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

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

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.