Autonomous hardware, software, testing and validation Day 1 morning 09:00 - 12:25
Alastair Hayfield Senior research director Interact Analysis UK
Developing a framework for levels of machine automation in construction
Ianto Guy Vehicle safety and technology consultant TRL UK
As we continue the development and deployment of automated machines in construction and civil engineering projects it is important to be able to use a common framework to allow discussion of the capabilities of the automation systems concerned. SAE J3016 has provided the on-road automated vehicle industry with a five-level system to describe levels of automated capability that is well understood by everybody in that industry, but the machinery used in the construction and civil engineering industries doesn’t just drive around; it also has to interact with things in the environment – lifting, digging, compacting, grading, etc. In this presentation, Dr Ianto Guy of TRL will describe the work TRL has conducted to develop a framework for levels of automated capability in construction and civil engineering machines.
Autonomous agricultural machines and robots - business opportunities for suppliers
Joachim Stieler Managing director STM Stieler Germany
There is a great deal of momentum in autonomous tractors. On the one hand, existing tractors can be autonomized using appropriate technology, for example, the John Deere 8R Series, or autonomous tractors without an operator's cab will be developed, such as the AgXeed or the RO 1 concept from Horsch. The advance of autonomous machines will also impact the supply industry and will create new business opportunities. The presentation will show the potential for sensors and navigation, automation and process engineering, prime mover, drive technology and actuators.
How private wireless networks are enabling digital transformation in the mining sector
Marc Jadoul Strategic marketing director Nokia Belgium
Marc Jadoul will present on how industrial-grade private wireless networks are enabling digital transformation in the mining sector. Marc will share key insights on how Nokia 4.9G/LTE network technology is powering Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS) by controlling autonomous and tele-operated trucks over a cellular wireless network. A fleet of trucks can be monitored by a single controller, located thousands of kilometres away, and can be operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This Mining 4.0 approach delivers significant safety, productivity, sustainability and operational efficiency to mining operators worldwide.
10:15 - 10:45
Deploying autonomous vehicles in mining and agriculture – new case studies
Gabriel Sallah EMEA HPC and big data architect, autonomous driving platform solutions Microsoft United Arab Emirates
This presentation will focus on the Azure services (IoT, HPC, big data and AI) needed to deploy an end-to-end ADAS/AD solution for the mining and agriculture industries. We will focus on the lessons learned from deploying ADAS/AD at car makers. We will review the business and technology benefits of these use cases. This presentation includes new case studies.
CAN XL as a backbone network in off-highway and off-road vehicles
Reiner Zitzmann Central execution officer CAN in Automation Germany
CAN XL is the third generation of CAN protocols, developed for backbone networks. It provides the capability to run several applications in parallel, which allows the implementation of multi-protocol stacks, e.g. CANopen (FD), J1939, and proprietary ones. The CAN XL protocol supports data field lengths of up to 2048 bytes. This enables the running of TCP/IP on CAN XL networks. The physical layer is scalable and features a maximum bit-rate of 10+ Mbit/s. The function of the CAN-ID as specified in classical CAN and CAN FD has been separated in CAN XL (priority and acceptance field).
Autonomous mobile machines with ROS
Jeremy Lebon Lecturer/researcher VIVES University of Applied Sciences Belgium
ROS (Robotic Operating System) is an OS introduced in 2007 as an open-source library to make robot programming much easier. By using a separate package per functionality, a programmer can easily integrate the needed sensors, actuator and features. The community around this platform has grown vastly and with the extra features in the new ROS2 environment, all the disadvantages of ROS are taken care of. ROS was primarily developed for the classical robot. A lot of the code and functionalities have analogies with autonomous driving. In the presentation, these analogies are handled and clarified in a practical use case.
Bosch Rexroth offers a comprehensive electronic ecosystem with hardware, software and telematics services - BODAS. OEMs can develop their own solutions based on this open, scalable, easy-access platform and profit from deep hydraulic and dynamics knowledge as well as machine understanding by using our application software solutions. Operator assistance and automation are the next building blocks, from hydraulic components to HMIs, electronic control units, sensors and modular application software for various mobile applications. They provide superior performance that helps to reduce operator stress and enhance accuracy and productivity, making operations safer for everyone.
