CONTENT PREVIEW
Equipment

IAI hails Singapore robotics demonstrations

13 June 2018
Demonstration of robotic material-handling system at Singapore Changi. Source: IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is looking to build on tests in 2017 of technology to reduce the manpower needed for baggage- and cargo-handling in airports.

The Lahav Division of IAI teamed with ST Engineering in August and November 2017 to win the Aviation Challenge 1 and 2 (AC1 and AC2) contests, organised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). The team demonstrated robotic automated systems for material handling at Changi Airport.

“In Aviation Challenge 1, we demonstrated a full-scale operational system for removing bags from the conveyer belt and placing them in an organised way on the trolleys using a fully robotic system,” said Ran Braier, deputy general manager for business development in the IAI Lahav Division. “A robotic arm places them on trolleys without human intervention. All that is required is to touch one button to activate the system.”

Out of the 14 proposed solutions in AC1, the IAI/ST Engineering demonstration system was one of five selected for the final stage: building a full-scale system with funding from CAAS.

A multiflight baggage-handling system tracks, sorts, and transfers each bag to its respective flight for loading onto standard baggage trolleys. Specially designed transfer tables that are installed on existing baggage conveyors direct each bag towards a designated trolley. Robotic arms carefully pick up each baggage item and place it within the trolley for its designated flight.

Advanced 3D sensors scan the baggage trolleys continuously, so that the robot identifies the best location to place each bag.

“Our team also introduced autonomous baggage tractors that navigate autonomously to the plane, using RFID transponders and GPS signals to transport loaded baggage trolleys to the plane,” Braier explained.

The IAI/ST team also created an automated solution called BT Offloader for inbound baggage flows. A fully robotic system tilts gently to about 45°, offloading arrival bags onto an inbound conveyor belt for onward transport to the reclaim carousels.

See related article at: http://www.janesairport360.com/article/9419/iai-st-team-wins-changi-baggage-challenge

Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at ihs.com/contact



(344 of 486 words)

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • POITIERS BIARD

    PIS/LFBI AIRFIELD REF PT.: N46 35.15 E000 18.24 ELEVATION : 423' 129m CFR : 5 MAX RWY LENGTH : 7,710' 2,350 m General Information SURFACE : Rwy 03/21, 7,710' 2,350 m, width 148' 45 m, asphalt, PCN 44 F/C/W/T. ADDITIONAL RUNWAYS : Rwy 03R/21L, 2,297' 700 m, width 148' 60 m, grass, Rwy 03L/21R,

  • HORTA

    HOR/LPHR AIRFIELD REF PT.: N38 31.19 W028 42.95 ELEVATION : 118' 36m CFR : 6 MAX RWY LENGTH : 5,233' 1,595m General Information SURFACE : Rwy 10/28, 5,233' 1,595 m, width 148' 45 m, asphalt. ADDITIONAL RUNWAYS : None. RUNWAY LIGHTING : Rwy 10: LIRL, REIL, ALSF-2, PAPI.Rwy 28: LIRL, REIL, ALSF-2,

  • PICO

    PIX/LPPI AIRFIELD REF PT.: N38 33.16 W028 26.29 ELEVATION : 109' 33m CFR : 0 MAX RWY LENGTH : 5,725' 1,745m General Information SURFACE : Rwy 09/27 Twy, 5,725' 1,745 m, width 148' 45 m, asphalt, PCN 80 F/B/W/T. ADDITIONAL RUNWAYS : None. RUNWAY LIGHTING : Rwy 09: LIRL, PAPI.Rwy 27: LIRL, ALSF-2,

  • SANTA MARIA

    SMA/LPAZ AIRFIELD REF PT.: N36 58.28 W025 10.24 ELEVATION : 308' 94m CFR : 7 MAX RWY LENGTH : 10,000' 3,048m General Information SURFACE : Rwy 18/36, 10,000' 3,048 m, width 197' 60 m, concrete. ADDITIONAL RUNWAYS : Rwy 15/33, 6,004' 1,830 m; Rwy 04/22, 4,345' 1,324 m; both asphalt; both closed.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT