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Intelligent MegaSwapBoxes for Advanced Intermodal Freight Transport

Objective

Faced with a trend towards increasing freight transport, a global market that is constantly growing and the need for a resource-saving transport system, it is mandatory that European transport policy shifts the balance between all transport systems.`Intelligent MegaSwapBoxes for Advanced Intermodal Freight Transport’ (TelliBox) as an all-purpose loading unit will actively promote the EU’s objectives of achieving intermodal integration and operational optimisation. By drawing together the ideas and contributions of freight forwarders, manufacturers and scientists, the scientific aim is to achieve an all-purpose, intermodal loading unit that is applicable to transport via road, rail, short sea and inland shipping. The advantages of containers and semitrailers will be combined by a MegaSwapBox. Challenges facing the development are that the MegaSwapBox has to - be trimodal, - be stackable and applicable for handling from the top, - use existing low floor wagons for rail transport, - provide an adaptable chassis for road transport, - have an optimised cargo volume of 100m³ with an internal height of 3m, - have loading facilities from three sides (completely openable doors), - offer improved safety features against pilferage. Within six decisive project steps, an interdisciplinary European consortium will realise three optimised and certified prototypes which will be tested on an intermodal European corridor (PL-D-NL-UK). TelliBox will achieve its objectives by combining new materials with innovative and intelligent constructions. A complementary bundle of scientific evaluation methods and profitability calculations will reduce project risk, and the integration of all interest groups will ensure that the MegaSwapBox is accepted. The project TelliBox seeks to successfully introduce the MegaSwapBox onto the market with a view to encouraging the standardisation of new loading units in the long run.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/freight transport
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 537 840
Administrative Contact
Dr.-Ing E. Schmachtenberg (Prof.)

Participants (9)

Ewals Cargo Care B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 232 850
Address
Ariensstraat 61-63
5931 HM Tegelen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heiko Sennewald
Wecon GmbH Nutzfahrzeuge-Container-Technik
Germany
EU contribution
€ 968 810
Address
An Der Hansalinie 10
59387 Ascheberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Franz-Josef Hemker (Mr.)
Wesob Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia
Poland
EU contribution
€ 229 554
Address
Ul. Ks Londzina 65
43 246 Strumien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Sobol
HRD Trailer-Engineering GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 306 855
Address
Industriestrasse 5A
49824 Emlichheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heinrich Artmann
ZILINSKA UNIVERZITA V ZILINE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 206 360
Address
Univerzitna 8215/1
010 26 Zilina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juraj Grencik (Prof.)
CTL Logistics S.A.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 78 666
Address
El. Armii Ludowej 26
00-609 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrzej Lewczuk
WINCANTON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 186 300
Address
Antwerpener Straße 24
68219 Mannheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kerstin Heinzmann (Ms.)
EUROPEAN INTERMODAL ASSOCIATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 118 550
Address
Rue D'arenberg 44
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Alexander Renz (Mr.)
Intermodal Concepts & Management AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 233 880
Address
Seestrasse 295
CH 8804 Au-waedenswil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joerg Bebie