12:25 - 13:55
Autonomous hardware, software, testing and validation Day 1 afternoon 13:55 - 16:55
Ianto Guy Vehicle safety and technology consultant TRL UK
Active automatic chassis stabilization for an excavator
Christoph Boes Principal engineer Moog Germany
This paper shows the development of a high-performance servohydraulic actuation system for excavators, to allow an ‘easy drive’ and/or teleoperated driving and later on an autonomous driving mode. The architecture of the system, which is based on a central unit and intelligent actuators, will be presented. Results will be revealed in the form of measured values in a video clip showing the driving machine. The stabilization of the vehicle platform during off-road driving requires extremely high loop gains or performance in the force loops of the actuators.
Position and navigation testing – chipset to full industrial vehicle testing
Raphael Grech Technical strategist - position, navigation and timing (PNT) Spirent Communications plc UK
The use of GPS/GNSS for positioning and navigation has become a commodity. As the levels of vehicle navigation assistive systems and autonomy increase, particularly in industrial vehicles, so do the system requirements and functional dependability. This presentation reviews testing requirements and challenges for positioning and navigation systems that primarily rely on GNSS as their global positioning source. It explores how testing and validation across the different layers of the supply chain are used at various levels of design, development and production. The tests range from functional testing and scenario simulation to field testing and vehicle compliance.
Fast and cost-effective test measurements in harsh environments
Gert Frans Business development manager Siemens Digital Industries Software Belgium
Real-world load data acquisition on autonomous agricultural, construction and mining equipment is essential for virtual and physical machine performance validation and verification, to produce reliable machines. Field test conditions are among the hardest you can encounter: extreme temperatures, moisture, mud and dust, and high shock and vibration levels pose challenges for any equipment. With pressure on deadlines, you need to speed up the measurement campaign by optimizing operational processes from start to end. During the presentation we will walk you through a newly released, ruggedized and multi-physics data acquisition system for automated field data acquisition and data validation.
15:10 - 15:40
Using the power of simulation to accelerate the training, testing, validation and launch of operator-free vehicles
Matt Daley Operations director rFpro UK
Simulation is a vital tool in the development of operator-free vehicles. It is enabling the production of high-quality data in the quantities needed to safely and efficiently advance autonomous vehicles and systems. rFpro brings the real world to simulation. Our highly accurate digital models provide startlingly realistic environments for training, testing and validating driverless vehicles cost-effectively. This presentation will explain how the industry can rigorously utilize simulation technologies and progress the next generation of autonomous industrial vehicles.
Road to autonomy: soil compactor application
Shelley Nation Systems R&D lead - autonomy Danfoss Power Solutions USA
Adding autonomy to your machine brings immediate and lasting value. Danfoss’s PLUS+1 Autonomy is a software platform that enables machine manufacturers to bring operator assist and autonomous features to their vehicles. Our platform and advanced sensor management have been specifically integrated into a soil compactor at our Ames, Iowa, Application Development Center (ADC). This machine incorporates the platform’s easy-to-use autonomous control library, enabling the quick and simple integration of steering, drivetrain, braking, remote control and advanced sensors. The control library operates on an XM100 autonomous controller, enabling faster processing speeds and the ability to handle increased data and advanced sensors. Overall, the platform leverages advanced software algorithms, high processing power controllers to deal with high-data-rate sensors, and a team that can work with the specific needs of an OEM to build and customize complex vehicle applications. PLUS+1 Autonomy will alter the way your vehicle is designed through innovation and expertise.
Data set creation for autonomous machines in an underground environment
Jerome Leudet CEO AILiveSim Finland
Your autonomous development is intrinsically correlated to the data you use for teaching and training. You will need high-volume and/or relevant data for your specific applications. Counting only on real annotated data is limiting, time-consuming and expensive, even more so in complex environments such as ever-changing construction sites or underground tunnels. To complement an existing data set, generating data via simulation with very realistic models and easy access to more configurable parameters becomes a game-changer and can help to shorten development time and cost related to data set acquisition.
Discussing technologies, issues & strategies required for de-carbonization.
