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Autonomous unloading of heavy deformable goods : market opportunities

  • The EU funded project RobLog recently developed a system able to autonomously unload coffee sacks from a standard container. Being the first of its kind, a further development is needed in order for the system to be competitive against manual labor. Financing this development entails a risk, hence a justified skepticism, which can be overcome by the longsighted view of the existing market potential. This paper presents a method to estimate the market potential of autonomous unloading systems for heavy deformable goods. Starting from the analysis of the coffee trade, first the current coffee traffic is investigated in order to calculate the number of autonomous systems needed to handle the imported sacks; Results are validated and the method is extended for the calculation of the potential of other market segments, where the same unloading technology can be applied.

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Author of HS ReutlingenUrru, Augusto; Bonini, Marco; Burbach, Timo; Höng, Elena; Stein, Philipp; Echelmeyer, Wolfgang
Erschienen in:2015 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations And Logistics, And Informatics (SOLI) : 15 - 17 Nov 2015, Yassmine Hammamet, Tunisia
Place of publication:Piscataway, NJ
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2015
Tag:autonomous unloading; deformable goods; logistics; market potential
Page Number:6
First Page:54
Last Page:59
DDC classes:658 Allgemeines Management
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt