Preliminary conference program

Discussing technologies, issues & strategies required for de-carbonization.

Non-road mobile machinery batteries – challenges and opportunities for standardisation

Alex Woodrow
Managing Director
Knibb Gormezano and Partners
The presentation will assess the market drivers for electrified non-road mobile machinery, and how machines are used across construction, agriculture, materials handling, mining and forestry. These will be compared to adjacent industrial sectors - commercial vehicles, marine, rail and energy storage. The challenges for each of the sectors will be considered against the needs to decarbonize. The presentation will then consider progress in developing standards for batteries in the adjacent sectors and what is needed for NRMM in Europe.

What the audience will learn

  • What is the potential size for electrified Non-Road Mobile Machinery Markets?
  • How do the challenges for electrified NRMM compare to adjacent industrial sectors?
  • Where might standards play a role in electrifying the sector?
  • What are the current standards for batteries and other electric NRMM systems?

Volvo CE at the forefront of the construction industry shift to a sustainable future

Ahcène Nedjimi
Global Electromobility System Architect
Volvo Construction Equipment
Volvo Group has shifted to electromobility throughout its business – from trucks and buses to marine and construction equipment. In this presentation, Ahcène will discuss the market leading innovation journey of Volvo CE as the company has one of the widest range of electric construction machines available on the market today. He will show how Volvo CE is taking concrete action to deliver on its SBTi targets, and how the company boosts its electrification transformation with investment and working in pioneering partnerships. He will as well address the challenges of adapting electromobility to the market, but also share learnings from the successes he has seen emerge from customer trials.

The deployment of the first hydrogen powered top loader in real operation

Willem Nieuwland
Big Truck Program Manager
Hyster-Yale Group
Neha Roy
Innovation Leader
Hyster-Yale Group
The last phase of Hyster’s development of the first hydrogen powered top loader has started with the deployment of this container handler in the port of Los Angeles. Key elements of the truck’s performance are validated at a customer site showing the potential of the new technology. Besides this, valuable lessons learned are collected during the deployment of this first of a kind container handler leading to further improvements in future generations. Data collection and analysis have played an important role, but also on-site support showed new topics to consider when introducing zero emissions container handlers.

Decarbonization of mobile machine systems

Dr Sahas Shah
Project Manager
Mobile machines are a significant user of energy and source of emissions. The operation field and environment are significantly more distributed than the road transport sector. A new “one size fits all” energy solution cannot be foreseen as applicable to the versatile sector of mobile machines. Industrial sites, urban cities, built environment, agricultural and forestry, mining, warehouses as well as ports set their own conditions and requirements to the design and operation of the vehicles. One significant deciding factor will be the lifecycle price of the energy carrier.

What the audience will learn

  • Global trends on NRMM sector
  • Charging infrastructure and powertrain hybridization of NRMM
  • Operational impact, CO2 and emission policy

Developing a zero-emission mixer truck

Kevin Eichele
Head of Business Development
SANY eTrucks Europe
In 2020, SANY and Putzmeister started a joint project - to develop and homologate an electric driven truck for the European market. This presentation will discuss the technical challenges & major milestones encountered, as well as market feedback received, during the 2-year development program of the iONTRON mixer, leading to its successful launch at Bauma in October 2022

Immersion cooling: a simple way to avoid a thermal runaway

Product Development Manager
TotalEnergies Lubricants
Immersion cooling of a lithium battery is a good solution to control the heat generated by the cells during rapid charging or intensive use. It also seems that thanks to this technology: it is almost impossible to have a major failure of the battery: a fire or the propagation of a thermal runaway of the cell. Thanks to our work, we can demonstrate that this is indeed the case.

What the audience will learn

  • First time where an abuse test is realized on a commercial battery cooled by immersion
  • We can demonstrate that the immersion cooling increases the safety of the battery, whatever the cell type used
  • Open several opportunities to reduce the cost and weight of the system.

The future of alternative fuels and electrification in agriculture

Alastair Hayfield
Senior Research Director
Interact Analysis
Agriculture is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases. However, machinery accounts for a small proportion of this. Despite this there is a push from outside the industry (and within) to reduce machine emissions and make equipment more sustainable. Unfortunately, agriculutre equipment is hard to decarbonise - intense duty cycles, lack of infrastructure and a conservative industry all contribute to slow progress. This is changing and this presentation will aim to highlight how the AG industry is responding to the need to be more sustainable and how different approaches - electrification, hydrogen, alternative fuels - are being used.

What the audience will learn

  • What is driving the use of alternative fuels and electrification in AG
  • What is each major tractor doing in terms of strategy for alternative fuels
  • Which markets will move faster on electrification?
  • When will the market take off for alternative fuels and electrification in AG?

Electric trucks - from low numbers to high volume

Niklas Andersson
Director Electric Solutions
Volvo Trucks
Volvo Trucks started the serial production of electric trucks in 2019. It started off in low numbers, but now the volumes are accelerating to be a more and more substantial part of the total volume. This presentation will be about Volvo Trucks ambitions and offering, customer feedback and some glimpses into the future.

What the audience will learn

  • Electric Trucks are here and now
  • Customer feedback on driving electric trucks
  • In what direction will electric trucks evolve

NRMM electrification example – case PONSSE EV1, electric forest machine

Jyri Kylä-Kaila
Managing Director
Epec Oy
This case study includes simulation-based software engineering and technology development of an electric forest machine PONSSE EV1 considering sustainability in the supply chain, manufacturing and lifetime operations. 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 Epec Flow power distribution unit optimizes the current flow to components that need it at the moment. As the amount of electronics and software is increasing, the benefits they offer for OEMs and end customers grow as well.

What the audience will learn

  • This case study includes simulation-based software engineering and technology development of an electric forest machine PONSSE EV1.
  • The development of an electric forest machine PONSSE EV1 considering sustainability in the supply chain, manufacturing and lifetime operations.
  • Gaining understanding of the key components of electrified heavy machinery.

