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The Autonomous Baggage Train
Winner - Gold
Designer: Simon Larsson - Industrial Design Student
Design Type: Vehicle/Problem solving
Company / Organization / School: Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University
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) removes 4 of these 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 (owner of most Swedish airports), TYA (the Swedish Transport Compartment's Professional- and Working Environment Committee) and Aviator (A company working with baggage handling at Arlanda airport). Through my partners I have been able to spend relatively much time with baggage workers and people higher up in the hierarchy at one smaller and one bigger Airport and I have been able to discuss my ideas with the leading groups of people in Sweden within this area. Swedavia is still interested in the concept and therefore there is a chance that the ABT could become reality.