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Joint development for mobile agriculture machines

OEM suppliers, Dresden’s University of Technology, and project partners are looking forward to present their second major project at Agritechnica 2017 in the scope of the CAB Concept Cluster.

Internally CAN connected the Smart CAB provides also wireless communication options (Photo: CAB Concept Cluster)

The CAB Concept Cluster is a platform founded in 2014 by OEM suppliers, Dresden’s University of Technology and various innovators and associations. Focus of the cluster is on manufacturers of construction equipment, agricultural vehicles and industrial forklift trucks with the objective to bundle innovations close-to-production in joint projects to showcase the potential of efficient systems integration.

The Smart CAB is a multifunctional cabin for self-propelled vehicles such as harvesters and field sprayers. The jointly developed solution is a testimonial of what is already possible and will become reality in the near future. “We are not generating innovations for their own sake,” said Michael Aichinger-Rosenberger, from Hella Fahrzeugteile Austria, “we transfer major trends such as serial-tested modularity, x2x-usability and smart farming into real added value for our customers: flexibility, future security, and profitability.”

The CAB Concept Cluster partners have already to projects realized: the Genius CAB and the Smart CAB (Photo: CAB Concept Cluster)

The cabin is based on a CAN network architecture. Due to its open system there are no limits in terms of interconnection, thus offering maximum future safety and ensuring smooth interaction amongst driver, machine, cloud, drone, and all other components imaginable.

Profitability is the focus of applications in the area of smart farming. New functions can be uploaded by means of an integrated connectivity unit and a separate feature store. Manufacturers and farmers can also share data of general interest to establish new business models and thus increase profitability. “Looking into the future always means playing with ideas. The Smart CAB bundles ideas that clearly benefit users,” concluded Fritz Schadeck from FritzmeierCabs. “We are going to show these ideas at Agritechnica 2017 in November like a firework of innovations whilst still focusing on the vital subjects such as safety or driver comfort.”

In 2016, the Genius CAB was presented at the Bauma tradeshow for construction machines. The developers received several awards and showed how innovation and customer value can be bundled in a customer-neutral platform using a wheel-loader cab. At Agritechnica 2017, the cluster is going to present its latest project, the Smart CAB. The members of the CAB Concept Cluster are: Aurora, Bosch, Fritzmeier, Grammer, Hella, Hydac, Mekra Lang, S.M.A., Lumod, University of Technology (Dresden), Deula (Federal Association of German Training Centers for Agricultural Engineering), and DLG (German agriculture association) with the supplier platform Systems & Components as hosting Partner.