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Integrated RESEARCH: TACTICS Click here to browse the final summary report

Project Acronym: TACTICS
Type of contract: Shared Cost
Project title: THE AUTOMATED CONVEYING AND TRANSFER OF INTERMODAL CARGO SHIPMENTS
Main contractor: 3T DESIGN LIMITED
Type organisation: Industry
Country: GB
Start date & duration: 1998-01-01 - 15 months
Area: Integrated
Relevant tasks: 3.1
Total cost in kECUs: 1635
Total EU contribution in kECUs: 800


Objectives of research

Main objectives:

The TACTICS project will demonstrate that loading bays and the intermodal transfer of palletised goods can be fully automated, electronically managed and networked into computer based logistics within existing transport systems. A functional system will be constructed to verify the system and demonstrate mechanical engineering, electronic control and logistics software solutions. This programme will also demonstrate that it is viable to transfer palletised goods in an uninterrupted recyclable intermodal distribution chain. Goods can be packed at source and delivered in returnable packaging in a fully automated cycle. Current practices require excessive packaging and inefficient multiple handling operations at numerous points in the transport chain. Indirect benefits will be more effective use of vehicles and warehouse, fast intermodal transfer, reduced consumption of fuels and packaging, reduced pollution and traffic congestion, reduced impact to urban environments, reduced material handling and less damage. Loading and unloading practices, currently too variable and extremely inefficient, can be streamlined. Vehicle and container utilisation is poor, requiring unnecessary duplication of equipment and redundant operational support. Standardised and automated loading will reduce this problem.

Demo Sites:

The TACTICS group will be completing a demonstration programme that will see the automatic loading and transfer of palletised goods as part of a high volume consumer distribution chain. This cross European exercise will handle consumable products that use the same recyclable palletising from origin to point of retail and will be electronically managed using advanced product tagging. Countries involved; Germany and the United Kingdom.

Links with other projects, tasks, areas, programmes, policy actions:
TERMINET, ASAP, FLIHTT, IMPULSE, ROLLING SHELF


Participants

Organisation Type Country
3T DESIGN LIMITED Industry     GB
ACCELERATED BUISNESS GROWTH LTD Industry     GB
NV CHEP EUROPE SA Industry     BE

Coordinator's name: Mr Michael BEARD
Address: 3T DESIGN LIMITED
Hill House 8, Warwick Road,
PO Box: CEDEX Warwickshire
CV33 OHN Southam
GB
Tel: +44-1926-811822
Fax: +44-1926-811823


European Commission Contact Point

Name: Mr. Fabrizio MINARINI
Tel: +32-2-2968829
Fax: +32-2-2954349


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