R&D: when a company’s success is supported by research and innovation

A company’s success is linked to its ability to propose innovative, high-performance solutions that are able to stand out in the market. Dieci, which in 1983 was the first European company to develop and manufacture a range of telehandlers, has always believed in the importance of looking ahead and offering cutting-edge products. This distinctive feature has enabled it to produce more than 140 models, designed internally by the R&D – Research & Development department.

We talked about the importance of the activities in research and development with Enrico Ognibene, TEN technical managerfrom 2011 to management of the R&D department.

What does your work consist of?

My work off technical manager is mainly aimed at coordinate the development and development of all DIECI products. In the R&D department, we are a team of 25 people divided into office, prototype and test department. We take care of monitoring and managing everything related to the design, from idea to certification and homologation for the various target markets.

Our offer is broad and articulatedwe always have active projects to monitor or execute.

As a technical manager, I deal with various activities, including:

  • to define the guidelines for the development and implementation of new technologies;
  • monitor the various research projects;
  • Perform with specialiststhe verification and approval phase of the projects;
  • evaluate and implement strategic choices, in coordination with the commercial / marketing area to implement concrete initiatives together;
  • monitor the health of the productsboth in terms of production and coordination in the field;
  • compare and controlin collaboration with other departments such as production, quality, purchasing and after-sales departmentthe actions to be taken improve products, comfort and safety.

What is the role of the R&D department in Dieci srl?

My department designs and tests all new machines as well as new components. We take care of everything related idea, design, planning and testing. All these processes related to DIECI vehicles are performed internally or in co-design with suppliers.

In this process, the validation of the machines that need to be compatible is also fundamental to existing rules and our standards.

How has telescopic loader technology (or other machines) evolved so far, and what were the engines that drove the development of this sector?

The aspects they have further drive the development of our machines in the last 20 years they have been mainly related to safety, environmental impact in terms of emissions from diesel engines, et al driver comfort. A further boost in the development processes came from the competition with the other players in the market as there is encouraged in the search for new technical solutions and to improve the designboth for i telescopic and self-loading concrete mixers.

An equally important aspect that guided the development of the sector wasintroduction of the electronic control component. Today we have a fully integrated control of the vehicle and transmissions through electronic controls that communicate with each otheralso interface directly with the systems that control the safety of the machines.

You have held the position of Technical Manager for more than 10 years. What are the results you are most proud of?

I’m proud of all the work done together with my partners in these 10 years. If we compare photos and data sheets for the models we produced 11 years ago with those of today, the change and the great work that has been done is clear.

There is some innovative projects that were only possible thanks to the trust of the owners. It’s about groundbreaking projects for this sector, become gods market benchmarkswhich also attracts the attention of competitors.

To name a few of these years:

  • Vario System transmissiondeveloped with Dana And Rexroth two world players in the hydraulics and transmission sector. It’s about a project we were the first to complete and that today we find widespread on many agricultural and construction machinery, even related sectors related to ours;
  • Powersplit HVT1that first HVT1 transmission implemented on a telescope. We have previewed this project at Agritechnica 2019 and we are preparing production, scheduled for the end of this year;
  • There Giugiaro cabin, designed together with a ItalDesignto favor comfort and safety for operators working on DIECI telehandlers.

Together with Walvoil, you recently won the EIMA “Technical Innovation Competition”, thanks to the innovative ALS ADAPTIVE LOAD SENSING project, can you tell us about it?

Walvoil is a historic brand in the Emilian hydraulic sector, and today one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hydraulic, electronic and mechatronic products.

Hydraulic systems are an essential part of agricultural machinery, especially for telehandlers. In these systems, the hydraulic pump generates a pressure greater than what is actually needed to ensure the simultaneous control of movements, a preset value called “Stand-by margin”, which constitutes a significant energy loss, which limits the overall performance of vehicles and increased wear and tear and consumption to the detriment of efficiency and environmental impact.

L ‘Adaptive load detection designed by Walvoil, it is a system that is able to modulate the “Stand-by margin” value according to the actual working needs of the machine, and automatically vary it when and as needed.

Thanks for the projectALS – Adaptive Load Sensingthe necessary energy it is reduced by 5/6%, leading to large savings in terms of fuel. This is a great advantage, especially for those vehicles such as. in the field of agriculture to come used for many consecutive hours. If we assume that a car consumes 10 liters of diesel in an hour, then thanks to this system it uses 9.5. A difference of 0.5 liters / hour, which, if added on a weekly, monthly or annual basis, provides great savings.

The collaboration was born out of their need to look for a partner to test component on a vehicle so you can control efficiency. We have gladly accepted to work with them, creating a machine integrated with the components they have developedto then test it and together create the integrated management software.

During the integration and development phases of the system on the Dieci machine, we have developed specific control logics for telehandlers and the unification of ideas and experiences, have further developed and refined the initial concepts for ALS.

What are you working on (if it can be said) and what do you anticipate are the challenges of the future?

Right now we are working on putting the models into production Agri Max Power X2, the car more productive than the Dieci agricultural series. This is an ambitious goal that will bring the use of a Powersplit transmission (HVT-1) on a telehandler to market for the first time.

Another important project that we can not give a foretaste of, however, is the one that pertains renewal of the range of Pegasus rotary telehandlerswhich we present at the end of October 2022 at Bauma.

Finally, the new screen is also among the news IDEAmade in co-design with MTA. This tool is already present on the models AgriMax, AgriPlus. MTA Studio’s ease of use has enabled Dieci to develop the application software completely internally, bringing its adaptation to its maximum potential.

Looking ahead, definitely one The area being researched is linked to the search for solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, including electricity. With regard to the latter, however, it is a complex sector. There are already brakes in the automotive sector, mainly due to the difficulty of creating appropriate infrastructures for recharging electric vehicles. The sector magazines talk about a shift in the legal constraints from 2030 to 2035 at European level. For what concern the telescopic sector, several prototypes of compact machines have been made. At the moment, though, I am development and production costs related to performance of machines are not in line with the means of traditional propulsion. There is a lot of research, but several aspects slow down the electrification process, not least the difficulty of finding materials.

Just think that it takes at least 2 years to develop a new vehicle, a very long time for the market and for the technological development that is now underway in the electrical components sector. The risk is to design models that are already obsolete at the launch of production. Full electric is definitely one of the challenges of the futurebut there is one road not well defined, especially in terms of cost, performance and results.

Do you want to add something?

I am very happy for growth path that our company has createdproduces many innovative projects. I believe that today it is possible to differentiate ourselves further shift the gaze even more from the competitors to our customers, continues to focus on their requirements, needs and requirements they have in the field.

There our identity is strong and I think so change of perspective may be the most interesting trigger for enable DIECI to once again take a step forward in terms of production and innovation.

© reserved rendering

Leave a Comment