Siemens Logistics develops RUBUS for fully automated parcel unloading

Nov 28, 2019:  Siemens Logistics has developed RUBUS, a fully automated unloading solution to meet the growing needs of the parcel logistics industry. Through RUBUS, parcel service providers can unload trailers at unprecedented speeds, making hub operations more efficient and flexible.

“Siemens' RUBUS optimises the parcel unloading process fundamentally. With this new technology, unloading is possible without any manual intervention. It is therefore up to 20 times faster than before. With RUBUS, we are setting a milestone in innovations and support our customers in significantly increasing their productivity,” said Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Logistics.

RUBUS uses a unique method where parcels are unloaded fully automatically and at high speed with the aid of belts. The system allows a throughput of up to 25,000 items per hour. This rate is controllable, and it can be throttled dynamically at a central control station to match available system capacity. RUBUS can be configured for bulk flow as well as stream flow. In addition, it is easily adjustable to any facility without structural modifications.

“RUBUS has been successfully integrated into existing facilities in the USA and has shown top performance during operations. Additional benefits are a much faster trailer turn around, no physically demanding manual unloading, and facilities can be designed with a smaller physical footprint and significantly fewer inbound dock doors,” explained Gert Seidel, CEO, Siemens Logistics in the United States.