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