6th International VDI Conference ‘Powertrain Systems in Mobile Machines 2020’

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  • Benefit from excellent networking opportunities at the three parallel conferences
  • Share ideas in a stimulating atmosphere at a high professional level
  • Listen to numerous technical presentations with a strong relevance to praxis and OEMs
Powertrain systems in mobile machinery - conference

On June 24th and 25th 2020, experts from Germany and abroad will meet at the 6th VDI Conference ‘Powertrain Systems in Mobile Machines 2020’ to discuss drivetrain development and design for mobile machinery. Off-highway experts will discuss future challenges and new solutions in the fields of electrified off-road applications, conventional drives or what contributions real-time data acquisition, predictive maintenance and driving analysis can make to new developments. The conference will be a platform for interdisciplinary dialog, as participants can also visit free of charge the parallel conferences ‘Dritev’ and ‘Edrive’. Within the framework of the Transmission Conference (Dritev), the philosophy of networking and exchanging views across industry sectors at the World Conference Center (WCCB) in Bonn fosters a stimulating discussion amongst attendees and speakers, which is highly appreciated by both sides.

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Alternative drives for agricultural machines
Author: Dr.-Ing. Axel Kunz; John Deere

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Topics at the International Conference 

Demands for drive solutions with the lowest possible emissions, growing demands for increased efficiency and service life, but also relating to the use of data, are just a few of the drivers that repeatedly give rise to new developments in the field of drive systems in mobile machinery. What innovative solutions and practical experiences with new efficient drive systems are available? Why should we look intensely at electric drive systems for mobile machinery? Why are ‘conventional’ solutions still justified? How can I differentiate myself from the competition? These are all current questions to be discussed.

The VDI conference ‘Powertrain Systems in Mobile Machines’ will deal with these top issues in 2020

  • European regulations in the off-highway sector: emissions, technical rules, examples
  • Opportunities for electrified off-road applications: Li-ion battery, fuel cell, hybrid systems
  • Modular solutions for traction and process drives
  • Increased efficiency through digitalization: real-time data acquisition, predictive maintenance, driving analysis
  • Smart driving strategies through AI
  • Field reports on innovative drive systems from the following industries

At the joint opening of the conferences with Dritev, Martin Lehner, CEO of Wacker Neuson SE, Munich, emphasizes the role of ‘Machine intelligence for Construction Site 4.0’. He addresses climate protection and emissions regulation, the energy supply (diesel, battery, fuel cell, Power-to-X) and efficiency enhancement through assistance systems and digitalization.

Learn from best practices and attend specialist lectures from, for example, the following companies and universities:

AGCO | AVL List | AVL Tractor Engineering | ContiTech Antriebssysteme | Dana | EV Europe |Institut für Mechatronische Systeme im Maschinenbau, TU Darmstadt | Institut für mobile Maschinen und Nutzfahrzeuge, TU Braunschweig | Institut für Naturstofftechnik, TU Dresden | John Deere| Lehrstuhl Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM), RWTH Aachen | Liebherr Mischtechnik |Still | Umweltbundesamt |ZF Friedrichshafen

For the conference lectures simultaneous interpreting (German - English) via headphones will provided.

One-day seminars – on the day before the conference (‘Hochdrehzahlantriebe zur Realisierung hoher Leistungsdichten’, ‘Lösungen zum gezielten Einsatz von Agilitätsansätzen in der Antriebssystementwicklung durch ASD – Agile Systems Design’, ‘NVH im E-Antriebsstrang’) must be booked separately, and are only offered in the German language.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2020




Collective welcome (Room New York)
Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Zink, Schaeffler AG, Bühl, Germany

Plenary speeches


Models for urban mobility of the future in Hamburg

  • Field tests of the vehicle industry and of mobility service providers in Hamburg
  • Hamburg Takt: largest mobility offensive in public transport
  • Plans for the expansion of the transport infrastructure

