Dr Johannes Heinstadt Product management commercial vehicle connectivity solutions Continental Automotive GmbH Germany
Connectivity solutions are the key to overcome todays and future challenges of the Off-Highway industry. Continental offers and supplies industry leading Off-Highway manufacturers with 5G V2X telematics platforms. A technology that enables data exchange for classic telematics usage scenarios, as well as super-fast connectivity for real time-based applications. V2X and 5G further expand the spectrum of possible services and applications in areas such as automated driving. Digital fleet solutions increase, for example, productivity and durability of tires and meet the challenges of autonomous vehicles.
Multi-machine autonomous systems in agriculture
Jorge Viramontes Engineering manager - autonomous systems JCA Technologies Canada
Agriculture is in the early days of a significant transformation due to the advent of autonomy. Many of the early applications focus on the automation of simple tasks using autonomous machines working in isolation. As the technology matures, the industry may see a shift toward more systems that involve the coordination of multiple autonomous and non-autonomous machines to unlock the true value of autonomy for farm operations. This talk will explore some of the main challenges and considerations for multi-machine autonomous systems in agriculture along with the technology solutions that JCA has developed for these applications.
LIDAR-based multi-agent 3D - collaborative perception
Raul Bravo President and founder Outsight France
The presentation will describe novel techniques for performing multimodal 3D real-time mapping based on lidar, which allows for a semantic and shared understanding of the environment in real time. The primary goal of sharing real-time mapping is to extend the surveillance and object identification capabilities of various agents in the field beyond line-of-sight. In the presentation, we will go over the scenarios that were chosen in a real-life customer project and explain their operational value, as well as the technical components and innovations.
Smart camera AI – from optical perception to intelligent processing on the edge
Sven Salzer Manager and head of development Ark Vision Systems GmbH & Co KG Germany
The presentation will discuss smart camera AI – the intelligent key sensor in off-highway machines, combining robustness, powerful artificial intelligence and machine learning features in one device. This includes local data processing, filtered data transfer to the cloud and faster decision making on the spot. Use-case examples will cover feature extraction, people and object detection, area surveillance and predictive maintenance.
10:40 Uhr - 11:10 Uhr
Embedding industrial vehicles in state-of-the-art communication networks
Alexander Holler General manager - off-highway electronics division Inter Control Germany
This presentation will provide an overview of how highly automated industrial vehicles can be embedded in superior communication networks. This includes the introduction and comparison of communication standards being utilized in mobile and stationary applications, followed by examples showing how these standards help establish fleet management and maintenance solutions while keeping complexity at bay.
Transformable ADAS/AD hardware platform dynamically changes during a drive
Gordan Galic Technical marketing director Xylon Croatia
ADAS/AD platforms with fixed features may lack the flexibility needed in industrial vehicles due to different shapes, sensor setups and operation modes. We will demonstrate how Xylon uses programmable SoC chips in transformable hardware that enables flexible interconnections and sensor fusion from diverse setups, customized hardware accelerators for various tasks, and sensor function overloading, e.g. video cameras for 3D surround view become a stereo camera pair for monitoring the swinging excavator arm. Exchange of chip parts without a system reboot enables a failsafe and dynamic adaptation of full-perception controls, computer vision and AI hardware setups to the current machine’s operation mode.
Migration from vehicle datalogging to smart data harvesting
Adrian Bertl Team lead product marketing b-plus GmbH Germany
Ground truth data is based on the quality of raw data harvested from open road and test tracks for data-driven development. While the broader analysis for labeling data already assumes high-quality data, b-plus looks at the acquisition steps that lie before labeling. Aspects of metrological data acquisition include traceability of the acquisition chain and temporal correlation. The presentation will conclude with an outlook on data protection and the reliability of measurement data with respect to the complete data path of acquisition and feeding into the data center to provide a look at the near future.
12:25 Uhr - 13:55 Uhr
Autonomous hardware, software, testing and validation Day 2 afternoon 13:55 Uhr - 16:55 Uhr
David Grabau Key account manager, Moog Construction Moog USA
Pilot purgatory? How reliable sensing unlocks autonomous operations
Samuel Wood Product manager for autonomous solutions Navtech Radar UK
For autonomous systems to provide widespread benefits across industrial sectors, sensors need to be able to run any time of day, in any weather, and perform safely for many years without needing cleaning or maintenance. Navtech Radar offers outdoor robotics a capability that has not been possible through traditional sensors. With high resolution, the company’s imaging radars have been proved to work in the harshest conditions in autonomy stretching over 20 years. This presentation explores how reliable sensing allows OEMs to provide the final 10% of availability, enabling their customers to benefit from the true advantages of autonomous operation.
