Industrial & Off-Highway Vehicle Technology Expo USA (IVT Expo)
Heads to Chicago – August 31 & September 1, 2022

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois




Conference Program



Day 1: Wednesday, August 31

Room A Strategies, innovations and forecasts for electrification
9am - 12.50pm

Moderator

Dr Michael Bunce
Head of research
Mahle Powertrain
USA

9am

What can the North American market learn from Europe and China about machine electrification?

Alastair Hayfield
Senior research director
Interact Analysis
UK
Europe and China are already beginning to see significant deployments of electrified construction machinery. The North American market is behind the curve. What can it learn from European countries and the Chinese market as it starts to ramp up? What do OEMs need to be aware of? Do trial projects work? What is the role of contractors and fleets?

9.25am

New incentives for zero-emission off-road equipment

Steve Sokolsky
Program manager
Calstart
USA
As the overall transportation market moves toward more zero-emission options, regulators are recognizing the need to include off-road equipment in the menu of incentives. One example of this is the Clean Off-Road Equipment (CORE) program that is funded by the California Air Resources Board. This point-of-sale voucher program seeks to minimize the incremental costs of zero-emission (battery electric and fuel cell) equipment such as material handling equipment, terminal tractors, airport ground support equipment, mobile power generators, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, transport refrigeration units and rail switchers, among others. This incentive process speeds the commercialization of new zero-emission equipment as is being seen as a model for upcoming state and federal programs.

9.50am

Ready to go electric? How to make fact-based decisions on the ROI of heavy-duty battery electric equipment

Darren Mueller
Director, sales & marketing
MEDATech Engineering
Canada
ESG mandates, fuel prices and the rise of practical battery electric vehicle (BEV) solutions have got many OEMs thinking hard about BEVs for heavy equipment. Many have gone in that direction, but there is still a whole lot of guesswork: is battery electric cost-efficient for huge machines? Will heavy-duty BEVs work without disrupting normal duty cycles? What type of BEV: fast-charge or battery swapping? Is there truly an ROI… how can I be sure? MEDATech’s Darren Mueller will answer these questions and explain how OEMs and site owners can not only calculate a precise return on investment, but also determine the optimal BEV battery and infrastructure mix for any site.

10.15am

Understanding the key criteria for making decisions to electrify power transmissions

Andy Conaty
Global product manager
Twin Disc
USA
Peter Helbers
Sales manager EMEA
Twin Disc
Belgium
This presentation explores the challenges and lessons learned in delivering a robust and reliable solution, unlocking the full potential of hybridization/electrification. With tangible examples of how to transition from an existing combustion engine-driven solution to an electric or hybrid machine, understanding the key criteria for making decisions to electrify power transmissions provides an inclusive look at available technology and selecting the ideal solution for your mission profile. Due to rapidly occurring changes across all market segments, Twin Disc has invested and developed new solutions to become a dominant hybrid and electrification solution supplier and system integrator. Product experts are currently working with many OEMs to help them achieve their electrification goals.

10.40am - 11.10am

Break

11.10am

Commercialization of HD fuel cells

Tim Sasseen
Director, marketing and public relations, NA
Ballard
USA
Zero carbon policies for heavy-duty transport are appearing across most US states and the Federal Government, with highly aggressive timelines in difficult sectors such as long-haul trucking, urban bus and rail transit, maritime vessels and more. Fulfilling this need will require hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles that are beyond demonstration, and fully capable of the service support and reliability required to meet these challenging applications at scale, without endangering the electrical grid and those who depend upon it.

11.35am

Tomorrow’s charging technology, today. How inductive charging accelerates the transition to cleaner, greener fleets.

Vincent Pellechia
Director of policy and market development
WAVE
USA
The electrification of medium and heavy-duty vehicles holds the promise of significant gains in power, torque and emissions reductions, but concerns over the range and duty cycle of battery electric vehicles remain. WAVE’s wireless, high-power charging system utilizes ground-embedded pads to deliver the high power needed for the meaningful extension of range and duty cycle. WAVE’s director of policy and market development, Vincent Pellecchia, will highlight deployments at the Port of LA and in mass transit fleets that demonstrate how fast, safe, hands-free charging will enable off-highway OEMS & fleet operators to more easily meet both performance and zero-emission goals.

