Autonomous truck loading

TRAPO closes safety gap between warehouse and loading bay

Autonomous truck loading: By dispensing with forklifts in the warehouse and loading area, TRAPO GmbH defuses this danger zone and realizes the handling of goods with the TRAPO Loading System (TLS 3600) in terms of effective overall logistics safely and with short distances.

The compact, autonomous TRAPO loading system is unique in terms of function and design. The TLS 3600 gets its name from a special feature: It loads three pallets of 1,200 kg each, i.e. 3,600 kg, in parallel in a single operation.

Autonomous loading takes place in three central steps. First, up to three pallets are placed next to each other in a row on the stationary part of the system (step 1) and aligned. This is followed by picking up (step 2) and loading of the row (step 3). During the loading process, another row of pallets is formed and provided on the stationary part. A continuous process that saves time and distance and avoids waiting times during pallet loading.


  • Safety at the loading bay – no need for forklift trucks
  • Fully automated for truck loading / for any industry
  • Autonomous regulation of the position before and during truck entry
  • Reduction of loading time up to 30 minutes
    (depending on the load/14-meter trailer with 33 pallets pick-up)
  • Special hygienic design
  • Closes safety gap between warehouse and loading bay

3 pallets each are positioned next to each other in a row

In the waiting position the row is provided

Loading into the truck

Top flexibility: the variants of the TLS series.

Those interested in autonomous loading have the choice between a 1:1 system or a mobile variant.

The 1:1 system always operates a loading hatch “fix-wired” (cable-connected), receiving power via a cable. Alternatively, a rechargeable battery can be integrated in the 1:1 variant.

If the TLS is to move between several charging hatches, it must first be clarified whether structural changes can be made to the hall floor. In this case, rails are laid, the TLS is placed on these rails and driven via a cable.

Alternatively, the loading system can be wheel-driven.

From the warehouse into the truck – can’t any competitor do that?

Not in this patented form! Up to now, there have mainly been one-shot systems. Here, the entire load for a truck is prepared in the loading zone and loaded in one go. This often requires a structural change in the truck as well. Above all, however, a lot of space is unnecessarily blocked by this parking space, which is about 20 meters long, in what is already a tight area.

Honored with the Handling Award

Handling Award TRAPO

Technical details

  • TLS 3600 (3,6t payload)

Permanently installed

Movable on rails

Wheel driven movable

Maximum capacity per loading operation: three pallets of 1,200 kg each.

Total unit: 7.75 m
With forks: 4.30

TLS: approx. 2.20 m

Conveying height: 1,40 m

Ramp height
Loading bridge inclination 4

per loading operation: three pallets of 1,200 kg each, total 3,600 kg.

Unloaded 5.3 t, loaded 8.9 t

Autonomous driving: laser scanner for contour detection on the loading unit; distance sensors for position detection; rear-wheel steering in the vehicle

Loading time:
Reduction to up to 30 minutes (depending on the load/for a 14-meter trailer holding 33 pallets).

Power supply:

TLS cable-connected or with rechargeable battery

Delivery of Euro pallets either by shuttle fleet or rigid conveyor system

No structural modifications to the trailer necessary

Required area for autonomous loading and unloading in the loading zone:

Approx. 14.00 m Total length: 6.54 m TLM + 4.34m TLS + 3.00 m shunting distance TLS

Thorsten Lütke
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