Smart Lifter


LSCM’s Smart Lifter is a lifter/transporter that can perform object handling tasks remotely through human- machine cooperation. It combines the functions of forklifts and cranes while its size is smaller than either of the machines. With additional sensors, such as force sensors, the operational efficiency can be enhanced.

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Research completion
Commercialisation opportunities
Technology licensing
Problem addressed

Most of the local warehouses are small and crowded. LSCM’s smart lifter/transporter is designed for conventional warehouses in Hong Kong. It can carry out delegated and fine-manipulative tasks. In addition, it can be  modified and changed to a stratified (or personalised) lifter for elderly care.

  • An adjustable level controller to provide additional supporting force for object manipulation /handling.
  • The lifter is tailored for confined and unstructured warehouses or settings. It assists human operators to manoeuvre around such environment to enhance overall productivity and efficiency in warehouses.
  • A new modular end-effector (including its controller) is equipped for handling various and multiple objects of different sizes.
Key impact
  • Help workers to handle various objects safely and easily.
  • Able to changed into a stratified lifter for elderly care.
  • Transfer heavy items in warehouses
  • Transfer elderly people in elderly homes


  • US 17/098,188
  • CN 2021 1013 8900.2
Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM)

Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) was founded in 2006, with funding from the Innovation and Technology Fund of The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, and is co-hosted by the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. It aims to strengthen the local logistics sector and related industries by providing a one-stop resource for applied research and technology transfer, and to reinforce cooperation between the industry and research institutes to bring about meaningful and significant impact on the industry and the community. 

LSCM serves the industry by initiating research projects, contract research, as well as providing business matching opportunities, technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation. LSCM initiates technology and knowledge transfer to the marketplace to promote industrial digitalisation, facilitate technology advancement and strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading logistics and commercial hub.