The original Munich Oktoberfest has a 200-year-old tradition and is today also strongly related to safety and security. Although it is globally known as the world’s largest “beer fest”, visitors of the Octoberfest also find the greatest and most modern mobile amusement rides ever.
The ride’s 62 powertrains lift the wagons up to an altitude of 54 meters (2,126 inches). The operator and owner called GKN, a maintenance service provider, needs to check the reliability of the powertrains, which include 76 measurement points, in order to receive the accreditation for the Oktoberfest from the controlling body TÜV Süd before the fest starts.
Factors like narrowly constructed powertrains and cardan shafts as well as exposed height and limited access force the technicians to use a Hot-Spot Analysis with thermography since conventional visual inspecting methods did not work efficiently on this extreme ride. To check the reliable operation of the powertrains, the new High-Speed data collector VIBSCANNER2 by PRUFTECHNIK came into action for one of its very first high profile jobs.