Dematic PackMyRide: The World's First Fully Automated Parcel Loading Solution

Heusenstamm, 19 February 2019 – Dematic presents the Dematic PackMyRide automation system, the world's first fully automated solution concept for parcel loading. With this, the intralogistics automation specialist underlines its pioneering role and once again proves its innovative strength. Currently, the Subsystem is being tested in a pilot project in one of the newest distribution centres of the project partner DPD in Nagold. There, the system picks up the packages from the existing intralogistics system and moves them to mobile racks via a rack feeder device. The racks are designed in a way that Dematic´s Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) can fully automatically transport them into the delivery vehicle. This will not only offer a relieve of physical work to the delivery drivers, but also add value by significantly reducing the time required for loading the vehicles. It is expected that up to 80 percent of the package range can be handled by the system. At the LogiMAT, together with DPD, Dematic will be presenting Dematic PackMyRide to the public for the first time in the exclusive context of the Black Box.

"With Dematic PackMyRide, we're revolutionising parcel loading for the last mile by introducing the world's first automated solution concept in this segment," says Dr. Daniel Jarr, Project Lead for Dematic PackMyRide. With the automation system, several delivery tours can be loaded simultaneously, offering a significantly higher productivity and efficiency in parcel handling. "Our innovative solution concept not only provides ergonomic relief for the drivers, but also saves a great deal of time, which benefits the parcel delivery company along the value chain," says Jarr. The manual loading of the vehicles is a time-consuming step for the parcel delivery companies, which can be completely taken over by the automation system in the future. 

Thomas Steverding, Senior Group Manager for Process & Development at DPD Germany, explains why the parcel service provider readily participated in this project: "While our parcel sorter systems are already highly automated, at the end of the process the packages for the last mile are still handled completely manually today. For the first time, Dematic's innovative solution concept shows how we can support and relieve the human workforce at this point. We are very pleased to test this promising development."

The system is currently being tested in the distribution centre of the development partner DPD. Dematic PackMyRide receives the packages from the intralogistics system and transports them to a scanning unit, where volume, weight and barcode data are verified for optimal sorting. In the Dematic Sequencing Tower, the packages are then stored temporarily to pass them in the desired order to a pusher unit. At this point, the system differentiates between two types of packages, Jarr explains: "If something be wrong with the package, it will be redirected to a manual line." Otherwise, the package is loaded onto a rack feeder that moves along lined up mobile racks and places the packages at the pre-calculated location. When a rack is fully loaded, it can easily be removed from the system and transported to the delivery vehicle manually. As an alternative, Dematic provides automatic transport with its AGV-Systems.

Dematic PackMyRide is not only suitable for parcel delivery companies, but can also be used in other industry sectors. "The automation system is a pioneer in productivity-enhancing optimisation for the last mile in a variety of segments," says Jarr. Dematic develops an individual solution based on specific requirements. "We offer the system as an innovative solution concept and are open to further cooperation." says Jarr. Together with project partner DPD, the intralogistics specialist Dematic will be presenting Dematic PackMyRide at the LogiMAT in Hall 1, booth H61, by means of video recordings in the booth's own Black Box.


About Dematic

The Dematic Group is a leading provider of integrated automation technology, software and supply chain optimisation services. Dematic employs more than 7,000 logistics professionals and has development centres and manufacturing facilities around the world. Dematic is part of the KION Group and has implemented more than 6,000 inte-grated systems for its customer base, comprising small, medium and large companies in a wide variety of industries.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Dematic is a member of the KION Group - a world leader in forklift and warehouse technology, related services and supply chain solutions. In more than 100 countries, the KION Group's logistics solutions optimise the flow of materials and information in factories, warehouses and distribution centres. The Group is Europe's largest manufacturer of industrial trucks, the world's number two and also a leading supplier of automation technology.

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