Rule-based vs NN artificial intelligence for on- and off-road
Karsten Bronowski Sales and business development manager XenomatiX Belgium
Off-road applications require particular attention and understanding of the required operation and safety detection. Although the applications run in a confined area, training an NN on occasionally occurring events is difficult and requires manual manipulation. The consequences of false positives or false negatives translate less frequently into lethal accidents but always with very high financial damages. This paper presents an off-road strategy favoring rule-based AI algorithms, avoiding extensive training and validation, and allowing flexible tuning, modifications and extensions with simple, speedy and robust AI algorithms. Examples are presented to support this strategy.
How to get the most out of your HiL validation
Johann Führmann Head of business development b-plus automotive Germany
Due to the regularities of the UNECE-VMAD working party, hybrid hardware-in-the-loop systems can now be used to mix up real-world tests with simulated ones. At a first look, it seems that this could save a lot of validation expense. But many pitfalls stay the same. However, there is further potential to save money and improve the validation game. Generally, buying the best hardware is not enough to guarantee sufficient results. An overall concept regarding test mixture and maintenance strategy will ensure project progress and cost control right from the start.
15:10 Uhr - 15:40 Uhr
Enabling automation in mobile hydraulic control
Ben Holter Director of automation products Husco UK
Joerg Schneider Director of sales & business development Husco UK
Since conception, the control of mobile equipment hydraulics has been tuned for the operator. The closed-loop relationship between operator and machine is changing. The availability of sensors, control software and computational power is transforming the control requirements of machines. In addition, the operators themselves are changing, with less overall experience and a growing acceptance of advanced features. A transition in hydraulic control to maximize productivity, control and overall effectivity comes with challenges. This presentation walks through some of the challenges, provides two real-life examples linked to the control transition and suggests how control systems of the future might look.
Interconnects and development tools to enable long length SPE
Mark Brubaker Senior manager, product management TE Connectivity USA
The off-highway market has started to adopt single pair ethernet as a critical network protocol. This growth was hindered but now can be overcome by the ability to support longer channel lengths addressed with IEEE 802.3bp, Type B – 40meter 1000BASE-T1 specification.
This presentation discusses the connector and cable parameters to ensure a successful physical layer link for the growing SPE and 40-meter requirements. It will also highlight the off-highway feature and performance considerations to ensure proper device communication at the physical layer link segment.
How positioning and orientation are driving autonomy
Damir Gumerov Product manager Trimble Canada
Positioning and orientation are fundamental to the navigation of any autonomous industrial vehicle. Knowing the precise location and directional orientation of a vehicle plays a key role in guidance, steering, optimal path planning and obstacle avoidance to ensure a safe and efficient working environment. We'll discuss how Trimble has been developing and advancing positioning technology and machine control for over 30 years offering hardware, software and correction services to enable the most advanced autonomy systems - foundational elements of an ever-expanding portfolio of Trimble technology that will help enable greater levels of vehicle autonomy for years to come.
Discussing technologies, issues & strategies required for de-carbonization.
Please note from 11.10 this stream splits into two rooms. Please check the program and choose your preferred agenda.
Electric, hybrid & alternative powertrain solutions Day 2 morning - track one 09:00 Uhr - 12:25 Uhr
Dr Markus Merkel Professor Aalen University of Applied Sciences/Institute for Virtual Product Development Germany
From the smoking exhaust to the clean socket – design steps from the diesel-powered mobile machine to the all-electric mobile machine
Armin Schmiegel Senior vice president R&D REFU Drive GmbH Germany
Energy efficiency and savings are important design aspects for the development of non-road mobile machinery. For several years now, various studies have been addressing the question of how hydraulic systems can be supplemented or replaced by suitable electronic components. Often, an incremental approach is followed, which proceeds via the use of diesel-electric drive systems, to hybrid and all-electric drive systems. The replacement of hydraulic systems or actuators with electric components is also being investigated. It turns out that a multitude of questions must be considered in the realization of such a system. In the process, design contradictions arise that can only be quantitatively evaluated by taking a deeper look. This presentation will deal with one element of these complex questions: the question of which design aspects have to be considered in the electrification of non-road mobile machinery. For this purpose, a concrete vehicle in its typical application will be looked at. The presentation will take a closer look at the transition from a diesel-powered system to a fully electric system and also consider the intermediate steps of diesel-electric and diesel-hybrid. In addition to energy and power considerations, which always play a role in a design, special aspects of power electronics, drive and control technology will also be considered.
