Machine malfunctions and breakdown can cause long downtimes, especially in intralogistics, causing production and delivery coming to a complete halt. High-quality systems can prevent these costly consequences beforehand, however, ongoing maintenance and service is still required - such as sortation and distribution system at airports or in logistic centres. BEUMER Group Customer Support has experts on board world-wide who take care of this and ensure a high level of system availability.
The sustainable and reliable high-capacity sortation and distribution systems of BEUMER Group are used for a variety of goods such as postal items, textiles, drugstore articles as well as baggage sortation at airports. BEUMER develops system solutions that can be tailored to meet the various needs of their customers. "Installing the systems and putting them into operation, is only the beginning of the process", says Kornelius Thimm, head of the Customer Support for BEUMER since summer 2012. For him and his team the real work starts now, as the demands on modern sortation and distribution systems are constantly increasing and as the material distribution technology becomes more complex, systems are required to be more flexible to handle different tasks or be able to adapt to changing local conditions. "A recent example is the mail-order business, which offers the supply of products that until now were difficult to convey", explains Thimm.
BEUMER Customer Support offers customised service agreements. "In principle, those agreements are specially designed to meet the individual requirements of our customers", explains Thimm. "The service schedules as well as the reaction times are agreed upon in the contract." The agreements can range from only maintenance and inspection to a long-term placement of service personnel on site. The Residential Service includes technical support, preventive maintenance and inspection, emergency plans, system and process analyses and optimisation as well as spare parts and facility management. Under these agreements, service technicians who are responsible for the support and the preventive maintenance of all material handling systems can be stationed on site. The agreement can also state that Customer Support can set up the systems as soon as new sorter technologies and software controls are introduced. "Our goal is to further improve trouble-free processes in order to guarantee value added material flow", explains Thimm. "We don't just want to repair the errors, but actively support the customers to meet future capacity and technology requirements". As the mechanism of the sorters can become worn out over the years, the employees have to react immediately when the first signs arise to prevent unnecessary consequential damages.
More than Just Service
For the BEUMER Group, Customer Support is more than just a service. Customer Support is a separate department independent of the conveying and loading technology, palletising and packaging technology and sortation and distribution systems. "It's basically a company within the company", explains Thimm. "We have our own Sales Department, so that we can implement projects independently." The goal is to support the customer for even better results. The head of Customer Support identifies a pronounced trend: There are still customers who invest in their own skilled maintenance personnel, however, more and more companies want to delegate this responsibility. BEUMER Group employees take on the responsibility for operating times, performance and economic efficiency of the systems and are trained regularly to stay up-to-date with the latest technology, so customers can concentrate on their core business.
If the customer wishes to use his own maintenance personnel, Customer Support can provide training to bring machine operators up-to-date and introduce new employees to the systems. This ensures maximum operating time for the systems. Training is required for the initial installation, as well as a follow-up several months after the system has been running. At this time, the customer has the opportunity to ask questions related to their specific needs. "The training programmes are tailor-made for the customer and their systems", Thimm explains. In the event there is a system downtime that the customer is unable to correct on his own, qualified Customer Support technicians offer around-the-clock telephone support every day of the year worldwide, reducing downtime to a minimum. The Hotline technicians perform remote analyses, indicate corrective measures and offer quick and reliable solutions to correct any malfunction. The systems can be put quickly back in service. Additionally, we will also find the cause for the malfunction preventing it from happening again.
Successful Project Conclusion
In 2009, Crisplant, leading supplier for automated sortation technology, joined BEUMER Group. Experiences and competence of both Crisplant and BEUMER ensure the availability of efficient and reliable sortation systems as well as baggage and material handling systems. These are used world-wide by well-known brands in every major industry, from apparel and airports to postal and e-commerce. The expanding apparel and home textiles retailer Best & Less in Australia relies on automation technology in its new distribution centre. A crucial point was represented by low operational costs, so the company decided to rely on the Cross-Belt-Sorter LS-4000 CB with linear synchronous motor of Crisplant. This one is particularly characterised by its low energy consumption. The NIKE China Logistics Center (CLC) in Taicang, Jinagsu is the largest distribution centre of sporting goods manufacturer in Asia. All of the clothes and shoe consignments for the Chinese mainland are handled in this 200,000 square metres large plant. For NIKE it was very important to meet the global commitment for sustainability and environmental protection. Therefore, corresponding high-speed sortation systems of Crisplant were installed.
The Hermes logistics centre in Langenhagen is a central hub for Hermes Logistik Gruppe Deutschland. Over 40 million shipments are processed here each year. As a result, particularly high demands were placed on sortation. BEUMER supplied and installed the system as the general contractor and system integrator. The system consists of two parcel sorters of the BEUMER Sorter BS 25 E-Tray. This patented E-Tray sorter is a standard system from the BEUMER sorter modules with motor-driven tilting devices. Using the integrated switch function, the tilting device allows for two-dimensional, guided item discharge on both sides of the sorter.
Chronopost International in France decided to modernise its existing distribution centre and install BEUMER Belt Tray Sorters for sortation of national and international express goods in an efficient and gentle way at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. In total, three of these high-speed sortation systems with a total sorter length of 720 meters are being used. These Belt Tray Sorters, having a belt width of 1,400 mm, are the widest BEUMER has ever installed. At Peking Airport BEUMER installed four tilt tray sorters type BEUMER Sorter BS60 E. On an overall length of 1.6 kilometres, these sorters ensure that the baggage reaches the place where it is needed with as little noise, maintenance and errors as possible. This marked addition to capacity has made Peking Airport a major international hub.
Speaking the Same Language
BEUMER sets high standard for their Customer Support employees. When systems are installed and used in other countries, BEUMER believes that the customer should have access to a Customer Support technician that originates from the same cultural area and speaks the same language. "For this reason we cannot just send colleagues from Beckum to Africa, Brazil or China", says Thimm. Successful customer support requires an understanding of the mentality of the customer. How is the customer positioned? What are their goals and how do they want to develop in the future? These questions require tactfulness and cultural know-how. BEUMER Group is a global company and capable of meeting this challenge. If required, Customer Support will send employees to the customer who are ready to stay permanently on site. By providing this service the manufacturer notes: BEUMER is not just dropping by for one or two days to do the basic maintenance work. The goal is long-term support.
All of the systems used by the customer need to be complementary. Therefore Residential Service does not refer only to the own systems but also to those of third-party suppliers which include single roller conveyors, further sorters as well as automatic high-rack warehouses. "Of course, we know our competitors and their differences", points out Thimm. If we talk about products that are not part of the BEUMER Group portfolio, Customer Support assumes the function of a general maintenance department: "In case of malfunctions, we correct them and carry out the maintenance work as indicated by the third-party supplier"....
