Conference Programme



Day 1: Wednesday 13 February

NETWORKING BREAKFAST: Join us on the opening morning for our complimentary networking breakfast!
08:15 - 08:55

Congressaal 2 Opening Session
09:00 - 16:30

Moderator

Alexandra Hermann
Director marketing and communications
Fritzmeier CABS
GERMANY

09:00

Success built on co-operation: CAB trends - leading a multi-partner innovation cab project.

Alexandra Hermann
Director marketing and communications
Fritzmeier CABS
GERMANY
Alexandra Herrmann talks about how mega-trends affect the agricultural and construction industries and how innovative industrial cab designs can address these trends. As Project Manager of the CAB Concept Cluster that brought award-winning projects CCC Genius CAB and CCC Smart CAB to market she has unique inside knowledge of the highly innovative work that was done in conjunction with universities and OEM suppliers in a multi-partner project with high complexity. In particular she will introduce the CAB Concept Cluster and offer unique insights into how Fritzmeier addresses market and industry challenges and how the CAB Concept Cluster, co-founded by Fritzmeier, integrated a variety of components to deliver Safety, Comfort and System Integration in the form of the award-winning CCC Genius Cab, and Smart and Digital Farming Readiness and complete x2x usability in the form of the CCC Smart Cab.

09:30

The future digital workspace in agriculture

Prof Jens Krzywinski
Head of industrial design engineering
Technische Universität Dresden
GERMANY
Smart CAB is the next step in the development of integrative cabins by the Cab Concept Cluster, a platform founded in 2014 by experienced OEM suppliers, TU Dresden University of Technology, and various project partners. The focus of the cluster is to bundle innovations close-to-production in joint projects to showcase the potential of efficient systems integration. The Smart CAB is not merely an adaptation of the Genius Cab but integrates the cross-component approach into the overall process. The previously tested applications of the Genius Cab are of equal relevance in agricultural engineering but some of the requirements are different – such as, for instance, regarding a complex manufacturing process in a harvester. The implementation of assisted systems and digitisation in the entire process chain is already much more advanced in the agricultural sector than in the construction industry. Thus, the balance between operating tasks and monitoring tasks is increasingly shifting toward process management. The cabin of the future is going to require a workspace that supports working with interconnected machines and locations with app-based planning applications.

10:00

Innovation by cooperation – Strategies for success with a heuristic but focused process for cab design

Wanja Steinmaier
Managing director
Lumod GmbH
GERMANY
This presentation will discuss the recent Cab Concept Cluster project and methodology behind the design process, discussing ways to master heterogeneous multi-partner project of high complexity, leading to extraordinary innovation by cross-company or cross-discipline collaboration. Resulting in better performance of all participants with a soft-skill-driven push-and-pull strategy. All of the participants will be equally committed to achieving the objectively best output for the benefit of all stakeholders.

10:30 - 11:15

Break

11:15

Innovative lighting and electronic solutions for the agricultural industry

Robert Laschober
Global sales agricultural, turf and utility machinery
Hella Group
AUSTRIA
This presentation will discuss how a unique and distinctive design plays an increasingly important role inside agricultural machinery, and customised LED lighting solutions are an optimal way of achieving this. In addition, the number and complexity of the electronic components used in vehicles has increased over the past few years. Although Hella first started out in lighting electronics, it has now become an expert supplier of all kinds of vehicle electronics solutions and is now systematically applying its many years of experience in original automotive equipment to agricultural vehicles and continues to advance lighting and electronic technology from the idea to the finished product. This makes it possible to optimally implement manufacturers’ and designers’ requirements.

11:45 - 12:30

Panel Discussion - Designing cabs for today's operators. How can adaptive technologies and ergonomics help to make machines more usable for a wider range of heights, weights and ages? Solutions ahead!

