Automated Freight Terminals: The Next Step



Pedro Galveia, Yard and Ship Planner, Sotagus Santa Apolonia Container Terminal, Lisbon, Portugal


Automation comes from the Latin ‘Automatus’, meaning to move for yourself. According to the Boston Consulting Group, the tasks performed by robots will pass from 10 to about 25% in manufactured industries by 2025. Its adoption is expected to make an increase in productivity of around 30%. Electronic products, computers, electrical equipment and components, transportation equipment and machinery will be responsible for about 75% of automation during the next decade. Automation frees time for analysis of the other phases of the operational processes.

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