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Robotic Baggage Handling

by Bernd Schnoor and Norbert Cottone , as published in the 2003 International Robots & Vision Show and Conference Proceedings CD-ROM
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For the past several decades now, baggage handling systems at major airports have successfully deployed automated conveyor systems and intelligent sorter technologies. Nevertheless, the most difficult operation in the entire baggage handling process is still performed manually, and entails the physical laoding of baggage into ULDs and onto transport carts. This operation remains a difficult and extremely labor intensive endeavor that is both physically demanding and fraught with numerous disability injuries, as well as high employee turnover.

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