Multi-rotored and multi-talented: DB Schenker is currently exploring the application potential for multicopters – for example during a warehouse inventory
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For some, multicopters are merely miniature flying objects, but for more and more logistics experts they have become extremely useful tools. DB Schenker is currently in the process of conducting exhaustive tests with these battery-operated devices, for example at a high-bay warehouse in Germany during inventory, when all of the stored packages are regularly identified and recorded. By using a multicopter equipped with a camera to take photos or scan the barcodes, an inventory can be completed in less time than before when a forklift truck had to take individual packages down from the shelves to be itemized.
Tests are being carried out on several versions of these flying objects which are continuously being improved. One of the challenges is to make them lighter so as to ensure they consume less energy on a reduced battery capacity. Furthermore, plans are underway to introduce versions that no longer need to be controlled and operated by an employee. Instead, the multicopters are programmed accordingly, allowing them to navigate around the warehouse autonomously.