Depending on the size of a container, different pins have to be set up for locking (yellow in the picture) when it is loaded onto rail wagons.

Robotics in rail freight could soon be a reality

Photo: HHLA. Thies Rätzke / HHLA

A project launched by Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and Fraunhofer CML is trying to find a way to use mobile robotics to automate the process of container pin handling in rail processing. This procedure, which still needs to be done manually, will speed up thanks to a mobile robot using a gripper arm. HHLA and the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML are committed to making the port logistics systems suitable for mobile robotics within two and a half years.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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