inter airport Europe 2017: Vanderlande launches its FLEET

10 October 2017
FLEET autonomous guided vehicle. Source: Vanderlande

Autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) technology from Vanderlande made its debut at inter airport Europe in Munich from 10 to 13 October.

The Netherlands-based firm (bought by Toyota Industries Corporation earlier in 2017) used the event to launch its FLEET flexible logistics solution, which effectively removes the need for fixed conveyors and sorters in an airport baggage-handling system (BHS). Each bag is carried in a separate AGV, which determines the most optimal route through an airport.

Specific vehicles can be assigned priority status for on-time delivery; Vanderlande claimed that “swarm intelligence – combined with advanced data analytics – enables continuous adaptation and improvement”.

FLEET AGVs are recyclable and consume up to 50% less energy than a conventional BHS, according to Vanderlande, helping airports to meet exacting environmental targets. FLEET can be deployed at an airport in a few months, and the use of AGVs enables more bags to be handled per cubic metre than in a traditional BHS. As a compact solution, it also allows space-constrained airports to open up more room for revenue-generating activities such as shops and restaurants.

Vanderlande named Lelystad Airport in the Netherlands as the launch customer for FLEET. The AGV solution is to be in place by 2019 to align with a broader upgrade. Vanderlande is working with Viggo, which is heading the terminal upgrade and holds a 10-year contract to provide all airport services at Lelystad.

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