Innovative automated unloading of parcels

Christian Landschützer, Andreas Wolfschluckner, Matthias Fritz

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In modern powerful logistics the courier express and parcel market (CEP) is of special interest. Same-day and onehour-
delivery are demanding for providers to efficiently handle large piece goods volumes nowadays even in bulk
form. Loading and unloading of vehicles within the CEP-sector is the most crucial part in the whole process, with
sorting and conveying working sufficiently nowadays.
The authors describe a completely new solution to unload vehicles, developed by simulation, tested in laboratories
and implemented in real processes. The device is to be installed in trailers/trucks with minimal effort and connects
automatically to a stationary device within a typical CEP-hub at a loading/unloading bay. Identifying bulky
amounts of piece goods therein was proven with RFID. Furthermore the within this bmvit funded project developed
prototype "EAGLE" was realized within the laboratories at Graz University of Technology. Project partners from
RFID-business (TAGpilot) as well as from parcel business (Österreichische Post AG) were engaged in the whole
project. Lab tests showed great performance and a decreasing unloading time, compared to the actual manual
unloading, by 70%.
The contribution outlines main steps within the development, where an extensive use of simulation methods
powered a broad variation in design. Specially engineered methods for simulating motion behaviour of large
amounts of piece goods were the scientific output of the project. The lab tests are described by depicting innovative
measuring methods for bulky piece goods. Furthermore broad fields of different parcels and piece goods were used
to analyse their behaviour at the virtual prototype for DoE. A performance analysis concludes the paper outlining
possible fields of installation in the CEP-sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTRA 2018 Proceedings
ChapterST 16 6.2
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2018

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