Next Generation Electrification of Off Highway Heavy Duty Vehicles

Derek Matthews
Power & Propulsion Solutions Product Manager
BAE Systems
The challenges for the electrification of heavy-duty vehicle platforms (HD EV) are significant. Electric drivetrain suppliers of next generation systems can draw on customers’ operational experience and deliver commercially viable, competitive advantage to vehicle manufacturers Evolving from first generation HD EVs (diesel platforms & COTS hardware), next generations will use advanced architectures and materials, purpose built to deliver improved efficiencies and reductions in complexity and cost. They will enable integration of drive and accessory electronics using modular, scalable designs, driving improvements in quality, reliability and total cost of ownership for operators. A key enabling technology is the evolution of next-generation power electronics architectures and designs.With over 25 years' experience, BAE Systems looks at these concepts and advantages gained from a modular, configurable systems approach.

Digitalization, electrification & efficiency – a shorter route to zero for excavators

Dr Niall Caldwell
Senior Director R&D
Danfoss Digital Displacement
In this session, we will share details about the UK field trial of three 20ton excavators fitted with the Dextreme system. And how by increasing the efficiency of the hydraulic system, excavators can deliver the same amount of work with a smaller engine and less fuel – or do more work with the same size engine. For battery electric excavators, Dextreme systems enable OEMs to reduce the battery capacity, thereby reducing the cost of the main battery and enabling more cost-effective electrification. We will show that, depending on system complexity and duty cycle, a reduction in energy requirement of up to 25% can be achieved.

Design challenges in the transformation to electric : functional safety

Federico Perelli
Product Owner Electrification Mobile Machines
Bosch Rexroth AG
OEMs are currently tackling the transformation to electric architectures, and therefore facing new challenges and opportunities, since the entire machine architecture, performances and type of use may be new. Different vehicle architectures and dedicated use cases are presented. As solution to the new requirements, a comprehensive and scalable product portfolio will be introduced Integration of the electric solutions into the machine involves both the mechanics, and the control logic. For the realization of a functional safe solution, a fundamental aspect is the simplicity to integrate all electronic devices into the complete machine safety concept. The Rexroth high-end solution is presented.

What the audience will learn

  • Electrification Architectures
  • Electric portfolio requirements
  • Functional safety
  • Easy integration

Adoption of low and zero emission machinery for the construction and mining industry

Hikmet Cakmak
Principal Consultant
Frost & Sullivan
The presentation will concentrate on advances in low and zero-emission machinery in the construction and mining industries, as well as the key drivers and constraints to decarbonization. It will also investigate the disruption potential of each powertrain option by 2030, and the potential application areas for these solutions. Finally, an overview of key OEM activities will be provided.

The role of bidirectional DCDC converters in electric vehicles

Prof Peter van Duijsen
THUAS University
The electrification of the drive train in vehicles seems like a straightforward process of charging a traction battery and discharging it via an inverter into the electric motor. However, there are a number of auxiliary components and requirements to make this happen. DCDC converters have the task of connecting the battery with appliances with different voltage levels. However the process of charging and discharging requires bidirectional DCDC converters. In this presentation we will highlight some of the topology and control principles of the various bidirectional DCDC converters.

Smart auxiliary drive inverter – small helpers with great impact

Dr Armin Schmiegel
Head of Research and Development
REFUdrive GmbH
Auxiliary drives, such as hydraulic and air conditioning systems, are important components of many mobile machines and contribute to the machine's application. Compared to diesel-powered hydraulic drives, diesel-electric drives are significantly more efficient because they can recover energy through recuperation and are more efficient. An important component is the inverter. In contrast to the traction application, the load profile has other characteristics that are considered in the control system. By using sensorless control and time series analysis, significant improvement on system level can be achieved. In this presentation, we will show how state-of-the-art inverters support the electrification of mobile machinery.

What the audience will learn

  • The role of auxiliary drives in electrification and hybridization
  • The difference between traction inverter and auxiliary inverter
  • The benefit of smart algorithms for smart inverter.

Energy and power distribution of future mobile working machines

Dr Pascal Kiwitz
Head of Innovation
Bucher Hydraulics
Manufacturers of mobile machinery are responding to the demand for a reduction in CO2 emissions by (partially) electrifying their equipment. This opens up new possibilities for transferring energy and combining different drive technologies in one system. For example, in a hybrid system with energy storage units, the smaller diesel engine can run at the optimum operating point decoupled from the work functions. In addition, hydraulic consumers with recuperation potential like booms become additional energy sources. But hydraulics as an energy distribution system is by no means obsolete either and should be designed as a power-on-demand solution.

What the audience will learn

  • Hydraulics as an energy distribution system is an integral part of an electrified working machine
  • Electro-hydraulic linear axes allow recuperation of electrical and hydraulic energy
  • Power-on-demand solutions not only increase efficiencies but also lowers noise levels

How to get more power out of an electric machine?

David Segbers
Product Manager Traction
In a Drive-Motor System, the Drive has a significant influence on the losses of the electric machine. This presentation focuses on the inverter hardware topology and software, in particular, on how they allow a higher utilization of the electric machine. A comparison between the same electric motor driven by two different inverter topologies is shown analytically. The results of the analytical computations are confirmed by a cross industry case in which a one to one comparison, over a daily operation, highlights significant efficiency gains. The end result of the improved performance is a downsizing of the drivetrain components.

What the audience will learn

  • • What are the losses in an electric machine
  • • How can they be influenced by Inverter hardware
  • • How can the influenced by software
  • • What does this mean for motor-inverter packages?
  • • Example from a cross industry case

Endeavouring electrification: improving efficiency by implementing a cross-platform strategy

Elena Belenguer
Drive System Design
As electrification demands across industries increase, designing a bespoke powertrain for individual applications becomes inefficient. Aiming to reduce time and cost, the development of cross platform electrification strategies is vital. Establishing the best way to achieve this is challenging due to diversity and number of requirements and applications, both in propulsion and ancillaries. DSD’s electrified Powertrain Optimisation Process (ePOP) allows users to obtain a range of potential system solutions with considerable time and cost savings. The tool allows the definition of key metrics such as efficiency, performance and cost, and identifies variations in sub-system designs to meet multiple platform requirements.