Panel Moderator:

Alexandra Hermann
Director marketing and communications
Fritzmeier CABS
GERMANY

Panelists:

Prof Jens Krzywinski
Head of industrial design engineering
Technische Universität Dresden
GERMANY
Gustavo Guerra
Design director
Volvo Construction Equipment
SWEDEN
Eric Thrainer
Head of engineering
Cabs Fritzmeier Systems GmbH
GERMANY
Wanja Steinmaier
Managing director
Lumod GmbH
GERMANY
Michael Jendis
Executive director - mechanical engineering, electronics and project management
Preh GmbH
GERMANY

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch

Moderator

Michael Jendis
Executive director - mechanical engineering, electronics and project management
Preh GmbH
GERMANY

13:45

The future of human-centric design

Gustavo Guerra
Design director
Volvo Construction Equipment
SWEDEN
Volvo is well known in the construction industry for its human-centric design approach, continuously delivering unique and iconic high-quality design, always focused on the user. Such designs are usually best manifested in the cabs, but how will future cab designs be influenced by an increased level of connectivity and automation? This session will present some reflections and possible directions for the industry in this field.

14:15

Enhanced productivity and driver comfort in operator cabins

Dr Rafal Sornek
SVP technology
Fortaco Group
POLAND
Transient conditions such as entry or re-entry into the cabin in hot or dusty conditions pose serious risks to operator health and comfort. They may also negatively affect productivity, as operators delay their actions waiting for conditions to settle. Fortaco researched two areas: thermal comfort of the operator and removal of dust after dust ingression following opening of the door. Two aspects of operator comfort will be discussed: experimental results of using solar energy generated by panels mounted on the machine for cabin air-conditioning; simulation of dust removal using the Lattice-Boltzmann method (LBM).

14:45 - 15:30

Break

15:30

Modular control rooms – new requirements in automated agriculture

Sebastian Lorenz
Research associate
Technische Universität Dresden
GERMANY
Intelligent machines enable high-resolution definition of production processes and the adaptation of machine parameters to individual plants in the field. On the other hand, it will soon be possible to monitor swarms of machines. The need for a cabin on every machine is beginning to dissipate, and the question of how centralised mobile control rooms will safely and efficiently map the high density of information is gaining importance. This presentation discusses a mobile control station for monitoring a highly automated swarm of machines and outlines necessary developments for the next generation of cabins.

16:00

VSS: overcome autonomous vehicle cabin challenges with virtual prototypes

Jérôme Regnault
Product marketing engineer
ESI Group
FRANCE
This presentation will give examples for innovative approaches for applying interior thermal management and safety initiatives. With autonomous vehicles, the interior layout must be completely rethought compared with standard vehicles. For example, the fact that passengers can change the orientation of their seats could make the usual static climate systems and some safety equipment inefficient. The required innovation to address these kinds of issues cannot rely on a classical trial-and-error approach during testing on real prototypes, as this could take too long and be too expensive. An alternative approach is to iterate during the conception phase with virtual prototypes.

Drinks Party - held in IVT Expo hall 11.1

Day 2: Thursday 14 February

Welcome Refreshments
08:15 - 08:55

Congressaal 2 Session Opens
09:00 - 16:30

Moderator

Tom Stone
Editor
IVT International magazine
UK

09:00

Off-highway vehicle HMI – advanced technology and the next level

Michael Jendis
Executive director - mechanical engineering, electronics and project management
Preh GmbH
GERMANY
Next-generation operator interfaces have to do more with less. More visible and touchable quality, more functions controlled, more connections integrated and more diagnostics inside – but with less complex structures and intuitive understanding. Flexibility, multi-modality and configurability must be transformed into competitive products. Preh's 2017 prototype console shows some advanced technologies to do more with less. However, some requirements will stay over time: robustness and cost efficiency. Here is the challenge – how to bring the next level of HMIs into the cabs? Preh proposes some solutions.

09:30

Interaction design is the differentiator in vehicle operator experiences

Markus Wallmyr
Global UX leader
CrossControl
SWEDEN
The vehicle cabin is becoming a digital workplace. In a world where an increasing amount of functionality is realised through data, advanced processing and connectivity, it is key to have well-designed user interaction to keep the competitive edge. In this talk, Markus Wallmyr, global UX leader at CrossControl and researcher at Ubiquitous Computing, Mälardalen University, will present current and coming interaction trends and what is needed for a fluid user experience. He will also discuss the open solution strategy from CrossControl that supports OEMs in making great cabin user interaction, utilising the constant advancement in technology, communication and visualisation.

