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Speaker #1

Dr. Armin U. Schmiegel
Senior Vice President R&D | ENG
REFU Drive

Talk Title: From the smoking exhaust to the clean socket - Design steps from the diesel-powered mobile machine to the all-electric mobile machine

Climate change and rising energy prices, as well as the continuous improvement of power electronic components, storage and drive technology, are driving the change towards the electrification of mobile machines[1], [2][3] In this context, the design of a mobile machine proves to be a complex task. For example, the various requirements for power consumption and output and the requirements for torque and speed must be considered. In addition, the number of possibilities for realization is very large. This starts with the choice of drive technology, diesel electric, hybrid or all-electric, and then goes on to the choice of components for the design of motor and transmission. In [4], we had already presented a method that allows a quick pre-selection without any results. In this report we want to apply this approach to the design of a straddle carrier. The core element is the system description via power flows. With the help of an analysis of the power flows, we are able to design a diesel-electric, an all-electric and a hybrid powertrain and compare them with each other. In doing so, we take advantage of the fact that a device-independent formulation is possible with the help of the power flow analysis, for which individual optimizations are then carried out. In this presentation we want to carry out these design steps for a straddle carrier. We will look at the three possible realizations of a drive train and present the optimal configurations.

Brief Bio:
Dr. Armin U. Schmiegel has been head of the REFUdrive development department for more than 5 years. He and his team are involved in the electrification of non-road mobile machinery. In addition, Dr. Armin U. Schmiegel is a lecturer at the University of applied sciences in Reutlingen and the author of a number of publications, including textbooks on energy storage systems.

Speaker #2

Dr. Yebin Wang
Senior Principal Research Scientist
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, MA 02139

Talk Title: Future factory automation and cyber-physical system: an industrial perspective


Future factory, in the era of industry 4.0, is characterized by autonomy, digital twin, and mass customization. This talk focuses on tackling challenges arising from mass customization, which entails the reconfigurability of the production line. The prerequisites of reconfigurability of the production line include: a reconfigurable machine controller and material flow, both of which require solving a variety of technical challenges owing to the presence of uncertainties from the plant and network. In the first part of this talk, I will showcase a few case studies of reconfigurable machine controllers, which are addressed with different levels of design freedom. In the second part, the reconfigurability of material flows, realized by autonomous transporting agents coordinated over a wireless network, are investigated in the cyber-physical system framework to ensure safety

Brief Bio:

Yebin Wang received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, in 2008. Dr. Wang has been with Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, MA, USA, since 2009 and is now a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader. From 2001 to 2003, he was a Software Engineer, Project Manager, and Manager of the R&D Dept. in automation industries in Beijing, China. His research interests include nonlinear control and estimation, optimal control, adaptive and learning systems, and their applications, including mechatronic systems. He is the co-author of over 100 papers in the field of Control and Systems and the co-inventor of over 40 US patent applications. He was/is an editorial board member of multiple international journals and conferences.

Speaker #3

Mark Wehde
Mayo Clinic

Talk Title: Wearables Product Development - From Hospital Settings to Home-Based Applications


This talk will explore some of the trends in wearable devices at a major academic healthcare institution. Additionally, we will explore the use of wearable devices in supporting the move from hospital to home-based care. We will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities for companies working in this space.

Brief Bio:

Mark Wehde is chair of Mayo Clinic Engineering, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and fellow in the Mayo Clinic Academy of Educational Excellence. Mark is also the James Renier Chair in Medical Device Innovation at the University of Minnesota Technology Leadership Institute. Mark received a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University, and a Master of Business Administration through the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium.

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