dnata has contracted cargo terminal solutions Lödige Industries to supply its new cargo terminal at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Airport infrastructure improvement works underway at Schiphol have made it necessary for dnata to move into a new terminal building, which is scheduled to become operational in 2024. The new building will be developed by Schiphol Commercial Real Estate and designed by the architectural firm DP6. Lödige Industries will fit it with a fully automated system developed to meet the evolving needs of dnata’s customers at Schiphol.

Two separate automatic storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) with 12 stacker cranes are used in the terminal for import and export, and there is space to store 2,500 pallets. Additional storage for up to 700 ULDs is served by four elevating transport vehicles (ETVs). To ensure flexible and scalable ULD transport within the terminal, dnata will also deploy seven intelligent automated guided vehicles (AGV) – a Lödige Industries innovation that is being used here for the first time on a large scale.

Smart gates, which automatically record the volume and weight of all incoming shipments through 3D scans and thus significantly speed up handling, will also feature. A comprehensive high-performance warehouse management system integrating all elements will enable dnata to further expand its operations and service at Schiphol. The high level of automation saves space and time, increases safety levels, and frees up staff for higher-value tasks, according to dnata.

“We are very proud of this new order from dnata, with whom we have already partnered very successfully. During the initial stages, our team worked very closely with the architects to ensure the new terminal can take full advantage of our high-tech automation solutions and support dnata in its growth plans,” said Arthur van Brink, managing director Benelux, Lödige Industries.