The OHIPM project is a collaboration part-funded by Innovate UK, involving JCB, Pektron PLC and WMG. It aims to develop a technology solution that reduces fuel
consumption while continuing to meet customer expectations of durability and utility. The primary objective is to analyse and adapt state-of-the-art powertrain control strategies from the automotive sector and transfer them to the off-highway market. Using data available from JCB’s proprietary LiveLink telematics system, WMG researchers designed and implemented new methods of big data capture, compression and mining to quantify key performance measures for the
most popular vehicle types. The in-depth understanding developed by the WMG team underpinned the design of a
new micro/mild hybridisation (MMH) controller to optimise ICE operation and minimizing fuel consumption without impacting machine operation or reliability. Initial results from testing the new adaptive control method indicate significant fuel savings when compared with current techniques over example usage profiles.
Lee Harper, Principal Engineer at JCB, said: “This collaborative project between JCB, WMG and Pektron is helping to identify and develop future technologies that could improve the efficiency of machines. Although in the early stages of development, the novel technology has shown great promise when tested over a variety of duty cycles.”
Image credit: Creative Commons A JCB Fastrac 8250 tractor in Brighton, England, UK by Les Chatfield