At MODEX 2014, the international trade fair for manufacturing technology and the supply chain industry (March 17 to 20 in Atlanta), the BEUMER Group will be exhibiting innovative solutions from the sorting, distribution, palletizing and packaging business segments. One highlight is the “virtual sortation tour”, a personalized virtual tour of different systems provided by the intralogistics specialists. BEUMER will also be presenting the BS 25 tilt tray sorter. This is particularly suitable for use in dispatch and logistics centers.
The BEUMER Group will be offering a special kind of system tour at Exhibition Booth 4523. On the “virtual sortation tour”, visitors to the fair will be able to experience a virtual tour through several sorting and distribution systems. They will be given a controller, similar to the kind used for video games, and will be able to use it to navigate independently through the systems. Various application scenarios such as online trading, branch replenishment, dispatch and the wholesale trade are simulated. This will enable visitors to obtain an accurate picture of the advantages and possible applications of BEUMER products.
BEUMER will also be presenting its BS 25 tilt tray sorter. The high-performance tilt tray sorter is extremely flexible and is distinguished by its high throughput. It is therefore also suitable for demanding tasks in dispatch and logistics centers. Here, the requirement for efficient and variable sortation systems is high – particularly as a result of the expanding multichannel business. The sorter with its modular design can be adapted and extended to suit individual requirements. It can also handle packages of different sizes – from small Jiffy bags to boxes with sides a meter in length. BEUMER’s tilt tray technology is a cost-effective and sustainable solution which has already proved its worth in numerous applications.
Models of other BEUMER sortation systems will also be on display at MODEX. Among other things, the company will be presenting the BS-7 cross belt sorter and the LS2000 and LS4000 tilt tray sorters from Crisplant, a member of the BEUMER Group. With its decades of experience, BEUMER is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sortation and distribution systems. These have not only been used successfully in dispatch and logistics centers, but, by way of example, also in airports.
Experts from the BEUMER Group will also be involved in several information events organized by the Material Handling Institute (MHI) which will be taking place as part of MODEX. In the “MHI Classroom Sessions”, specialists will be discussing subjects and challenges in the supply chain industry, for example automation, multichannel capability and dealing with seasonal variations.
BEUMER at MODEX 2014 in Atlanta: Booth 4523...
At the Mining World Russia, International Exhibition for Mining and Processing of Minerals and Metals (April 9-11, 2014, Moscow), BEUMER Group will present systems solutions in the conveying technology sector. Furthermore, the company will inform visitors about its customer support that ensures trouble-free operation of the systems even under the harshest conditions.
BEUMER Group offers curved belt conveyors, used for the transportation of various raw materials like coal or ores, even over long distances and often through rough terrain. These conveyors are designed as troughed belt conveyors or pipe conveyors. Material transport with belt conveyors is generally faster, more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly than trucking. As more and more clients in the bulk industry want to commission their systems in a turnkey state, BEUMER Group is not only component provider, but in many cases general contractor.
BEUMER Group offers worldwide customer support with highly qualified personnel to guarantee trouble-free operation of the systems. The skilled personnel offer not only professional maintenance as well as intensive customer training, but also ensure regular upgrading of the equipment and systems. The service agreements of the BEUMER Customer Support can be matched individually to the respective needs of the customer and range from maintenance and inspection to long-term placement of service personnel on site....
The BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems – announces that its Tire Tray transportation and sortation system has been short-listed as the Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year by the Tire Technology International Awards 2014.
As the first automated green tire handling system, BEUMER Group’s Tire Tray transportation and sortation system was designed specifically to enable tire manufacturers to increase process efficiency and optimize manufacturing costs.
The new Tire Tray system automates the handling of tires of all sizes within a single system, from tire building to curing presses. The automated system provides full end-to-end tracking and traceability of each tire throughout the production process which can include the integration of release agent spray systems, as well as the buffering and curing. It also offers advanced features such as fully automated loading and unloading as well as system-wide visibility and control. Detailed management statistics enable the system to be continually optimized to enhance process efficiency.
