Siemens Logistics has launched a new fully automated unloading solution called RUBUS, which the company claims will help improve efficiency in sorting centers.
The solution was developed in response to growing parcel numbers worldwide and the need to handle these faster. According to Siemens, thanks to RUBUS, parcel service providers can unload trailers at unprecedented speeds and therefore operations can become more efficient.
“Siemens’ RUBUS optimizes the parcel unloading process fundamentally,” said Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Logistics. “With this new technology, unloading is possible without any manual intervention. It is therefore up to 20 times faster than before. With RUBUS, we are setting a milestone in innovations and support our customers in significantly increasing their productivity.”
Gert Seidel, CEO of Siemens Logistics in the USA, added, “RUBUS has been successfully integrated into existing facilities in the USA and has shown top performance during operations. Additional benefits are a much faster trailer turnaround, no physically demanding manual unloading, and facilities can be designed with a smaller physical footprint and significantly fewer inbound dock doors.”
RUBUS uses a unique method where parcels are unloaded fully automatically and at high speed with the aid of belts. The system enables a throughput of up to 25,000 items per hour. This rate is controllable, and can be throttled dynamically at a central control station to match available system capacity. RUBUS can be configured for bulk flow as well as stream flow. In addition, it is easily adjustable to any facility without structural modifications.