What the audience will learn

  • Identifying existing challenges within industry due to electrification as well as those involved in implementing a cross platform strategy
  • Familiarise themselves with DSD's solution to reduce cost and time in electrified powertrain design
  • Understand how DSD's proposed tool works and its capability to enhance the cross platform powertrain design process

Intelligent integration for hydrogen: The need for invisible glue

Jonathan Brown
Strategy Director
Some of the largest challenges developing future hydrogen and EV propulsion systems lie in the ‘invisible’ art of integration. Matching, optimising and ensuring seamless control and communication of sub-systems in an efficient and safe manner is critical. The engineering effort is significant barrier for many to get to production. The result? For many low-mid volume manufacturers of commercial vehicles and industrial equipment, the cost of adopting hydrogen isn’t feasible, slowing the market and stunting end-user demand. This talk will review the challenge and look at potential solutions to the invisible problem of integration, enabling a new era of possibilities

What the audience will learn

  • Understand some of the complex issues faced when building hydrogen propulsion systems
  • Specific challenges of integrating different fuel cell, battery and control systems; technical, cost and operational impacts
  • Why you can’t just “plug and play” sub-systems together and how you need to approach this challenge
  • What steps can be taken to minimise the negative impacts when integrating sub-systems and optimise fuel cell system performance
  • Opportunities for the future to reduce the impact of this complex issue

Future drive technologies for mobile working machines, up to 2030

Joachim Stieler
Owner and General Manager
Stieler Technologie- & Marketing-Beratung GmbH & co. KG
This presentation is based on the results of our new multi-client study covering future drive technologies for mobile working machines. It will include a brief historical summary, a look at today’s drive technologies, future scenarios for construction equipment and drive technologies, future construction production volumes and future prime mover and drive & work function.

What the audience will learn

  • A short history about new drive technologies in mobile working machines. What milestones we had since 2010?
  • Examples for new electrified construction machines (special features, advantages, future developments)
  • Production volume for construction equipment by machine types for 2020, 2025 and 2030 (STM database Mobile machines since 2004)
  • Future prime mover and new drive & work functions for different construction machines, scenario 2025 and 2030
  • Next steps in technology with regard to drive and work functions; requirements for hydraulics and electromechanical solutions

Alternative fuels require the selection of stable, suitable materials

Andreas Dworog
Group Director Advanced Development
Hengst SE
Modern engines and the injection systems require highly efficient fuel filter systems, which can react with extreme sensitivity to non-standard fuels. Fuels with high biomass content and some alternative fuels have high potential for developing aggressive contents under certain storage conditions. In addition the blow by gases emitted by alternative fuels will alter the lubrication oil of an ICE internal combustion engine. Analysis of the suitability of filter materials (filter media, elastomers, plastics, etc.) therefore requires new test methods that have to be successfully passed. A state of the art fuel filter includes more functionality than retaining dusts and particles.

What the audience will learn

  • Alternative fuels have an influence on the selection of suitable materials within the fuel circuit
  • The ageing of engine oils is influenced by alternative fuels
  • Appropriate test procedures are necessary to evaluate the materials
  • Certain alternative fuels and applications are more critical than others
  • While retaining dust, particles and water a fuel filter protects the fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine

Electrification without Softwareization? – forget it!

Dr Stefan Hellfeld
Software allows easy generation of added values, as different application scenarios can be addressed on the same hardware by means of simple extensibility. For example, by using the motor-inverter system as its own virtual torque sensor. Why not make software modules interchangeable on an inverter? In our opinion the electrification now offers a massive disruptive potential, if we not only electrify the drivetrain but also think about “softwareization” of the drivetrain. We will show a few exemplary applications and the related added value functions, which can be realized with our platform for “softwareization” of the inverter in the drivetrain.

What the audience will learn

  • Our software solutions are tailored to the customer-specific system solution.
  • Once the system is set up, our support can assist and intervene remotely.
  • Mathematical and statistical functions can be used to combine and evaluate the most important data.

Electrifying construction machinery: learnings from a full electric drivetrain conversion

Brian Graves
Senior Project Manager
Turntide Technologies
For diesel machine manufacturers, there is a lot to learn regarding construction equipment electrification for a future generation of heavy-duty vehicles emitting zero CO2 emissions. Developing a fully electric powertrain for the demanding environmental conditions and duty cycles required by the off-highway machinery market is technically demanding and requires significant innovation. Turntide recently completed a three-year project with the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK to fully electrify a compact front wheel loader, delivering the first machine of this type to go beyond basic testbed level, bringing a fully electrified compact machine from R&D through to a high-level TRL/MRL.

What the audience will learn

  • Top learnings from delivering the first electrified, zero-emissions Caterpillar wheel loader
  • Top 5 biggest challenges faced during the project
  • Where to start when thinking about redesigning off-highway equipment for electrification
  • Technology innovations that created a new platform for other heavy-duty vehicles

Key criteria for making decisions to electrify power transmissions

Peter Helbers
Sales & Marketing Manager EMEA Industrial and Transmission Products
Twin Disc, Inc.
This presentation explores the challenges and lessons learned in delivering a robust and reliable solution, unlocking the full potential of hybridization / electrification. With tangible examples of how to transition from an existing combustion-engine driven solution to an electric or hybrid machine, Understanding the key criteria for making decisions to electrify power transmissions provides an inclusive look at available technology and selecting the ideal solution for your mission profile. Due to rapidly occurring changes across all market segments Twin Disc has invested and developed new solutions to become a dominant hybrid and electrification solution supplier and system integrator.

What the audience will learn

  • Off-Highway Global Emission Roadmap
  • Hybrid & Electrification: Market Drivers and Restraints
  • Hybrid & Electrification: Understand Load Profile
  • Hybrid & Electrification: Application Case Study

Examining the issues relating to, and the technologies needed for the deployment of autonomous industrial vehicles.

How to solve the complexity of autonomy for mobile machines

Stefan A. Lang
Director Advance Development
Sensor-Technik Wiedemann
Autonomy in mobile machines has two sides which have to be covered: autonomous driving and autonomous working. Understanding these complexities and the mechanics behind is the prerequisite to develop machines in an autonomous design. This presentation therefore focusses on the technological complexity behind these two, gives an overview about different connectivity methods and provides a journey across several aspects like architecture considerations and the role of artificial intelligence in working processes. It closes with some ideas about how to solve on the large scale.

