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Abstract for EFTA Industry Day

EFTA 2016 – 21st IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation

Thilo Steckel, CLAAS E-Systems, Gütersloh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Nüßer, FHDW, Paderborn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Innovation Project - Intelligent adaptation and networking of agricultural machines

As in industrial production lines, agricultural machines show a significant gap between installed and achieved performance. This gap correspondents with the amount of interacting machines and the dynamic and low determinism of the work environment – mainly determined by climatic exposure. Unused installed capacity can be comprised as waste that should be prevented.

In our project – as part of technology network “it's OWL” - we strived for methods that enable best possible adaptation to given dynamic context. This puts the context paradigm in the center of our research. Based on a context model an architecture has been developed and implemented as an agent-based simulation. This simulation provides insight into individual processes. Recommended process configurations and actions are given to improve process planning and execution exemplified by an agricultural harvest chain.

The results of this project have been adapted in a transfer project related to the construction industry and civil protection, demonstrated in the after next presentation of this event. Thilo Steckel studied Agricultural Sciences at Bonn University. Since 1994 he has been working in several R&D departments at CLAAS. CLAAS is one of the major manufacturer of mobile agricultural machines. Currently he is working in the Advanced Engineering Department at CLAAS E-Systems. His priorities are coordination and execution of cross-divisional research projects related to data management, service-engineering and automation.

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Nüßer studied Physics and Mathematics at RWTH Aachen. In 1996 he received his PhD with research in Computer Simulations. 2002 he became Professor for Computer Science at FHDW in Paderborn. He is involved in several research projects related to process management and simulation.