Autonomy for ULDs?

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics and the French engineering company Gaussin Manugistique have signed an exclusive agreement.

This agreement relates to the global commercialisation of autonomous guided vehicles for the transportation of unit load devices at airports. SPPAL will contribute, among others, its reliable and efficient conveyor technologies and baggage handling solutions, while Gaussin is bringing its innovative automated vehicles to the equation.

Through the co-operation with Gaussin, Siemens will expand its turnkey offering to also include AGV solutions for ULDs. AGVs are set to improve transportation flows at large airports. That leads to higher productivity, thereby shortening the time needed to process ULDs with baggage or cargo. An added benefit is that airlines can optimally use the time periods that aircraft spend on the ground. It is considered that AGV solutions are extremely robust, making it easier to transport heavy loads. A design based on a modular platform allows airports to expand their AGV fleet as capacity requirements change over time.

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