12pm - 12.50pm

Panel discussion - Moving the zero-emission off-road market forward

There are many elements involved in transforming the market for zero-emission off-road equipment. These include policies, financial incentives and, of course, technical innovation. This panel will examine some of these issues from OEM and Tier supplier perspectives and will share experiences gained responding to new opportunities for electrification, influencing new state and federal policies, attracting investors and addressing unique market barriers. These panelists all have extensive experience in product development, demonstration and commercialization and are at the forefront of some of the newest innovations in off-road electrification.
Robert Cruess
President
ZeroNox
USA
Arron Acosta
CEO
Rise
USA
Jeff Flath
President & CEO
eNow
USA
Terry Manies
Grants & strategic initiatives administrator
Orange EV
USA
Moderator:
Steve Sokolsky, program manager, Calstart

12.50pm - 2pm

Lunch

Room A Accelerating the switch to electric & hybrid technology
2pm - 5pm

Moderator

Steve Sokolsky
Program manager
Calstart
USA

2pm

Optimization approach for a high-power, low-voltage hybrid architecture for HD off-road applications

Dr Michael Bunce
Head of research
Mahle Powertrain
USA
In this study, an advanced high-power, low-voltage hybrid architecture currently under development is applied to heavy-duty off-road applications. In this application, the downsized engine is assisted by an integrated electric motor and energy storage solution incorporating ultracapacitors for high energy capacity and rapid energy discharge. A modeling approach is firstly described and followed by an optimization strategy that addresses multiple usage scenarios and application requirements. The latter is established as a universal strategy that can be equally applied to other applications. Finally, the simulation results indicate an improved fuel economy, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and significant potential for criteria emissions improvement.

2.25pm

The wheel loader of tomorrow – proof of concept vehicle and learnings from full-electric drivetrain conversion

Cameron Guernsey
Product manager
Danfoss Editron
USA
Creating a clean, sustainable future is central to Danfoss’ values and pushes our teams to develop innovative solutions. With a long, distinguished history in mobile machinery and hydraulics, our Editron group can build upon a strong collection of Danfoss products, tools and engineering teams to create the electrified technologies of tomorrow. Through recent investments in proof of concept vehicles, Danfoss has proven its commitment to accelerating the development of electrified off-highway machines. Our team worked together to convert a CAT926M 13-ton wheel loader to full battery electric vehicle, leveraging our application expertise to pioneer the future of through market-leading innovation.

2.50pm

High-speed BUS systems enable the increased data networking of industrial machinery with Single Pair Ethernet

Ryan Milligan
Director
Powell Electronics
USA
As the first international CANbus standard, the ISO 11783 is expanding 'plug-and-play' simplified operation, via Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) ISOBUS-certified machinery. This innovative agricultural electronics architecture has been applied with great success and resulted in a need for more brand interoperability. Now these same AEF organizations are working to create High Speed ISOBUS for ag and construction equipment. This will be 4000 times faster than the original ISOBUS and used in multiple use cases across multiple industries.

3.15pm - 3.45pm

Break

3.45pm

Impact of sensor technology on e-vehicle powertrain performance

Ulrich Marl
Key account manager
Lenord, Bauer & Co GmbH
Germany
Lenord+Bauer has been a specialist in motor feedback sensors for more than 40 years. In this presentation, Lenord+Bauer shows the impact of sensor technology on a powertrain. It starts with results from extensive software-based simulations with a Nissan Leaf-like powertrain and further real-world testing with a 48V synchronous 4-pole pair test bench, where different driving situations were performed using rotor position sensors with different resolution and accuracy. The main focus was on observing torque ripple and energy consumption during extreme driving situations such as slow startup at very high loads. The results will be useful for development departments planning future powertrain generations.

4.10pm

Features and benefits of EH and EM actuation in an integrated electrification system

Dan Foster
Director of engineering
Moog Construction
USA
Moog's all-electric integrated electrification system approach is the first in the off-road heavy equipment industry. Moog also has hydraulic architecture options and works with partners to choose the best approach. In either case, Moog’s technology includes integrated hardware, software and application engineering know-how. We use an open architecture development environment and product building blocks to reduce costs and time-to-market. The result is a more efficient and intelligent machine architecture; maximizing run time while matching the power and performance of a diesel-hydraulic machine and enabling our partner's digital journey. Our presentation will discuss the trade-offs to consider when choosing between all-electric and electric/hydraulic architectures and share our learnings to date on the advantages of digital architecture.

