There is no lack of digital tools that can be implemented – this became clear at Frankfurt Air Cargo Innovation Lab 2018.
At Frankfurt Airport’s CargoCity Süd, newly developed “smart trailers” will ensure that air freight can be transported autonomously and in line with demand in the future.
In the joint AutoTruck project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructure Systems and partners from industry are working on fully automated distribution trucks for automation zones.
Frankfurt is the first major airport to test RampVR. Aircraft handlers and loadmasters will soon be using the program to rehearse two dispatch processes.
The latest industry trends and innovative business models will once again be discussed at Frankfurt Airport.
Engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines launched a pilot project at the beginning of 2018 aiming at making maintenance of aircraft turbines faster, more efficient, and even safer. Partners in the project include the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg.
In the UFO project, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has investigated ways to integrate unmanned cargo aircraft in conventional air traffic.
“Electrically operated trucks are an especially efficient solution on the path to climate-neutral freight transport,” states Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the Federal Environmental Ministry. In Hesse, the first German eHighway will be installed on one of the most frequented sections of the autobahn.
Whereas the automated snow-removal equipment is being tested out in non-public areas, Fraport has also tested the use of highly automated vehicles in mixed traffic on a popular road within the airport for the first time as part of an additional pilot project.
Fraport AG is exploring potential professional applications for drones at Frankfurt Airport in the FRADrones 2020 project.
In collaboration with European partners from business and industry, researchers from the Technische Universität Berlin (Technical University of Berlin – TU) are developing gentle hands for robots. Funded by the European Union, the project is being conducted under the name “SOMA” – short for “Soft Manipulation.”
The question isn’t whether established companies operating in the transportation and logistics industries will be affected by disruptive developments, but rather when and how they will be affected and what the consequences will be.
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is gearing up for the future with new production technologies. One field of research is 3D printing. Metal or synthetic powder is laser-welded, layer by layer, during the additive process.
Shipments are opened without permission, dangerous substances are illegally imported, and even entire transport containers are stolen: Unfortunately, situations like this happen over and over again in the aviation industry.
Leading figures in the airfreight industry, prestigious representatives from transport logistics and innovative start-ups: Industry experts and newcomers will once again discuss business models with a future during the second edition of the Frankfurt Air Cargo Innovation Lab on September 26-27, 2017, at Frankfurt Airport.
The world’s first driverless transport system started operating at an Oslo airport in July. In cooperation with its project partner E&K Automation, the company Gebr. Heinemann designed a custom-made transport solution to supply its shops located at the Norwegian airport.
Malawi has established the first permanent drone flight paths for humanitarian aid in Africa. The flight corridor around the airfield of Kasungu, located in the heart of the country in Southeast Africa, has a 40-kilometer radius and the drones can fly a maximum of 400 meters above ground.