European Union
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727883
Forwarder2020:

Partners

Hohenloher Spezial-Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG

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Company profile:

The company Hohenloher Spezial Maschinenbau GmbH & Co.KG (HSM) was established in 1967 and has been dedicated to the development and production of high performance forest machines. The range of its products includes in addition to articulated forest skidders, also forwarders and harvesters as well as harvester-heads. HSM is considered one of the largest manufacturers for timber harvesting machines in Central Europe. It offers, in contrast to the Scandinavian competition, optimized forest technology for middle European conditions. In combination with high quality standards, a very good service and a strong focus at the customer needs, HSM is one of the most innovative manufacturers of forest machines. The relatively heterogeneous forest conditions in Central Europe and the associated necessary to find adequate solutions for the logging companies are challenges to HSM and needs a permanent high level of innovation

Core activities:
  • Forestry machines builder and seller.
  • Associated services
Role and contribution:

HSM is the initiator of the whole project and is therefore the coordinator of this Innovation Action. HSM, as integrator will produce the prototypes that will include all the innovations developed by the partners. As WP leader HSM will also coordinate the development of the innovations for soil protection. Last but not least HSM will be highly involved in the development of other innovative modules as well as in the demonstration and the dissemination of the results.

Contact:

Patrick Preusch
Tel: +49 7527 9608-120
E-Mail: Patrick.preusch[at]hsm-forest.com
website: www.hsm-forest.com

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH

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Company profile:

The Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ) is part of the Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, an entity within the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Promotion founded by the government of Baden Württemberg in 1971. Within the Steinbeis Foundation SEZ is responsible for the support of European research projects and transnational co-operation in Europe. The SEZ has yearlong experience in organizing workshops, conferences and brokerage events for technology transfer, as well as finding partners for proposals. SEZ supports also actively its clients in their innovation and exploitation strategies. In 2013 SEZ was involved in 45 projects interacting with 445 partners from 44 countries.

Core activities:
  • to assist SMEs and research organizations to participate in European R&D projects
  • to promote transnational technology transfer
  • to support the management of international research projects
  • to coordinate support actions and cluster activities as well as future strategies
  • to stimulate and support the innovation process in industrial companies, focused on SMEs
Role and contribution:

SEZ will be responsible for all administrative, financial and coordinative management issues, communication, dissemination and exploitation activities, IPR/knowledge management and project output consolidation.

Contact:

Dr. Anthony Salingre
Tel: +49 721 - 93519 116
E-Mail: salingre[at]steinbeis-europa.de
website: www.steinbeis-europa.de

HYDAC System

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Company profile:

HYDAC was founded in 1963 as a company for hydraulic accessories and is today an internationally active company group with over 8000 employees, 50 branch offices and 500 trade and service partners world-wide.

As a part of the HYDAC-group, HYDAC System provides hydraulic sub-system and system solutions for mobile applications HYDAC components can be found in all areas of industrial and mobile hydraulics. HYDAC solutions cool and lubricate gears in wind turbines, work in the tensioning hydraulics of modern machine tools, cushion the cabs on agricultural machinery, support the working hydraulics of excavators, and inspect and test the loading capacity of wings on the Airbus A 380. HYDAC units adjust the parabolic troughs of solar energy plants or actuate valves and armatures in power plants. Vibrations in large-size diesel engines are damped by hydraulic accumulators, and the shaft movements on drilling ships are compensated for with hydraulic cylinders.

Core activities:
  • High expertise in fluid engineering and hydraulic components
  • high level of innovative strength
  • close collaboration with research institutes and universities
Role and contribution:

As expert in fluid engineering, HYDAC will be a main partner in the development of the electro-hydraulic system for hydro-pneumatic suspension of the suspended bogie axle but also the energy recuperation system of the crane.

Contact:

Daniel Feld
Tel: +49 6897 509 166 4
E-Mail: Daniel.Feld[at]hydac.com
website: www.hydac.com

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Company profile:

With more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget of about EUR 785 million, KIT is one of the biggest research and education institutions worldwide and has the potential of reaching a top position in selected research areas on an international level. The objective is to turn KIT into an institution of top research, excellent scientific education, and a prominent location of academic life, life-long learning, comprehensive advanced training, unrestricted exchange of know-how, and sustainable innovation culture.

The endowed Chair of Mobile Machines "MOBIMA" at KIT is unique in its setup in Germany and is internationally recognized as a professional consultant for questions in the field of mobile machines. The stated goal is the research on future concepts. Students and young scientists are being inspired by mobile equipment and the industry is scientifically accompanied from idea to implementation.