4.35pm

Fast and robust electrified powertrain battery engineering through advanced multiphysics, multi-objective design and analysis methodology

Chin-Wei Chang
Industry process expert specialist
Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA
USA
Battery design is a key factor in the transition to electric powertrains. It needs to handle multiphysics behavior, and optimize multiple objectives such as performance, efficiency and durability. This presentation will demonstrate a multiphysics, multi-objective battery design and analysis methodology, combining advanced analysis methods, integrated system analysis and a model-based system engineering approach. The thermal-electrochemical-structural analysis allows accurate prediction of battery behavior in production and in use; and in critical safety scenarios, to predict performance, efficiency, durability and safety. Integrated battery system analysis predicts the overall efficiency and operation time during real-world duty cycle and charging scenarios. The model-based system engineering approach allows for a robust development process and a faster timeline. In conclusion, this methodology provides high-accuracy battery behavior prediction, enables easier design iterations and promotes multi-objective optimizations for battery designs, enabling manufacturers to transition to electrified powertrain faster, more easily and confidently.

Day 2: Thursday, September 1

Room A Innovations in hydraulics & advanced powertrain technologies
9am - 12.25pm

Moderator

Jacob Whitson
Lead project engineer
Calstart
USA

9am

Digital proportional control with integrated LVDT position feedback

David Ruxton
R&D engineer
HydraForce
USA
Driven by factors such as increasing automation, safety requirements, experienced operator scarcity, machine size, functional complexity and energy efficiency, operating valves' pumps and motors are increasingly driven by electronic controllers. ECUs can perform functions traditionally achieved with hydraulic control with greater precision. They can also apply complex logic that allows a machine to respond to environmental and operating conditions, as well as adapt to operators of differing skill levels. Increased precision contributes to the adoption of autonomous operation. What makes this possible is an increased operational 'awareness' of the state of fluid-controlling components. Those feedback mechanisms have a history in the industrial hydraulic market and less widely in mobile hydraulics. This presentation will discuss one such mechanism, the linear variable differential transformer or LVDT, now being adapted for application with cartridge valve technology.

9.25am

Zero emission heavy machinery enabled by new electromechanical technology

Arron Acosta
CEO
Rise
USA
Zero-emission heavy machinery is limited by hydraulic cylinders. The problem is that hydraulic cylinders consume a large portion of the machine's energy budget because they are inefficient. This prevents the affordable electrification of heavy machinery because large, expensive batteries are required to achieve diesel-equivalent runtime. More efficient hydraulics are incrementally improving efficiencies. Also, electromechanical actuators such as ball screws and roller screws are replacing hydraulic cylinders where they can. Innovative electromechanical actuators with remarkable efficiency, force and speed will disrupt hydraulics to enable all-electric heavy machinery for zero emissions.

9.50am

Oil aeration, hydraulic tank downsizing and condition monitoring

Anthony Khoraych
President
Advanced Test & Automation
Canada
There are five major problems associated with aerated oil that can be deadly to lubrication systems. Depending on the design of a hydraulic tank, the application and aeration severity, it is possible that all of these conditions could be happening at the same time. This presentation will study the symptoms and effects of each of these phenomena and the impact on design.

10.15am

Intelligent movement: Advancements in electric actuator communication integration

Ryan Penty
Key account manager
Linak
Canada
Industrial & off-highway vehicles are advancing with complex and precise motion control, lighter-weight components, energy optimization and the inclusion of electronics such as diagnostic feedback. Electric linear actuators check all of these boxes with controllability, flexibility and ease-of-use as the fundamental goals. Linak actuators feature a variety of communication platforms including CANopen, CANbus J1939, IO-link, Danfoss Plus+1, and the new I/O interface, allowing for a built-in controller that can easily be integrated into existing systems. Featuring a detailed case study, this presentation will demonstrate how Linak has developed an entire linear movement solution that reduces components, maintenance and costs, enables autonomy and optimizes energy use.

