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Sick’s volume and laser measurement systems control airport luggage loading robots

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Sick  Laser measurement systems control airport luggage loading robots, ensuring that ULD containers are loaded efficiently for optimum storage.

A handling volume of 70 million pieces of luggage is expected at Amsterdam Schiphol airport for 2015. The laser measurement systems must be proven in industrial use, and have high measuring and data output accuracy and speed. The airport operators also consider the installation of pilot systems to be very important, and want to be sure that the solution can be integrated into the system without restricting the throughput.

Sick laser measurement systems measure the position, dimensions and contours of airport luggage and use these to control the luggage loading robots, thus ensuring that ULD luggage containers are loaded efficiently whilst optimizing storage space and maintaining high throughputs.

The luggage loading robots from the German system integrator, Grenzebach, receive all the necessary data from Sick and laser measurement systems (LMS). As soon as it is on the conveyor, each item of luggage is measured by a Sick system, and its position and orientation are recorded. The height, width and length information determines whether the contours fulfil the requirements for automatic loading.

With the laser measurement systems, Sick was able to offer Grenzebach industrially proven solutions with high precision and availability. In the first six pilot months, the entire system has safely and carefully stored 32,000 items of luggage with a total weight of 531,000 kg in 1250 loading units. Application-specific optimizations improve the performance of the entire system, reduce commissioning work and prevent extra costs and risks. As such, the robot-controlled luggage loading system has passed all the necessary tests.

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