In spring 2020, ARM Institute members answered the calls from the government for solutions to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project

This project was funded through the ARM Institute’s call for projects to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and help the U.S. Department of Defense respond to future pandemics and other disasters.

Objective

Reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in warehouses through autonomous disinfection.

Technical Approach

Logistics and support operations have played a vital role in supporting the nation by supplying medical supplies and essential goods to millions of Americans. To control the spread of COVID-19 in these facilities, more frequent and reliable disinfection is required. This project will develop an autonomous warehouse disinfection system that can automatically navigate, locate, and disinfect heavily touched surfaces and potentially contaminated areas. This process will minimize the human role in potentially harmful disinfecting procedures while reducing costs. 

Participants

Principal Investigator: Siemens Corporation Corporate Technologies Project Team: FedEx Corporation, Yaskawa Motoman