10.40am - 11.10am

Break

11.10am

Addressing common issues for heavy-duty H2 ICEs with a pre-chamber ignition system

Dr Nathan Peters
Senior R&D engineer
Mahle Powertrain
USA
An increasing number of zero-emission powertrain technologies will need to be adopted to meet future CO2 targets. In the on-road sector, this demand will be met by battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. In harder to electrify sectors, such as off-road transport, hydrogen (H2) internal combustion engines (ICEs) are expected to play a strong role in achieving zero-emission goals. As more heavy-duty H2 spark ignition (SI) engines progress into their development phase, the issues with their practical implementation become apparent. In this presentation, it will be shown that a pre-chamber can be used to address high load knock and pre-ignition issues, enabling diesel-like power and torque. Additionally, the combustion efficiency improvement provided by the pre-chamber provides secondary benefits for transient controls at extreme lean (λ > 3) operating conditions. Of the several sources of error when determining air fuel ratio (AFR) at these conditions for H2 ICEs, hydrogen fuel slip introduces the highest sensitivity to exhaust-measured AFR. The challenge this H2 slip AFR sensitivity poses for closed-loop transient controls and how this differs between SI and pre-chamber ignited H2 ICEs will be explored.

11.35am

Sustainable drive technologies for industrial EV’s silent EHP systems

Matteo Betti
Technology manager
Spin
Italy
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 electrohydraulic systems. Diversified motor technologies also support the supply chain stability, including non-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.

12pm

A standardized but specific thermal management approach increasing overall system efficiency of electric machines

Tobias Hentrich
Head of development
Ymer Technology GmbH
Germany
With mobile working machines being electrified, energy economy is taken to a new level. Completely different requirements for cooling and heating need a rethink regarding thermal management. With the actual highly efficient electric motors and systems, conditioning the vehicle to its comfort temperature makes up a significant part of the total energy consumption. Ymers TMS intelligently manages thermal flows through the vehicle driveline, HV battery and cabin, always making sure existing energy is used rather than draining the battery by extra cooling or heating. Standard thermal modules help to ensure a high quality level and reduce development time. Vehicle-specific applications provide flexibility towards the customer's individual requirements and promise the perfect fit of the thermal management system and vehicle. What are the main challenges of thermal management for electric machines? How can standardized thermal modules fit different individual customers' machines? Why does a thermal management solution need to be a combination of system and service? How can the thermal management system help to improve the overall vehicle energy consumption?

12.25pm - 1.55pm

Lunch

Room A Considerations and best practices for electrification
1.55pm - 4.55pm

Moderator

Dave Grabau
Business development manager
Moog Construction
USA

1.55pm

Leverage multidisciplinary simulation solutions to help speed up the electric drive design process of construction equipment

Biswanath Nandi
SIMULIA R&D industry process experience senior manager
Dassault Systèmes
USA
Electrification is gaining traction in the heavy equipment industry. However, there are many challenges for manufacturing and adoption of battery-powered construction equipment. The cost of batteries and lack of charging facilities in rural areas are the main obstacles. There are other design and engineering challenges such as storing a large pack of batteries, achieving high power density, thermal safety, etc. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the how different simulation solutions can be used to address these challenges. We will also discuss how connecting modeling and multiple physics simulation domains such as electromagnetics, structures, fluids and multibody simulations into a single environment can help speed up the electric drive design process.

2.20pm

Electrification of off-road vehicles and mobile power systems

Scott Crepeau
Investor relations
Dannar
USA
The expanded capacity of EVs is becoming more understood as they blend into on-road travel, delivery and material handling tasks. Off-road, all-electric mobile power systems have been quietly working and handling a wide variety of tasks within municipalities, federal agencies and disaster response. This presentation will take a quick look at global research and policy progress, along with OEMs who have been bringing off-road electrification to fleet managers. Understand how off-road EVs work, what they do, and for how long. Learn about alternative infrastructure support to charge off-road EVs. Finally, look forward confidently to what is next for off-road EVs.

2.45pm

Forklifts with integrated lithium batteries: Trend or niche product?

