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.
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.
TERMINET, ASAP, FLIHTT, IMPULSE, ROLLING SHELF
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
CB7 4AF Cambridgeshire
KT15 2UD Surrey
48455 Bad Bentheim
B37 7YN Birmingham