What the audience will learn

  • Introduction and overview about the complexitiy behind autonomous and mobile machines
  • Architecture considerations for autonomous and mobile machines
  • The role of artificial intelligence in mobile working processes and a practical example
  • Ideas and suggestions on how to solve the technological complexity

Trialling automated plant on real world sites – the highlights and challenges

Dr Ianto Guy
Vehicle Safety and Technology Consultant
TRL are developing a program of trials of connected and automated plant that are intended to take technologies that might be a good idea in principle, and turn them into business as usual solutions in practice. In this session Dr Ianto Guy will discuss some of the highlights and challenges of taking connected and automated plant out into the wild, and will make some recommendations about how we can make the adoption of automation run more smoothly when it encounters the challenges of real world projects.

Building an industrial metaverse in the cloud

Gabriel Sallah
ADAS/AD Lead Architect
United Arab Emirates
The talk will focus on how Microsoft uses the Azure Cloud to build a platform to design, test, simulate and manufacture industrial vehicles. The key points will be : Using Azure compute services and AR and VR for computer aided engineering and design. Creating an end to end testing and validation platform for design verifications and vehicle validation. Creating a digital collaboration metaverse platform to reduce the time to market of these vehicles.

What the audience will learn

  • Metaverse on Azure
  • End to end Engineering collaboration platform
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality for design and Manufacture

Safety requirements for autonomy of industrial vehicles

Dr Rasmus Adler
Program manager autonomous systems
Fraunhofer IESE
Autonomy is a major characteristic of the next generation of industrial vehicles such as off-road loaders, mining machinery, diggers, tractors, cranes and lift-trucks. It is the key to address skills shortage, implement tasks that go beyond human skills, and increase productivity by 24/7 operation. A major issue with the introduction of autonomy is safety. Autonomy requires a paradigm shift in safety engineering and leads to new safety regulation, standards and requirements. What does this mean for suppliers, OEMs and operators of industrial vehicles?

Developing highly automated and autonomous machines in a collaborative way

Leandro Zaza
AOC Manager
TTControl GmbH
In the off-highway market segment, the trend towards highly automated and autonomous machines that has taken hold in the automotive world is reinforced by the expectation of increasing the efficiency and quality of task execution while minimizing costs. The hardware needs to be robust to withstand harsh conditions while the software must be modular to cover a variety of machine arrangements and environmental operating conditions. These challenges cannot be solved by one company alone. The Autonomous Operation Cluster (AOC) is a cross-market initiative that brings together industry-leading OEMs and technology providers to develop solutions for automated and autonomous mobile machines.

What the audience will learn

  • The specific challenges of autonomous operation for off-highway applications
  • The highly automated and autonomous application and functions in the off-highway business segment
  • Typical system overview: key hardware and software requirements
  • Autonomous Operation Cluster: an example on how to collaborate on autonomous operation development
  • Outcomes in a concrete off-highway use case

CAN XL - Simplify complex tasks in embedded networking

Reiner Zitzmann
General Manager
CAN in Automation GmbH
CAN XL is intended as backbone network in embedded and deeply embedded control applications. It is prepared for an easy integration into TCP/IP-based networking architectures. CAN XL provides some new protocol-embedded higher-layer functions such as e.g. the differentiation of several "groups of same concerns", across local network boundaries. Additionally, these groups may share secrets, based on the embedded cybersecurity function CANsec. The presentation will present how CAN XL features ease the life of system integrators in future.

What the audience will learn

  • Embedded CAN XL features, assisting setup of backbone networks
  • Third generation of CAN, CAN with eXtnded datafield Length
  • Scalability of CAN XL

Delivering autonomy for now

Mike Potts
CEO & Co-Founder
StreetDrone focuses on low speeds, in controlled environments, and where it can bring significant commercial benefits to our business customers It is becoming clear that the automation of ‘yards’ is the next big automation opportunity for logistics and materials handling. Whilst a great many businesses already have considerable automation, the yard is still data-poor, diesel-based and human-operated. Case study: deployment of autonomous delivery trucks at the Nissan car plant in Sunderland

Level-up and accelerate your road to autonomy

Emily Plahn
Systems Engineer
Those thinking that machine autonomy is a vision of the future need to think again. Autonomy increases the value of machines by enabling greater precision, increasing safety, and boosting productivity. This added value for end users translates to a competitive advantage for OEMs. Autonomous solutions from Danfoss are already in use in many industries. In this session we look into a use case. Where the Danfoss Autonomy Custom Engineering Services (ACES) team worked with an OEM to create a custom application - using the PLUS+1 Autonomy platform and advanced sensor management. We will show how you can do it too.

What the audience will learn

  • 1. Detailed information about the use case objective and outcome.
  • 2. Practical guidance on how advanced sensors and software algorithms improve the vehicles overall safety, productivity, and precision
  • 3. How Danfoss Autonomy enables machine manufacturers to add operator assist and autonomous features to their vehicles, today
  • 4. For OEMs who have software engineering in-house, they will find out how the Plus+1 Autonomy software tools facilitate fast integration of steering, drivetrain, braking, remote control, and advanced sensors to custom software applications
  • 5. For OEMs who do not have software in-house, they will find out how the ACES team can build complex vehicle applications for them.

Field study: solving construction vehicle wireless connectivity challenges

Heikki Keränen
Head of Technology
Improving the construction process efficiency requires constant data collection from the mobile machinery of the construction site. The efficient use of 3D machine control requires reception of accurate positioning and for example interaction with BIM models. When equipment autonomy is increasing, requirements for machine swarming related connectivity, video feed and even remote control signal is increasing. This presentation describes the findings of a field study; how all this connectivity was implemented in a effective way to a set of construction vehicles?

What the audience will learn

  • Solving the essential connectivity requirements
  • Combining WiFi and cellular technologies
  • Solving cloud access and vehicle to vehicle connecitivity for industrial processes

Flexible safety ready base software solution for off-highway robotics controller

Jörg Emmert
Produktmanagment Automation
Bosch Rexroth AG
Bosch Rexroth offers a comprehensive electronic eco-system with hardware, software and telematic services. As next step and as basis on the path towards automation. Bosch Rexroth is developing new microprocessor based high performance controllers for the off-highway market. OEMs can develop their own solutions based on this open, scalable and easy access platform. We will introduce solutions and ideas for a flexible safety ready base software including ROS2 and the integration of application software on different levels of the base software.

What the audience will learn

  • - What Bosch Rexroth thinks a modern base software stack for uP based systems should look like
  • - How easy different use cases can be covered with such a solution
  • - How safety can be handled with the base software
  • - Integration example: Perception stack

Geospatial GNSS Augmentation to improve vehicle navigation & reliability

Dr Raphael Grech
Technical Strategist - Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT)
Spirent Communications plc
GNSS is crucial in mining. Vehicles that operate in open-pit mines must be navigated with precision for both safety and efficiency. GNSS satellite signals can be blocked by the walls and topography of a mine. This reduces the reliability and accuracy, and, therefore, the overall useability of GNSS and automated vehicles. Geospatial GNSS Augmentation and forecasting provide comprehensive predictions of GNSS performance considering the topography of the mine, buildings, and line-of-sight determination of satellites as they orbit. Prediction of GNSS performance enables automated trucking, mining, survey, and fleet tracking to avoid areas of poor coverage or augment to improve performance.

What the audience will learn

  • • Applications of GNSS for industrial vehicles
  • • Awareness of GNSS/RTK/PPP limitations in mining or urban environments
  • • Understanding of Geospatial GNSS Augmentation & Forecasting technology
  • • Applications of Geospatial GNSS Augmentation with existing vehicles
  • • Improvement of positioning performance using Geospatial GNSS Augmentation

Addressing diverse use cases in agriculture with an Autonomous Framework Approach

Dinen Subramaniam
Director of Business Development
JCA Technologies
Agriculture production has wide variety across crop types, tasks to be performed, and environments. Autonomous machines can bring enormous benefits in the optimizing of workflows but solutions need to be flexible and adaptable to the variety of jobs in agriculture. JCA’s Autonomous Framework is a set of technology building blocks within a connected architecture that addresses all the key subsystems of autonomous machines and is adaptable to suit the variety of tasks in agriculture. It has been shaped through application of many diverse autonomous machine programs and serves as robust platform on which to develop unique machine autonomy systems.

What the audience will learn

  • • Overview of the technology that make up the Autonomous Framework – from perception, navigation, mission management to safety
  • • The benefits of a framework approach to adaptable autonomous systems
  • • How autonomy brings value to farmers through workflow optimization across tasks
  • • Real-world examples of the autonomous framework in action across autonomous machine programs

What matters most when developing software for automated vehicles

Andre Rolfsmeier
Director Strategic Product Management
Software is transforming the world of automated vehicles and defining the future of autonomy. Increasingly complex perception, fusion, and path planning algorithms for navigation in demanding environments, new sensor technologies, high-performance data exchange in real-time, artificial intelligence, and deployment in series production pose several challenges. This talk focuses on lessons learned from the automotive industry. It explains how you can significantly reduce costs by using a consistent framework for software development, validation, and deployment in production. Case studies illustrate how to you can facilitate your development process and leverage proven solutions to achieve your goals faster.

What the audience will learn

  • Best practices learned from the automotive industry when developing and testing complex multi-sensor applications
  • How to close the gap between software development in early stages, series development and deployment in production vehicles?
  • Relevant safety and communication standards
  • Getting to know an advanced framework for component-based software development featuring a comprehensive library of sensor, perception and navigation algorithms
  • Case studies and example implementations from industrial and unmanned vehicles

From sensor to cloud environment model - data preparation and communication of mobile working machines

Johannes Sprink
Research Associate Mobile Machines
Institute for Fluid Power Drives - RWTH Aachen University
Mobile working machines are becoming more and more intelligent. As a result, more and more data is available to be transferred to databases. As part of the Off-Highway Twins project, researchers are investigating how environmental models can be innovated and improved with data from mobile working machines. In this presentation, a wheel loader is used as a use case to show some examples of sensor data that will be available to us in the future. This could include the creation of collision models or the better planning of driving routes of automated mobile machines. It will also show what environmental data can be generated from sensor signals and how it can be transferred to cloud databases.

What the audience will learn

  • What types of sensors can be used to collect data?
  • What kind of environmental models can be obtained from them?
  • How can the interface to the cloud be built.

Precise automation control in electro-hydraulics – developing for systems without an operator

Dr Duilio Guetti
European Technical Account Manager
In the control of off-highway equipment every milliamp matters. Husco has benchmarked over 100 machines and worked with countless OEMs developing and fine-tuning hydraulics systems. Today over 95% of new systems developed have electro-hydraulic content included and increasingly expected to be automation ready – but how easy is the step to enable precision automation? How do you move from operator to software control? This study walks through some of the key control challenges and uses data from real system testing to highlight the key challenges and methods used to enable fast, precise, robust, repeatable control of any electro-hydraulic system.

Reliable optical perception in harsh environments

Kristen Ravenel
Industrial cameras often blur in challenging lightning environments when under motion, translating to poor visual data for computer vision algorithms. This poses an issue for industrial vehicles as they transition to autonomous operation, as most industrial applications involve some combination of motion with uncontrolled lighting, high vibration, shadowing, low light, or solar glare. Despite the advances in LiDAR to offset these shortcomings, visual imaging remains desirable for scenarios such as characterization and differentiation of objects of interest. This talk discusses new perception systems for real-time, fast-motion, color optical imagery under the harshest environmental challenges: single photon perception.

What the audience will learn

  • Reliable optical sensing technology for industrial vehicles that operate in harsh environments
  • Timelines and roadmaps of next generation optical imaging methods for harsh environments
  • Comparisons between LiDAR, Radar, and Optical Imagery for industrial vehicles

Reference map generation for SLAM application development

Damir Gumerov
Product Manager
Collecting an accurate reference map in a global (i.e. GNSS) coordinate frame is important in order to achieve positioning precision in SLAM applications. This is even more critical if the automated site contains open sky as well as GNSS denied areas, and poses unique challenges in large factory or mining facilities. By utilizing entry level Trimble INS systems and POSPac processing suite of products achieving accuracies comparable to a survey conducted using mapping grade lidar, Trimble offers an innovative sensor fusion approach to generating point cloud products for SLAM based applications.