Mark D'Amato
VP sales
OneCharge
USA
Now that lithium batteries can become an integral part of a lift truck, there is also the option of using a third-party modular lithium battery pack made by a specialist company. Will an integrated or a modular battery pack become the standard? This question turns out to be pivotal for the future development of material handling equipment. In consumer devices powered by lithium batteries (like cell phones) an integrated battery is a standard choice today. A user does not need to pick and choose among multiple options or perform any maintenance on the battery; one size fits all users. When it comes to professional tools, a modular detachable battery usually does a better job.

3.10pm - 3.40pm

Break

3.40pm

Venting electronic enclosures to prolong function and life

Matthew Gessner
Application engineer
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
USA
Modern electronics exist in many environments, including the dusty and wet conditions that industrial vehicles experience. Smart agricultural and industrial machines incorporate sensors, communications and voice interactive features. The challenge that device designers face is protecting their devices from the environment in a cost-effective manner. Enclosure venting provides the benefits of long device life, easy integration and conformal design. A review of ingress protection standards, enclosure testing and pressure equalization will be discussed. Condensation event reduction and sensor port access will be shared. Real-world use examples will illustrate the benefits.

4.05pm

New value to old systems - the benefits of ASRPM motors and integration with material handling

Aaron Becker
Sales manager, North America
PMP Industries
USA
Induction motors have been the classic solution for material handling and forklift electric drive solutions. The combination of higher efficiency ASRPM motors and integrated power electronics provides OEMs and end users with new levels of performance and productivity.

4.30pm

The impact of electric powertrain voltage levels

Mourad Chergui
Senior product manager
Delta-Q Technologies
Canada
The purpose of this presentation is for the audience to develop an understanding of powertrain standard voltage levels and to learn the benefits of 72-120V intermediary voltage powertrains and components. By the end of the presentation, the audience should also be able to comprehend the effects of electrical shocks on humans and the safeguards necessary to prevent this from happening. The presentation begins by defining the EV powertrain standard voltage levels and presents the different aspects of intermediary voltages from 72-120V. It then dives into the topic of safety and IEC 60479-1, which is the primary safety source on electricity hazards to humans. This will be accompanied by examples of voltage levels and safeguards found in common consumer/professional products. Finally, the presentation ends with an overview of the different intermediary voltage powertrain components.


Day 1: Wednesday, August 31

Room B Innovations, issues and best practices surrounding the deployment of autonomous technologies
9am - 12.50pm

Moderator

Damir Gumerov
Product manager
Trimble
Canada

9am

The talk title will be: Multi sensor calibration for industrial vehicles

Mohammad Musa
Co-founder and CEO
Deepen AI
USA
Unlike traditional automotive settings, industrial environments present unique challenges for companies trying to introduce driver assistance and autonomy features into the field. I’m this talk, Mohammad will explore the various challenges of multi sensor calibration in industrial settings and present potential solutions that enable camera, Radar, LiDAR and IMU calibration for large industrial vehicles.

9.25am

Big data-driven predictive maintenance for connected off-highway machines

Gerhard Schagerl
Product line manager
AVL List GmbH
Austria
Warranty claims to automotive OEMs generate billions in costs each year. Unexpected vehicle failures can cause high financial losses, especially for commercial vehicles. Due to the connectivity of modern machinery, an immense amount of data is created and with it the solution to the aforementioned problems. In our presentation we will present methods to quickly identify challenges in the field and generate accurate fault models based on vehicle and workshop data. This fault prediction based on AI algorithms yields a fault probability for each vehicle and component. This prediction can be used to support multiple business cases: - Based on failure probabilities, OEMs can assess which vehicles will be affected by warranty claims. - This can minimize warranty claim expenses. - Spare parts logistics can be optimized if it is known in which countries which faults will occur. - Fleet uptime can be improved if service activities are planned based on fault probabilities. Customer satisfaction and brand reputation are best supported by these measures.

9.50am

Connectivity and the road to autonomy

Josh Gelinske
Chief engineer
Appareo
USA
This presentation will cover the link between the growth and advancement of connectivity technologies and the role connectivity plays in autonomy. Connectivity enables a virtuous circle where the growing ubiquity of vehicular connectivity makes the data required to enable advancements in autonomy possible. The presentation will cover the relationship between telematic data, data science and advancements in autonomous technologies. The presentation will further cover the evolution of connectivity technologies in the coming years and how the arrival of those technologies will enable more widespread deployment of additional levels of autonomy in the off-road rugged equipment marketplace.