Director of the Senate Martin Huber, Director-General of Transportation and Highways, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transportation and Innovation, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany


xEV: state and outlook for Europe

  • Current registration/sales figures of passenger cars in Europe – Can 2021 targets be achieved – and how?
  • EV outlook: EU, China, US, world until 2030 (passenger cars and commercial vehicles)
  • Outlook alternatives: fuel cells, e-fuels

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart, Senior Partner, Dr. Christian-Simon Ernst, Stefan Riederle, all of Roland Berger GmbH, Munich, Germany


100 % electrified by 2024 – how Opel becomes an electric brand

  • 2020: the year in which e-mobility will take off
  • E-mobility requires offers in the small-car segment
  • Flexible multi-energy platforms of Groupe PSA as significant enablers for comprehensive electrification
  • In-field experience with Ampera and Ampera-e as a foundation
  • What comes next or what will complement? View on fuel cell and synthetic fuels

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Müller, Managing Director Engineering, Opel Automobile GmbH, Rüsselsheim, Germany


Machine intelligence for Construction Site 4.0

  • Climate protection and emission regulation
  • Energy supply (diesel, battery, fuel cell, power-to-X)
  • Increased efficiency through assistance systems and digitalization

Martin Lehner, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, Wacker Neuson SE, Munich, Germany


Be interactive – Meet & Greet in the exhibition area


Welcome address/opening of the 6th International VDI Conference Powertrain Systems in Mobile Machines 2020 (Room Bangkok)
Prof. Dr. Ludger Frerichs, Director, IMN, TU Braunschweig, Germany


Moderation: Dr.-Ing. Hagen Adam, CLAAS KGaA mbH, Paderborn, Germany


Regulations and measures for limiting emissions from non-road mobile machinery in Europe

  • Emissions legislation in Europe and UNECE Regulation 96
  • Technical solutions and certificates: Annex XXVII StVZO; Technical Regulations for Hazardous Substances TRGS 554; UNECE No. 132
  • Control and retrofitting: (EU) 2016/1628 Article 60; Government/ State Working Group for Immission Control (LAI); examples

Dipl.-Ing. Helge Jahn, Technical Government Inspector in the field of “Air Pollution Abatement and Energy Saving in Transport”, Federal Environment Agency, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

Spectrum of current and future drive solutions

Moderation: Dr.-Ing. Hagen Adam, CLAAS KGaA mbH, Paderborn, Germany


Alternative drives for agricultural machinery

  • Greenhouse gas agreements and regulations on the global, European and national levels with relevance for agricultural machinery
  • Agricultural machinery’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions out of combustion processes in Europe and Germany
  • Concepts of alternative drives for agricultural machinery, their validation regarding CO2 prevention and market opportunity

Dr.-Ing. Axel Kunz, Manager Advanced Energy Management/Mid Tractor Emissions, John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany


Future drivetrains for compact and medium-sized wheel loaders

  • Study regarding wheel loader electrification: operations, requirements, cycle analysis
  • Feasibility and application of fully electric and hybrid drivetrains, also estimation about solutions with alternative energy carriers
  • Results of the study in terms of electric central drives for compact and mid-sized wheel loaders

Dipl.-Ing. Udo Brehmer, Systems Architect Construction Machinery Systems & Reliability, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jürgen Legner, Systems Architect Construction Machinery Systems & Product Allocation, Product Line Construction Machinery Systems, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen, Dipl.-Ing (FH) Rico Glöckner, Technical Project Manager Electrification, Development Off-Highway Electric Systems, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Passau, Germany


Time for Business Lunch – Meet & Greet in the exhibition area

Development of modular drivetrain solutions

Moderation: Dr.-Ing. Christof Lamparski, Bosch Rexroth AG, Dortmund, Germany


Automated multi-domain modelling for a computer-aided powertrain synthesis

  • System theory for an automated multi-domain modelling
  • Solving strategy for calculating the efficient powertrain design
  • Efficiency improvements achieved through an algorithm-based powertrain design

Hagen Neurath, M. Sc., Research Assistant, Prof. Dr. Ludger Frerichs, Director, Institute of Mobile Machines and Commercial Vehicles, TU Braunschweig, Germany


