Automated Truck Loading System (ATLS) has been introduced in the logistics and material handling industry to make shipping operations and automated loading and unloading trucks and trailers, faster, and safer with low operational cost. Automation has always played a crucial role in the material handling and manufacturing environment, however previously it was associated with concerns such as, difficulties in moving and removing, expensive implementation and high mechanical and software complexity. The functions of the Automated Truck Loading System (ATLS) can be defined in two ways, one-way loading and shuttle transportation. Shuttle transportation involves both loading and unloading of high volume goods (usually less than ten loads per day). The distance covered is mostly less than an hour and the fleet of trailers are modified. However, one-way loading system involves only loading of high volume outbound goods (usually less than twenty loads per day). In this functional system standard fleet of trailers are used and the distance covered is usually not fixed. The ATLS has some unique capabilities such as, ability to load a complete 53-foot trailer in less than twelve minutes, the system can be installed on any conventional dock, ability to load any unmodified regular semi-trailer, performance of any load pattern, and ability to incorporate itself into most automatic, semi-automatic, and conventional warehouse and shipping systems among other unique features. With improvements in technology, Automated Truck Loading Systems have turned out be real assets in warehouses where labors are required to walk distances in picking up and putting away of goods from one place to another. The ATLS market is a highly competitive market due to frequent technological advancements in its manufacturing.
Reduction of labor cost, less product damage, reduced truck turn-around time, i.e.; less time is spent in waiting to enter the terminal, high in and outbound volume, elimination of forklifts, and less trailer standstill are some of the benefits which are driving the ATLS market. Moreover, the decrease in labor and personnel costs and reduced number of docks is also one of the major factors driving the ATLS market.. Utilization of fleet will also increase which in turn will increase the flow of goods and improve capacity of warehouses. ATLS reduces the occurrence of accidents which ensures a safe working environment to the workers.
High maintenance cost is one of the few restraining factors likely to affect the growth of the ATLS market.
The ATLS market has been segmented based on types of system, types of end-users and geography. By system type, the ATLS market has been segmented into six broad categories, namely, skate loader system, load runner system, roller track system, carpet system, and slat system, chain system among others. The chain system, carpet system, roller track system, and slat system falls under the conveyor system. By end-use the market has been segmented into FMCG, automotive, paper industry, post and parcel, and air cargo among others.
The geographical segmentation includes, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Latin America. Europe is expected to hold the largest market share followed by North America and Asia Pacific in 2024. The growth in the usage of ATLS is mainly due to the increasing adoption of automation techniques by industries for loading and unloading of goods, thereby gaining high efficiency in terms of reduced labor costs and less turn-around time.
Some of the leading companies operating in this market are, ATLS Ltd. (Spain), Actiw OY (Finland), Ancra Systems B.V. (Netherlands), Asbreuk Service B.V. (Netherlands), Beumer Group GmbH & Co. KG. (Germany), C&D Skilled Robotics, Inc. (U.S.), Cargo Floor B.V. (Netherlands), Joloda International Ltd. (U.K.), Secon Components S.L. (Spain), and , Haver and Boecker OHG (Germany), among others.
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