10.15am

Road to autonomy: ground support

Caleb Van De Stroet
Senior technical sales representative
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 ground support equipment which is utilized by multiple airlines today. These machines incorporate 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.

10.40am - 11.10am

11.10am

Fully automated XIL software and HMI testing at ag customer

Felix Mueller
General manager
TraceTronic, Inc
USA
As more complex and advanced features of agricultural machinery are moving controls away from physical buttons and into operator-controlled touch screens, HMI testing is becoming a critical part of the software development process. The overall system has to respond to user inputs, while the respective output has to result in reliable information for the operator. Designing automated test cases that are able to combine the HMI and the simulated vehicle on a hardware-in-the-loop bench is the only solution to comprehensively test the overall system. One customer has chosen the TraceTronic ECU-TEST platform for software test automation in various areas of software development, including HMI. Standardized, tool-independent test automation controls National Instruments' HIL systems while utilizing Squish to simulate user inputs on universal touchscreen displays. Image processing and text recognition enable report generation and error detection during the test procedures. This presentation will cover the challenges of automated vehicle software testing in general, HMI testing and solutions utilized to optimize development resources and automation.

11.35am

Round hay bale tracking for autonomous collection

Dr Edmond DuPont
Program manager
Southwest Research Institute
USA
Autonomous vehicles are growing in forage agriculture to improve productivity and sustainability. Post-harvest, the silage materials are collected into bales across the field. The collection of these bales to clear the field is a tedious and time-consuming task, especially given the labor shortage. This task can be accomplished using an innovative, fully autonomous platform. This talk will present an intelligent perception system that accurately detects and tracks round bales in the field for autonomous collection.

12pm

Autonomous excavator remote operation over 5G

Heikki Keränen
Head of technology
Satel Oy
Finland
The Satel and Structures and Construction Technology Research Unit, Oulu University, demonstrated and studied autonomous/remote-controlled excavator operation over 5G. What were the key performance requirements for remote operation, for the control signal and video stream? Was the performance of the 5G sufficient? How were these requirements met in practice? What where the findings related to antenna systems?

12.25pm

Enabling automation and high-performance features through advanced hydraulic control of mobile machines

Ben Holter
Product director of e-control systems
Husco
USA
By design, construction and agricultural equipment hydraulic systems have previously been tuned for an operator, but this 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. Across all markets there are fewer 'expert' operators available, and a growing acceptance of utilizing advanced features. These factors are leading to a transition in hydraulic control to maximize productivity, control and overall machine effectivity. This presentation walks through the challenges in enabling the control transformation, provides a real-world example of systems and proposes how the hydraulics control architecture of the future may look.

12.50pm - 2pm

Room B Optimizing design, HMIs, controls & ergonomics
2pm - 5pm

Moderator

Phillip Bolton
Sales development manager
Danfoss Power Solutions
USA

2pm

Towards a modular user interface in a more digital world

Dr Markus Wallmyr
UX lead
CrossControl
Sweden
Systems of today move towards shorter release cycles, continuous upgrades and ever-improving operator experiences and here digital content is key. This new focus changes the approach to designing and building machine intelligence and user interfaces, where in the past a monolith approach led to burdens in software maintenance and separated system-specific HMI devices resulting in a scattered experience. This presentation looks into a modular HMI display concept where information can be moved dynamically, within a single terminal or between several physical screens to achieve an ideal user experience and interaction for varying operational modes.

2.25pm

Holistic design of heavy machinery cabins through simulation

Dr Vijaisri Nagarajan
Industry process expert specialist
Dassault Systèmes
USA
Less volume more space - a seemingly impossible conundrum that is at the center of heavy machinery cabin design today, and further complicated by the new needs of electric machinery. Furthermore, uncomfortable operators become fatigued operators, reducing productivity, or in the worst of cases, increasing the risk of accidents and downtime. Improving heavy equipment ergonomics and operating comfort are therefore a growing global concern amongst equipment manufactures to attract operators. 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 mainly on the thermal and structural aspects for designing a holistic cabin.