Electric, hybrid & alternative powertrain solutions Day 1 morning 09:00 - 12:25
Alex Woodrow Managing director Knibb Gormezano Limited UK
Getting to 100% zero-emission off-road equipment by 2040
Cristiano Façanha Global director Calstart USA
At COP26, 15 countries announced their ambition for 100% of new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2040, with a 30% interim target by 2030. This session will discuss the implications of this target for the off-road sector, building on the potential for zero-emission technology transfer across on-road and off-road vehicle segments.
100% fossil-free Volvo Group vehicles
Niklas Andersson Director of electric solutions Volvo Trucks Sweden
To deliver on its commitment to the Paris Agreement, Volvo Group’s running fleet needs to be 100% fossil free by 2050. Given the average 10-year lifecycle for its products, to meet this commitment, Volvo Group aims for all its new vehicles to be fossil-free enabled from 2040. Join this presentation to discover the latest developments in Volvo Group’s vehicles on the road to this goal.
Transition from diesel to electric in the railcar mover industry
Marco Mattioli Director, global innovation and product development Global Railcar Mover Group Italy
Starting with the definition of the specific market of the railcar mover industry, the presentation will define the different driving technologies across the globe. It will then present the well-established diesel heritage and actual dominance. The presentation will then cover the first electric, battery-powered railcar movers of the early 1990s, uncovering the initial technological challenges and solutions. There will be a focus on the evolution of the electric battery-powered railcar movers in recent decades in terms of technical development and performance improvement. At the end, the actual state of the art of these machines is presented, with examples of real life applications of railway logistic fully accomplished and performed with these new electric railcar movers.
10:15 - 10:45
Ecosystem collaboration to drive off-highway industry growth.
Pietro Boggia Principal consultant Frost & Sullivan Spain
Equipment electrification, digitization and automation trends have pushed the need for strategic synergies in the off-highway industry between OEMs, suppliers and service providers, leading to increasing Industry Convergence.
Post pandemic rebound is expected to accelerate ecosystem collaboration. In the next 2 to 4 years, Off-Highway OEMs are expected to expand their research in alternative powertrain technologies, where electrification is a key theme. Fuel cell electric vehicle research is also expected to expand. New participants will be entering the market in the electrification and digital technology space.
In this presentation, Pietro Boggia will disclose the latest Frost & Sullivan Growth Outlook for the Off-Highway Industry, with a focus on electrification trends, autonomous technologies, and industry convergence.
Utopia or reality: affordable and energy-efficient off-road machinery
Tatiana Minav Assistant professor Tampere University Finland
To overcome the challenges of tight emissions regulation, extensive work is underway to improve off-road machinery. Most of the work concentrates on electrification, as conventional working hydraulic systems suffer from high metering losses that lead to overall system efficiency about of 21%. Utilizing a more-electric architecture brings high energy savings and works with a power-on-demand approach. However, this comes with high investments costs. Is it possible with current technologies and what would be an acceptable payback time? Affordable and energy-efficient off-road machinery: is it utopia or reality? Results of the implementation of completed and ongoing projects will be demonstrated.
Advanced powertrain for electric off-highway machines
Bert Hannon Team lead - customer and system engineering Dana Belgium
The presentation will discuss the impact of electrification on component and system development in off-highway markets, and the challenges and requirements of emerging e-drive and e-motion technologies (system optimization, energy management, electric motors and power electronics). It will include a case study of the system and component development of a two-speed transmission for heavy-duty machines (eSP502).
Can hydrogen engines support decarbonization in the off-highway sector?
Dr Penny Atkins Principal research fellow - Advanced Engineering Centre University of Brighton UK
This presentation will review options for decarbonization in the off-highway sector, considering the potential role of hydrogen internal combustion engines alongside technologies such as fuel cell and battery-electric powertrains. The latest developments in hydrogen combustion engine technology will be examined, and results from hydrogen engine test work carried out at the University of Brighton in collaboration with Ricardo will be presented.