What the audience will learn

  • Cost effective workflow for accurate SLAM site set up
  • Benefits of using the developed technology in GNSS difficuilt environments
  • Workflows developed to assit with map updates

Pavement engineering with LiDAR

Kris De Meester
VP Sales & Business Development
Traditional pavement engineering requires special geospatial equipment, high precision, resources, coordination between stakeholders and a lot of time, while execution time is always under pressure. Engineering offices, road construction companies and road equipment companies are searching for innovative solutions that facilitates and highly automates the process flow. Measuring road foundation at the speed of a driving vehicle without regular alignment with total stations creates the opportunity to virtually design the new road faster, more accurate and ready for execution. This paper presents a use case in development phase on how a special Road LiDAR is becoming a breakthrough in the process.

What the audience will learn

  • - Use of digital surface models in road design
  • - New LiDAR technology filling the gap between geo-lidars and automotive lidars
  • - Use Case in Ontario, CA

Autonomous loader for underground mining applications

Dr Eric Pohlmann
Nerospec SK GmbH
Nerospec SK is making miners safer and more productive with fleetwide, end-to-end machine automation solutions such as full automation, fleet data monitoring, and underground network solutions. The latest autonomy solution advancement has led to a fully autonomous loader that works completely unattended by humans right after the blasting has taken place. The loader navigates to its underground working location, develops a muck pile attack strategy, executes the strategy with correction capabilities to effectively load the bucket until properly filled, and then the loader navigates to dumping into the crusher. Finally, more than 20% overall equipment effectiveness enhancement can be achieved.

What the audience will learn

  • The Mining Automation Operation Cycle
  • Challenges of the Mining Application Environment for Automation
  • How Nerospec SK Approaches Mining Automation
  • Performance Results of Automated System
  • Benefits of Automation Systems in Mining

SpeeDiFlow Sensor – Non-invasive measurement of air speed and direction

Dr Christian Korn
Member of Scientific Staff
TU Dresden, Professorship of Agricultural Systems and Technology
Miunske GmbH and AST (Professorship of Agricultural Systems and Technology, TU Dresden) are developing a new sensor system, which is able to detect air velocity and direction on one probe. In addition to many stationary applications, the sensor is designed to be used in mobile working machines e.g. combine harvesters. The ceramic probe is flat, has diameter of less than 30mm and can be mounted in walls, which enables to be non-invasive. This is very important in particle laden or dusty flows. The working principle of the sensor will explained in the speech, as well as the status of development.

What the audience will learn

  • Measurement principle of “SpeeDiFlow” sensor
  • Determination of magnitude and direction of air flow based on heat distribution on a ceramic surface
  • Results of lab tests and CFD simulations
  • Benefits and possible fields of application of non-invasive air measurement
  • Ideas to increase sensor dynamics and stability

Speed up validation of autonomous systems for industrial vehicles

Johann Führmann
Business Development Manager
As a specialist for data collection as well as ECU-development, b-plus gives you the optimal insight into the variety of applications in the field of data replay and injection of simulated data. b-plus offers useful tips and tricks on how to detect and fix bugs in your sensor/ ECU algorithm at an early stage using small HiL systems at the developer's desk - but that is not all: in addition to that, we also demonstrate expansion options up to a fully equipped HiL-rack-system for high-bandwidths in 24/7-operation. Benefit from the know-how of a data specialist.

What the audience will learn

  • Inject raw and bus data to ECUs and AD systems
  • Time synchronized replay
  • HIL setups in data center environments

True-ground-speed radar, optical and GNSS sensors for off-highway and indoor

Dr Peter Hien
MSO Meßtechnik und Ortung GmbH
True-ground-speed works contactless regardless of wheel / track slip, sinking in and effective tire circumference. Vehicular contactless true-ground-speed measurement deploying Doppler Radar, XY directional optical flow and fusion GNSS are exemplified by MSO´s solutions. True-ground-speed measurement is paramount for improving localisation for autonomy, safety and energy efficiency of vehicular indoor (e.g. AGV, forklift), off-highway (e.g. construction, mining, underground mining machinery), agricultural, defense and rail applications. Application specific pros and cons of the sensors are elucidated.

What the audience will learn

  • Vehicular true-ground-speed measurement solutions
  • Different physical sensor principles, their pros and cons
  • Implementations and Applications
  • Improvement of autonomy, backing GNSS INS

Enhanced productivity through improved system transparency

Bernd Rösch
Head of Transportation
E-T-A GmbH
With a plug-and-play capable, fully electronic power distribution unit, the connected loads in the autonomous or semi- autonomous off-highway vehicle can be monitored. The intelligent power distribution unit enables the control and diagnosis of loads via the CAN bus. Load current and voltage measurement as well as integrated load protection allow load management and preventive maintenance. Fuses are replaced. In the event of a fault, remote reactivation is possible. Thus autonomous working machines and functions can be realized. Vehicle downtime can be reduced or avoided altogether. By integrating the load displays into the service HMI, the information can be used quickly for troubleshooting.

What the audience will learn

  • Enhanced uptime of the industrial vehicle
  • Time savings and cost reduction in the event of service
  • Technology for autonomous vehicles

Driving Assistance and Safety for Off-Highway vehicles based on AI

Wolfgang Domann
Driving assistance in vehicles based on radars and cameras are coming up soon. But how do you build driving assistance functions? We show which sensors can be used, especially the advantages and limits of cameras. The possibilities and results of deep learning allow to recognize a scenerie around the vehicle. With this data you can implement ADAS functions and warning systems as well as steering functions for braking and Autonomy. We show how you can make your machine see with AI.

What the audience will learn

  • Advantage of Camera sensors
  • Possibilities and limits with Deep Learning
  • Achievements for more Safety
  • Achievements for Driving Assitance and ADAS
  • Future Outlook for OEMs

Improving the efficiency, comfort and safety of industrial vehicle operators and workforce.

Latest automotive trends transferable to commercial vehicles? A critical review!