The leadership role of drive and motion technologies in electric transformation

  • Electrification impacts on component development in off-highway technology
  • Challenges and requirements of emerging e-Drive and e-Motion technologies, including energy management, power electronics, electric motors, and electric actuations
  • Component development that meets duty cycle requirements and system performance expectations: a case study

Lorenzo Serrao, PhD, Senior Advanced Engineer, Dana Incorporated, Rovereto; Riccardo Morselli, PhD, European Off-Highway Engineering Manager, Dana Incorporated, Reggio Emilia, Italy


Modular, electrified powertrain for compact equipment

  • Motivation for BEV within compact equipment: CO2 and regulations
  • Requirements for BEV compact equipment: performance and power durability
  • Development of electrified powertrains with high speed concepts
  • ZF modular building block system for electric powertrains: power electronics, E-motor, gearbox and axle

Migen Bebeti, B. Eng., Systems Engineer, Martin Krompaß, M. Sc., Development E-motors, R&D Electric Systems Off-Highway, Norbert Feuchtner, R&D Compact Equipment Off-Highway, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Passau, Germany


Be interactive – Meet & Greet in the exhibition area

Tractional drives and process actuators

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Tilo Huber, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Passau, Germany


CVT drivetrain concept for high-horsepower trac

  • Latest generation of wheel- and track-type tractors
  • Demands on the drivetrain
  • Drivetrain architecture
  • Potentials

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christian Schmid, Transmission Design, Dr.-Ing. Martin Brenninger, Director Engineering Drivetrain, Dr.-Ing. Florian Mulzer, Transmission Specialist, AGCO GmbH, Marktoberdorf, Germany


4-speed electric drive unit for heavy-duty vehicle

  • Electric drive unit: battery electric vehicle, series development
  • Commercial vehicle: truck, off-road, on-road
  • Multi-speed: power-shift capability, highly integrated

Dipl.-Ing. Ralph Fleuren, Product Manager, Dr. Gereon Hellenbroich, Department Manager, Business Unit Transmission Systems, FEV Europe GmbH, Aachen, Germany; Jiantao Geng, Project Leader, eKontrol Drive (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., China


Electrification of the drivetrain of truck mixers

  • Locally emission-free drum drive CO reduction, silent, no particulate pollution
  • Plug-in hybrid concept consisting of electric drivetrain and Li-Ion high voltage battery
  • Fuel consumption lowered by 30 % and noise level reduced by half by turning off the truck engine on the job site as well as in the batching plant

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Silvan Gadner, Product Manager Truck Mixers, Liebherr Concrete Technology, Bad Schussenried, Germany


End of the 1st conference day


Get-together – Football Summer Night

You can look forward to a wonderful evening under the sign of the European Football Championship. Join in the excitement of the last group game of the German soccer team. Enjoy the evening with good food and music. Make new contacts in an informal setting and meet old colleagues and friends!

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Forward-thinking system solutions for drives in agricultural machines

Moderation: Dr.-Ing. Florian Mulzer, AGCO GmbH, Marktoberdorf, Germany


“There is (no) future yet.” – electric, sensor-controlled drive system modules in agricultural machines

  • Advantages and disadvantages of modularized drive systems
  • Potential for process efficiency of variable function drives and active traction support by implements
  • Implementation example in the tractor-implement system taking the example of “Kronos”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thomas Herlitzius, Chair of Agricultural Systems and Technology, Institute Director, Dipl.-Ing. Tim Bögel, Research Assistant, Institute of Natural Materials Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany


New battery-driven vehicle generation of electric tractors

  • Fully electric vehicle system: vehicles currently available, new developed vehicle power chassis, technical advantages and disadvantages
  • Integration of the electric powertrain in detail: battery, e-motors and inverters, cooling
  • Control of a highly automated vehicle: integrated sensors, future sensor systems
  • Different applications in fields e.g. landscaping, winegrowing