12:25 - 13:55
Electric, hybrid & alternative powertrain solutions Day 1 afternoon 13:55 - 16:55
Pietro Boggia Principal consultant Frost & Sullivan Spain
The future of off-highway equipment
Alastair Hayfield Senior research director Interact Analysis UK
The off-highway equipment market is at a pivotal moment. Electrification, automation and connectivity are redefining how machines are designed, built, purchased and used. The machines of today will look very different from the machines of 2030 or 2040. What are the key technologies? Who are the key OEMs and suppliers? What will the machines of the future look like and how can we as an industry prepare?
GridCON2 – concept of a cable drum vehicle to offboard and supply 1MW fully electric agricultural systems
André Klein Product engineer and PhD candidate John Deere GmbH & Co KG Germany
John Deere has taken part in the electrification of agricultural machines by presenting a variety of publicly funded projects. Project GridCON2, together with its corresponding project Feldschwarm, set the basis for a grid-connected agricultural swarm. In GridCON2, the development of a power distribution vehicle concept to supply a 1MW all-electric agricultural swarm is presented. This up-scaled cable-based energy transmission vehicle has an integrated cable management system and a novel cooling method for its 3km of cable. Orthocyclic winding and spacer rods are combined to allow balanced, fan-generated, forced air cooling. Test bench measurements are performed to develop the vehicle.
Data integrated approach for system engineering
Neha Roy Innovation leader Hyster-Yale Group Netherlands
Willem Nieuwland Big truck program manager Hyster-Yale Group Netherlands
In an engineering environment, the use of integrated data seems to be the solution for guiding design decisions for systems and components. In conjunction with a virtual simulation and validation environment this can speed up the development cycle, or not?
15:10 - 15:40
Hybrid and full-electric solution for telescopic handler
The telescopic handler is one of the most interesting vehicles to be considered in the electrification process due to its size and duty cycle; at the same time, it is becoming a very attractive vehicle due to the wide range of applications from agriculture to construction equipment. Using the Carraro electrification process, the e-power team developed two different solutions suitable for hybrid and full-electric architectures on the same 6-ton telescopic handler platform. The presentation will describe how the process led to the final architecture and components design, showing the differences in terms of vehicle performance, functionalities and cost.
Thermal management systems for electrified off-highway machinery – successful and lean development from simulation to a well-designed, integrated system solution
Josef Graubmann Director - thermal management systems Ymer Technology GmbH Germany
Christian Rathberger Senior manager VTM & KULI software Magna Powertrain Engineering Center Austria
The development of electrified off-highway machinery for different climatic conditions creates significant challenges in the field of thermal management. Extensive testing to ensure proper operation often leads to escalating development costs and long test periods. Furthermore, climatic chambers often are limited in the testing of dynamic use profiles. Electrification creates new challenges due to increased system complexity and temperature-sensitive components. Our joint approach enables us to model electrical and thermal aspects by combining incremental development steps, thermal management simulation and selective testing. This allows us to improve even complex systems and leads to well-designed solutions with optimized development efforts.
New requirements and the challenges for electric drives systems in off-highway applications
Peter Fischbach Sales and product manager - electrification of mobile machines Bosch Rexroth AG Germany
With increasing requirements for zero emissions and CO2 reduction and in light of the current energy crisis, electrification has become one of the main development fields for all major OEMs. The off-highway market is highly diversified with many different requirements when compared to other
market segments such as marine, factory automation or passenger car. The Rexroth electrification portfolio for off-highway machines has been developed based on the market's specific requirements and previous experience. The presentation will explain the key design principles and application-related performances of Rexroth’s eLION portfolio. Furthermore, it will show how a specific design has been developed to optimize the solutions for different vehicle functions such as drivetrain, implementation and accessories, in order to achieve maximum efficiency, noise reduction and power density. A practical use case will show the vehicle-specific implementation and performance of Rexroth’s scalable eLION solutions in a real, electrified, off-highway vehicle.
Improving the efficiency, comfort and safety of industrial vehicle operators and workforce.
