TOC EUROPE 2022

PUTTING YELLOW HELMETS ON

TOC EUROPE 2022 - FOR GLOBAL CONTAINER SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS 14 - 16 June 2022, Rotterdam, Ahoy Centre

GIM Robotics has been developing state-of-the-art solutions for all-weather GNSS- and supportive infrastructure-free 3D-localization, 3D-environmental modeling and 3D-situational awareness for various domains and use cases. Logistics has been one of our focus areas since the beginning of the company. Ports have been one of the earliest, albeit restricted, areas where large scale autonomous solutions in the generic field of mobile working machines have been implemented. We are well-prepared to present at TOC EUROPE 22 how our solutions can raise the overall autonomy level and expand the autonomous usage of new machine types in this complicated use case, where everything – except humans – is big.

A HUGE DYNAMIC 3D-PUZZLE TO SOLVE

Port environment can be characterized with three tangible components: the ships, the containers and the machines needed for all relevant logistics operations. Numerous containers piled on a huge container ship or on a modern port, are like LEGO® bricks designed for some mythological giants. But because there are no real-life giants capable of moving ocean containers, we need some serious machines for the various tasks required for full-scale operations on port areas. Due to the complexity of the operations needed to get containers on and off the ships, to their dynamic interim storages and finally onboard a truck, train, or whatever is needed to get them to the clients, we must have several types of mobile machines.
Modern ports are like huge living organisms. Optimizing their performance is not for a faint hearted. (Shutterstock / Anita van den Brock)

ALL SORTS OF MACHINES

Some of them are gigantic to perform the needed operations on a ship. They can be fixed, moving on tracks or in some cases even on huge wheels. Another type of machine focuses on moving individual containers from the dock to the interim container storage area. It will either place it in the right location, if possible, or leave it close to it. After that, smaller machines will move containers to the port exit area or stack it to the right spot in a wall of containers. Regardless of the actual number of needed machines and their types, there are few requirements common for all of them. They must be, well massive, but on top of that, safe, precise, and fast. Electrification is not a bad idea, either.
Full automation of all relevant machines needed for various logistics operations will be a tough cookie to crack, but the business is progressing one use case and one machine type at a time. (Shutterstock / Nikolay Antropov)

AUTONOMY LEVEL IS THE THING

When one wants to increase the productivity of the whole port and cargo supply chain, he/she will naturally optimize the needed complex machines, and processes as much as possible. However, although the machines are expensive, a big part of the operational costs come from the manual labor. And in this context, in this operational design domain, the only obvious way to proceed is to increase the autonomy level of some of those machines all the way to full autonomy, as has been done by some of the main players in this field.

NEW SOLUTIONS NEEDED

Tight safety regulations and standards have been slowing the introduction of full autonomy on the system level and resulted in partial autonomy solutions on subsystem level (machine type) in (partially) restricted areas. Standards are naturally evolving together with component and algorithm advancements, and some relaxations are bound to happen in the future. However, it is more likely that the development will happen in the form of full autonomy of some vehicle types. In order for that to happen, those machines need to have first-class localization and situational awareness capabilities. Current solutions, which are mostly based on safety classified 2D-LiDARs (for SA) and various fixed supportive infrastructure (for localization) are stiff and not so easy to extend to new areas and to new machine types. We have something better to offer.
Localization, environmental modeling and situational awareness belong to GIM Robotics' core competence. Rain or snow. It does not matter.

MEET OUR PORT GUYS

TOC EUROPE 2022 is the Annual General Meeting for port and cargo supply chain professionals where they can meet C-level decision-makers and influencers, engineers, automation leads, digitalisation specialists and more. We will send two of our finest, David Lopez Lopez (left) and Sami Stenman (right) – “brothers from different mothers” – to TOC Europe 2022. They are there to tell any interested party how we can help companies, which are struggling to increase their productivity by raising the level of autonomy of their machines.

Make no mistake, these guys have been playing with their LEGO® bricks from their early childhoods. They have a pretty clear idea what piece fits where.

You can reach David (david.lopez@gimrobotics.fi | +358 50 551 7334) and Sami (sami.stenman@gimrobotics.fi | +358 44 796 1006) and meet them at TOC Europe 2022 in Rotterdam.

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