Stanley Robotics and Tramosa Sign an Industry Transforming Agreement

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Source: Stanley Robotics, 2021-07-08

After having introduced its robots to airport car parks, Stanley Robotics is now addressing the management and storage of vehicles in Finished Vehicles Logistics (FVL) compounds. This supports two major trends in logistics: digitisation and automation. At logistics hubs like Tramosa’s Creutzwald site (France), both new and used cars are transiting until they reach their next destination (e.g. another hub in the automotive logistics network or directly to a car dealership). They usually arrive at the compound by truck or train (vessel in the case of sea port compounds), they are then unloaded and stored. When they are needed either for a workshop added value operation (i.e. finishing touches, painting, bodywork etc) or by their next destination they are moved to a loading area and shipped. Robotisation of these tasks will free people to work on value-added services such as accessorisation, maintenance, repairs and pre-delivery inspection. With more electronics in vehicles and electric powertrains, the requirements of handling and working on vehicles are becoming more technical, requiring new capabilities and infrastructure. Tramosa and Stanley Robotics have formed an agreement with the ambition to make this become a reality. On the compound of Creutzwald a fully outdoor area has been dedicated to robots where they perform all car movements. The final business objective is to deploy the product across multiple compounds to solve all of today's challenges.

Finished vehicle compound management is undergoing dramatic change, forced by new technology, opportunities and customer expectations. While complexity increases, the potential to use advanced IT, software and automation technology to optimise vehicle distribution centres, with vehicle manufacturers showing increasing interest in real time vehicle location monitoring, for example. How can technology help compound operators to
rise to the challenges? This solution increases competitiveness through digitisation and optimisation. This can enable further opportunities for diversifying operations and increasing revenue. By bringing AI and digitisation to ‘on the ground’ operations the way is opened for various complementary advantages such as:

  • Zero emissions: today every ICE engine vehicle moved has an emissions footprint. The robots are electric and powered by Lithium Ion battery technology.
  • Greater Safety: reducing the amount of human operations on the storage area drastically reduces the risk exposure.
  • More Reliability : with such machines damages can be eliminated, they have already proven to be extremely reliable. On huge compounds with thousands of cars the robotic system precisely locates each vehicle, saving time lost through human error.
  • Better Connectivity : once a logistics storage site is digitised, operations can be connected with other management software and services seamlessly (e.g. ERP solutions, tracking, inspection, outbound).
  • Increased Productivity : Robots can work at any time (also at night) therefore paving the way towards a 24/7 operation. For instance, all the cars leaving a facility in the early morning can be prepared during the night by robots and arranged into “load lines.”
  • Potential business expansion without additional artificialisation: artificial surfacing is the number one contributor to soil degradation and loss and alteration and disruption of natural drainage systems. Through better use of existing surface space the solution decreases the need for new artificial surfacing.
  • Electric vehicles : today more and more electric cars stored on a logistics compound need to be brought to stationary charging stations in order to ensure that the expensive battery never drops under a certain level of charge (which could reduce its performance.) A robotic solution can automate this process: maximising investment in and use of charging points.

«Optimising the space, increasing our flexibility and improving the level of quality of our services is key for Tramosa. With this solution, we are willing to improve our competitiveness and minimise the risk of damages by not opening the doors to move a car. In this process, we want to learn from the capabilities of the robots, and share our knowledge of the vehicle handling with Stanley Robotics in order to get the smoother and most efficient integration of their solution» said Antoine Redier, CEO of Tramosa.

«This new service will disrupt the Finished Vehicle Logistics industry. We are very happy to be working with Tramosa on its first deployment. The future of outdoor logistics hubs is not just the subject of storage, which we automate, but above all to raise productivity and meet tomorrow’s challenges, thanks to our full stack solution,» added Clément Boussard, CEO of Stanley Robotics.

TRAMOSA is a major player in the field of finished vehicle logistics, and is recognised on the market for the quality of the services delivered. Long lasting partner of premium automotive brands, Tramosa operates transport activities as well as added-value services. Over 200.000 vehicles are managed through our Creutzwald industrial compound. TRAMOSA is the French subsidiary of the Spanish logistics group TRADISA. TRADISA is present all over Europe delivering logistics and mobility services.

Stanley Robotics is a deep tech company that combines hardware and software to provide solutions for outdoor logistics. The technology lies in a robot lifting and moving cars autonomously and in an intelligent storage management software. Robotics has transformed indoor logistics (e.g. in warehouses), resulting in a spectacular increase of productivity. Stanley Robotics’ ambition is to bring this transformation to outdoor logistics with their proprietary technologies. Founded in 2015, the SME is headquartered in Paris, France, and is also behind the world's first outdoor robotic valet parking service. For more information, visit

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