Two-wheel tractor 6400 - Prototype

HYDRIVE shows versatility in its next-generation hand-operated two-wheel tractors

Agria has collaborated with HYDRIVE Engineering to develop the new 6400 series of two-wheel tractors. Within just three months, HYDRIVE Engineering developed and fine-tuned a control system for the novel electric drive concept. Agria was able to present the prototypes of the 6400 model series at Demopark 2017 in Eisenach.
Logo Agritechnica 2017

Invitation to AGRITECHNICA 2017 – The preparations are underway

“Control tests – automatic, reproducible, smart.” With this motto HYDRIVE Engineering invites on its booth E53 (hall 27) at Agritechnica between 12th and 18th Nov 2017.

Testing Without a Prototype – the HiL Test Rig

In collaboration with ESI ITI and Palfinger Platforms HYDRIVE Engineering works on new methods to develop machines while reducing the number of necessary prototypes. The key to optimisation is called efficient software testing at HiL test rigs.

1,000 forage harvester tests in one night

Hydrive has set up a Hardware-in-the-Loop test bench for a forage harvester by Claas Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH. Over 1,000 tests have been programmed so far and can now be performed automatically on each piece of new software.

Software-in-the-loop simulation speeds up machine control tests

For clients who find the hardware and software costs of “hardware-in-the-loop” technologies too high, Hydrive Engineering now offers “software-in-the-loop” testing procedures. This technique allows machine software to be tested without having to integrate electronic control unit hardware.

Control system for a valveless wheel loader

Implementing energy-efficient drive technology in mobile machines reduces fuel consumption, cutting costs for users. To ensure acceptance, these new drive technologies must maintain the same standards of operability and machine performance that users are used to. This represents a huge challenge in terms of developing the control system, as in-depth understanding of machine behaviour and drive technology is required.

Snow plough equipped with additional software functions

Machine control system software must be adapted in order for new functions to be added to existing machines. The challenge lies in integrating the new functions into the existing control system and implementing them within very short periods of time.

New joint research and development project: proFAST

Up to now, most electronic control units and software were not tested until they had been installed in the real machine or prototype, which meant that testing took place rather late in the development process. For small and medium-sized manufacturers of mobile machines, this procedure is not just costly and requires a lot of resources, but is also fraught with risks.

Hydrive Engineering offers comprehensive testing possibilities for electronic control units

Control units, or ECUs, are very diverse. They are often distinguished by their varied functions and types, as well as their number of electrical inputs and outputs. However, they all have one thing in common: they have to undergo testing.

Dual use saves money

New users of HiL technology often do not use their testbeds around the clock. Thanks to the technology’s modular structure, however, expensive measurement hardware for other testbeds can be used during these times.

Software test rig for construction equipment industry

Hydrive Engineering has developed a test rig that tests the functional safety of excavator controller software on behalf of a construction equipment manufacturer.

Additional traction drive for a construction machine

A hydrostatic additional traction drive which has to run synchronously with the traction drive of the machine under all operating conditions was developed from scratch for a grader.

Software testbeds with overnight service

As of today, Hydrive can set up software testbeds for you, as well as providing you with consultation and planning services. The Overnight Service provides testing facilities on in-house testbeds for the latest versions of your software. The rise in the number of electro-hydraulic drives, electronic controls and other electronic subsystems in mobile work machines as well as legal safety requirements call for new and efficient development processes.