As an independent development provider for the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers Leadec Engineering (LEADEC) assumes projects of all sizes for the railway and automotive sector. LEADEC daily uses its long term experience and the specific vehicle-, process and technology-know how for development projects of different sizes.

As one of the leading providers of technological services, the company employs 650 people and generates € 55 million in sales in the financial year 2014/15. Depending on customer requirements LEADEC supports the whole product development from the concept idea via the design and the prototype construction up to the production planning and control. The service spectrum ranges from styling and concept over mechanical design (CAD), calculation and simulation, prototyping and model construction to manufacturing engineering, project management and consulting. LEADEC is the leading provider in development of railway and two-wheeled vehicles as well as engineering services provider for the automotive industry. For its clients the company develops suitable vehicle concepts including all components and modules and optimises theses up to the series production.

One example for this integrated development process is the Automated Mover Systems (AMS) which also can be formed to road trains. The road train has an overall length up to 25m and consists of up to 5 vehicle parts (1 leading vehicle and 4 driven wagons). The precision of the road train tracking is in a centimeter range and also in driving scenarios with a 10m curve radius. With an overall bus system, the single parts can communicate within the road train compound (e.g. steering command, diagnostic data etc.) and communicate in real time with a control center.

Within the project ESPRIT, LEADEC is responsible for the Guiding and Coupling Management System, the Functional Safety study and the regulatory and standardisation preparation.

Specific to the ESPRIT project, LEADEC possesses competences in development of vehicle components, of sensor technology for an automatic coupling process as well as in homologation of newly developed vehicles.

Role in the project

Voith will lead work packages 2 “Guiding and Coupling Management System (GCMS)” and 6 “Regulatory and standardisation preparation. Vehicle testing.”. Within WP2, Voith will define technical specifications for guidance control command system and coupling device including concept phase safety requirements. Furthermore, Voith will perform guiding control command development, component development and validation as well as coupling device engineering, prototyping and validation. Functional safety level of coupling and guidance requirements will be estimated. Within WP6, Voith will identify all relevant applicable regulation pertaining to the vehicle concept.
Based on this, all non-existing regulation specific to the ESPRIT concept will be identified. Relevant EU homologation and standardisation conditions for newly developed functions will be defined. Moreover, the coupling and uncoupling of the vehicle will be tested.

Personnel involved

KORN Patrick, male, is the Head of Department iStructure and mobility solutions / Voith Engineering Services.
Patrick graduated from a technical university in systems engineering. Patrick’s competences cover the automotive sector as well as rail and aerospace sectors. He already participated in several interdisciplinary projects and has experience in planning and coordinating complex projects. As project manager Automated Mover System (road train / people mover), Patrick takes care of the full development (from concept to prototypes) of a 25m road train (propulsion vehicle with 4 driven cars). As product manager, Patrick deals with mobility solutions and transportation systems raod and rail (e. g. intermodal traffic).
Within ESPRIT, Patrick will be the project director representing Voith. He will specifically lead work package 2.
WENDLER Carolin, female, is project engineer iStructure and mobility solutions / Voith Engineering Services.
Carolin studied at a technical university and achieved a master’s degree in business administration and engineering. Before working at Voith, she was a research assistant at a professorship of Management Accounting and Controlling. There Carolin investigated a new Management Accounting approach which shows the resourceand cost-efficient process chain variant under an EU-funded project on the topic energy efficiency in production.
In ESPRIT Carolin will be the assistants of the project director, responsible for controlling and technical reprocessing.
HEINICH Markus, male, is project engineer iStructure and mobility solutions / Voith Engineering Services. As graduate industrial engineer with the intensification in the field of automotive engineering and telematics, Markus will be able to coordinate and review the whole development process between the different working groups of Voith. He already takes this position in other mobility solutions projects, e.g. the development and prototyping of a 25m automated road train (propulsion vehicle with 4 driven cars). Furthermore within his
position as project engineer he works also in the field of electro mobility and driverless transport systems.
His main task in ESPRIT will be the cross-disciplinary interface management between the divisions and the technical reprocessing. He will also supports Patrick Korn in the lead of the project and the work package 2.
REICHEL Enrico, male, is the Head of Department Development Automotive / Voith Engineering Services. Enrico is responsible for the development of special vehicles and lightweight structures. His main competences involve the development and testing of vehicle components. He is responsible for the development and engineering of the coupling device, prototyping as well as testing of its functional safety. He was the project leader for the development of an innovative lightweight-coupling-system for Rail-application. That project ended successfully.
The result was a lightweight-coupler mostly made from CFRP with a mass of 19kg (steel: more than 50kg). Enrico has graduated in Automobile Engineering and has over 10 years’ experience in automotive projects.
HOCHTRITT Holger, male, is development engineer, section Automotive / Voith Engineering Services. Holger is a senior development engineer with more than 7 years of experience in the field of development and implementation of electronic systems and programmable real-time systems. He graduated at the technical university of Chemnitz as “Dipl.-Ing.” for electrical system engineering in 2007. In former projects he was responsible for the project lead as well as implementation of condition monitoring systems, test and measurement solutions and medical devices based real-time-systems. In the current project he will be responsible for the development of the sensor system as well as the guidance algorithm development and implementation for the automatic docking process and repositioning of the vehicles. Mr. Hochtritt is a certified LabVIEW architect which is the highest reachable certification grade for graphical system design.
The mentioned key personnel and responsibilities represent the current status at the stage of this paper writing.
The safety engineer and other project engineers are currently not named. Changes in responsibilities may occur.

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