2.50pm

Leveraging game engine simulation to accelerate design

Andy Diepen
Chief engineer
GS Engineering
USA
Vehicle design today takes longer than it ever has in the past largely due to the abundance of requirements, standards and new design techniques; this trend is not likely to change any time soon. This presentation will explore how advancements in gaming engines can be leveraged to bring realistic visualization and virtual prototypes to the beginning of the design cycle, integrate subsystems earlier in the design, provide advanced simulation capabilities and ensure that the final design not only meets the requirements, but is fully vetted by stakeholders and meets the needs of the platform. Gaming engines can be used to bring this and more to vehicle designs to reduce design churn and bring better products to market faster.

3.15pm - 3.45pm

Break

3.45pm

How do you find the sweet spot of 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.

4.10pm - 5pm

Panel discussion - How will future cab design & HMIs respond to increased automation and operator assistance systems?

The role of the industrial vehicle operator continues to evolve as more functions are automated and increasingly sophisticated assistance is provided. The panel will discuss how cab design, HMIs and controls can meet the operator’s future needs.
Martin Bertilsson
General manager
Sittab Inc
USA
Andy Diepen
Chief engineer
GS Engineering
USA
Biswanath Nandi
SIMULIA R&D industry process experience senior manager
Dassault Systèmes
USA
Moderator:
Markus Wallmyr, UX lead, CrossControl

Day 2: Thursday, September 1

Room B Advanced autonomous technology test, development & integration
9am - 12.25pm

Moderator

Dr Edmond DuPont
Program manager
Southwest Research Institute
USA

9am

Localization for any GNSS environment

Damir Gumerov
Product manager
Trimble
Canada
Knowing the precise location and 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. Accurate and consistent positioning in GNSS-difficult or denied environments has been a consistent challenge for typical GNSS/INS systems. As various localization technologies, such as SLAM and indoor positioning systems arise, identifying and integrating a solution that is both cost-effective and accurate enough to meet demanding safety requirements can be a challenge. Map-based localization for land-based autonomous vehicles developed by Trimble aims at solving these challenges and providing robust and accurate positioning in GNSS-challenged environments without the need for added infrastructure.

9.25am

Fast and cost-effective test measurements in harsh environments

Nick DiVincenzo
Application engineer
Siemens DISW
USA
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 multiphysics data acquisition system for automated field data acquisition and data validation.

9.50am

Real-time 3D lidar pre-processing beyond automotive

Alexis Ruiz
Product specialist
Outsight
USA
Beyond automotive applications, many other uses cases can leverage the unique value of 3D lidar data, including not only mobile robotics and smart off-road vehicles but also vehicle and pedestrian flow monitoring, security and industrial applications. However, effectively using lidar data in real time is a complex, expensive and long endeavor, even for the best 3D expert engineers. The lack of any standard makes it even more challenging and threatens to slow down market adoption. This presentation will show how a real-time pre-processing engine changes the game, allowing application developers and integrators to seamlessly use lidar data from any hardware supplier. Specific use cases and real-life lidar recordings will be used to illustrate the practical applications.

10.15am

Particular AI considerations in autonomous off-road applications

Jacopo Alaimo
Business development manager
XenomatiX
USA
Off-road applications require particular attention and understanding on the required operation and safety detection. Although the applications run in a confined area, training a NN on occasionally occurring events is difficult and requires manual manipulation. The consequences of false positives or false negatives translate less frequently in lethal accidents but always in very high financial damages, assets operating 24/7 and costing a fortune in standstill. 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 supporting this strategy.

10.40am - 11.10am

Break

11.10am

Cultivating collaboration to accelerate EV and AV in heavy industry

Anil Rachakonda
Senior vice president
SafeAI
USA
Autonomy holds the ability to transform industries like construction and mining to be safer, smarter and more productive. Additionally, introducing off-road electrification will fast-track the adoption of sustainable technologies in heavy industry. Recently, SafeAI partnered with Siemens to create an autonomous, electric fleet for Obayashi. By using SafeAI’s autonomous solution, Siemens’ zero-emission hardware/software and Obayashi’s fleet of construction vehicles, they are taking the next step to transform vehicle development and the future of electric autonomy. Building these collaborative partnerships has allowed these companies to pioneer a new, scalable future for cost-effective, sustainable operations in heavy industry. Anil Rachakonda, SVP at SafeAI, will speak on how these companies are implementing this technology and what this means for the future of EV and AV in heavy industry, as well as how other companies can evolve their existing fleets.

