Human error is among the most frequent causes of accidents when operating mobile machinery. Limited visibility is often to blame for fatal incidents when machines collide with or run over people. “While analog camera monitoring systems were originally used as aids to improve visibility, the pace of innovation is accelerating today. Innovative, future-proof solutions, to include building information modeling, can be created with a host of electronic sensors, active assistance systems, and the benefit of digitization. However, they also present new challenges for manufacturers, operators, and employees,” says Karlheinz Pfeiffer, head of Netzwerk Baumaschinen NRMM. This is why the network supports and connects stakeholders at various levels, bringing relevant counterparts to the table with providers of integration solutions, for example. The organization aims to develop practical systems, advance the state of the art in functional safety, and raise awareness for this among market players.
Tapping the potential of automation
“As the share of digital electronics in modern machinery increases, there is new automation potential to be tapped that could accelerate standard workflows and lighten operators’ workloads. It is often possible to simultaneously reduce pollutant and noise emissions with optimized drive train regulators and purposeful energy management,” says Uwe Westermeier of ITK Engineering, a partner in Netzwerk Baumaschinen NRMM. For example, digital stereo camera systems paired with specially developed algorithms can locate objects of any size in the terrain, in three dimensions, and with precision. They can even distinguish between different types of objects, such as humans, animals, and special machinery attachments, or piles of material. Sensor data processed and evaluated in this way provides key information about the machine’s environment that can enhance occupational safety and health. Westermeier will be at the bauma fair, using the 3D terrain mapping demonstrator developed by ITK Engineering to explain which software modules are available for developing manufacturer-independent solutions and integration in customer-specific machinery or components.
As a development partner, ITK Engineering not only provides smart image and sensor data processing, security and networking solutions; the company also helps customers ensure the functional safety and licensing certification of mobile machinery.
About Netzwerk Baumaschinen NRMM
The mission of Netzwerk Baumaschinen NRMM (non-road mobile machinery) is to promote the quality, economy, and safety of mobile machinery. Stakeholders from various sectors play an active role in this network. Initiated originally by the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS), the network has been monitoring the latest technological advances in human and object detection in mobile machinery’s hazardous zones for more than 10 years. The network initially focused on construction machinery, but its outlook has meanwhile broadened to encompass nearly all mobile work machinery in diverse industries. Its top priority is always to prevent hazards for humans and costly damage to objects and machines, and to optimize workflows and working conditions.
ITK Engineering GmbH was established in 1994 as "Ingenieurbüro für technische Kybernetik" and is an internationally operating technology company with customers in the automotive and aerospace industries as well as in building and medical technologies, motorsports, robotics and transportation. In addition to tailored technical consulting and development services, the company offers turn-key systems in the fields of software engineering, embedded systems, model-based design and testing as well as control systems design and signal processing. With a staff of 1,200 associates, ITK is headquartered in Rülzheim (Palatinate) and has nine branch offices in Germany. In addition, ITK is represented in the USA, in Japan, Spain and Austria. Worldwide, 1,300 associates are working for the engineering partner. Since 2017, ITK Engineering is a 100- percent subsidiary of the Robert Bosch GmbH.
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