Predicting machine behavior
“If someone presents us with an innovation, as long as we're able to describe it in terms of mathematics, we can use a real-time simulator to predict how a machine will behave with that technology and get operator feedback regarding how the machine feels to use,” says Lennarth. “The possibilities are exciting and endless – we can use this advanced technology to test future concepts like heads-up displays, new transmission technology and intelligent machine features. But it will also help us to optimize our current technology and make it as fuel efficient as possible.”
“Testing potential new technology in this way will allow us to see how operators respond to it and their reactions will help to guide the organization before prototypes are built,” continues Lennarth. “For example, if we look at heads-up displays which can inform operators of their production per hour, fuel consumption, vehicle speed etc it would be interesting to see whether they found this information useful and if we had got the format right – all before any money is spent on building prototypes. It is also much easier and less costly to make adjustments like this – if an operator doesn't like the performance from one hydraulic system we can simply program another into the simulator until we achieve maximum performance.”
The simulator is being built in Changwon, Korea, and will be completed by the end of 2013.
Text: Charlie Ebers
: A concept view of the real-time simulator Volvo CE’s Technology function is developing.
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