The most critical technologies in NRMM electrification
Senni Huutera Director, business development and strategy Epec Oy Finland
Electronics, the main components and the system software play a key role in electrified power trains of heavy machinery. At least as important in modern machines are data flow, remote data analytics, optimizations and updates. An intelligent power distribution unit optimizes and updates the current flow to components that need it at the moment. It also protects the system components in high voltage environment. Integration with the main components in the system, such as hydraulics, thermal management, battery and gearbox must be seamless. As the amount of electronics and software is increasing, the benefits they offer for OEMs and end customers grow significantly as well.
Optimizing wheel-loader hybrid powertrain selection using system simulation
Gaétan Bouzard Industry solution lead - heavy equipment, simulation and test solutions Siemens Digital Industries Software France
The presentation deals with the electrification of a 6-ton wheel loader with the goal of finding the most fuel-efficient powertrain configuration for a given mission profile. To optimize the vehicle fuel consumption, a system simulation approach is used based on fast and modular modeling of the powertrain components. The controller that splits the energy between the internal combustion engine and the battery is crucial for such a powertrain, and the proposed system simulation approach means it can be automatically generated for given configurations.
Model-based development of battery thermal management systems and operation with battery – case studies
Tomasz Turek R&D manager BSPL 1 Sp. z o.o Poland
In modern development processes, you can find more and more use of modeling to reduce time and mitigate risks. Modeling is particularly important when it comes to electric vehicles, where precise prediction of range or operation hours defines the success or failure of a project. This presentation will show how BSPL has been using modeling in its development process, how it is building models of thermal management systems, and using simulation and co-simulation to adjust parameters and operation, and how customers could use those models in complete systems development, speeding up vehicle development.
10:40 Uhr - 11:10 Uhr
High-voltage electrification and thermal management: three use cases
Thomas Wölfle Managing director Wölfle GmbH Germany
The demand for electrified commercial vehicles and mobile machinery is gaining momentum due to several factors, including stricter emission regulation as well as climate awareness. However, one of the biggest challenges is maintaining optimal thermal comfort inside the cabin without excessively reducing the driving range or operating times. A thermal management strategy based on model predictive control can help improve the energy efficiency of electric vehicles. Further improvement can be achieved by implementing an innovative heat pump system that uses ambient heat and waste heat of the components. Solutions for these challenges are presented in three use cases.
Latest technology solutions for charging and e-machines
Stephan Prüfling Senior software and functions engineer AVL Software & Functions GmbH Germany
From recent discussions and publications, it is clear that stricter emission restrictions for off-road and agricultural applications are expected in the future. Therefore, in addition to significant ongoing efforts for electrification of on-road applications, there is an increasing focus on electrifying off-road powertrains. E-motors developed for on-road applications often already fulfill the needs of agricultural applications. Advanced cooled e-motors can satisfy this demand. Furthermore, charging is a key challenge for e-mobility applications. There is a need for interconnected and seamlessly integrated solutions. AVL has elaborated a comprehensive overview of the complexity of charging features as well as hurdles faced during development.
High-efficiency electrohydraulic architectures for off-highway applications
Henry Dodson Senior R&D researcher Orion Research UK
Improving the efficiency of hydraulic architectures is key to the electrification of off-highway vehicles. Hydraulic systems offer robustness and power density at low cost but have primarily been developed for ICEs. Straightforward conversion to an electric power source leads to inefficient energy utilization. Improving system efficiency is essential to overcoming the challenge of achieving a full day’s battery-powered operation. At Orion Research, we have undertaken the complete instrumentation of a 5-tonne excavator to characterize and evaluate system losses. In combination with simulation, this has enabled us to develop novel solutions and effective implementation of a semi-distributed electrohydraulic architecture.
