Lufthansa Cargo modernises RFS high-rack storage system in Frankfurt

Image: Lufthansa Cargo Center (LCC) at Frankfurt Airport

Lufthansa Cargo, supported by Miebach Consulting, is modernising the infrastructure for its road feeder services (RFS) at its Frankfurt hub. 

On behalf of the carrier, two mechanical companies — Vollert Anlagenbau and Körber — will carry out the modernisation of the RFS high-rack storage system, including its mechanical, control and IT features.

Lufthansa Cargo said it will further renew its logistics center at its Frankfurt hub, on a modular basis, as part of its ‘LCCevolution’ infrastructure programme.

Two stacker cranes will be replaced by new technology; the moving truck docks, used for loading and unloading trucks with ULDs, will also be modernised.

Completion of the RFS stacker conversion is planned for early summer 2023. The complete modernisation of the Lufthansa Cargo Center is expected to be finished in 2029.

Harald Gloy, chief operations officer and chief human resources officer at Lufthansa Cargo, commented: “The modernisation of the RFS stacker is another important component of the extensive infrastructure program for the logistics center at the Frankfurt site.

“In the future, our RFS customers will benefit from shorter turnaround times and more efficient handling of transports by truck. With the help of a modern IT environment, we are ensuring the adaptability of the high-rack storage system with regard to upcoming technological developments.”

Hans-Jörg Vollert, chief executive of Vollert Anlagenbau, added: “We are very pleased to be involved in this important and sophisticated infrastructure project for Lufthansa Cargo.

“We bring our entire experience of almost 100 years in intralogistics concepts in the heavy-duty sector to the table.”

Dirk Hejnal, chief executive of Körber Business Area Supply Chain, said: “Körber’s extensive experience in the supply chain technology — in this case in the fields of retrofit, automation and software — allows us to provide Lufthansa Cargo with a tailored solution for this project. With this, the cargo airline can fulfill the high expectations of today and tomorrow and deliver better customer service.”

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