September 11-13, 2018

Rosemont, Illinois, USA

Hyatt Regency O'Hare

2013 COMVEC Executive Panels

Designing Tomorrow's On/Off-Road Tractors

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 (3:45 - 5:30 p.m.)

Organizers: Paul Menig, Tom Stover, Tom Howell and Debbie Freund

What does the future hold for both off-highway and on-highway vehicles? What will governments demand in terms of emissions and safety? What will customers demand in terms of function, reliability, durability and other buying criteria? What tools and processes will be needed to create these vehicles? Leaders from the commercial vehicle industry will share their vision of the future, the challenges expected and the plans to get us there. Regulatory agencies will provide perspective from research programs and the effect of legislation on future vehicle requirements. Fleets will give us a picture of their needs based on the work being done by the Technology and Maintenance Council's future Truck Program.

Moderator: Tom Stover, Vice President and CTO, Vehicle Group, Eaton Corporation

  • Gary Schwartzkopf, Division Manager - Machine & Machine Systems, Product Development & Global Technology, Research & Advanced Engineering, Caterpillar (Off-road perspective)
  • Alan Berger, Vice President, Product Platforms, Volvo Construction Equipment (Off-road R&D perspective)
  • Christopher Bonanti, Associate Administrator for Rule making, NHTSA (Regulatory perspective)
  • Dave Jackson, President, Knight Transportation (On-road fleet perspective)
  • Gary Hunter, Director R&D, AVL Powertrain (Powertrain perspective)
  • Paul Menig, CEO, Tech I - M (On-road vehicle R&D perspective)


Savvy Telematics

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 (9:45 - 11:15 a.m.)

Organizers: Mike Ueno, Erik Wilde, Chris Myers, Paul Menig, and Blake Kashiwagi

Telematics is driving a connected vehicle, a wireless vehicle, a driverless vehicle. Telematics is helping us drive up productivity and drive down costs overall. But, challenges exist for operators, service personnel, and sales people. What are companies doing to improve the acceptance and use? What makes these new technologies the right choice, the savvy choice?

Moderator: Dan Funcannon, Director, Komatsu America Corporation R&D Division

  • Julian Sanchez, Manager, Customer Experience, John Deere(Recognized expert from industry on human machine interface)
  • Mike McQuade, CTO, Zonar Systems(CEO/CTO from a leading telematics supplier to on/off road commercial vehicles to discuss the promise)
  • Dr. Michael-Jorg Ruf, Head of Business Unit, Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, Continental Automotive GmbH
  • Jerry Horst, Chief Engineer - Electronics Development, Komatsu (On-Road or Off-Road OEM with extensive experience with remote diagnostics and prognostics. Look to pipelines or aerospace otherwise)
  • Glenn De Vos, VP Engineering Delphi Electronics and Safety (Someone from Delphi, Continental, Johnson Controls to discuss future telematics)


Simulation and Modeling - Enablers for the System Engineering Transformation of Commercial Vehicles. What's next?

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 (1:30 - 3:00 p.m.)

Organizers: Mike Doseck, Brian Walker, Mark Jensen, Chris Mays, Wensi Jin, Del Costy, Kevin Kott, Mark Pedrazzi and Antoun Calash

Commercial vehicles are being challenged to meet ever more stringent requirements for performance, fuel efficiency and drivability, are produced in relatively lower volumes than other industry sectors and have to cope with multiple variants and seemingly infinite configurations. The compatibility of systems and subsystems from multiple supplier sources creates a complex challenge for commercial vehicles: electrical, mechanical, powertrain, manufacturing, etc. The use of simulation and modeling tools have transformed how the industry meets the challenge to design, develop, integrate, test and manufacture commercial vehicles and the use of these tools allow engineers to work in a reduced time, low cost, virtual environment for the design, development and integration of components and systems for optimized vehicle performance. Critical design problems can be identified and fixed early in the development "V Model" rather than closer to production. This panel will discuss the current state of the use of full vehicle simulation and modeling within their organizations, identify areas where tools still need to improve and discuss their vision to further evolve the tools and technologies.

Moderator: Paul Skalny, Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer, Venture Management Services

  • Wissam El-Ratal, John Deere Global Tractor Engineering Manager for Virtual Design and Verification
  • Chris Yakes, Vice President, Advanced Products, Oshkosh Corporation
  • Steve Tippery, Combine Engineering, AGCO Corporation
  • Dan Schlesinger, Navistar Modeling and Simulation
  • Bahram Fatemi, Director Physics Modeling, BAE Systems


Blue Ribbon Panel: Natural Gas (CNG/LNG)

Date/Time: Thursday, October 3, 2013 (10:15 - 11:45 a.m.)

Organizers: Charles Chilton, Susan Harrison, Xavier Ovize, and Alain Jablonowski

Clearly alternative fuel vehicles that use compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) are becoming more relevant in the on-highway truck, bus, and off-highway industry. Every vehicle and engine manufacturer has announced some sort of product offering in the alternative (CNG/LNG) field. This panel will review how this challenge is being addressed by the leading companies and end customers. The Panelists will discuss what lessons can be learned from past and current best practices and share a vision for what the future is for Natural Gas powered vehicles.

Moderator: Denny Mooney, Senior Vice President, Global Product Development, Navistar

  • Roe East, General Manager - Cummins HD/MR On Highway Natural Gas Business
  • Ron Eickelman, President, Agility Fuel Systems
  • Craig Kroeger, Caterpillar
  • Todd Sloan, Agility Fuel Systems
  • Scott Hartman, LNG Downstream Applications, Americas Manager, Shell Exploration & Production Company