At Robsons Handling Technology, we understand how important it is to de-risk site installation. That’s why we provide 3D laser scanning of new sites and 3D overlay of new system designs as early as possible when we start working on a new materials handling project. 

We use only the latest technology (Faro Scanner & Navisworks) and utilise these to the full effect when combined with our 3D configurator. 

From doing this we are protecting the owner, consultant, and designer of recording from delays and cost over runs. 

Clashes designed out or appropriate works included in the site works program are: 

  • Compressed schedule 
  • Lack of change orders 
  • Reduced ROW issues 
  • Scheme confidence 
3D Clash Detection
3D Clash Detection
  • 3D scanning of site combined in conjunction with 3D systems design aids clash elimination
  • Safeguarding the Operator and Consultants from delays and resultant cost over-run
  • Early clash detection and a “Design-out" philosophy adopted
  • In the event clashes cannot be Designed-out, a detailed constraints/enabling works schedule will be developed and   included in the works information, resulting  in;
  • Ability to schedule the works
  • Reduced schedule pressures
  • Reduce or avoid change orders, due to unknown, unplanned works
  • Increased Scheme confidence
  • De Risking of site activities
3D Design in Inventor
3D Design in Inventor

At Robson Handling Technology, our real time 3D Design in Inventor will scan and provide a simulation of all conveyor configurations to demonstrate your proposed system and combine design concepts with an actual on-site environment. For added peace of mind, our 3D clash detection, with virtual reality integration, will show where amendments need to be made. 

From using our modular conveyor equipment and control functions in Inventor, you’ll be able to adjust passenger & baggage loading and X‐ray decision profiling. This provides accurate results to ensure a fully integrated system is delivered meeting all your system requirements. 

By using our 3D design from initial concept to fully tested and commissioned software prior to roll out site, you can ensure that all bottle necks & issues are removed.    


Here at Robson Handling Technology, we utilise several packages for simulations, only selecting the best fit dependent upon the application type and project requirements. 

The key advantage to simulating a materials handling system is to ensure that the proposed design can be achieved at the required material throughput.  

All the while factoring in: 

  • screening equipment and decision line characteristics 
  • the availability of personnel to process materials

If the simulation demonstrates an abnormality such as a system bottleneck, we can quickly modify and create various scenarios to evaluate the alternative designs. 

We typically run our static and/or dynamic simulations against a businesses handling schedule as part of our due diligence on a project, reviewing the system’s response to peak and average day profiles to identifying potential issues. 


The principal difference between simulation and emulation is that the emulation environment operates the materials handling system in response to the programmable logic controller (PLC) application software, rather than internal software embedded into the simulation model itself. 

By connecting the actual logical control system to a full physics model and running modelled baggage through it, our clients have a reliable sandbox to accurately test the controls, months before the real system is available. With the simulation, a complete range of tests can be run against various operational scenarios. The model can also be restarted within seconds of a modification being implemented, which is impossible to achieve within a traditional test environment. 

Here at Robson Handling Technology, our approach to emulation also ensures that there is independence between the engineering team that has written the PLC software and the individuals responsible for the emulation model and emulation test sign-off. 

The emulation testing itself is usually conducted against a subset of the actual test documentation that will be used at site. Plus, we typically invite our clients to attend emulation testing as part of the sign-off process, enabling early confirmation of system functionality.