Core activities:
  • Experience in simulation methods of hydraulic systems to develop and design new systems.
  • Experience in testing mobile machines, including measurement equipment and the evaluation of the results.
  • Deep understanding in hydraulic systems and their behavior in mobile machines.
Role and contribution:

KIT | Mobima has the lead in Work Package 3 Energy-saving and climate-friendly innovations and will be actively coordinating the work of the project partners. In parallel KIT | Mobima will contribute to the other project innovations, offering its expertise to simulate and develop the hydro-pneumatic suspension and the hybrid-hydraulic forest crane. Support to the development of the power-split transmission will be delivered through transmission controller setup on the 4WD Chassis Dynamometer. As research institution KIT has special interest in publication of the scientific results of the Forwarder2020 project and will be actively disseminating in journals and on conferences.

Contact:

Dr. Martin Scherer
Tel: +49 721 608/48643
E-Mail: martin.scherer[at]kit.edu
website: www.fast.kit.edu

Forstdienstleistungen Hegenbarth

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Company profile:

Forstdienstleistungen Hegenbarth is a service providing individual enterprise, founded in July 2006. The main field of activity of its 10 employees is to harvest wood with 2 harvesters and 4 forwarders produced by HSM GmbH, that means cut standing wood and length it with a harvester, transport it out of the forest and stable it on the forest road with a forwarder (http://www.forst-hegenbarth.de/videos.html). Day by day FDH employees work with forest machines especially in difficult terrain in the mountains of Saxony, Thuringia and Baden-Würthemberg, such as steep slope (over 35%), wet underground, in stony landscape and on sandy or greasy soil.

Core activities:
  • FDH main field of activity is to harvest wood in steep slope. That means cut to lenght with harvester and bring it out of the wood with forwarder.
  • FDH has an excellent knowledge of the forestry machines driving on difficult terrain and very good knowledge of wood logging process.
  • FDH has a great interest in developing new technologies and processes
Role and contribution:

FDH act in the Forwarder2020 project as an end-user of the Forwarder to be developed. With its very good knowledge of forestry machines, FDH will be highly involved in the functional tests of the prototypes as well as in the field tests and demonstration under real conditions.

Contact:

Christian Hegenbarth
August-Bebel-Str. 60
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz

Tel: +49 174 9592003
E-Mail: info[at]forst-hegenbarth.de
website: www.forst-hegenbarth.de

Dana Rexroth Transmission Systems S.r.l.

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Company profile:

Dana Rexroth Transmission Systems (DRTS) is in the business of developing and manufacturing technologically advanced hydro mechanical variable transmissions. The major advantages of this new technology are the fuel savings achieved by intelligent control of mechanical and hydraulic components. This leads to increased machine productivity. Dana Rexroth is a joint venture of the Dana Corporation and Bosch Rexroth AG. Both parent organisations are leaders in their respective business segment. The collaboration developed in the form of a joint venture Dana Rexroth was to advance transmission technology which has not seen may innovations since its induction in the mechanical engineering market segment in the early 1940’s. DRTS currently has a product range comprising of two transmissions covering the mid to large range of the heavy mobile equipment industry. The transmissions developed by DRTS are technologically advanced in the sense that they offer an infinitely variable speed or stepless speed output. By coupling the hydrostatic control unit and the mechanical transmission DRTS achieves an average transmission efficiency of over 85% in all drive ranges. This is far higher than the industry standard for transmission technology.

Core activities:

Expert in the development of hydrostatic transmission

Role and contribution:

DRTS’s contribution to the project will be to technologically adapt their HVT R2 power-split transmission and develop the software for the transmission controller and support the development of the vehicle controller for the new Forwarder.

Contact:

Dr. Alvin Anthony
Tel: +39 464 584 805
E-Mail: Alvin.Anthony[at]danarexroth.com
website: www.danarexroth.com

Aleksandro Stulginskio universitetas

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Company profile:

Aleksandras Stulginskis University (ASU) is a state university established in 1924. Today it is the only state university in Lithuania awarding the diplomas and degrees at PhD, MSc and BSc levels in the fields of food sciences, agriculture, forestry, water and land resources management, bioenergy and mechanical engineering, climate change and sustainable use of natural resources. The mission of ASU is focussed on creating and disseminating scientific knowledge, sincerely striving for safe and healthy food and full-fledged living environment for every citizen of Lithuania and of the global world. ASU is open to challenges and changes, adopting the best experience of the world universities, developing internationally, seeking continuous improvement and leadership among the best universities in the same field. ASU employs a total of 900 staff, including over 300 teaching and research staff members and has close to 5000 students studying in five Faculties. ASU is proud of having a very modern research infrastructure in R&D Open Access Centres, with more than 50 research laboratories, a Centre of Communication and Technology Transfer including business incubator , an Experimental station and a Training Farm and Agriculture Science and Technology Park serving the field experiments, practical training and dissemination of knowledge.