Andre Tissen (43) has been Manager of the Cement business unit at BEUMER Group in Beckum since October 2013. In this function, he controls and coordinates the global competence center for this industry. Tissen is responsible for the marketing of the product portfolio, the strategic development and strengthening of the international sales team, the optimization of the overall sales structure and for smooth communication between the factories throughout the world. "I will continue to promote our international alignment with this global competence center", says Tissen. In order to create even more benefit for the customer, he will be combining the synergies of all subsidiaries in the BEUMER Group which are active in this field. "My objective is to extend the existing market leadership, which we enjoy in various sectors, to the whole of building materials handling.
"Previously, Andre Tissen has already held various responsible sales positions in companies which are internationally active in the cement industry. Before joining BEUMER, he worked as Sales Manager, Europa & Key Accounts, at a conveyor equipment specialist....
BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – announces that BEUMER Group UK has been awarded a contract by VINCI Construction UK to design, supply and install the arrivals baggage handling system for London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 (T4). The increased capacity provided by the new system will enable T4 to process the higher number of baggage items for passengers arriving on the A380 wide-body super aircraft.
In addition to designing the new arrivals baggage handling system, BEUMER Group will procure, supply and integrate a complex package of equipment and be fully responsible for project managing every detail of the system installation, testing, commissioning and hand-over.
“This is another example of BEUMER Group being selected by a leading UK construction company to deliver a crucial baggage handling system project,” comments Peter Gilks , Director, Airports Division at BEUMER Group UK Limited. “BEUMER Group has been recognized and trusted for our ability to successfully project manage and integrate new baggage handling system enhancements into existing legacy systems. BEUMER Group meticulously checks and clarifies every detail of the baggage handling system integration to ensure that there will be no disruption to the normal operation of Heathrow Airport, for passengers or airlines.”
The installation will comprise arrivals carousels with belt conveyors and steelwork for access and maintenance; automatic tag readers (ATR); security shutters; field equipment and cabling; local motor control panels and emergency stop units. BEUMER Group will also manage and support specialist IT suppliers for the high-level baggage SCADA and SAC systems....
Crisplant – part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – has been awarded the contract to design, manufacture and install the baggage handling system in the new terminal at the Faroe Islands’ Vagar Airport. The new system will integrate state-of-the-art baggage handling technologies, which are used in major airport hubs around the world. The new baggage handling system is based on the Crisplant CrisBelt® conveyor and will feature integrated baggage screening in addition to self-check-in, bag drop, oversize baggage handling and the new Baggage Unloader semi-automatic lifting aid.
The integration of the Baggage Unloader to the inbound conveyor line eliminates manual lifting of baggage from trolleys to provide an enhanced ergonomic working environment which will protect the operators and baggage from the risks associated with the manual handling of heavy items. The Baggage Unloader enables the operator to gently slide each item of baggage from the trolley and on to the conveyor. Vagar Airport will also benefit from the CrisBelt® system’s ability to provide cost-effective and reliable baggage handling, combined with easy maintenance and low energy consumption.
“Crisplant worked very closely with Vagar Airport throughout the design stage and the modular design of CrisBelt has enabled us to provide a system that fits extremely well into the new terminal. By choosing to implement the Baggage Unloader and the Self Bag Drop, Vagar has shown that its focus is clearly on the future as passenger traffic increases for the Faroe Islands,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director of Crisplant.
“By enabling Vagar Airport to ensure efficient baggage handling and an advanced ergonomic working environment for our employees, the Crisplant system will help us achieve and maintain a high level of passenger satisfaction and operator safety,” adds Jákup Sverri Kass, CEO at Vagar Airport.
Originally built for military purposes during World War II, Vagar Airport now services passengers for leisure, business and offshore purposes. This year the airport celebrates 50 years of civil aviation services in 2013. A steady rise in passenger traffic resulted in an extension to the runway in 2011, for servicing longer-range flights. As 2012 saw a staggering 10.8 per cent increase in passenger-figures, 2013 is expected to contribute with an increase of around 6 percent in passenger figures. The new Crisplant baggage handling system will support continued increases in passenger numbers into the future.
The new terminal and service buildings are expected to be operational by May 2014....
BEUMER Group with Crisplant - a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - has been awarded the contract to design, manufacture and install the baggage handling system for the new Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.
The BHS contract was awarded as part of the Joint Venture between TAV, CCC and Arabtec (TCA JV) and includes a number of special baggage handling efficiency features, in addition to keeping the BHS operating costs and environmental impact at a minimum.
"Crisplant's design exceeded some of the most critical specifications outlined in the tender," explains Klaus Toftgaard Spens, Managing Director, Crisplant Middle East. "These factors included the integration of a pre-sort function before final make-up to eliminate several kilometers of baggage conveyors to achieve a smaller system footprint; a reduction in power consumption of around 40% for the CrisBag® system compared to conventional conveyor technology; and a very high level of system redundancy."
"Estidama, or sustainability, has been a key objective for this project," comments, Ali Haydar, Project Director, TCA JV. "Crisplant's design supports the Contract requirements for Pearl Rating for sustainability in the construction of the new Midfield Terminal."
The baggage handling system
The Crisplant baggage handling system has a throughput capacity to process up to 19,200 bags per hour and will integrate 25 km of CrisBelt conveyors and CrisBag tote-based transport and sorting system to sort baggage to make-up via 64 discharges using the unique CrisBag adaptive tote tilters.
Based on a 'one bag per tote; one tote per section' philosophy, CrisBag transports each item of baggage in a single tote throughout all of the screening, transport and sorting processes. This enables CrisBag to enhance security and minimise bottlenecks in the flow of baggage through the screening process.
As part of the overall expansion of the Abu Dhabi International Airport, operated by Abu Dhabi Airports, the new terminal is designed to provide capacity for 30 million passengers per year at current peak capacity. It will feature piers for up to 65 aircraft, including the Airbus A-380, in addition to 156 check-in counters and 48 self-service kiosks capable of handling around 8,500 passengers per hour.
Extensive use of 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) combined with system simulation and emulation models will highlight potential operational risks and support decision-making from the earliest conceptual stages. BEUMER Group Software Suite will be used for high and low level controls of the complete baggage handling system.
When the baggage handling system is completed, a team of Crisplant's Residential Service employees will remain on-site to operate and maintain the complete baggage handling system....
In order to transport palletised beverage cartons to the central warehouses and distribution centres of the customers, the German market leader for sparkling wine, Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH, Freyburg (Unstrut), decided to equip two of its production locations with the BEUMER stretch hood M high-capacity packaging systems. These systems package the palletised beverage cartons quickly, flexibly and sustainably with a stretch hood film. In Eltville on the Rhine (Hesse), BEUMER has adapted the packaging system so that the film size is changed with respect to the pallet size. These systems enable the Sektkellerei company to reduce shipping and complaint costs considerably in the medium term.
The Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH headquartered in Freyburg at the Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt is leading producer of sparkling wine in Germany. They are also one of the top producers of various spirits and wines. Owing to their production of exclusive wines, the Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien hold a "Sparkling wine" market share of approx. 50 % in the food trade. The company group currently has around 550 employees and produces at five different locations in Saxona-Anhalt, Thuringia, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. Production Manager Karl-Josef Lauzi describes the Hesse Sektkellerei: "In Eltville on the Rhine near Mainz, we have a very traditional location". Lauzi has been working for the Sektkellereien for over 30 years and is responsible for the entire Rotkäppchen-Mumm production operation. Lauzi explains, "the company was founded in 1811. The well-known sparkling wine brands are Mumm, MM Extra and Jules Mumm; all of which are produced at this location."
The various beverages are filled and bottled automatically, closed with cork, agraffe and capsule and provided with a corresponding label. Next, they are packed into different cardboard boxes. The packaged bottles are picked up by a palletiser, which stacks them onto pallets. Prior to implementing BEUMER technology, the upper surfaces of the cardboard boxes were glued and transported to a binding machine where the palletised beverage cartons were tied up. Beverage cartons would then be carried through the pallet transport system to the goods issue - where they can be prepared for the shuttle truck of the logistics service provider. Every year approximately 300,000 pallets leave this location. However, in the past, due to frequent hard braking, sudden steering moves and sharp curves, during transport, cartons loosened themselves from the compound, falling onto the loading space. The result was broken bottles and lost product. "For a faster material flow in their central warehouses many customers rely on automatic loading and unloading systems," says Lauzi. This requires product to be sufficiently secured and protected.
Safer, More Stable and Especially Sustainable
In order to reduce damage during transport and to meet the increased logistics requirements, Sektkellerei searched for a packaging solution to ensure safer and more stable beverage stacks. "At the beginning of 2012, the Engineering and Logistics departments contacted us with a concrete request", recalls Klaus-Dieter Enzenbach, Sales Manager at BEUMER Maschinenfabrik GmbH in Beckum. In order to demonstrate their innovative engineering, BEUMER invited the Sektkellereien team to Beckum to carry out packaging testing of their products. "In the testing hall, the impressive BEUMER stretch hood M, high-capacity packaging system, was presented", proclaims Joachim Engler. After testing, the benefits of the stretch hood became clear and both the shrink wrapping and the stretch wrapping techniques were eliminated as packaging options, as they did not meet Sektkellereien's requirements due to high film consumption. "The BEUMER high-capacity packaging system pulls a 40 micrometres thin film hood over the palletised beverage cartons. Optimally packaged, the cartons are protected against damage during transport and reach the customer in perfect order," says Engler. "Moreover, two different pallet sizes can be packaged with this multi-format system. The change is semiautomatic and it is not necessary to retrofit the system. Thus, we are well prepared for future requirements".
In order to demonstrate the conformity of the product and the increased stability of loads packed with the BEUMER stretch hood M, BEUMER and Rotkäppchen together with DEKRA, the world's leading expert organisation for safety, quality and environmental protection, performed different driving tests under extreme conditions. The results were favourable and in March 2013, BEUMER was awarded with a contract including supply, installation and commissioning of the high-capacity packaging systems.
Sustainability Black and White
Both loading stability and sustainability were critical decision making factors for Sektkellereien. In support of our commitment to deliver sustainable material handling solutions, BEUMER Group has developed the BEUMER Sustainability Index (BSI). This validation system is used to evaluate the sustainability of new machines in a continuous, systematic and verifiable way on three comprehensive levels: economics, ecology and social responsibility. Economic performance, market presence, financial opportunities and risks are well-known parameters. BEUMER products will only become economically sustainable, when they and the corresponding production processes are tailored to long-term customer use. The BEUMER specialists evaluate the value of each product, not just their cost. If we consider the BEUMER stretch hood series for example, an intuitive human-machine interface simplifies operation and makes quick work of film roll changes. Operating parameters can be changed as well. Furthermore, this system is highly energy efficient.
BEUMER technical experts, in cooperation with film manufacturers developed a solution to meet specific needs and requirements. "If the filled bottles on the pallets are exposed to extreme heat and sunlight during transport, this may result in the formation of condensation," explains Enzenbach. "In such cases a perforated film is used, which enables the water steam to escape". Another special feature of this thin film is: after utilisation, the film can be returned into the multi-cycle system and recycled - thus considerably reducing packaging waste.
Accurate Insertion into the Packaging Line
The BEUMER stretch hood construction series is a modular system, which can be adapted flexibly to the individual requirements of the user. "To allow better handling of the perforated films, we have designed a special device", explains Enzenbach. This device makes sure that the film is picked up without any problems either by the gripping system or the suction unit. Particularly with perforated, thin film, there runs a risk of the holes interlocking at the cut edges due to the punching process. The conveying technology was also adapted and is now able to transport different pallet sizes to the BEUMER stretch hood M. A challenge for the BEUMER specialists was the time frame during which the system had to be installed and commissioned. "We had exactly three weeks", recalls Enzenbach. The location stops operation only once a year in summer. During this period machines and systems are subject to extensive service measures. "It was this time, we were expected to insert the BEUMER stretch hood accurately into the line", explains Enzenbach. This phase of the project was concluded without issues. The new packaging system has been successfully running since August 2013.
A conveyor is used to feed the palletised beverage cartons into the packaging system. The innovative control technology automatically recognises different stacking heights and adapts itself accordingly. An ultrasonic sensor determines the required film length. The film is then cut and sealed along the cut edge. This forms a hood, which is stretched, pulled over the stack and down underneath the pallet base ensuring more retention force by a special base reinforcement. The BEUMER stretch hood system acts on the high contracting forces of the film. This fits the entire stack snugly "as a second skin" and provides the required stability. This quick and efficient packaging process protects goods from the environment. The palletised goods are clearly visible due to the smooth surface of the transparent, highly flexible film. This enables packaging of up to 100 pallet loads per hour. The hooded pallet is then guided to the shipping area by a conveying system.
To ensure a trouble-free course of the intralogistics processes, BEUMER Group offers optimal service and maintenance after commissioning with their Customer Support Team. "The service concept is individually designed for and in cooperation with the customer", explains the BEUMER specialist Enzenbach. This includes inspections at regular intervals as well as planning and availability of spare or replacement parts. In case of system failure or disruptions, teleservice is available around-the-clock with the BEUMER Hotline. Furthermore Joachim Engler, head of the Engineering Department and his team are aware that the system and all components can be easily accessed by maintenance personnel.
"Since its installation the BEUMER stretch hood M has been running very stable", says Ulrich Wiegel, Managing Director of Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH. The support offered by the BEUMER employees is exemplary. "The experiences gained in Eltville on the Rhine could be incorporated several weeks later during another installation and commissioning of the packaging system at the location in Freyburg, Saxony. The system was ready for use after only 2 days"....