12:25 Uhr - 13:55 Uhr
Electric, hybrid & alternative powertrain solutions Day 2 Morning - track two 11:10 Uhr - 12:25 Uhr
Saul Wordsworth Deputy editor iVT International UK
How to power the working hydraulics of electrified machines silently and efficiently
Pascal Kiwitz Head of innovation Bucher Hydraulics Germany
The electrification of mobile machinery has taken off fast. As a result, manufacturers are experimenting with electrified working hydraulics. The disappointment is great when noisy hydraulics drain valuable battery capacity too quickly. A solution is Bucher Hydraulics' electro-hydraulic pump which determines the optimal pump speed and allows the continued use of the existing working hydraulics. Therefore, it is ideally suited for taking the first steps in the electrification of mobile machinery.
Large AF Motors for high torque applications
Michael Lampérth CEO Phi-Power AG Switzerland
With the growing electrification of working machinery, the electric replacement of high torque low speed diesel engines is required. Based on the physical laws applying to axial flux machines they are an ideal solution for this application. The presentation will give an overview of the developments and technologies of axial flux motors in general. Explaining the pros and cons of different topologies and also comparing them to the established radial flux motor technology. This will be followed by a review of a new large diameter machine developed capable of more than 1000 Nm of continuous torque a with diameter of 55 cm and length of 16 cm.
HV PDU-How to interconnect and protect your HV electrical network
Jean-Baptiste Delcroix Product manager Würth Elektronik ICS France France
Stefan Krug Head of project management Würth Elektronik ICS Germany
Power distribution units (PDU) are at the heart of the high voltage vehicle electrical architecture: they connect the critical elements of the system (such as battery pack, inverters, on-board charger, auxiliaries, etc.), switch the power, ensure the integrity of the vehicle electrical network and perform critical measurements.
BPW Bergische Achsen and Wurth Elektronik ICS will together present the challenges of designing those power distribution units on a vehicle and component level. They will provide guidance regarding the design of such components and discuss together what could be the future of those critical items.
Electric, hybrid & alternative powertrain solutions Day 2 afternoon - track one 13:55 Uhr - 16:55 Uhr
Dr Penny Atkins Principal research fellow - Advanced Engineering Centre University of Brighton UK
A new concept for motor controllers in forklifts and industrial vehicles
Lutz Görgens Director of product management - low-voltage automotive systems Semikron Elektronik GmbH & Co KG Germany
Low-voltage electric drivetrains for industrial vehicles were initially used for indoor vehicles and are now increasingly finding their way into outdoor vehicles. This change comes with new requirements for ruggedness, performance and reliability and the need for application-specific solutions. By moving the design interface of the motor controller from the outside connections to the electrical interface of the power section, a platform solution is designed for use in combination with existing or optimized controller systems. The presentation explains the technology behind this concept and how customized solutions can quickly and cost-efficiently be developed using this high-performance, high-quality technology.
Maintaining quality performance during the transition to electrification
Ben Martins Automotive and off-highway applications specialist Pico Technology UK
As the world looks to reduce carbon emissions, it is imperative that equipment in the off-highway sector can continue to operate at peak performance levels under demanding conditions. Inevitably, various forms of electrification are required to meet emission regulations, but alternatives including biofuels, gas engines and hybrids will all play a vital role during this transition period. The efficiency of connections and power transfer to accessories also have a significant impact on emissions and operator throughput. This presentation explores the challenges and solutions for technicians and field engineers in the maintenance and diagnosis of rapidly changing powertrain and associated systems.
Power and efficiency analysis on heavy-duty electric powertrains
Johann Mathä Manager e-mobility CSM Computer-Systeme-Messtechnik GmbH Germany
Heavy-duty vehicles and trucks often utilize multiple electric motors. This architecture makes power and efficiency tests particularly challenging. It also has an impact on measurement technology, which becomes particularly clear when analyzing the electrical power in performant heavy-duty powertrains. The electrical power measurement is the starting point for all further analyses; for example, the recording of efficiency or the energy consumption measurements during test cycles. Power measurements must be carried out with a high-voltage-safe e-mobility measurement system and a high sampling rate; electrical power values must be calculated in real time.