Michael Jendis
Executive Director Commercial Vehicles
Preh GmbH
Juergen Jungert
Head of Sales & Product Management
Preh GmbH
We'll focus on latest technologies and products applied in the most advanced HMIs of the automotive segment based on Preh's intensive product managment knowledge. The related features will be analyzed and clustered by challenging them with the requirements of the agricultural and off-highway markets. As you would expect - some will fail to be applicable but others are interesting to support Preh CVs strategy to "do more with less".

What the audience will learn

  • Automotive technology trends
  • Reference to applicable technology in off-highway segment. Criteria, parameters and consequences.
  • Advantages and challenges of latest, applicable technologies
  • System outlook

The evolution of the operator cabin – 2.0 How the needs of the operator shape the control room of the future.

Michael Glunk
Head of Program Driver's Workplace
Who will the machine operators of the future be – and what demands will they have regarding their job? What are the psychological foundations for the information processing of humans? What can we learn from cutting edge in-cab technology for passenger cars? What challenges will the evolution of mobile machines add to the current situation? Michael Glunk, Head of the program Driver's Workplace at Continental´s Automotive business segment Commercial and Special Vehicles looks deep into the preconditions that define the operator´s workplace of the future. Based on his findings, he casts a spotlight on some of the technologies we will likely see.

Building HMI platforms

Dr Markus Wallmyr
UX Lead
Gone are the days when the complete system was be done by a single developer and even a single company, instead we rely on systems from 3rd party providers, sometimes resulting in a vehicle cabin with a plethora of diverse displays and systems. At the same time, there is a drive towards better user experiences, operator support systems and productivity tools that can be improved over the machine lifetime. In this speech we will look into approaches for computation hardware and software that can enable realization of new and coming system functionality to realize homogenous and upgradeable operator environments.

What the audience will learn

  • A good user interaction for safe and effective operation
  • How a good software framework can enable integration of HMI functionality on displays for a homogenous experience.
  • Hardware and software integration that enables new functionalllity, interaction and development speed.

How to make a safety function block for a crane

Ronald van Kempen Sekèt
Safety Manager
ifm electronic
Software: What's involved in creating your own safety function block? The advent of the Machine Product Regulation brings a clear signal of what software must comply with in a safety application. During the Safety Engineering Event, we will be happy to explain the steps that can be followed to certify a homemade safety function block so that the software is equivalent to a safety component.Consider crane construction, for example, where we often see the Rated Capacity Limiter being created in an Excel to put all the numbers together. How do you certify safety a function block? How is it reported and documented?

What the audience will learn

  • Is there a safe crane? With certified software from the RCL (Rated Capacity Limiter)?
  • How many Cranes are really safe now? Particularly on the software side.
  • Excavators and aerial work platforms on the track must comply with safe software. Is your software really safe?
  • How do you make an AGV's navigation software really safe? What steps should you go through?
  • What are the steps to follow when creating a Software safety function block in EN-IEC-61508?

Operating and control concept with a bird's eye view function and artificial intelligence.

Jürgen Müller
Graf-Syteco GmbH & Co. KG
Graf-Syteco has developed an additional safety function to the operating and control devices. With the BirdView function, the entire environment around a vehicle or machine is controlled from a bird's eye view. Several high-performance cameras are mounted on the outside of the vehicle. They perform a professional job, delivering high-resolution images directly to the control unit in the driver's cab despite strong vibrations. As an extension and additional support for the operator, artificial intelligence is used to detect people and objects in the vicinity of the machine. The display shows the overall image shots and identifies persons or objects.

What the audience will learn

  • BirdView function is raising the safey standard on construction sites and reducing the number of work accidents.
  • Artificial intelligence is used to detect people and objects in the vicinity of the machine.
  • The machine operator has everything in view and can intervene immediately in case of danger.

Vision technology for off-road vehicles

Dr Sabri Bayoudh
VP Technology
Recent advances in hardware capacity along with the breakthrough of deep learning opened a new era for vision applications applied to the industry, going from safety to productivity. In the presentation we will zoom in on safety applications thanks to pedestrian detection around the vehicle: the current state of the art, the challenges and the trends for the following years. The presentation will go beyond pedestrian detection to explore the spectrum of features offered to the industrial vehicle thanks to the vision technology

What the audience will learn

  • Pedestrian detection using embedded vision technology for industrial vehicle
  • Benchmark of the current solutions
  • Pedestrian detection challenges
  • Trends in vision technology in the upcoming years

Extended reality in mobile machinery for construction, material handling and slope preparation

Sebastian Lorenz
Research Associate
Technische Universität Dresden
Mixed reality approaches are a hot topic in the latest discussion on next-generation user interfaces, as these offer the potential to increase immersion and a better blending of physical work environments and digital data spaces. Despite a vast body of research and evidence in human-computer interaction, there are still many problems and uncertainties about implementing mixed reality devices and functionality in mobile machines. In the EU-funded project TheiaXR we investigate different XR setups and how they can contribute to safer and more efficient work on construction sites, harbors, and ski slopes. The conceptualization of XR setups is based on a highly systematic analytic process that regards information requirements, task structures, involved cognitive processing, technical capabilities, and limitations of different XR technologies. We test several combinations of reality-enhancing information presentation techniques through highly iterative prototyping and the operators' interaction with them.

What the audience will learn

  • • Hear why we think that current concepts of XR interfaces often fall short of real advanced value in mobile machinery
  • • Take part in thinking beyond solely visual augmentation and utilize the multimodal nature of information acquisition and use performed by experienced operators today.
  • • Get insights into systematically analyzing information requirements and their match with suitable interaction technologies.
  • • See state-of-the-art examples of multimodal presentation and advanced interaction techniques to handle complex information and move seamlessly between physical and digital reality in the context of improved work performance.

A vision for future machine lighting

Christian Wadell
Global R&D Manager
TYRI Lights
Design matters. As in the automotive industry, lighting is a main brand identifier. And the only one that works in the dark. How can we do this in a clever way? ”Nobody actually wants to think about right Work Lighting” The optimal work light for an operator is daylight from the sun. This is what we want to re-create with artficial light on a machine. We want to do this fully automatically so that the operator could focus on his main task. With automated and electric vehicles there will be new challenges. They should be solved within the same system.