Core activities:
  • to educate high competence specialists for agriculture and forestry;
  • to increase the international cooperation between institutions
  • to transfer the new knowledge for academic community, students and society
Role and contribution:

ASU will be mainly responsible for the scientific supervision and organization of field tests under Lithuanian conditions. As scientific partner ASU will also prepare scientific paper, participate in conferences and disseminate project results. 

Contact:

assoc. prof. Remigijus Zinkevičius
Tel: +37 698 18126
E-Mail: remigijus.zinkevicius[at]asu.lt
website: www.asu.lt

CSP Forestry Ltd.

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Company profile:

CSP Forestry was founded as a partnership - C & S Paterson with Charles and Susan Paterson in 1986. CSP worked for several years harvesting only and having another company extract the timber for them. They bought their first forwarder in the early 1990’s and then moved on to wheeled harvesters running the complete operation themselves. CSP incorporated the business in 2003 and now run a fleet of 16 machines.

CSP currently employs 18 members involved with the harvesting, forwarding timber and baling of brash throughout Scotland.

We pride ourselves with being one of the better forestry companies often doing difficult sites for clients.

Core activities:

CSP has an excellent knowledge of the forestry machines driving on difficult terrain and very good knowledge of wood logging process. Also good knowledge of the machines maintenance.

Role and contribution:

CSP act in the Forwarder2020 project as an end-user of the Forwarder to be developed. CSP will be involved in the field tests and demonstration of the prototype under real conditions in United Kingdom.

Contact:

Mr. Charlie Paterson
Upper Leochel Craigievar,
Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB338JR

Tel: +44 1975581383
E-Mail: cspaterson[at]btinternet.com

Bosch Rexroth Ltd.

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Company profile:

As a global partner, Bosch Rexroth supports mechanical and plant engineering efforts around the world with its cutting-edge technology and unique industry knowledge. More than 33,700 associates across the globe are developing tailored, safe and resource-friendly solutions. The company´s innovations deliver multi-dimensional enhancements for machine manufacturers and end users. For example, they help to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions while simultaneously raising productivity.

The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services.

Bosch Rexroth thinks globally and acts locally, granting all customers access to our wealth of application experience gained from across the globe. This approach allows us to develop tailored solutions adapted to the specific regional requirements of our customers — whether in Europe, the USA or growth markets such as Brazil, China and India.

Core activities:

Bosch Rexroth is one of the leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies and offers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source.

Role and contribution:

Technical support and manufacture of samples for testing.
Supply a radial piston motor designed for the project based on an MCR5 type motor from our current portfolio.

Contact:

Iain Edward
Tel: +44 1592 631777
E-Mail: Iain.Edward[at]boschrexroth.co.uk
website: www.boschrexroth.com 

Roteca S.r.l.

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Company profile:

The company SC ROTECA SRL was founded in 2003 and it runs its administrative and production activities in the North-West Region of Romania, in the Ardud city, from Satu Mare district.

The company is axed on the production and it wants to satisfy the current and future needs of its clients by high performance products. The whole activity is subordinated to the major purpose, which is assuring high quality products. Another purpose is to build a strong company, with expansion ambitions on the Central European market. The company’s management wants to increase its market value and to obtain at least a fast development like the actual one, respecting the sustainable development principles. In the center of the company’s actions is the high level satisfaction of the clients’ needs.

Core activities:

The company defines its activity by the main profile of manufacturing assemblies and parts of forestry machineries, as: cabins, front and rear chassis, clamshells, cable rolls, front shield, gearbox, forestry trail and others.

Role and contribution:
  • Selection and preparing material for bogies
  • Development and production of devices for welding
  • Welding parts
  • Mechanical processing by cutting on CNC Borwerk
  • Measuring parts with 3D device
Contact:

Adriana Makszim
Tel: +40 752 244 731
E-Mail: roteca.mf[at]gmail.com
website: www.roteca.ro

Universitatea Transilvania din Brasov

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Company profile:

Transilvania University of Braşov (UniBV) is an independent, state (public) funded research and education institution that develops its activities under the supervision of Ministry of National Education and Research. The university is engaged in the process of attaining and maintaining the international credit as well as in imposing itself as a key university in the South Eastern Europe. The mission of Transilvania University is to produce and transfer knowledge to the society through advanced scientific research, development, innovation and technology in the sustainable development domain as well as to increase the interaction with society through common structures and partnerships adapted for society development based on knowledge. Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering of Braşov is the main actor in forestry related education from Romania having a long tradition in forestry education and research. It represents the backbone of higher education in Braşov and today it is the workplace of leading forestry scientists from Romania. It is involved in most of the national projects dealing with forestry and biomass use. It is one of the main actors in research across Romania and has in its portfolio many research and technical development projects developed at national and international scale. Department of Forest Engineering, Forest Management Planning and Terrestrial Measurements deals with most of the technical parts of forestry such as managing forests, forest inventory, timber harvesting operations and wood utilization. 