15:10 Uhr - 15:40 Uhr
Multi-criteria evaluation of electrification concepts for compact machines.
Jean Heren Electromobility engineering manager Poclain France
Miguel Onandia Electromobility and services sales manager Poclain Hydraulics France
When developing a new zero-emission machine offer, multiple solutions are possible. Poclain's electromobility team, with its market experience and expertise in the field of power transmission for mobile equipment, offers you a multi-criteria assessment of the solutions implemented on its development platforms. During the conference, two electro-hydraulic solutions using different architectures will be detailed: one using a single electric motor for the propel function and the auxiliary functions, the other using two electric motors, the first one for the propel with a close loop fix displacement pump, the second one for auxiliary functions with open loop pumps.
Both architectures will be detailed and evaluated.
Refined condition monitoring and fault detection for onboard electrical systems
Christian Strobl Dr.-Ing E-T-A GmbH Germany
Bernd Rösch Head of division TRA E-T-A GmbH Germany
More complex systems as well as the electrification of loads currently play a decisive role in the development of onboard electrical systems of industrial vehicles. To gain maximum reliability of system components, machine learning, system identification and pattern recognition methods can be applied to detect fault events in load circuits and gradual malfunction of components. Based on decentralized intelligent power distribution units with comprehensive diagnostic capabilities, customized solutions of refined and decentralized condition monitoring, as well as predictive maintenance and load management concepts, can be realized.
Importance of a system approach in setting up electric drivetrains
Bernhard Burkhart Head of research and development Engiro GmbH Germany
The pace of electrification has increased dramatically. Almost every sector is pressured with tremendous emission reduction goals, up to complete elimination in inner-city applications. Vehicle builders face many challenges in this transition, including the choice of the right electric drivetrain. This presentation will introduce the Engiro experience of setting up electric drivetrains for traction and auxiliary drives in the power range from 10 to 400kW and 48 to 800V. Real-world examples will point out the importance of a system approach by showing possible hurdles that integrators might encounter.
Electric, hybrid & alternative powertrain solutions Day 2 afternoon - track two 13:55 Uhr - 16:55 Uhr
Tatiana Minav Assistant professor Tampere University Finland
Induction, permanent magnet synchronous and synchronous reluctance motors – what is the difference?
Prof Peter van Duijsen Researcher THUAS University Netherlands
Traction motors are three-phase AC machines controlled via power electronics. The differences and similarities in the construction and control of the three main traction motors – induction machine, interior permanent magnet and synchronous reluctance – are explored in this presentation. The field-oriented control of these types of motors is outlined, and it is shown that the motors are interchangeable when it comes to control. Simulation and model-based design techniques to create and test the embedded control of the complete traction motor drive are presented. The three main traction motors are compared, with some surprising results regarding efficiency and total costs.
Sustainable drive technologies for industrial EV's silent EHP systems
Settima and SPIN combine hydraulic, electric, electronic and mechanical expertise in the design and manufacturing of “matching-technologies” for industrial EV and HEV manufacturers.
We will present a flexible approach in the design and development of the most suitable motor technology to be employed within electro-hydraulic systems.
Diversified motor technologies also support the supply chain stability, including not strategic materials with uncompromised high efficiency levels.
This approach allows the best “matching” to customers’ platforms complying with environmental regulations, supply chain stability, economic and technical objectives.
Alternative technologies, silent operation, environmental and financial sustainability are pillars of our flexible approach.
Hybrid drive & high performing suspension concept applied to construction equipment
Gary Fitzpatrick Engineering manager Timoney Technology Ireland
Hybrid powertrain technology is an evolving concept in the heavy-duty construction equipment industry to reduce fuel consumption rates and CO2 emissions from internal combustion engines. As such, machines are going through major design changes to fit hybrid drive technology. However, such changes can have adverse effects on the driver safety, comfort, and the ride & handling performance of the machine if key design factors are not considered at the initial stages of the development. This presentation will look at a concept for a hybrid drive for construction machinery that is coupled to a simple ‘semi-trailing arm’ high performing suspension system. This concept could offer a modular solution to OEMs that are considering hybridisation while the suspension design can provide ‘best in class performance’ and alleviate some of the transitional design challenges.
15:10 Uhr - 15:40 Uhr
From Racetrack to Remote – an insight into off-highway vehicle projects.
