EFFICIENT TRANSPORT
OF AIR CARGO
AT THE TERMINAL

A MULTITUDE OF TASKS
ONE SERIES

The X-Way Mover from HUBTEX | DIMOS in use outdoors
Air cargo goods include:
Electrical goods
Aid supplies
Clothing
Aircraft, space and motor vehicles
Machines
Optical equipment
Plants
Pharmaceutical and chemical products

Truck Dock

A stationary device with a hydraulic lifting unit, which allows air cargo to be loaded into and unloaded out of trucks. The conveyor is brought to the same level as the truck loading ramp for this purpose. Horizontal transport of the ULDs is usually carried out by a roller conveyor.

ULD Mover

ULD Movers are wheeled, unsprung platform transporters for the transportation of ULDs. Dolly docks are used airside to transfer ULDs to and from airfield transport vehicles. The dolly train transports multiple ULDs on the apron to the aircraft.

ULD Pallet Mover

An electrically operated industrial truck for transporting slave pallets. ULDs are transported using these pallets, which are made of sheet metal and have multiple rows of rollers. The pallets can be lifted using a lifting unit.

Regalbediengerät (Elevating Transfer Vehicles, kurz ETV)

ULDs are stored in a racking system in the terminal for a certain period of time. The Elevating Transfer Vehicle moves the ULDs horizontally and vertically via a lift and roller conveyor. The device is guided by rails.

Transferfahrzeug (Transfer Vehicle, kurz TV)

Vehicles that handle the horizontal transport of ULDs on one level. They can be operated semi-automatically and fully automatically and consist of a simple construction with integrated roller conveyor. The transport direction is usually predetermined by rails.

Checklist

what you can achieve with a muktifunctional transport vehicle?

  • Allows the transport of goods and ULDs Without scratches, breaks or other damage
  • Overcomes system limitations,, is insensitive to temperature and can be used in many different ways (indoors and outdoors).
  • Leads to an increase in energy efficiency through the use of electric drives and powerful motors.
  • Lowers operating costs by using state-of-the-art technology with minimal repair requirements.
  • Does not need much space for turning and steering, making it ideal for confined rooms and spaces.
  • Offers a long service life and high availability.
  • Offers a backup solution to ensure high process reliability.
  • Offers a high level of comfort for the driver and allows an optimal view of the working area.
  • Provides a high degree of flexibility when carrying out all the work required in the terminal. It should be possible to adapt equipment variants and add-ons to individual requirements and different work processes.
  • Meets the IATA standards.
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X-Way Mover

1. OPTIMAL MANOEUVRABILITY

The new HX steering (limitless 360° steering) leads to increased manoeuvrability of the vehicles. Even in confined spaces, the X-Way Mover offers optimal manoeuvrability, and is able to switch from longitudinal to transverse travel without stopping. The patented HX steering results in reduced tyre wear and accelerated work processes. The steering mechanism is also intuitive and easy to use.

The X-Way Mover from HUBTEX | DIMOS transporting ULDs

2. IMPRESSIVE LOAD CAPACITY

The construction of the vehicles is based on a modular system in which load capacities, lift heights and vehicle widths can be adapted to the particular application in accordance with the IATA standard. The most recent model, the X-Way Mover 140, carries loads up to 14,000 kg and is specially designed to handle 20-ft. ULD containers. The X-Way Mover 70 is suitable for handling 10-ft. ULD containers and has a load capacity of up to
7000 kg. As a result, its outer dimensions are smaller than those of the X-Way Mover 140. Both vehicles have two masts for maximum stability and a platform width of 2500 mm. The lift heights vary between 200 and 7200 mm.

3. COMFORT FOR THE DRIVER

The weather-proofed and air-conditioned cabin of the X-Way Mover is designed for optimal ergonomics. The driver benefits from excellent all-round visibility and increased ease of use. The information terminal has been redesigned and provides important information about the vehicle and its operation. For example, the exact wheel position of the vehicle can be displayed.

