1 Million Tons of Bags are being handled manually per year in a large airport (ca. 50 Mio Pax/y) like Dubai, Amsterdam, Singapore or Denver. One bag handler typically loads 400 bags per shift.

BAGGAGE LOADING CELL: Loading units: – AKE, AKH, AKN, DPE – various carts – configurable – extendable

PERFORMANCE: Filling degree: – 80-90% (containers) – 100% (carts)

Bags: 50 kg 100 x 95 x 80 cm all conveyable bags
Performance: – tech. cycle time: 15s – up to 200 bags/hour

BAGGAGE LOADING CELL: BENEFITS Efficiency & Cost Reduction:

1. Throughput per baggage handler increases: by a factor of 2.5 – 3.5
2. Operational cost per bag decreases: typical example: 0.70 $ (manual) 0.30 $ (automated)
3. Health & Ergonomics
4. Workplace regulation (e.g. EU 90/269/EWG)
5. Reduced physical stress for workers
6. reduced indirect cost (sick days, early retirement)
7. availability of staff / demographic evolution of workforce
8. acceptance by employees’ / workers’ council

WORKLOAD: Average Bag weight = 20 kg
8 tons per shift
40 tons per week
160 tons per month
1600 tons per year
We have closed this automation gap!

SPACE CONSUMPTION: Reduction of 60% – 70% per throughput


1. Bag Measurement
2. Determination of shape, size, position and orientation of next bag, using 2 synchronized IR Laser Scanners
3. Determination of bag volume
4. Bounding Box
5. Real Volume
6. Label-Clipping

1. Standard 6-axis-industry robot used in huge number is various industries for many years excellent reliability, repeatability, precision in heavy production environments
2. Enhanced applicability through use sensor / vision technologies
3. 7th axis for increased flexibility during take-over

ULD SCANNER: Measurement of load status after each loading cycle,
positioning result not (exactly) predictable, as bags may sink in, slide, tilt

Aviation industry, Airports, Automation.

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