What the audience will learn

  • A vision for the future in machine lighting
  • Design Matters – Brand Building with lights
  • Can one system solve all machine lighting issues?
  • Case - Design
  • Case – INTELLilight

Adding safety and improving ergonomics for industrial vehicles

Ari Tervonen
Business line manager of transparent displays
Lumineq Oy
Getting the essential information into the line of sight improves not only the efficiency but also safety. This information will be available all the time as needed within the field of view, without losing the focus on a work, and therefore increasing the safety related information awareness. An HUD solution is also beneficial as ergonomics can be improved by cutting down the required head movement. This presentation will describe HUD benefits focusing on safety and ergonomics aspects. It will also give basics on the technology Lumineq uses to realize this

What the audience will learn

  • Safety additions
  • Ergonomics improvements
  • Display technology
  • Installation & integration

Ergonomics for the productivity, safety and health of the operator

Carlo Caprari
Technical Coordinator Business Unit Cabins
The true essence of the theme of ergonomics is at the center of AMA’s Research & Development concept, i.e. problems regarding human work in relation to the design of machines and work environments. Starting from this assumption, AMA has designed and manufactured a series of products that manage to concentrate the complete control of the machine into a single device, making it immediately and easily available to the operator. The result is that space in the cabin is freed up, thus increasing its habitability and allowing greater visibility of the external environment. All this translates into increased safety in maneuvering the machine, also to the advantage of those operators who work outside the vehicle, as well as greater comfort in the cabin, all of which determines a significant reduction in the risk of accidents and occupational diseases, with an immediate increase in efficiency and productivity.

Integrating smart camera AI sensor data in the machine control by using a multi purpose HMI

Sven Salzer
Manager and Head of Development
Ark Vision Systems GmbH & Co KG
Andreas Ganseforth
Senior Product Manager
Digital cameras offer the opportunity of image processing by AI in the camera. The camera generates sensor information additionally to the camera image with Smart camera AI. The ArkVisionUnit digital video monitor is based on the ANEDO display platform. The platform also suits as a HMI device for machine control. Combining the HMI functionality with the video monitor functionality in one device offers flexible, software-only interfaces to use smart camera AI sensor data in the machine control application. A use case prototype will demonstrate the concept and additional opportunities of integrating AI based sensor data into machine control.

HMI solutions and universal switches for modern vehicle interiors

Stephan Hakuba
Product Manager
Dominique Burkard
Industrial- & UX-Design Manager
Electrification is the megatrend for industrial vehicles as well. In this context, the interior operating concepts of electric transporters and last-mile delivery applications are also changing. In addition to the central touch screens to control comfort functions, haptic HMI elements are still needed in modern cabs, especially for safety-relevant applications. The presentation will give you insights into the latest requirements of vehicle interiors and the variety of freely available standard variants of EAO´s Series 09 Universal Switch, diverse application possibilities and concrete ideas / case studies for new Interior concepts.

What the audience will learn

  • Requirements of modern vehicle interiors
  • See interesting case studies of new Interior HMI concepts
  • See typical use-cases of our Series 09 Universal Switch, including safety relevant applications.
  • UX support for your individual User concept and insights in current projects
  • Benefit from the experience of our competence centre for automotive, heavy-duty and special vehicles

Camera-based driver assistance systems for mobile machinery

Dr Stefan Wirtz
Director Engineering
Motec GmbH
The goal of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is to protect lives by providing better visibility of hazardous areas around commercial vehicles and mobile machinery. Camera-based systems are designed to make mobile machine operators more successful by preventing property damage and automating mobile processes. The challenge in commercial vehicles is that there are many different types of commercial vehicles on the market with very different appearances. This leads to facing several challenges in the field of camera-based systems around machine learning. We present solutions to more flexible camera attachment positions and the resulting need for new training data for machine learning.

What the audience will learn

  • What are the challenges to be met in the commercial vehicle industry?
  • How to close the data gap with the variety of use cases?
  • New way to close the data gap with summed data!
  • Possibilities to meet different use cases with the combination of hardware.

Necessary versatility in grip and joystick specifications

Kristy White
Staff Engineer
OTTO Engineering
The presentation will inform the listener on the options to consider when designing a control handle solution (grip and joystick). Exploring options of ergonomics, switch types, joystick types, interface (analog, digital, CANbus and functional safety).

What the audience will learn

  • Better understanding of the control options that can be considered when designing control solutions for Cabs.

Real time monitoring of hydraulic flow for predictive maintenance of manned and autonomous mobile machinery.

Martin Cuthbert
Managing Director
Webtec (Europe) GmbH
Monitoring temperature and pressure in a hydraulic system is relatively simple. However, many performance losses may still not be evident. Pumps and actuator performance can best be determined by monitoring their input or output flow. Until now there hasn’t been a simple fit-and-forget solution to monitoring hydraulic flow in the extreme environments seen by manned mobile & autonomous vehicles used in the earthmoving, mining, municipal vehicles, and handling industries. Webtec’s J1939 CAN compatible CTA flow monitor has been designed to address this need and can be connected to an in-cab HMI and/or connected to an IoT portal and monitored remotely.

What the audience will learn

  • • Rugged solution for flow and temperature monitoring of hydraulic pumps and actuators designed for on and off highway use
  • • Using hydraulic flow as early prediction of loss of machine efficiency
  • • Combining hydraulic flow, pressure and temperature monitoring to calculate total hydraulic power and total machine efficiency
  • • Easily connected to existing HMI or IoT gateway using native J1939 CAN BUS
  • • Enhance machine telematics to include hydraulic performance & offer a superior after-market service

Keyless as smart gateway to interface your machineries

Roberto Bielli
Product Manager Electronic Line
COBO Keyless System is an electronic device which improves the recognition of a user of the machine, by simply approaching the machine or touching the door handle and pressing the start button. It can be integrated into COBO Ecosystem solution with benefits of: security against thefts, safety avoiding misuse, and user comfort setup. The presentation will describe benefits for customers and users for a keyless system and the next steps to develop such type of solution.

What the audience will learn

  • The need for this device
  • Product analysys and benefits
  • Product development