-Institut)

Flying Measurement Platform

ThünoCopter for inspection of agricultural fields from bird perspective of

Tractor with multi-sensor system
Tractor with multi-sensor system (© Thünen-Institut)


with multi-sensor system for online detection of different plant parameters