Cab design, ergonomics, controls, HMI & human factors Day 1 morning 09:00 - 12:25
Dominique Galmel Heavy machinery solution director Dassault Systèmes France
Conducive design of human-machine interfaces for mobile machines
Sebastian Lorenz Research associate Technische Universität Dresden Germany
Advanced assistive features and the increasing automation of production machines are about to change work profiles and operator requirements and challenge operators’ skills. Intuitive, competence-aware interfaces open a way to a more adaptive and easy-to-use operation environment that facilitates the accessibility of digital services and automated machine functions. The presentation discusses specific points in the product development of HMI, including where and how the consideration of competencies could be turned into beneficial concepts of human-machine interaction.
Exploring multi-application and display approaches
Markus Wallmyr UX lead CrossControl Sweden
When vehicle control functionality expands with tools and features to improve productivity and safety, the HMI user experience is key to realizing its benefits. Various subsystems may come with different designs and even dedicated HMI devices, something that typically leads to a higher cognitive load on the operator and the risk that perceived features are not leveraged in full. This presentation explores the integration of visual applications of various subsystems in a single multifunctional terminal, and an HMI system concept with multiple terminals where content can be moved dynamically between physical screens to achieve an ideal layout for the current operational mode.
Comfort and ergonomics
Martin Bertilsson General manager Sittab Inc USA
How do you prevent operator fatigue? How do you maximize the output from each operator, shift after shift, day after day? How do you find the sweet spot of comfort and ergonomics in an ever-changing environment of culture, age groups and talent? John Deere offers three ergonomic solutions for its motor grader cab. Fifteen years ago, it only offered one, but research showed that to meet operator needs all around the world, one answer is not enough. The basic requirement of hitting the 95th percentile with one ergonomic solution is no longer viable.
10:15 - 10:45
The evolution of the operator workplace: what will the operator-machine interface (OMI) look like in 2030? And how do we get there?
Michael Glunk Head of program driver's workplace Continental Germany
An ever-growing amount of available information, arising from the ever-growing possibilities that come from technological progress, can result in two potential consequences for a machine operator: drowning in an overflow of information or great support for a smooth, successful and efficient operation. As the mobile machine benefits from more and more new technologies such as AI, and concepts such as automation, the operator-machine interface has to evolve accordingly. How will OMI solutions look tomorrow and how might they look like in 2030 – and after? And, just as important: how can off-highway OEMs integrate new OMI technologies with adequate R&D efforts?
Where industrial and mechanical design converge
Michael Mursch Owner Mursch & Knopp Germany
Making something 'nice', 'beautiful' and - at its best – 'cool' is the image of the job description of an industrial designer. Meanwhile, the engineer is trying to make it functional! There is a good potential for a clash of cultures. Michael Mursch will show how to create shapes for technical products in a smooth process, where the result is more than just fullfilling the basic needs. When an emotional bond to the customer can be added - even with a connector, a motor or a vehicle - the benefit will be there. That’s the real task for the industrial designer.
Increased operator safety with ultra-wideband remote controls
Borja Perez Engineering manager Danfoss Power Solutions Spain
Remote control (RCT) manufacturers are constantly innovating within the fields of ergonomics, operator safety and security. Both the machine and the RCT rely on features that can establish and identify a safe working area. With operator experience at the core of this initiative, this demand focuses on products that are designed for efficiency, comfort and postural fatigue reduction, and overall safety. One solution is the development of a one-hand-operated remote control device that uses ultra-wideband radio technology, enabling highly accurate distance measurement and allowing the operator to control the machine remotely. Utilizing a very low energy level for short-range and high-bandwidth communications, it ensures fast and stable transmission of data. In addition, the RCT requires security encryption to protect from hacking, and other features that allow the radio remote to deny or enable access to operator cards.
Design and intelligence – trends in work lighting
Christian Wadell Global R&D director TYRI Lights Sweden
New technology and the demand for unique designs in heavy vehicles calls for new solutions in work lighting regarding functionality, design and safety. Modern technology gives endless possibilities for special design solutions for OEMs. New intelligent lighting solutions like Tyri’s INTELLilight also give a totally new way of solving common problems related to work lights on heavy vehicles. A system where you can change color temperature, dim the lights and free group/regroup – just one button away. The lighting solution of tomorrow is already here.
