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Slip Robotics demonstrated its automated trailer loading/unloading system (ATLS) at ProMat 2023. The omnidirectional robot is designed to carry up to 8 full pallets and a total of 6 tons. It is capable of autonomously driving into a tractor-trailer for transport to the next destination. Three ATLS robots can fit inside a typical tractor-trailer.
Fork truck operators do not need to enter the trailer and instead load and unload pallets onto the Slip ATLS in the open loading dock. The best part of the optimization with Slip AMR is that driver waiting time can be reduced from 1.5 hours down to 5 minutes.
The Slip ATLS travels with the load to the destination, where it drives off the trailer, onto the dock for unloading and loading. A loaded set of ATLS robots would then drive onto the trailer for immediate departure.
The business model for Slip is that a logistics company would have a set (of three) ATLS robots for each loading bay on their loading dock. The ATLS robots would swap out as each new trailer arrives. Then the dock staff would unload the full pallets and reload the ATLS with the next trailer load of pallets.
If you are visiting ProMat, check out the Slip Robotics at Booth # N6739.