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The X-Way Mover from HUBTEX | DIMOS on uneven ground

4. SAFE Transport

The X-Way Mover’s 2500-mm wide platform is equipped with a robust, electro-hydraulic roller deck that can be controlled proportionally. To gently move the ULDs, the rollers on the load transfer side are covered with rubber. Retractable load protection devices prevent the ULDs from slipping. In many terminals, electric front loaders are currently being used to unload and load the trucks. Since these trucks do not have a multidirectional running gear, wider aisles are required. The ULDs are lifted with the forks and moved to the destination – often under tight time constraints. Damage to the goods cannot be prevented in many cases. The X-Way Mover, on the other hand, can be used both indoors and outdoors, and transports the goods gently and safely with the roller deck.

5. LOW EMISSIONS AND EFFICIENT OPERATION

The focus of development for the latest generation of the X-Way Mover is the electric drive, which will in future cover all airport applications. Whereas previous systems were limited to outdoor use on the apron or indoor use in the logistics processing area, the X-Way Mover is not restricted to specific locations. This is thanks to the fast charging times of lithium-ion batteries. However, the use of these lithium-ion batteries is usually only suited to multi-shift operations with longer operating hours. For shorter operating times, high-performance lead-acid batteries are available as an alternative. The charging infrastructure and the existing drive technologies of the entire vehicle fleet at the airport often prevents the electrification of the trucks. Therefore, the X-Way Mover is also available with a diesel drive motor for outdoor use only or a hybrid drive for combined indoor and outdoor use.

The X-Way Mover from HUBTEX | DIMOS can also be easily maneuvered in the dark

6. ACCELERATED HANDLING PROCESS

By replacing individual vehicles and stationary equipment such as the Elevating Transfer Vehicle in the terminal, the storage capacities can be doubled or even trebled with the same space requirement. By eliminating the interfaces, the entire work process is optimised and accelerated. The X-Way Mover can remove goods from the truck and transport them directly to the first, second or third rack level for storage. The multi-purpose vehicle offers a complete logistics solution from airside to landside.

The X-Way Mover from HUBTEX | DIMOS carrying out a handling process in the aviation industry

7. REDUCED OPERATING COSTS AND CONSTANT AVAILABILITY

Since a single vehicle is used in the air cargo area instead of many individual vehicles, maintenance and operating costs are reduced enormously. Efficiency increases because there is less downtime of individual vehicles or even no downtime at all. When multiple X-Way Movers are used in parallel, device failures are no longer a problem since the vehicle can be used universally for various work processes and therefore offers a replacement for every single ULD handling step. For vehicles with a hybrid drive, the battery is recharged during diesel operation. Even a complete replacement of the battery pack can be carried out in no time at all. Therefore, the X-Way Mover can be used 24/7.

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Cargo Camel von HUBTEX und DIMOS

The X-Way Mover can be coupled to interfaces with existing systems and can be optimally integrated into the handling process. Since the X-Way Mover is limited to the transport of individual ULDs due to its dimensions, partners HUBTEX and Dimos have developed a ground-breaking concept as a replacement for dolly trains: the X-Way transporter. This allows multiple ULDs to be transported to the apron to load the aircraft. Conventional transport vehicles often have a length of up to 20 metres, which results in increased space requirements and difficulty manoeuvring. In contrast, the X-Way transporter is extremely manoeuvrable  due to its multidirectional steering mechanism and smaller space requirement. Recurring routes and processes make the handling sector ideally suited to automation solutions. 

Interfaces to the warehouse management system are created to map and optimise material flows. Another important step is the introduction of Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems, which are used to transport and handle air cargo. Using autonomous systems to connect multiple logistics halls offers advantages for the customer with regard to efficiency and process optimisation. The batteries can be changed automatically at designated battery replacement facilities. Since depleted batteries are replaced with charged batteries in the shortest possible time, the vehicles are available on an almost continuous basis.

HUBTEX And DIMOS

HUBTEX and its partner DIMOS are system suppliers in the air cargo sector. Together they are developing sustainable vehicles and logistics solutions to further optimise handling processes.