Crisplant - part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - announces that an independent jury of industry experts has selected the Baggage Loader to receive the award in the interDESIGN category of the inter airport Europe 2013 Awards.
"The baggage loader is a collaborative development between BEUMER Group and London Heathrow Airport (LHA)," explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, Crisplant. "After extensive live testing at the airport, the Baggage Loader is now installed in the baggage hall in Terminal 1 of LHA."
"The award also demonstrates BEUMER Group's expertise in developing innovative baggage handling equipment and systems which range from the semi-automated lifting aids, such as the Baggage Loader, to state-of-the-art fully-automated baggage handling systems with integrated in-tote Level 3 and combined RFID/bar-code screening."
Easy, one-person operation means that the Baggage Loader can enable a single operator to transfer baggage from a chute into a container or ULD, with a peak loading throughput of 300 bags per hour.
In addition to eliminating heavy manual lifting, to improve workplace safety for baggage handling staff, the loader increases the overall efficiency of the baggage handling process.
Crisplant on behalf of BEUMER Group received the award at the inter airport Europe Awards Ceremony which took place during the opening of the inter airport Europe show, Tuesday, 8th October 2013....
Crisplant – part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – has been awarded a contract to design, supply and integrate the baggage handling system for the new terminal at Bergen Airport Flesland, Norway. The system will be the first to combine Crisplant’s new CrisStore® dynamic Early Baggage System, which enables on-demand sorting of baggage for speed-loading to ULD and trolleys, with the CrisBag® tote-based system. The expansion of Norway’s second largest airport is part of the National Transport Plan and will provide capacity for up to 7.5 million passengers per year.
“The key criteria for the new baggage handling system were that it should be future-safe, and enable a high level of flexibility, in addition to requiring minimal maintenance and providing high levels of system availability,” explains Aslak Sverdrup, Airport Manager, Avinor Bergen Airport, Flesland.
“Bergen will pioneer on-demand sorting of batches of baggage for speed-loading from the dynamic EBS/DBS to ULDs and trolleys,” adds Crisplant’s Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director. “This will enable Bergen to optimise the use of space in the baggage hall, in addition to providing workload balancing, and improving the ergonomics of the working environment.”
As the latest addition to the modular CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system, the CrisStore® dynamic EBS enables baggage handlers to monitor the status of baggage at the customised operator work stations next to the speed loader work spaces. When ready, the baggage handler can release a full batch for automatic loading to a specific flight, or call specific bags or group of bags to the make-up area as required. The CrisStore® racking system provides storage positions with perfect alignment and is stackable up to five modules high, with a railed Miniloader, configured to provide throughput of more than 500 totes per hour, with the option to double the future capacity. CrisStore’s high-capacity, vertical design offers a space-saving system for airports which have limited floor space and up to 15 metres of available headroom.
All check-in positions provide automatic self bag drop (SBD) although, with a high number of cruise passengers and oil rig personnel travelling via Bergen, a proportion of the baggage is longer than standard baggage dimensions. The tote-based CrisBag® system will provide the flexibility for Bergen to handle normal and long bags from the same check-in desk and to transport it on the same track, at the same speed. The CrisBag system will also provide high-capacity, in-tote Standard 3 security screening.
“The combination of the CrisStore® and CrisBag® systems enables a highly flexible automated baggage handling system designed to increase the operational efficiency of the airport and make a positive contribution to the overall passenger experience,” concludes Aslak Sverdrup.
Crisplant plans to hand-over the baggage handling system in the new terminal by January 2017....
Crisplant – part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems – announces that the Automatic Parcel Singulator has been shortlisted by the Postal Technology International Awards 2013 as Parcel Handling Technology of the Year.
The Automatic Parcel Singulator, developed jointly by BEUMER Group and Mechanica, enables parcel and bulk mail operators to respond to increases in parcel volumes due to online shopping, with faster sort speeds and lower cost per item.
Designed specifically for integration into loop sortation systems, the Singulator transforms a bulk feed of items into a single, centred stream prior to automatic induction into a loop sorter. Cyclical operation enables the Automatic Parcel Singulator to adjust the speed of the parcel flow in response to changing levels of demand, whilst the combination of sleep mode and variable speed drives reduces energy consumption and maintenance.
“The continued development of new sorting technologies is vital for parcel and postal operators to continue to sharpen their competitive edge by offering customers increased operational and environmental efficiency at optimised cost,” explains Preben Hütscher, Crisplant. “Extensive testing in a live postal environment has demonstrated that the Singulator maximizes throughput in addition to improving the ergonomics of the working environment,”
The Postal Technology International Awards recognise and reward innovation and operational excellence throughout the postal industry. In 2009, Crisplant was named Supplier of the Year for its environmentally-friendly high-speed LS-4000 sorter....
The Beckum-based BEUMER Group with affiliations around the globe has been developing customized system solutions for conveying, loading, palletizing, packaging, sortation and distribution technology for more than 75 years. Since the integration of the Danish company Crisplant A/S in 2009, the company group has been one of the global market leaders in high-performance sorting technology. In order to be able to offer users in the logistics sector the optimum solution at all times, the BEUMER Group has founded a Center of Competence for logistics based at its headquarters in Beckum and in the Danish city of Aarhus.
With its Logistics Systems business segment, the BEUMER Group has brought together the expertise of BEUMER and Crisplant with the objective of utilizing and further developing the best solutions of the two companies in technology and in processes. The company group is therefore strengthening the global expansion of this business sector, is further securing its position and the product portfolio in the market, and is promoting the worldwide acquisition of projects, for example in the CEP markets (courier, express, and parcel) and in the Warehouse & Distribution sector.
The product base includes modular high-performance sorting systems which enable widely differing goods, such as parcels, products in bags, bulky goods and returned items, to be sorted, distributed and checked in large quantities quickly, reliably and accurately.
With the Center of Competence in Aarhus and Beckum, the BEUMER Group has created a Center with worldwide responsibility, which has been led since September 2011 by Martin Mossinkoff as the globally responsible director. Here, BEUMER Group staff undertake research and development, sales, project management, purchasing and the provision of support for all group companies worldwide.
The BEUMER Group not only supplies systems, it also undertakes complete projects as the main contractor. With the integration of Crisplant into the BEUMER Group, the company is expanding the Crisplant brand as well as the BEUMER brand worldwide. Crisplant is known for developing and supplying products which are reliable, robust and very low maintenance. “In the past, this has already led to customers remaining loyal to us for a very long time,” says Martin Mossinkoff. The Crisplant brand has been internationally established in the field of high-performance sorting technology for more than 40 years. For this reason, it will continue to be independently managed. In the 1970s and the early 1980s, BEUMER and Crisplant cooperated closely, particularly in the German market. In coming years, the company group expects an annual growth of 5 to 10%.The expected increase in order intake for 2013 is 20% higher than in the previous year.