Core activities:
  • to train professionals and researchers in various activity domains including forestry
  • to produce and disseminate knowledge related to the sustainable development
  • to develop and transfer know-how, technology and products
  • to support the management of national & international research & development projects
  • to help shaping a knowledge-based society by stimulating and supporting the industrial innovation
Role and contribution:

UniBV will be responsible for implementation of field tests demonstrating the forwarder prototype functionalities & improvements in the Romanian forestry conditions.

Contact:

Prof.Dr.Eng. Stelian Alexandru BORZ
Tel: +40 - 742 - 042455
E-Mail: stelian.borz[at]unitbv.ro
website: www.unitbv.ro/silvic

Sc. Treforex S.r.l.

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Company profile:

Treforex SRL was founded in 2004 by Dobrean P. Cristian as the sole owner. The firm provides wood residues processing services and biomass supply services for firms producing thermic energy from biomass, either for their clients or for their own needs. At the same time, Treforex SRL also provides processed wood residues for firms using it as raw material in their production processes.

Core activities:

Treforex has an excellent knowledge of the forestry machines driving on difficult terrain and very good knowledge of wood logging process. Also good knowledge of the wood operation process.

Role and contribution:

Treforex act in the Forwarder2020 project as an end-user of the Forwarder to be developed. Treforex will be involved in the field tests and demonstration of the prototype under real conditions in United Kingdom.

Contact:

Christian Dobrean
Str. Marton Aron nr. 9/A
535700 Toplita Harghita

Tel: +40 266 343 - 044
E-Mail: info[at]treforex.ro

Forstware Informationssysteme GmbH

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Company profile:

The company Forstware Informationssysteme GmbH (founded in 1986) is a company for logistics and management with the Software GeoMail as a main product, beside forest inventory databases. Forstware has developed software for computer mapping, forest management / inventory and logistics and it’s own GIS. It originated from a powerful forestry information system developed by Forstware alone. Depending on the nature of the company GeoMail comes in combinations such as: only Planning Module, only Harvest Module, only Haulage Module, or the total flow of inventory from the timber yard at the factory. The operating System is Windows and the main programmer language ist C++, Java and TCL.

Core activities:
  • Further Development of the programs GeoMail and FwMobile
  • Increase work in the wood industrie
Role and contribution:

The forwarder shall be more integrated into the logistic chain by collecting and communicating data with help of the software. So the software and hardware applications shall be able to collect the machine performance indicators. The role of Forstware is to develop and design a user interface that shows the processed data in the machine and on a web platform.

Contact:

Jan Ruff
forstware informationssysteme GmbH
Von-Lassbergstrasse 35
D-88709 Meersburg

Tel.: + 49 7532 4324 10
Fax: + 49 7532 4324 20

E-Mail: jr[at]forstware.de
website: www.forstware.com

Berner Fachhochschule

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Company profile:

The University of Applied Sciences Bern BFH has around 7.150 students and 2.250 employees in six departments located throughout the Canton of Bern, Switzerland. The School of Agriculture, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, Department of Forest Science itself is not only an educational establishment but also an accredited training and competence center for forestry in Switzerland. It focuses on applying ecologically management principles that enable forestry graduates to help sustain the protective, economic and leisure functions of forests and it plays a central role in the development and implementation of novel solutions in sustainable forest management. The research and development is innovative, practical and need-oriented. They are both nationally - as well as internationally oriented.

Core activities:
  • Profound experience in teaching and research activities
  • Offer a wide range of consulting services, created that clients can profit from the teachers’ and researchers’ knowledge and experience
  • Close collaboration with SMEs, public administrations and NGOs, in respect of practical and scientific solutions
Role and contribution:

BFH will on the one side be responsible for the development and integration of Key Performance Indicators, on the other side develop a software tool for a smart integration of the forwarder modules into eco-friendly forest supply chains. Additionally BFH will clearly define working scenarios for the prototype tests in the selected countries and will also monitor them. BFH will be responsible for the scientific supervision and organization of field tests under UK conditions.

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Martin Ziesak
Tel: +41 31 910 21 19
E-Mail: martin.ziesak[at]bfh.ch
website: www.hafl.bfh.ch