12:25 - 13:55
Cab design, ergonomics, controls, HMI & human factors Day 1 afternoon 13:55 - 17:20
Markus Wallmyr UX lead CrossControl Sweden
Integrating special vehicle HMI solutions – lessons learned for the construction and agricultural sectors
Peter Krejza Business development manager Würth Elektronik Intelligent Power & Control Systems Germany
Uwe Baus CEO purchasing B.A.U.S. AT Sp. z o. o Poland
What do the WEcabin displays from Würth Elektronik ICS and the ambulances from BAUS AT have in common? Both have to be reliable and ready to function in challenging situations. In Würth Elektronik's real-time dialog between customer and supplier, it presented technical features and criteria which convinced its customer, BAUS AT, to nominate Würth Elektronik for delivering their HMI solutions for life-saving ambulances. Using the joint project as a best practice example, Würth Elektronik shows how HMIs can be integrated into the electrical architecture and what opportunities the specific application software opens up for BAUS AT and other industrial vehicle manufacturers.
Integrated cab development methods – a design approach
Diego Vincenzi Vehicle and components projects sales manager, international relations Main Engineering Srl San Marino
The presentation will give an overview of an innovative design method where engineering and style go hand in hand to achieve the perfect integration between the operator, the cab and the vehicle. In this approach, the cabin becomes the nucleus of the machine, the control room designed around the worker to increase productivity. The result is a next-generation vehicle, technologically innovative and functional with guaranteed and efficient industrialization that brings conspicuous savings in time, money and resources.
HMI solutions for heavy duty, special vehicles, trucks and buses
Dominique Burkard Industrial and UX design manager EAO AG Switzerland
Stephan Hakuba Product manager EAO Automotive GmbH Germany
The presentation will introduce the 09 keypad, showing its unique use in the field of heavy-duty and special vehicles and trucks due to its intuitive operation via the intelligent lighting features and user guidance. This provides real added value to users for the use and operation of all kinds of vehicles or systems.
15:10 - 15:40
Low-latency video streams from digital IP cameras with Qt
Stefan Larndorfer CEO Sequality Software Engineering Austria
Digital video cameras with low latencies are suitable as a technical alternative to conventional rear-view mirrors in vehicles. There are advantages compared with classic mirrors, especially in the case of large vehicles with difficult optical viewing angles. An important requirement in this environment is to ensure a continuous and low-latency video stream that is rendered on the display (see ISO 16505). Based on the presentation of a concrete case study, the lecture explains which important system components must be covered: configuration of the camera (e.g. ISO17215), GStreamer pipelines in embedded Linux, hardware-supported decoding and software implementation with C++ Qt.
Everything under control – new HMI for enhanced operator experience
Clement Verger Product manager Bosch Rexroth France
HMI is key in the perception of machine behavior and operator experience. With the new Sense+ multifunctional, ergonomic joystick, mobile machines remain easily controllable despite the rising number of machine functions and attachment tools. The integrated haptic vibration feedback element enables an intuitive interaction between the driver and the machine in combination with operator assistance and automation functions. As a basis for automation, hydraulic power brakes are changing from pure mechanical actuation to electrohydraulics. The new Gemini modular dual-circuit power brake platform allows an easy and step-by-step transition to brake by wire.
Disruptive HMI technologies reshaping the industrial vehicle landscape
Osayamen Imade Director of international sales Enovation Controls USA
This presentation aims to provide insight into technologies that are changing the HMI solutions of off-highway and industrial vehicles. We will explore technology that impacts hardware design, OEMs, and operators. From embedded hardware combined with intelligent software that reduces time to market while enabling scalability to the integration of collaborative technology improving safety and productivity, industrial vehicle HMI continues to define the digital transformation of the industry.
Pros and cons of different head-up display technologies for industrial vehicles
Ari Tervonen Business line manager of transparent displays Lumineq Oy Finland
Head-up displays show critical information in front of the drivers/operators and allow them to focus on the road and operation. There are different display technologies for head-up displays, such as projected HUD, TOLED, miniLED and electroluminescent displays. Each technology has its advantages and disadvantages. This presentation will compare four head-up display solutions in the following areas: construction, display installation and integration, lamination readiness, focal point, transmission, operating temperature, resistance to shock and vibration, resistance to humidity and solar load, optical uniformity, maturity, color, product lifetime and production life.
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