“By eliminating the manual handling of green tires, manufacturers can continually monitor and optimize process efficiency whilst also enhancing workplace safety,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director at BEUMER Group company, Crisplant. “In creating this new system, BEUMER Group has used the same skills and expertise with which it has helped major distribution hubs worldwide, to transform their businesses to achieve lower operating costs and higher process efficiency.”
The winners in each Award category will be announced during the Awards Dinner at Tire Technology Expo Gala Dinner at Köln Messe, Germany, on 11 February 2014....
BEUMER Corporation, a leader in sortation, distribution, palletizing and packaging systems, will exhibit at MODEX 2014 in booth 4523 with a broad range of versatile, high-speed, low-maintenance sortation and distribution equipment, and present an engaging, personalized “virtual sortation tour” of several BEUMER distribution center solutions, enabling booth visitors to navigate through different systems and usage scenarios, from product receiving through pack-out.
The show runs March 17-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.
BEUMER’s booth will highlight several innovative and updated products and systems that help warehousing and distribution professionals achieve better order accuracy, expand the versatility of distribution centers to efficiently process a range of parcel types, sizes and weights, improve throughput and service levels, and ultimately sustain a more productive and cost-effective operation.
In addition, BEUMER will also be participating in several Material Handling and Logistics Classroom sessions presented in conjunction with the show by the Material Handling Institute (MHI). BEUMER sortation applications experts will be sharing insight on topics such as multi-channel shipping challenges and effective techniques for valuing and justifying investments in automation.
Besides the interactive virtual tour, technology displays will include scaled-down versions of the BEUMER BS 25 cross belt shipping sorter and a Crisplant LS-4000E tilt tray sorter.
BEUMER BS 25 Standard Tilt-Tray Shipping Sorter
The company’s main display features a presentation and technology from BEUMER’s recently launched BS 25 high-capacity standard tilt-tray shipping sorter. This is a versatile, high-quality loop tilt-tray shipping sorter with the capacity, flexibility and throughput to meet ever-changing business needs. It is designed to satisfy the growing demand in the U.S. for shipping sortation solutions that easily integrate omni-channel (both e-commerce fulfillment and retail replenishment) operations. It features a compact footprint and the versatility to induct product via multiple locations anywhere on the loop. It is also built to handle a wide range of packages on one system -- from 3 inch poly bags up to 3 foot boxes.
The BS 25 shipping sorter incorporates industry proven high quality BEUMER Group tilt tray technology, and leverages standard mechanical components, control and software interface modules, and a modular design to significantly reduce engineering, project management, installation and testing. This provides the client with a robust low cost of ownership shipping sorter with a short implementation schedule.
Interactive “Sortation Virtual Tour” Presentation
To give booth visitors a unique and original “perspective” on the key capabilities and advantages offered by BEUMER’s full line of cross belt and tilt tray sortation systems, a special interactive “virtual sortation tour” will be the highlight of the booth. Using an interactive hand-held control similar to those used for video games, users will have the ability to create a custom journey through a BEUMER sorter system based on their own specific distribution processes. Tours include sortation applications for e-commerce, retail Fulfilment, omni-channel, wholesale/cross-dock and Shipping.
After answering a few simple questions about the type of demo they would prefer to experience, the users will ‘tour’ a unique BEUMER sortation solution: -- a combination of graphical simulation sequences and video clips that will take them on a “package-eye-view” journey from receiving through picking and wave buffer, automated or manual induction, scanning, sortation, chute discharge and packing, and out the door through shipping. At each key point in the “tour” they will have the opportunity to discover important features and capabilities BEUMER has engineered into its systems to optimize throughput, accuracy, and productivity while leveraging the flexibility required for safe and efficient movement of a wide range of products through the DC.