Potential lies in Asia
The demand for sorting and distribution systems is growing, particularly in the CEP market. Major customers include the USA, followed by Europe, where the BEUMER Group has its main share. “However, we see the greatest growth potential in Asia,” says Martin Mossinkoff. This is because the gross domestic product here is continuously rising and trade is on the increase. One of the major drivers of growth here is e-commerce. Due to the increasing salaries, in China and India for example, there is also a new middle class. This significantly changes the consumption pattern of the population in the developing countries. The volume of trade increases and delivery times have to be continuously reduced. From warehousing to sorting and delivery to the customer, greater demands are therefore placed on logistics. “The requirements will become more and more similar throughout the world,” forecasts Martin Mossinkoff.
The BEUMER Group supplies high-quality products, systems and services which increase the competitiveness of the user. In addition, BEUMER’s Customer Support team offers extensive customer assistance, flexible service, custom modernization, efficient supplies of spare parts and comprehensive training for users of the equipment. Agreements with the customer range from simple maintenance and inspection all the way to permanent deployment of service personnel at the customer’s premises. To ensure smooth intralogistics processes and efficient material flows, Customer Support employees modernize machinery and systems to prepare them for future demands on performance and technical sophistication. For example, they can increase performance and throughput, optimize control and safety technology, and equip machines with new functions as required. In this way, the customer can benefit from increased system availability, reduced energy consumption, improved monitoring systems, more ergonomic working conditions and increased service life. “The sustainability of systems in particular is becoming an important competitive factor,” says Martin Mossinkoff.
The Asiatic market presents particular challenges to companies. Competition is increasing significantly, particularly from Chinese companies. German products must therefore be offered here at competitive prices and, at the same time, be more innovative in order to be a step ahead of the competition at all times. This can be achieved by modular solutions which enable the customers’ requirements to be fulfilled individually. BEUMER also manufactures locally in order to provide optimum deliveries to customers. For example, the company group has a production location in Shanghai and has recently opened a manufacturing facility in Thailand for this purpose.
The products and services from the logistics business segment are used in different industries. Along with CEP, these also include the e-commerce sector as well as warehousing and distribution centers for non-food consumer goods, foodstuffs, automotive products and the retail trade.
One example of a company which relies on solutions from the BEUMER Group is the Baur mail order business. Among other things, the company offers fashion, jewelry, furniture and home accessories. BEUMER has installed a 282-meter-long and a 275-meter-long Type BS 7 BT cross belt sorter at Baur. The system sorts 19,160 parcels per hour. The Australian company Best & Less is also concerned with clothing and fashion, and sorts and distributes its goods on an LS-4000CB sorter.
The BEUMER Group has also implemented a further project at Vista Print in the Dutch city of Venlo. Here, printed products ranging from business cards to posters and merchandising articles are distributed on a cross belt sorter. New Look in Lymedale in the United Kingdom uses an LS-4000CB cross belt sorter for shoe boxes and products in bags as well as jewelry and textiles. The BEUMER Group has supplied a tilt tray sorter and a cross belt sorter for the Korean post office. BEUMER’s customers also include the Otto Group, the largest mail order company in Germany. For its subsidiary, Hermes Fulfilment, BEUMER has supplied and installed high-performance sorters with which the company processes more than 60 million orders per year. Equipment has also been supplied to the Hermes Logistics Center in Langenhagen, a main hub for the Hermes Logistics Group in Germany. More than 40 million parcels are now processed here each year. BEUMER has installed the appropriate high-performance sorter for this purpose. A further customer of the BEUMER Group, CJKX, a large parcel service provider in Korea, uses a cross belt sorter for handling parcels. The BEUMER Group has also supplied a sorter solution to Japan for Start Today, a company which handles the logistics for various fashion labels. In the sporting sector, Nike Sports China Ltd. in the Chinese city of Shanghai likewise relies on solutions from the BEUMER Group. Here, products are sorted and distributed using an LS-4000E tilt tray sorter....
At Powder & Bulk Solids India 2013, the international conference and exhibition for storage, handling and processing of bulk materials and powder (October 9–11, Mumbai, India), the BEUMER Group will be presenting its wide-ranging expertise in silo technology, conveying, loading, filling, palletizing and packaging.
Enexco Teknologies India Limited, which belongs to the BEUMER Group with headquarters in Beckum, Germany, will be displaying its innovative solutions for handling bulk materials at Stand C2. For example, BEUMER has system solutions for planning, design and construction of complete grinding mills for specific applications. Enexco is additionally a full-line supplier of silo systems. It provides air slides, manual and automatic shutoff valves, parallel distributors, weighing systems, ventilation systems, metering equipment, throughput measuring equipment, pipelines and suitable control systems. Reference facilities throughout the world bear testimony to Enexco’s expertise with various silo types.
In addition, BEUMER produces curved belt conveyors which are capable of transporting large quantities of bulk material from the quarry or mine to the factory or port cost-effectively and quickly. Belt conveyors overcome long distances, steep gradients and tight curves, and can be individually matched to the particular task and topography. Depending on the requirement, BEUMER offers open troughed belt conveyors for higher throughputs and larger mass flows as well as larger curve radii, and enclosed pipe conveyors for products which need to be protected against the effects of the environment.
BEUMER also manufactures loading heads for fast and dust-free loading of bulk materials into silo vehicles. Their double-walled design separates the dust-removal system from the material inlet. The heads can be moved laterally to compensate for minor errors in the position of the vehicle. When large volumes of material are handled, such as in the cement industry, stationary loading heads are often inadequate because they have to move from one filling spout to the next on the vehicle. In response, BEUMER has developed mobile loading units that can be adapted to the length of the vehicle. It also offers various telescopic systems for loading open vehicles without generating dust.
The Enexco fillpac is a highly efficient filling system offered by the BEUMER Group. This rotating packer is designed for capacities from 300 to 6,000 bags per hour. The system is capable of processing all types of bag. When fitted with a special bag placer, the fillpac R even fills HDPE bags. The size of the filling impeller has also been increased. In the area of palletizing technology, the BEUMER Group will be showing its paletpac range. These layer palletizers handle bags filled with bulk materials. The geometrical accuracy and stability of the palletized stacks enable them to be stored without any problems, thus ensuring reliable integration into downstream packaging systems. For this purpose BEUMER developed its versatile and high-capacity stretch hood packaging system, which secures loads on pallets by stretching a snug-fitting hood over the palletized goods while minimizing film consumption....
In order to enable careful palletising of bags filled with building materials, Schwenk Putztechnik relies on the newly developed BEUMER twin-belt turning device. During layer forming, the bags are placed in the correct position with special care, ensuring their dimensional stability. The result is a stable stack with a perfect configuration. The leading building manufacturer shows the mode of operation of this innovative solution in a video film on their website.
The film available under www.schwenk-putztechnik.de/Service/Mediathek/index.php shows the BEUMER twin-belt turning device in operation in palletisers located at the Schwenk Putztechnik GmbH & Co. KG plants in Eigeltingen and Allmendingen. This innovative device gently puts the bags into the desired packing pattern. This way, the bagged materials are optimally prepared for palletising.
The bags are turned into the correct position according to a predetermined packing pattern by their net weight and with the help of two belt conveyors, which are arranged in parallel and driven separately. Thus the configuration of the stack is always perfect, which both improves stability and leaves a positive impression on final customers. In the video, Markus Martin, plant manager of the two Schwenk plants, explains, "we particularly benefit from lower maintenance and operating costs." Martin further proclaims, "moreover, we do not have to adapt the system when handling different products, which considerably increases productivity." Thanks to the modular design, the twin-belt turning device could be easily integrated into the existing system. The modified system was ready for use in just ten days....
At CeMAT Russia 2013, the international intralogistics trade fair (September 24 to 27, Moscow), the BEUMER Group will be providing information on its innovative solutions from the three company divisions: conveyor and loading equipment, palletizing and packing technology, and sortation and distribution systems. With all its developments, the company places great store by sustainability.
The BEUMER Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sortation and distribution equipment. At CeMAT Russia 2013, the company will be demonstrating its comprehensive expertise in fully automatic sortation systems, such as the BEUMER BS Cross-Belt Sorter, the Double-Density Tilt-Tray Sorter and the Crisplant LS-4000 High-Speed Loop Sorter. These are used in international postal and distribution centers and enable goods to be sorted quickly and gently. At the same time, they have low maintenance requirements. In addition, both the cross-belt and the tilt-tray sorter are extremely energy-efficient.
BEUMER develops belt conveyors for the conveyor and loading equipment sector which are used for transporting different types of bulk goods, even over long distances and often impassable terrain. In the palletizing and packaging technology sector, visitors will find out more about the paletpac high-performance layer palletizer which palletizes bags filled with bulk materials with geometric accuracy and therefore with high stability. This enables them to be stored without any problems and ensures that they are safely integrated into the downstream BEUMER stretch hood packaging system. These packaging solutions are used in a wide range of industries: beverages and foodstuffs, building materials, electronics and pharmaceuticals. The BEUMER stretch hood is also ideally suited for the final packaging of animal feedstuffs and fertilizers as well as in distribution centers for mixed picked goods for the retail trade.
With all its product developments, the BEUMER Group places particular importance on sustainability, and evaluates this systematically for every BEUMER product and every new development using a validation system known as the BEUMER Sustainability Index (BSI). The results are presented to the user in black and white.
The BEUMER Group at CeMAT Russia: Hall 7, Booth B443...
At K 2013, the world's most important trade fair for plastic and rubber (16th to 23rd October, Düsseldorf), the BEUMER Group will be presenting its outstanding expertise as a system provider for the plastics producing industry. The company's extensive portfolio also includes innovative solutions in the palletizing and packaging fields.
In Hall 12, Booth B21, among other things, the BEUMER Group will be providing information to exhibition visitors on the BEUMER paletpac high-performance layer palletizer. This machine stacks bags of granulate or high-quality pigments on pallets of all common sizes up to a pack height of 2,400 mm flexibly, with geometrical accuracy and extreme stability. The user can quickly and easily set the required parameters using a multi-program. Depending on the product requirements, the BEUMER paletpac is fitted with a rotary clamp or double belt turning device which moves the filled bags quickly and gently into the required position.
With the robotpac, the BEUMER Group also offers a space-saving, fully automatic articulated robot which is able to perform complex palletizing and depalletizing tasks accurately and efficiently. The robotpac not only stacks bags economically and with millimeter accuracy but also cartons, boxes, canisters and trays. BEUMER has developed appropriate, flexibly exchangeable gripper systems for every packaged product.
The BEUMER stretch hood M high-performance packaging machine packages stacked bags quickly, reliably and permanently and is designed for a number of film thicknesses. It can flexibly deal with different pallet and film formats and is distinguished by high throughput and reliable film handling. The low energy consumption, low compressed air requirement and the ability to process recyclable packaging film make the BEUMER stretch hood M an efficient and environmentally friendly pallet-packaging option.
The BEUMER Warehouse Management System (WMS) enables all the main requirements such as batch tracking or space-saving and cost-efficient warehouse management to be fulfilled. The WMS has an interface to all common ERP systems. It incorporates warehouse management, the material flow system and process control of the individual machines. The user therefore has a continuous overview of his production and storage facilities at all times and can match both to the prevailing requirements.
The BEUMER Group at K 2013: Hall 12, Booth B21...
At the International Mining Exhibition, one of the most important trade fairs for the mining industry in Latin America (16th to 19th of October, Acapulco/Mexico), the BEUMER Group will be presenting its extensive expertise in conveyor and loading equipment. Building materials and raw materials are just some of the items to be extracted and processed using solutions from BEUMER.
The Beckum-based BEUMER Group will be presenting its innovative solutions for the bulk materials industry to exhibition visitors at Mundo Imperial in Booth 30028 & 30030. BEUMER curved belt conveyors are just one example from the product range. These are capable of transporting large quantities of bulk material from the quarry or mine to the factory or port cost-effectively and quickly. Belt conveyors overcome long distances, steep gradients and tight curves, and can be individually matched to the particular task and topography. Depending on the requirement, BEUMER offers open troughed belt conveyors for higher throughputs and larger mass flows as well as larger curve radii, and enclosed pipe conveyors for products which need to be protected against the effects of the environment.
The innovative belt conveyors are used throughout the world. At the port of Callao in Peru, for example, BEUMER will be installing several pipe conveyors with a total length of around three kilometers for transporting copper, lead and zinc concentrates for completion in 2014. In Malaysia, as main contractor, BEUMER, is equipping a new distribution center off shore with 17 troughed belt conveyors with a total length of twelve kilometers for a large iron ore exporter. The conveyors will ensure swift transport of iron ore from super-size freighters to the mainland....
In order to achieve sustained success, companies must be able to quickly turn new ideas into marketable products. This is essential for survival, particularly in the light of increasing globalization. The latter leads to stronger competition, and the pressure on companies to innovate increases. The BEUMER Group has therefore firmly integrated an innovation management process for the systematic planning, control and monitoring of innovations in its company strategy.
Although a good idea is an important prerequisite for successful innovation, it needs considerably more. This idea must be technically implemented and made ready for the market. With its innovation management system, the BEUMER Group tracks the development of customer-oriented solutions from concept to implementation in the form of successful products and services. BEUMER’s strategy has three components: ideas management, the coordination of research and development activities, and strategic product management.
