Siemens automates parcel unloading
Siemens Logistics is setting new standards with a fully automated unloading solution that enables a throughput up to 20 times higher than manual processes.
As the number of parcels continues to grow worldwide, courier, express, and parcel (CEP) service providers are challenged to realize handling in short periods, the system supplier explained.
In response to the need for fast unloading of trucks, and in line with industry requirements, Siemens Logistics has developed RUBUS, a fully automated unloading solution. Thanks to RUBUS, parcel service providers can unload trailers at unprecedented speeds. Hub operations become more efficient and more flexible than ever before.
“Siemens' RUBUS optimizes the parcel unloading process fundamentally," said Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Logistics. "With this new technology, unloading is possible without any manual intervention. It is therefore up to 20 times faster than before. With RUBUS, we are setting a milestone in innovations and support our customers in significantly increasing their productivity.”
Gert Seidel, CEO of Siemens Logistics in the United States, explained: “RUBUS has been successfully integrated into existing facilities in the USA and has shown top performance during operations. Additional benefits are a much faster trailer turn around, no physically demanding manual unloading, and facilities can be designed with a smaller physical footprint and significantly fewer inbound dock doors.”
Every single step in the parcel handling chain contributes to system throughput. One core issue at parcel hubs is to quickly discharge trucks, which are arriving at higher and higher frequencies. This demand stretches manual unloading processes to their limits, so optimizing the operation is crucial.
RUBUS uses a unique method where parcels are unloaded fully automatically and at high speed with the aid of belts. The system allows a throughput of up to 25,000 items per hour. This rate is controllable, and it can be throttled dynamically at a central control station to match available system capacity. RUBUS can be configured for bulk flow as well as stream flow. In addition, it is easily adjustable to any facility without structural modifications.
Siemens Logistics has its own national company in the USA, headquartered at DFW Airport, Texas. One of the research and development sites of Siemens Logistics is also located there. The US team is part of a worldwide network of regional companies and offices. With this local presence, the company ensures nearby competence to handle projects and provide optimum service.