Physical BEUMER Sorter Models on Display
For those that prefer a hands on-approach to the virtual tour, the booth will include real life samples of several BEUMER sorter models including the BS-7 Cross Belt, the BS-25 Tilt Tray, the Crisplant LS4000 E-tilt, and Crisplant LS2000 mechanical tilt tray. Take an “under the hood” look at the robust parts and decades of engineering that have gone into the industry's leading sortation products
MHI Classroom Sessions
BEUMER sortation technology and applications experts will participate in at multiple MHI Classroom Sessions scheduled to run in conjunction with MODEX 2014. BEUMER will participate in these sessions:
- Justifying Order Fulfillment Automation Required for Peak via Off-Peak Utilization - how to reap the benefits of a system engineered for top peak season performance even in off-peak times.
- 2014 Automation: See Latest & Greatest MODEX & the Industry Has to Offer - Technologies ranging from complex to simple will be presented, detailing the application, operational benefits, and financial justifications for each.
- Answering the Multi-Channel Shipping Paradox: How to Handle Cartons and Bags - Retail shipments generally use corrugated cartons with standard size; E-commerce shipments are much more varied -- how can distribution centers efficiently integrate handling both on one warehouse & shipping platform?
For more information on BEUMER’s sortation and distribution solutions and services, please visit BEUMER in booth 4523 at MODEX 2014....
BEUMER Group enlarged its management team and appointed Dr Detlev Rose as Chief Sales Officer. Dr Detlev Rose, 51, will assume the planning, managing and organisational tasks of all BEUMER Group sales activities worldwide.
Dr Detlev Rose studied Metallurgy at TU Clausthal and graduated with a degree in Engineering. He then held a role as a Development Engineer at ThyssenKrupp Polysius AG. After working for several years as Department Manager in the Research and Development and the Plant Construction Departments, he joined the company's Management Board. Before joining BEUMER Group, he was CEO at ThyssenKrupp Polysius AG, a global manufacturer of machinery for cement, lime and mineral industries....
BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated post and parcel handling systems - has been awarded a contract by UK Mail Group PLC – the UK’s largest independent express delivery company - to install a fully automated parcel sorting system in UK Mail’s new state-of-the-art Midlands Hub which is scheduled to begin operation in 2015.
Equipping the new Midlands Hub with a state-of-the-art parcel sortation system will enable UK Mail to ensure high levels of service to end-users throughout the UK. The decision to award the contract to BEUMER Group was based on the reputation for developing and delivering innovative parcel sorting systems combining the flexibility to handle parcels across a wide range of shapes, sizes and weights, with the scalability to increase capacity in line with future growth.
“The automation of UK Mail’s parcels operation is an essential part of their strategy,” explains Martin Mossinkoff, Managing Director, Logistic Systems, BEUMER Group. “Crisplant’s expertise in designing systems which combine high efficiency with ultra-low energy consumption and maintenance costs will make a significant contribution to enabling UK Mail to drive down the cost per item by increasing the capacity of their centralised sortation system.”
Richard Wenham, Network Development Director, UK Mail, explains "Our continuous growth has been driven by a particularly strong increase in the volume of parcels in the B2B and B2C parcel markets. This is being driven by expansion in the number of home deliveries from Internet-based companies. We estimate that this segment of the market will continue to grow and therefore we are maintaining our focus on combining competitive pricing with strong service levels."
The new parcel handling system will integrate two Crisplant LS-4000 cross-belt sorters which achieve up to 70% reduction in energy consumption, compared to conventional sorter technologies. They also provide a single system capable of ensuring the safe and efficient handling of parcels of different dimensions from induction to discharge. The reduced energy consumption will reduce the product life cycle costs in addition to helping UK Mail to meet environmental goals for reducing carbon emissions....
BEUMER Corporation today announced its acquisition of a majority interest in Glidepath LLC, a designer, manufacturer, and integrator of airport baggage handling systems. Glidepath LLC is based in Dallas, Texas, and was previously a wholly owned subsidiary of Glidepath Limited, based in New Zealand. Glidepath LLC will become part of BEUMER Corporation’s Airports Segment in the United States, Mexico, and the Bahamas, and adds a diverse range of baggage handling components and systems to BEUMER’s baggage handling solutions portfolio. BEUMER, which includes Crisplant brand solutions, is well known for its tote, tilt tray, and independent carrier system (ICS) baggage sortation technologies, among other baggage handling components and systems. Glidepath LLC will change its name and trade as BEUMER Glidepath.
