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Union Pacific to test robotic cranes at Chicago intermodal hub

(Source: Supply Chain Dive, October 7, 2021)

WASHINGTON, D.C. Union Pacific purchased five autonomous cranes as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and streamline the loading and unloading process at its Chicago-area terminal, according to a recent announcement. The company will start testing the cranes, which rely on artificial intelligence to semi-autonomously load and unload intermodal containers onto trucks, next year at the railroad's Global 4 Intermodal Terminal in Joliet, Illinois, around 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Skilled workers are still required, however, to supervise the crane as it lowers containers onto the truck chassis to "ensure it is smoothly and safety done," according to a release.

Full story: Supply Chain Dive

Monday, October 11, 2021

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