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ABT (Autonomous Baggage Train)

Winner - Spark!

Competition: Spark:Transport
Designer: Simon Larsson - Industrial Design Student
Design Type: Vehicle/Problem solving
Company / Organization / School: Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University
Website: http://simonlarsson-sketchwall.blogspot.se/

The Airport staff working with baggage handling have a tough job, lifting up to 15 tons/day per person. Every bag gets lifted manually 6 times on its way from check in to the baggage drop band which is why the work is very repetitive and often leads to back, shoulder and other kinds of physical problems. The ABT (Autonomous Baggage Train) is designed for transporting bags between the airport terminals and the airplanes and has the ability to load/unload the baggage with no manual handling needed. It removes 4 of the 6 manual lifting moments, shortens the waiting time for the passengers, reduces the wear on both baggage and the airport’s baggage bands and contributes to a safer working environment. The 10 week long thesis project was made in collaboration with Swedavia, TYA and Aviator. Through my partners I have been able to spend relatively much time with baggage workers and people higher up in the hierarchy and I have received surprisingly positive feedback on my ideas from the leading groups of people in Sweden within this area. Swedavia are still interested in the concept and therefore there is a chance that the ABT could become reality.