11.35am - 12.25pm

Deploying autonomous technologies – lessons learned from the real world

The panel will discuss case studies and key experiences arising from integrating autonomous technologies deployed by OEMs in vehicles used in agriculture, mining and construction.
Anil Rachakonda
Senior vice president
SafeAI
USA
Dr Gabe Sibley
Founder & CEO
Verdant Robotics
USA
Alastair Hayfield
Senior research director
Interact Analysis
UK
Moderator:
Dave McShane, executive vice president, corporate partnerships, Autotech Ventures

12.25pm - 1.55pm

Lunch

Room B Best practices for improving operator efficiency, comfort and safety
1.55pm - 4.55pm

Moderator

Dr Markus Wallmyr
UX lead
CrossControl
Sweden

1.55pm

Using simulation to improve operators' thermal and acoustics comfort

Frederick Ross
Automotive business development manager, fluid & thermal domain
Siemens
USA
Cabin comfort in heavy equipment for mining, agriculture, construction and material handling is a vital consideration due to the health risk placed on human machine operators. It is also complex since it covers noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), dynamic ergonomics and thermal considerations. This presentation will focus on how simulation in early design can help keep the operator comfortable. Both from NVH perspective, as well as the thermal environment in the cabin.

2.20pm

Performance-driven concept engineering for rollover protection systems (ROPS)

Shravan Kumar Mummadi
CATIA industry process consultant
Dassault Systèmes Americas Corp
USA
Heavy mobile equipment usually serves in very severe situations such as quarries, trenches and so on. Rollover is the main cause of causalities in the excavation industry. Due to this, strict regulations have been imposed to develop ROPS structures. Evaluating cabin safety performance through testing, as per regulation, is time-consuming and often leads to late issue discovery which is expensive to fix. Having 3D geometry in early design - which can be evaluated for stiffness and safety to find out possible design issues - will speed up the development process, allowing data-driven decisions to be made, and a safer, compact, cost-effective design to be created.

2.45pm

Pros and cons of different head-up display technologies for industrial vehicles

Jackie Hatfield
Sales manager
Lumineq Oy
USA
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.

3.10pm - 3.40pm

Break

3.40pm

Steering into the future

Phillip Bolton
Sales development manager
Danfoss Power Solutions
USA
Steering has evolved over the last decades into a high-tech component for off-road machines. This evolution has been primarily driven by new applications like auto-guidance and autonomy. Software has been at the forefront of opening up new functionality and now it is also software which will open up the next phase of development. New requirements for steering systems are driven by new operator demands for improved user experiences and steering performance improvements for autonomous operation. This talk will show Phillip's perspective on what the future of steering holds, and what those drivers and the solutions are.

4.05pm

What if your machine could react to an obstacle before the operator sees it?

Kevin Vanderslice
Director of sales
ifm efector inc
USA
Tim Conklin
Business development
ifm efector inc
USA
Operators are asked to monitor and interact with multiple systems on the machine, in addition to driving the vehicle itself. Veteran operators can control most of these systems blindly. What about new operators? What if we add more complex systems for operators to deal with? This session will cover a unique technology based on the innovative 3D time of flight PMD chip designed to: avoid accidents, improve driver visibility, increase machine performance and identify and track obstacles.

4.30pm

Off-highway vehicle HMI lessons from the road

Jeff Stewart
Director of global sales engineering
Altia
USA
The tasks for off-highway vehicle operators - in farming, construction, forestry and beyond - are becoming increasingly complicated. These vehicles are more than just large trucks, they are complex machines with unique functions. Operations must be able to perform their specific jobs efficiently, safely and successfully. Designers of off-highway HMIs must create interfaces that allow operators to intuitively access the core functionality of their products. As the automotive industry barrels toward semi-autonomous and autonomous cars, trucks and SUVs, there are features emerging in the automotive cockpit that could also drive trends for off-highway vehicles. In this presentation, we will discuss the trending automotive features that will undoubtedly enhance the off-highway HMI user experience.

Please note: this conference program may be subject to change.