10:00

Multimodal HMI development

Dr Christian Stellhorn
Product manager
Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
GERMANY
Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) in an industrial vehicle are critical to its operation and functioning. Such displays offer users intuitive and context-specific or environment-sensitive information. The rapid growth of technologies such as voice recognition and natural language understanding, gesture control, gaze detection and augmented reality are also likely to make an impact on the industrial vehicle sector. Elektrobit’s EB GUIDE is a reliable, customisable, easy-to-use toolchain for the development of multimodal HMIs with graphical and voice user interface, as well as touch and gesture operations. lt supports various development phases, including executable specification, modelling, rapid prototyping, simulation and target deployment.

10:30 - 11:15

Break

11:15

A complete 'in-vehicle' multi display system, using innovative software solutions

Stefano Casari
Technical director electronic R&D
MTA SpA
ITALY
This presentation will introduce a solution for a complete 'in-vehicle' system featuring an 'intelligent' central unit, which handles a multi-display system. The unit makes use of last-generation Jacinto microprocessor and can handle up to four full HD displays inside the vehicle, as well as collect and convey the information coming from the vehicle, the images from cameras through BroadR-reach technology, and from wireless connectivity. As far as software is concerned, two different solutions can be used: either a Linux- or an Android-based software architecture, the latter developed thanks to collaboration with Elektrobit.

11:45

Demystifying cab acoustical material selection

Charles Moritz
Vice president of research and development
Blachford Acoustics
USA
This presentation will review a myriad of acoustical materials that exist to reduce objectionable sound in industrial vehicle cabs. They also vary extensively in their effectiveness, from providing no noise reduction to significant noise control. In his presentation Charles will review the various types of in-cab acoustic treatments, such as headliners, floor mats, damping and other insulation, explaining what works and what doesn’t. He will also share the basic acoustical formulas and material properties used by the industry to develop and optimise acoustical cab treatments for enhanced vehicle aesthetics, driver comfort and safety.

12:15 - 13:45

Lunch

Moderator

Charles Moritz
Vice president of research and development
Blachford Acoustics
USA

13:45

Perceived passenger safety in autonomous industrial vehicles

Lars Nikoleit
Manager business development
Gestigon - a Valeo brand
GERMANY
Enabling a safe drive and navigation is essential for any ADAS industrial vehicle. But 'driving safe' and 'being perceived as safe' are different things and require different approaches/technologies. We have been working on passenger safety from a vehicle interior design perspective for several years. Enabling safety – 'real safety' as well as its perception – requires full body tracking as well as digital augmented reality indicators that provide new safety methods (beyond safety belts as well as today's airbags) and trust in the capabilities of the ADAS vehicle. The presentation will describe the status quo, visions and challenges in doing so.

14:15

Connecting scenarios for design

Jonas Stallmeister
Senior visual designer
Centigrade GmbH
GERMANY
Use cases for industrial vehicles proliferate and diversify – with consequences for their user interfaces. Internal and external interfaces are mixing. Interfaces can be in the vehicle, nearby or thousands of miles away for autonomous vehicles. How can we ensure an effective, seamless interaction across those scenarios? As user experience designers, we meet this challenge with design systems. Visual design is the key: it is adaptable, striking, emotional. This presentation will show you how visual design can shape great mobility interfaces in different real use cases.

14:45 - 15:30

Break

15:30

Operational excellence/Industry 4.0 for bonded thermoformed body panels

Peter Lichtherte
CTO - sales director
Vitalo Industries
BELGIUM
As one of the global market leaders in thermoforming technology, for many years Vitalo has been selected as the partner of choice for its operational excellence. Vitalo is meeting the highest level of process control and consistency, not only for excellence in the thermoforming process but also in the post-forming operations compliant with the highest requirements. Operational excellence and Industry 4.0 is demonstrated for the bonding process of thermoformed body panels.

16:00

Topology optimisation of cab frame components by means of artificial intelligence

Dr Kayhan Caliskan
Design and prototype manager
Yaris Kabin
TURKEY
The cab frame is a critical and costly element of cab design. FEM analysis is used to validate test frames virtually before sending to the actual test bench. The frame needs to be developed after the external CAS stage of the design process. With the help of FEM analysis, different materials and profile sections can be tested. Weight reduction and cost optimisation are crucial aspects of cab frame design. Dr Caliskan will explain how his team is utilising Generative Design from Autodesk for topology optimisation using artificial intelligence and infinite computing power to develop and produce cost-effective products and profile cross-sections.
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