DB Schenker has tested Kamag’s automated swap-body transporter, Wiesel, at its site in Nuremberg.
Manufactured by Kamag to transport standard freight containers at logistics yards, the Wiesel serves to analyse and evaluate automated processes in the logistics supply chain, says Kamag. The vehicle will only be used on company grounds and will not be deployed in public spaces.
Erik Wirsing, vice president global innovation at DB Schenker, said: "Digitalisation improves efficiency throughout the entire transportation ecosystem. The use of driverless transportation systems is already an important component of our logistics processes. The evaluation of the test phase will show how we integrate the system into our overland transportation system.”
In the long term, the aim is to maximise the cost-effectiveness of automated swap-body vehicles and to match the turnaround time of vehicles manned by drivers. In comparison with regular swap-body transporters, potential benefits include reduced personnel costs and longer maintenance intervals.
The automated operation of the Wiesel also reduces pollutant emissions and noise.
Bernd Schwengsbier, managing director at Kamag, part of the TII Group, said: “The pilot project allows us to analyse the potential of the technology in specific everyday logistics applications. This will help us to further develop and improve the technology.”
TII Group, which includes four specialist businesses - Scheuerle, Nicolas, TIIGER and Kamag, is one of the leading manufacturers of heavy load transport solutions. This first pilot project into the use of automated vehicles in the logistics supply chain could be indicative the company's future plans.