SYNOPSIS: The rapid growth of shipping freight by air has brought with it the demand of faster, larger and more efficient air cargo terminals.
SYNOPSIS: The rapid growth of shipping freight by air has brought with it the demand of faster, larger and more efficient air cargo terminals. The Air Force has developed a new computerized terminal that could improve the quality and speed of cargo handling at both military and civilian airports.
Normally, the cargo arrives at this California terminal by truck. An inventory is taken and the cargo is then separated according to its
During the entire process, the cargo is only handled manually two times; when it is first received and when it is weighed and palletized. Air Force officials say that this new computerized system will greatly speed up cargo handling and increase the overall freight capability of the terminal.
Scheduled destination. One of the unique features of this new terminal is the way the cargo is taken to its specific loading area. The cargo is loaded into special carts that have built-in signal detectors The carts are programmed for the desired location and a tow line move the carts through the terminal area. Transmitters in the terminal floor then guide the carts to the cargo loading area.
If the area is full, the cart is automatically taken to an elevated "stacker", that can store more than 100 of the carts until the loading areas are ready to receive them. After arriving at the loading area, the cargo is weighed and then packed into shipping pallets. The pallets are then placed on a motorized cargo loader and driven to the waiting transport aircraft, like this C-5A Galaxy.