Paul Sander, M. Sc., Design Engineer Systems & Electrification, Dr.-Ing. Stephan Hammes, Skill Team Leader Powertrain Integration, Thomas Woopen, M. Sc., Development Engineer Vehicle & Integration, Vehicle Development – Off-Road, AVL Tractor Engineering GmbH, Neuss, Germany


Electrified powertrain for tractor-implement systems

  • Combining the functionality of a continuously variable transmission and electric power generation
  • Re-circulating used for something good
  • New challenges of the new drivetrain: traction management, e-machine behavior, oil management

Dr.-Ing. Rainer Gugel, Supervisor Drivetrain Engineering, John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany; Roger Burjes, B. Sc., Manager New Transmission Engineering, John Deere Product Engineering Center, Waterloo, USA


Be interactive – Meet & Greet in the exhibition area

Opportunities arising from new drive concepts

Moderation: Dr.-Ing. Ettore Cosoli, Dana Incorporated, Arco, Italy


Transferability of economic electrification concepts in heavy goods traffic to mobile machinery

  • Approaches to the electrification of heavy goods vehicles
  • Economic utilization scenarios
  • Transferability of the concepts to mobile machinery

Aaron Riegauf, M. Sc., Research Assistant, Group Fuel Cell, Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM), RWTH Aachen University, Germany


The use of H2 in industrial forklift trucks: a competition of technologies

  • Design and function of a fuel cell integrated into industrial forklift trucks, requirements applying to the vehicles
  • Infrastructure and project management with example of a large retailer
  • Comparison of the new technologies of fuel cell vs. Li-ion – Who is the winner?

Dipl.-Ing. Kai von Berg, Senior Director Product Management Counter Balance and Energy, Björn Grünke, M. Sc., Product Manager Energy Systems, STILL GmbH, Hamburg, Germany


Potential and challenges for fuel cells in off-road applications

  • Fuel cells (FC) for off-road applications: FC type PEM – SOFC, general set-up of fuel cell system, fuel cell projects around the world
  • Market drivers and fuel cell technology advantages: zero emmision/low emission, total cost of ownership, operating time/ range, refilling time, weight
  • Challenges of implementation into off-road applications: packaging, cooling, H2 Infrastructure

William Resende, DI Chemie Ingenieurwesen, Global Product Manager Fuel Cell Systems, AVL List GmbH, Munich; Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Ronald Kruth, Business Field Leader & Key Account Manager Off- Road, AVL Tractor Engineering Germany GmbH, Neuss, Germany; Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christian Auer, Global Product Manager Off-Road Engines, AVL List GmbH, Steyr, Austria


Time for Business Lunch – Meet & Greet in the exhibition area

More efficiency through use of digital technologies

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Bereth, John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany


Smart components: impact on the powertrain system

  • Integration into existing systems and communication networks
  • Challenges in using standardized interfaces and protocols
  • Connection to customer systems and covering the needs of the different user groups

Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Walmüller, Main Department Manager Advanced Controls, Ing. Nadipuram Venkatnarasimha, Head of Product Management, Business Unit Combustion Engines; Adrian Lindner, Head of On-Board Diagnosis & Diagnosis Tools, Liebherr Machines Bulle SA, Bulle, Switzerland


Intelligent driving strategy for off-highway transmissions

  • Integration of hardware and/or software for an optimized driving strategy based on future or past information
  • Event detection with surround sensing sensor or from last passage
  • Intelligent gear selection for AG and CE-transmissions for better performance or fuel consumption

Dipl.-Ing. Markus Birk, Advanced Engineering, Autonomous Operation, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Stefan Traub, M. Sc., Advanced Engineering, Manager Autonomous Operation, Dipl.-Ing. Udo Brehmer, Systems Architecture and Reliability Construction Machinery Systems, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Germany


Smart variable speed belts – condition monitoring

  • Condition monitoring on belt drives in agriculture
  • Technical challenges upon temperature monitoring
  • Combine-harvester field test

Dr.-Ing. Heiko Sattler, Head of Industrial R&D, ContiTech Antriebssysteme GmbH, Hannover, Germany


