Innovative automation and digitalization solutions boost speed and efficiency

Every step of the way, we are at your side. Our solutions are designed to improve the speed and performance of your cargo terminal – whether your focus is on export, import or transit. We cooperate with our global customers and partners to provide the most modern cargo system solutions for all processes, from planning through to implementation.


Benefits

  • Extensive system engineering: From the first sketch, using simulation and emulation tools, to the installed, ready-to-operate cargo handling system
  • Process improvements: Decades of airport experience combined with our innovative and flexible equipment and proven software to boost your processes
  • Comprehensive project management: Crucial for the successful and timely delivery of any infrastructure project, greenfield and brownfield projects alike
  • Reliable system integration: Bringing it all together for our customers, providing them with a state-of-the-art cargo handling system that can grow and adapt as needs change
  • Life-cycle partnership: Safeguard the performance of cargo handling systems over their entire lifetime and, if required, the supply of upgrades and modernization

Truck on- and offloading

The function of the truck dock or reception area is to accept ULDs from trucks at various heights above road level. And as the link between the landside and airside, solutions in this area have to support fast and flexible processes. Siemens’ offering for truck docks is tailored to your cargo system needs and includes everything from weighing scales to operator cabins.
Is the focus on speed? A special offering from Siemens is the movable truck dock. It supports ULD transfers from several trucks at the same time. The result is even higher output.

Bulk handling

Fork lifts and pallet movers are basic tools of the trade in the bulk and pallet storage area. In addition, we also offer our ULD-mover. With it, ULDs can be picked up from floor level and maneuvered inside and around a cargo terminal – for example to the workstation to speed up the commissioning process.
In many cases, ULDs have to be stored until takeoff time. For optimized cargo storage, we integrate small, manually operated systems all the way to complex, automatic systems for several thousand ULD and bulk cargo storage locations.

Cargo system buildup and breakdown

Freight is selected and consolidated at the workstation or buildup and breakdown area. We have developed an extensive product portfolio for this zone that integrates all safety aspects. For example, our workstations can be designed as a fixed or sink-in version in either a wide or narrow configuration. We also offer a workstation that forklifts can drive over.
Another key product for buildup and breakdown is the slave pallet. This manually operated roller deck can be comfortably moved with special pallet movers for an added degree of flexibility inside the warehouse.

Internal transport

From one end of a hall to another and up and down in storage systems: ULDs frequently have to be moved within a cargo handling facility. The solutions have to be safe for operating personnel, and of course economical.
Whatever your requirements, Siemens has just what you need. Our portfolio includes transfer vehicles for horizontal movements, elevating transfer vehicles for multi-level cargo handling systems, all the way to stacker cranes that can reach heights of up to 40 meters.

ULD storage

The cargo storage system is used to store ULDs or pallets. Every cargo compartment can be designed to hold one or multiple ULDs or pallets. The cargo compartment is equipped with a roller deck on which the ULDs move. Generally speaking, two types of roller deck can be installed: a friction-driven or a motor-driven roller deck. Siemens offers both, and aligns the solution with the internal transport technology in place.
For temperature-sensitive products like food, flowers and pharmaceuticals, Siemens implements special cold and deep-freeze storage areas for ULDs at air cargo terminals.

Airside transfer

After ULDs and pallets have been processed in the cargo terminal, they are transferred to the airside via the dolly dock. At the same time, the dolly dock serves as the incoming position for ULDs and pallets unloaded from incoming flights for further processing in the cargo terminal. For the transfer to and from the airfield, the dolly docks are height-adjustable. Depending upon the cargo terminal’s configuration, a range of options is possible:
• Friction- or motor-driven roller decks
• Roller ball mats
• Weighing scales
• Protection barriers

Air Cargo Security

As your experienced partner, we can integrate any necessary security equipment in your air cargo terminal. This includes systems that scan ULDs and bulk freight to detect stowaways, improvised explosive devices (EDS/HDX), weapons, drugs and contraband. Video monitoring and fire protection systems are also part of the offering. We design the security system in accordance with your requirements and system layout to guarantee optimized material flow.

Cargo Compact software - takes everything into consideration

Within the terminal, all material flows are mapped and optimized with Cargo Compact. The software manages the business processes in the terminal and guides the material flow required for import, export and transit, including buildup and breakdown as core processes. Cargo Compact helps ensure that cargo is handled according to specifications and time schedules. Transparency is an essential aspect, as all documentation is transferred to the different stakeholders automatically – and it can even be viewed using handheld devices. Plus, every action in the terminal is recorded and the data can be used to provide statistics and dashboard KPIs. Remote operations are supported with Cargo Compact. Finally, maintenance tools monitor equipment usage and provide notices at an early stage.

With Siemens as innovation partner, we are setting new standards in the air cargo industry. With end-to-end digitalization of our processes we are able to tailor our services even more closely to our customer’s requirements and further increase our competitiveness.

Bernd StruckSenior Vice President UAE Cargo & DWC Airline Services for dnata, 2017