With billions of pieces of baggage being handled at airports around the world each year, baggage handling is a major operation which Toyota Material Handling Europe is increasing its focus on. That's why Toyota called design students and recent graduates around the world to come up with a solution to improve the logistics of baggage handling at airports. Whether it's a partial or a full solution from check-in to baggage drop, transport to the terminal, to the aircraft, and/or arrival at its destination.
“I am very excited about the response from all over the world. The registrations doubled in numbers compared with the last edition and we have received over 200 submissions” comments Magnus Oliveira Andersson, Head of Design, Toyota Material Handling Europe.
“We worked together with our design colleagues in the airport handling of Vanderlande, and we saw that both conceptual thinking and trends were rather similar and shared beyond the geographical boarders” concludes Andersson.
Baggage handling: Can you make it fly?
A panel of professionals working around design and innovation within Toyota Industries Group have evaluated all submissions. All finalists received feedback from the jury and got the chance to rework their proposals for the final jury session, during which experts and industry leaders made their final selection of the winners of the competition. Finalists are awarded with cash prizes and have the opportunity to apply for a six-month paid internship at the Toyota Material Handling Design Center.
The winning design is MOBI, a service that tags passengers’ baggage with their information thanks to cloud technology when checking in. It’s a complete, standardised concept that avoids luggage from missing and paper from being wasted. The jury found it to be “a user-oriented solution with hardware & software built into in a clean and simple design.” The design was created by Batuhan Yıldırım and Sena Taşlı, both students at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Turkey.
Second place is for Kevin Wong from California State University Long Beach (United States), who designed AIRTRO. AIRTRO is an automated baggage trolley system that uses its two-layer conveyor belt lift system to unload arrivals and transfers respectively. It also has a screen displaying flight information, and it’s designed as a modular platform that can be converted into a belt loader by removing its solar-powered roof.
The design concept The Uliss entered by Natthorn Uliss from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi in Thailand, landed third place. The Uliss is a solar-powered mobile baggage system that collects baggage coming off a flight. Passengers can claim their baggage by using the retractable digital screen to scan the QR code on their boarding pass, making sure everyone receives the right luggage or info when necessary.
The public award was voted during Toyota Material Handling’s Logiconomi event in Amsterdam end of last year and went to LOCKER, designed by Dóra Tarcsi, from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Hungary. LOCKER is a quick and easy-to-use storage system for carry-ons when passengers are waiting on their flight but want their luggage to be safe and accessible.
The Toyota Logistic Design Competition is part of Toyota's Logiconomi programme. Logiconomi is the word Toyota Material Handling uses to describe its way of thinking - aiming for 'lean' processes, eliminating waste, maximising efficiency and reducing cost. For more information on the competition, visit the Toyota Logistic Design Competition page.