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steinexpo 2023: Bosch Engineering presents assistance systems for deep and open cast mining machinery

The Swiss start-up TERREN Electric Drive Systems presents its expedition vehicle with an electric drive from Bosch

    Assistance systems reduces the risk of accidents with mining machinery and increase the efficiency of work

    Modular sensors and systems from Bosch Engineering offer high flexibility, functional reliability, and exceptional robustness

    Electric motors and inverter from Bosch Engineering for the Peak Evolution expedition vehicle

    Bosch booth D9 at steinexpo 2023 is the meeting point for discussions about the mining machinery of the future (main exhibitor: BG RCI)

Cornelia Dürr

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Abstatt – Working with mining machinery is associated with a wide variety of hazards. Collisions between excavators, dump trucks, or caterpillar trucks and people or obstacles are a common cause of accidents. To avoid accidents the drivers must always have the entire area surrounding the vehicle in view. This causes constant stress and leads to physical strains. Electronic assistance systems like those from Bosch Engineering can help to alleviate this: when they identify persons or objects within the detection area around the vehicle, they issue corresponding warnings and show the exact position on the display, thus allowing the machine operator to keep a close eye on any blind spots. “Our assistance systems thus make an essential contribution to improving safety in the mining industry, make work easier for the machine operators, and increase the efficiency of work,” explains Philipp Kurek, who is responsible for off-highway solutions at Bosch Engineering GmbH.

Flexible modules for assistance systems

Bosch Engineering has therefore developed a modular system with tailor-made systems and sensors for extensive assistance functions especially for particularly demanding mining applications. The sensor concept includes a variety of ultrasonic and radar systems, as well as a camera system, that can be configured flexibly, allowing them to be tailored to the requirements of the specific application and assistance function. Bosch Engineering draws on its expertise and proven key solutions from the passenger car domain and adapts these technologies specially for use in the off-highway segment. The result is that the systems combine a high level of functional safety with exceptional robustness, even under the toughest of operating conditions. Due to the connectivity with the vehicle electronics required for reliable functioning, the assistance systems from Bosch Engineering are designed as a solution for original equipment (OE). The exception is the camera system, which is also available as a retrofit kit. This includes all of the components for retrofitting, including the wiring harness, display, and camera mount. The system features a display with intuitive operation and easy commissioning even in existing vehicles.

On the way to fully automated mining

Modern assistance functions are generally designed to warn the driver about hazards. The advanced ultrasonic system from Bosch Engineering goes one step further. If obstacles are detected in the vehicle’s path, the system will be able to trigger a stop signal to the vehicle control system in the future, bringing the machinery to a stop in dangerous situations. Machine manufacturers can thus integrate a sophisticated emergency braking assistance function into their application as a proven and reliable “plug-and-play” solution without having to use their own development capacities. Bosch Engineering is also already working today on the automated and connected mining machinery of the future, which performs its work fully automatically without any manual intervention required on the part of the machine operator. The second-generation off-highway robotic controller (ORC2) provides high-performance control unit hardware for partial and full automation. The system offers high computing and storage capacity, with sufficient capacity for demanding automation functions. Standardized interfaces allow for quick and easy integration into the vehicle electronics, and preinstalled drivers make it easy to integrate the sensors.

Peak Evolution – electric at high altitude with Bosch components

The second megatrend in mining machinery is alternative powertrains. Bosch Engineering offers electric drives for a wide variety of different off-highway applications here. “All components of the electric drive system offer very high profitability, robustness, and durability because they are based on the tried and tested technologies that Bosch has been using successfully in the commercial vehicle sector and other commercial applications such as construction machinery for many years,” says Kurek. The Swiss expedition team members of Peak Evolution are also relying on the dependability and performance of the electric components from Bosch Engineering for their ambitious world record attempt. The team plans to reach the peak of the 6893-meter-high Ojos del Salado volcano in Chile with an electric off-highway vehicle. “The grand finale will be in December 2023, we will slowly work our way upwards over several days. That would be a new altitude world record for vehicles – the record currently stands at 6694 meters,” says Patrik Koller, cofounder of TERREN Electric Drive Systems and Peak Evolution. Among other things, Bosch Engineering is supplying the two 400-volt electric motors and the appropriate inverter for the drive system in the expedition vehicle. Bosch Engineering experts are also supporting the Swiss team with integration of the drive into the vehicle and with application of the system to the specific operating conditions for the high-altitude expedition.

Booth D9 and the Quarry Vision 2 open space at steinexpo 2023 will be the meeting point for more information about the Bosch innovations and the Peak Evolution expedition vehicle. Experts from both companies will be on hand there to talk about the mining machinery of the future as well as the expedition vehicle.

Further information:
https://www.bosch-engineering.com/branches/ohw-overview.html
https://peakevolution.ch/de/das-projekt/

Mobility is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2023, its sales came to 56.2 billion euros, or just under 60 percent of total Group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading mobility suppliers. Bosch Mobility pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s main areas of activity are electrification, software and services, semiconductors and sensors, vehicle computers, advanced driver assistance systems, systems for vehicle dynamics control, repair-shop concepts, as well as technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

About Bosch Engineering GmbH
Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is head-quartered in Abstatt, Germany. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry since 1999, the company with its more than 3,300 associates offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. Specialized in electronics and software, it draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-engineering.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com.

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