Ideas management – a global concept
More and more frequently, innovations come to light in collaboration with customers, in networking with collaboration partners and, in particular, in mutual exchanges of staff. “Consequently, our innovation culture is understood to mean all norms, value judgments and mindsets which characterize the behavior of those persons involved in the innovation process,” says Mark Antonius Behler, who is responsible for Innovation Management in the BEUMER Group. As these processes are cross-divisional, an innovation culture is characterized and sustained by all employees. The best ideas are therefore to be found in the heads of co-workers as well as from market surveys, intensive patent searches and trend spotting or futurology. BEUMER has implemented a network of ideas providers and supporters in order to benefit from the ideas potential of the staff in all areas of the company group worldwide. The so-called Idea Scouts accept and collect all product-related ideas and suggestions and forward them to the innovation management staff.
Strategic product management
How can an innovative idea be turned into a product and subsequently launched and positioned on the market? BEUMER Group staff who are responsible for strategic product management, that is to say the management of sales, turnover and results for the product, evaluate these ideas and produce an estimate regarding the investment and the market opportunities. In doing so, analyses of the market and the competition along with customer group and added-value-chain analyses form the basis of a sound marketing concept. The staff produce a roadmap for the product which acts as a guide to future developments for the whole company group. This accompanies the product throughout its life cycle from its introduction to its withdrawal. The product can therefore always be matched to current market developments and requirements and knowledge transferred to the group companies.
Coordination accelerates processes
Innovation management ensures that all of the group’s research and development activities are carried out in line with common standards and objectives.
The R&D centers in Beckum, Aarhus in Denmark, Bree in Belgium and Shanghai are coordinated and supported by the innovation management team when undertaking development projects. The central objectives here are the optimization of time to market, development costs and ensuring compliance with the BEUMER Group’s high quality expectations.
The individual sites undertake the internal project coordination, for example with regard to timing and costs....
The BEUMER Group product range now includes the twin-belt turning device, which allows for palletising of bags filled with bulk material in an even more gentle way. The twin-belt turning device represents an alternative to the existing clamp-type turning device. This new development works with two separately driven belt conveyors, which by applying a differential speed between both belts enables turning the bag to be palletised by 90 degrees, and, in particular cases also by 180 degrees. This procedure ensures a dimensionally stable bag. This is important for the achievement of stable bag stacks for products with particular flow behaviour and for soft bags.
The twin-belt turning device is used with the BEUMER paletpac high-capacity palletiser. With a stack height of up to 2,400 millimetres, the BEUMER paletpac high-capacity palletiser palletises bags filled with bulk material on any commonly used pallet size and in all technically feasible packing patterns. The variable bag and pallet sizes are adapted by rapid parametric setting with multi-programming. This high level palletising system with the new twin-belt turning device puts the bags into the desired packing pattern in a quick and gentle way.
Once the user has set the desired packing pattern, the twin-belt turning device turns the bags defined by the programme by the help of two separately driven belts arranged parallel to one another. The rotation of the bag is initiated by the net weight of the bag and by the different speeds of the belts. The speeds and also the rotation of the bag are adapted to the different bag sizes by a self-optimising highly dynamic active control loop. Each belt conveyor is provided with a synchronous servo drive, which is responsible for accelerating and decelerating during the turning process. This way the bags are handled more gently than with the clamp-type turning device. Moreover, if different bag sizes are handled, system retrofits are not required. Furthermore, the twin-belt turning device has less parts subject to wear and tear which means less maintenance. An additional advantage are lower energy costs, which result from the highly efficient drive technology and the elimination of compressed air. The new module operates at extremely low noise and existing palletisers can be easily retrofitted....
The Khimia 2013 – the international trade fair for the chemical industry and science (October 28 to 31, Moscow) – will see the Beckum-based BEUMER Group showcasing its products and system solutions for the palletizing and packaging technology sectors – targeting the complex requirements of manufacturers in the chemical industry. The products offered by the family-run company range from bagging, palletizing and load-securing equipment to warehouse management systems for chemical and petrochemical products.
One example of the products which will be presented by the BEUMER Group is the paletpac high-performance layer palletizer. This stacks PE and PP bags to a packing height of 2,400 millimeters (3 ft. 11.2 in.) on any standard size pallets – and the paletpac is flexible, geometrically accurate and extremely stable. The user can quickly and easily set the required parameters via a multiprogram. Depending on the product requirements, the BEUMER paletpac can be fitted with a rotary clamp or a double belt turning device which moves the filled bags into the required position. Even bags filled with granulate can be gently palletized, remaining dimensionally stable when stacked. Bags with PE granules, which evince a special flow behavior, or bags exposed to high temperatures and humidity are particularly challenging to handle. In these cases, BEUMER uses ventilated, specially-coated laying tables. The ventilation produces a cushion of air between the bag and the delivery table. This prevents bags sticking to the supporting surface and enables them to retain their dimensional stability on the pallet.
The BEUMER stretch hood M high-performance packaging machine is designed to handle numerous film thicknesses and package stacked bags quickly, reliably and sustainably – and its flexible handling of different pallet and film formats, high throughput, reliable film handling, low energy consumption, low compressed air requirement and the ability to process recyclable packaging film make the BEUMER stretch hood M a truly efficient and environmentally-friendly pallet packaging option.
BEUMER will also be presenting its Warehouse Management System (WMS) at the Khimia. This system fulfils all the main requirements of the chemical industry, like the storage of sensitive substances, batch tracking and space-saving, cost-efficient warehouse management. The WMS has an interface to all common ERP systems. It incorporates warehouse management, the material flow system and process control of the individual machines – so the user has a continuous overview of his production and storage facilities at all times and can match both to current requirements.
BEUMER at the Khimia 2013: Hall 2.1, Booth 2.1.A80...
The ever increasing technical demands in the bulk materials industry are reflected in the particular expectations of the user. Manufacturers who not only supply everything from one source but also undertake the complete project to the point of turnkey handover are in demand. The Beckum-based BEUMER Group with affiliations around the globe develops customized system solutions for conveying and loading, palletizing and packaging, and sortation and distribution systems.
BEUMER also acts as the main contractor on behalf of its customers. “A significant trend is that more and more clients want to commission their systems in a turnkey state,” says Dr. Gerd Oberheuser, Head of System Technology at the BEUMER Group, regarding the increased market requirements. “Engineering, Procurement and Construction”, EPC, or EPCM – “Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management” – for short, are the buzzwords here. EPCM is an enhanced form of project management. “This trend can be seen in many parts of the bulk materials industry, for example in cement and opencast mining,” explains Dr. Oberheuser.
Comprehensive portfolio for the bulk materials industry
With the acquisition of Enexco Teknologies India Limited in 2011, the BEUMER Group has expanded its business activities in India and in doing so has strengthened its presence, particularly in the cement industry, in one of the world’s most important growth markets. For example, the portfolio includes horizontal and vertical belt conveyor systems, belt bucket elevators, heavy-duty bucket elevators for particularly large delivery rates and heights, and steel cell conveyors fitted with chains or belts for clinker. The intralogistics specialist also provides grinding mills, silos and systems for filling, palletizing, packaging and loading.
