UNITECHNIK provides AGVs for Emirates Flight Catering
The German logistics technology firm UNITECHNIK has provided a fleet of automatic guided vehicles to Emirates Flight Catering, along with a nearly 3-kilometre monorail that is used to transport food carts from the plan to the newly expanded centre at Dubai International Airport.
“Currently we are doing the extension of Emirates Flight Catering. We already supplied the project for phase one, which was handed over to the client in 2006. Emirates is currently producing 200 to 220 thousand meals per day and with the growth of Emirates Airlines they invested in an extension of the system,” says Hans Christian Ettengruber, managing director, UNITECHNIK Dubai.
According to Ettengruber, the use of AVGs in Dubai is still in its infancy, with EKFC leading the adoption of this new solution.
“This technology has not been used, as far as I know, in Dubai at all, the automatic guided vehicles move around in the facility and transport goods from point A to point B and you don't need an operator, it's done fully automatically,” he says.
“We are also doing another package in this extension which is package 2 - that's an overhead monorail,” he adds.
“There are now two and a half kilometres of this conveying technology in their system, which was already supplied in the first phase. The overhead monorail is used to transport the empty carts from the plane to the mezzanine where they are washed and then re-loaded with food and placed in storage,” says Ettengruber.
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