Resource-efficient dimensioning and predictive maintenance of machine components based on real-time monitoring and holistic optimization

  • Real-time monitoring and collection of real load data through AI-based virtual sensors
  • Increase in availability through the introduction of predictive maintenance measures
  • Consideration of fleet data in a holistic optimization problem for a knowledge-based dimensioning: cost, weight, CO2 footprint and maintenance

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Rinderknecht, Head of the Institute for Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering, TU Darmstadt; Dr.-Ing. Stéphane Foulard, Managing Director R&D, Dr.-Ing. Rafael Fietzek, Managing Director Finance & Sales, COMPREDICT GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany


Concluding discussion


Closing remarks/end of the 6th International VDI Conference Powertrain Systems in Mobile Machines 2020

Plenary Session (Room New York)

Common Conclusion of the 20th International VDI Congress Dritev


Awarding of the Best Presentation Award for Junior Engineers


Closing remarks and end of the 20th International VDI Congress Dritev

What else can you expect at the event?

One ticket, three conferences - Participants can encounter new ideas and stimuli not only at the lectures of the ‘Powertrain Systems in Mobile Machines 2020’ conference, but they can also switch free of charge between the parallel series of lectures at ‘Dritev - Transmissions in Vehicles’ and the International VDI Conference ‘EDrive: Developing Electrified Powertrains Holistically’. This offers you a great opportunity to meet a lot of like-minded people, talk shop with the experts and exchange new ideas.

The joint evening event offers you an excellent option of networking with experts from Germany and abroad. Take advantage of this opportunity to exchange ideas face-to-face with your drive and transmission community and take away new ideas.

The Speakers Corner will give you the possibility to meet once again with the inspiring speakers of the conference. After the presentations, you will have the chance to talk to the speakers in person and ask specific questions.

A Motor Show and the Trade Exhibition will be held in parallel with the conference. More than 100 national and international exhibitors will present innovative solutions in the field of drive systems. The motor show brings vehicle concepts to life for you. ‘Hands-on’ is the motto of the DriveLab. Here you can have a closer look at the disassembled transmission components.

Take advantage of our entire supporting programme and round off your conference visit.

Secure your place and register now

Would you like to learn more about European regulations in the off-highway sector, opportunities for electrified off-road applications and hear field reports on innovative drive systems from the industries? Then register now for our 6th VDI conference ‘Powertrain Systems in Mobile Machines’.

We look forward to welcoming you in Bonn.

Advisory Board

 Hagen AdamDr. Hagen Adam CLAAS KGaA / Paderborn

 Ettore CosoliDr.-Ing. Ettore Cosoli Dana Incorporated / Arco

 Ludger FrerichsProf. Dr. Ludger Frerichs Technische Universität Braunschweig Institut für mobile Maschinen und Nutzfahrzeuge (IMN) / Braunschweig

 Klaus HöhnProf. Dr. sc. techn. Klaus Höhn Deere & Company / Moline

 Tilo HuberDipl.-Ing. (FH) Tilo Huber ZF Friedrichshafen AG / Passau

 Christof LamparskiDr.-Ing. Christof Lamparski Bosch Rexroth AG / Dortmund

 Florian MulzerDr.-Ing. Florian Mulzer AGCO GmbH / Marktoberdorf

 Philipp Suhm Philipp Suhm Liebherr-Components Biberach GmbH / Biberach

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Magna Powertrain, an operating unit of Magna International, is a premier supplier for the global automotive industry with full capabilities in powertrain design, development, testing and manufacturing. Our innovations contribute to the overall performance of the vehicle, while providing technologies that improve fuel economy, make the vehicle safer, reduce weight and provide value to our global customer base.
With our extensive expertise in drivetrain electrification, Magna Powertrain has developed scalable platform concepts to help the global automotive industry both meet CO2 targets and enhance vehicle performance.

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ZF is a global technology company suppling systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility. In fiscal year 2020 ZF reported sales of €32.6 billion. The company employs more than 150,000 associates in 42 countries.

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