As well as the cement and mining industry, BEUMER system solutions, such as belt conveyors, are also in increasing demand in the coal industry. The conveyor solutions are also used in the firing of power stations. These are also more and more frequently heated with environmentally compatible fuels such as wood pellets, shredded tires and waste. BEUMER supplies suitable systems for transporting the fuels to the boiler, for example.
“For a quotation to be accepted, contracts are often only placed on an EPC basis,” remarks Dr. Oberheuser. This means that, as well as supplying the equipment, BEUMER is responsible for the whole process. This includes the design of the entire system, the installation, the commissioning and the instruction of subcontractors. Not only does a high availability of machines and systems play a decisive role, but also optimum support. For this reason, BEUMER has set up competence centers in the Czech Republic, in Austria, at its headquarters in Beckum, and in North America. These take care of research and development, sales, project management and purchasing.
With its solutions, the BEUMER Group helps users to work more cost effectively and in a more environmentally friendly manner. BEUMER belt conveyors enable companies to transport large quantities of bulk material from the quarry or mine to the factory or port as cost effectively and as quickly as possible. Trucks have considerable disadvantages in this regard. Road building is expensive, and the more raw materials have to be transported from the excavation point to the factory, the more journeys have to be made. Added to this are the operating costs and emissions caused by trucks – both with regard to fuel consumption and personnel costs as well as noise and dust. As a result of the direct route, the material is transported much faster than by truck. In addition, belt conveyors can be operated with significantly fewer personnel. Another aspect compared with trucks is the lower energy consumption, which at the same time reduces CO2 emissions. Depending on the project, belt conveying systems need up to 90 percent less primary energy than comparable truck transportation.
Cost-effective and environmentally friendly conveying
Belt conveyors can overcome long distances, steep gradients and tight curves, and can be individually matched to the particular task and topography. Use is made of durable, tension-resistant conveyor belts. In doing so BEUMER uses various calculation programs to determine the optimum belt design. These enable tensile forces to be analyzed and also forces which occur due to acceleration and deceleration – always taking into account the intrinsic weight of the belt and the transported material. They are also used to determine possible curve radii. BEUMER also provides advance feasibility studies. In addition, the belt position is calculated in advance with the appropriate curve radius for the empty and loaded states. With their slender lines, belt conveyors overcome broken terrain and other obstacles such as rivers, roads, buildings or rail tracks. Horizontal and vertical curves in the routing can also be overlapped. Depending on the requirement, BEUMER offers open troughed belt conveyors for higher throughputs and larger mass flows as well as larger curve radii, and enclosed pipe conveyors for products which need to be protected against the effects of the environment.
At the port of Callao in Peru, BEUMER will be installing pipe conveyors with a length of around three kilometers for transporting copper, lead and zinc concentrates for completion in 2014.
“Depending on the landscape and environmental conditions, we can install overland conveyors with horizontal curves with lengths of up to 20 kilometers,” explains Dr. Oberheuser. Gradients of up to 15 degrees can be realized depending on the characteristics of the materials to be conveyed. After planning, installation and commissioning, maintenance and service are no more laborious than with a straight conveyor. On average, the annual maintenance costs are only around 2% of the investment sum. In Canada, BEUMER is currently installing a conveyor with a length of 3.48 kilometers for a large mining concern. This will convey up to 6,000 tonnes of iron ore per hour. This large-area conveyor system must withstand extreme temperatures of down to -40 degrees and heavy snowfalls. BEUMER has designed all mechanical and structural elements for the extremely low temperatures. For example, the system is fitted with a feed conveyor and an unloading system with tripper car.
As main contractor, BEUMER is equipping a new distribution center off the shore of Malaysia with 17 trough belt conveyors with a total length of twelve kilometers for a large iron ore exporter. The conveyors will ensure swift transport of iron ore from super-size freighters to the mainland. BEUMER will deliver and install the conveyors, put them into operation and take full charge of engineering, all according to a strict timetable....
The first bauma trade fair in Africa is scheduled to be held at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, from September 18 to 21. This international fair focuses on construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment. The BEUMER Group will be presenting its extensive capabilities in conveying, loading, palletizing and packaging technology. Africa is seen as a market with enormous growth potential, and BEUMER wants to be near its customers there.
The Beckum-based BEUMER Group will be presenting its innovative solutions for handling bulk materials at Stand 150 in Hall H5. BEUMER's product range includes curved belt conveyors, among which are troughed belt conveyors and pipe conveyors, used for transporting various types of bulk goods over long distances and often impassable terrain. BEUMER belt apron conveyors convey hot materials such as cement clinker safely and economically. They are based on the highly reliable belt technology used in bucket elevators. Another product at the BEUMER stand will be heavy-duty bucket elevators, which can transport coarse and highly abrasive materials with pieces of up to 120 millimeters in size.
BEUMER also manufactures loading heads for fast and dust-free loading of bulk materials into silo vehicles. Their double-walled design separates the dust-removal system from the material inlet. The heads can be moved laterally to compensate for minor errors in the position of the vehicle. When large volumes of material are handled, such as in the cement industry, stationary loading heads are often inadequate because they have to move from one filling spout to the next on the vehicle. In response, BEUMER has developed mobile loading units that can be adapted to the length of the vehicle. It also offers various telescopic systems for loading open vehicles without generating dust.
The BEUMER product range also includes the fully automatic autopac 3000 loading and palletizing machine, which loads bags filled with bulk materials onto trucks, rail cars or ships. The machine loads and stacks bagged goods in one operation without using pallets. This BEUMER system is especially efficient with bags because it requires fewer workers. This is important in newly industrialized countries, where transshipment of bagged goods is increasing and labour costs are on the rise.
In the area of palletizing technology, BEUMER will be showing its paletpac range. These layer palletizers handle bags filled with bulk materials. The BEUMER paletpac 5000 divides up the bag flow, permitting a persuasively high throughput at low processing speeds while making it particularly suitable for palletizing building materials such as cement or mortar. The geometrical accuracy and stability of the palletized stacks enable them to be stored without any problems, thus ensuring reliable integration into downstream packaging systems. BEUMER will also be presenting its versatile and high-capacity stretch hood packaging system, which secures loads on pallets by stretching a snug-fitting hood over the palletized goods while minimizing film consumption. This protects them from moisture, dirt, UV radiation and other environmental influences. Goods stored outdoors stay clean and dry.
Africa is regarded as a major growth market for the building materials and mining industries. The Sub-Saharan countries in particular are rich in raw materials like diamonds, gold and chromium. In response to favourable economic forecasts, many countries are taking major steps to expand their infrastructure. In South Africa alone, investments totalling some 320 billion euros are planned. By showing the flag at bauma Africa, the BEUMER Group is demonstrating its commitment to economic growth in Africa and assuring its customers that it will be a reliable local partner.
The BEUMER Group at bauma Africa: Hall H5, Stand 150...