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TUMCREATE is a research platform for the improvement of Singapore's public transportation, including the deployment of electric and autonomous mobility. Researchers from Technical University Munich and Nanyang Technological University join forces and are funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation as part of the Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE).

TUMCREATE is made up of over 100 scientists, researchers and engineers led by Professors from the Technical University of Munich and Nanyang Technological University.

Labour-intensive areas at Changi Airport, in particular the build-up and break down of aviation cargo, pose great challenges for Singapore to keep up with the rapid growth of its aviation sector. With the aim of automating this process, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) selected and funded TUMCREATE under Aviation Challenge 2.

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As part of the challenge, our team successfully developed a high ”Technology Readiness Level” system combining sensor-based robot technology, novel mechatronics and advanced control. With this, we are first in the world to address the high-mix, high-volume issues of air cargo that makes automation difficult. 

BACKGROUND

“ World-wide air freight is expected to more than double over the next 20 years ”

-  Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast 2016 - 2017 

We are ready.

In October 2017, SPEEDCARGO successfully constructed a P6P air freight pallet measuring 3 meters in height and 4 tonnes in weight. We achieved a packing density of 86%. 

world's first air cargo pallet fully packed by a robotic system