James Hoxey Senior Commercial Manager Batteries Williams Advanced Engineering UK
During this presentation James will provide an overview of how electrification of off highway projects is being approached by Williams Advanced Engineering; sharing some case studies which will showcase unique vehicle characteristics and the infrastructure needs for off grid / remote environments. He will also cover adaptation of new technologies and the interaction with Green Hydrogen.
A novel approach to electric hybrid wheel-loader development and validation with digital engineering
Dariusz Pioro Model-based systems engineering consultant Dariusz Pioro Digital Engineering Ltd UK
The efficiency of electrified construction machinery is crucial; however, it is also important that the product development and validation process has the smallest negative impact on the environment. Digital engineering is vital in delivering hybrid and 100% electric off-highway machinery right-first-time. Avoiding extensive prototype testing and product iterations is not only cost-effective but also environmentally friendly. System simulations and digital twins are indispensable in turning the requirements into product performance predictions and analytics. They enable machine architecture selection, component sizing and V&V. Real-time driver-in-the-loop testing facilitates machine assessment without a prototype being available, and paves the way for virtual sign-off.
Innovative inverter topology boosting drivetrain efficiency to new levels
David Segbers Product manager traction ABB Switzerland
Inverter based on silicium carbid (SiC) semiconductors seem to be the mainstream for efficient electric drivetrains when it comes to the automotive car industry. However, there are hurdles to introduce this technology in the working machine sector. ABB’s new innovative 3-Level topology inverter allows an even smoother and more energy efficient operation of any type of electric motors which reduces cost of ownership (Best Efficiency Control). The presentation will give an overview on challenges and solutions to improve the drivetrain efficiency for working machines followed by efficiency comparison on real life duty cycles.
Improving the efficiency, comfort and safety of industrial vehicle operators and workforce.
Cab design, ergonomics, controls, HMI & human factors Day 2 Morning 09:00 Uhr - 10:40 Uhr
Sebastian Lorenz Research associate Technische Universität Dresden Germany
Holistic design of heavy machinery cabins through simulation
Charles Luzzato Director industrial equipment simulation Dassault Systemes Germany
Less volume more space - a seemingly impossible conundrum that is at the center of Heavy Machinery cabin design today, and further complexified by the new needs of electric machinery. To tackle this problem, OEMs must balance functional, comfort, and safety requirements when reinventing their cabins, working across physics and scales to provide as much space and comfort to the operator, in as small and cost effective a cabin as possible.
We will demonstrate how this challenge can be approached with simulation solutions, focusing specifically on Roll Over Protection and HVAC design using structural and CFD simulation.
What are the factors influencing future cab design?
Juha Kotala Product manager MSK Cabins Finland
Several megatrends influence global farming and other cabin market segments. In general, future driving experience should be an environmentally friendly, less employee dependent experience. Heavy machine driving experience as we know it now, will be heavily rethought in the coming decades. The presentation will describe how megatrends, such as green deal, remote control and autonomous driving, will be affecting on cabin design. How are such trends considered in the design process?
Build better cabs - how to integrate industrial design in your development process
Wanja S Steinmaier Managing partner Lumod GmbH Germany
Industrial design is often misunderstood solely as an add-on for better looks. But properly integrated in your particular product development process, it can help thrive your business in many ways. Finding the right approach for your project is essential to gain the maximum benefit from the investment in design. This presentation will show you not only the boosters professional design will bring to your project, but also different ways of how to match the right design approach to your specific needs for building better cabs.
Intelligent driving assistance for vehicles with deep learning
Wolfgang Domann Managing director EYYES GmbH Austria
Driving assistance in vehicles has already begun to assert itself in cars. But how do you build driving assistance functions?
We at EYYES are specialists in the development and implementation of driving assistance systems in the field of commercial vehicles, construction machinery and trams based on deep learning. We build front collision assistants, reversing assistants and also blind spot assistants. Our technology has been tested by the ADAC and provides the lowest possible error rate for the user of the system.
Using our software framework and pre-trained neural networks we will show in the presentation how every developer or product owner can easily and quickly develop his own driving assistance functions and integrate them into products.
10:40 Uhr - 11:10 Uhr
Join the autonomous hardware & software testing & validation stream, or one of the two electric, hybrid & alternative powertrain solutions streams
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change