Glidepath has operated in the North American market for more than 30 years and has completed over 160 airport baggage handling projects since 1983. With fully integrated design and manufacturing systems in the United States, Glidepath is known for its capacity to undertake multiple, fast-track, regulatory-compliant projects and to provide complete after-sales service.
“We foresee tremendously positive outcomes for the market by bringing BEUMER Corporation and Glidepath LLC together,” said Dr. Thomas Dalstein, President and CEO of BEUMER Corporation, which has completed baggage handling projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. “This unique combination of technologies, talents, and market reach distinguishes us in our ability to offer fully integrated baggage handling solutions, from check-in to baggage claim, for small, medium, and large airports.”
The Chairman of Glidepath Group, Sir Ken Stevens said: “I believe this a truly significant event for not only Glidepath and its USA staff, but also for the baggage handling industry. The combined expertise and technology to be offered by BEUMER Glidepath will ensure that it is at the forefront of the industry and will enable the company to offer our clients turnkey and integrated baggage handling solutions for small, medium and large projects. From small beginnings in Wichita, Kansas in 1983, this is a most exciting development for the company. I am delighted to be partnering with the BEUMER Group, not only for the ability to expand our operations, but also because they share the same core values as we do. They are an ideal partner.”...
BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems – announces the launch of its first automated material handling system to be specifically designed for the tire production industry. A demonstration and animations of the new Tire Tray transportation and sortation system will be shown on stand number 3118, at the Tire Technology Expo 2014, Cologne, Germany, from 11 to 13 February 2014.
The new Tire Tray System automates the handling of tires and provides full traceability and tracking of each tire throughout the production process. The automated system includes the integration of release agent spray systems, as well as the buffering and curing processes. The system offers advanced features such as fully automated loading and unloading; end-to-end tracking of tires using RFID technology; and the ability to handle a wide variety of tire sizes within a single system. In addition to system-wide visibility and control, detailed management statistics enable the system to be continually optimized to enhance process efficiency.
“By eliminating manual handling of tires throughout production, tire manufacturers can enhance workplace safety and continually monitor and optimize process efficiency,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director at BEUMER Group company, Crisplant. “In creating this new system, BEUMER Group has used the same skills and expertise with which it has helped major distribution hubs worldwide, to transform their businesses to achieve lower operating costs and higher process efficiency.”
BEUMER Group has been designing, building and installing material handling systems for the past 45 years of its 79 year history. Their list of successful projects includes customizing standard material handling systems for tire production facilities in the USA, Canada and Japan. Most recently, BEUMER Group installed a new sorting system at a facility in the USA, and used meticulous planning to enable the plant to remain in normal operation throughout the entire installation process....
The cement industry is a growing market worldwide. The demand for this construction material continues, especially in China. The BEUMER Center of Competence (CoC) was established for the cement business unit to provide optimal systems and plants as a full-range supplier to customers all around the world. It is designed to optimise communication among the BEUMER experts worldwide. China's biggest cement manufacturer also benefits from this.
"China and India are still the two main growth markets", says Dr. Christoph Beumer, Chairman and CEO of BEUMER Group based in Beckum. "When we went to China during the late 1990s, the country produced approximately 700 million tonnes of cement per year, today that is almost 1.2 billion". According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), production in China gained further momentum during the first quarter of 2013 and reached 417 million tonnes. This represents an increase of 8.2 percent compared to the previous year. "This positive long-term development is not going to change", predicts Andre Tissen, head of the cement business unit at BEUMER Group. "Compared to international standards, the urbanisation ratio in China is rather low with just over 50 %. The rate for the USA and Japan is at over 70 %. This explains the continuing high demand in infrastructure and urban construction."
The factory built in Shanghai in 2006 enables BEUMER Group to provide optimal service to customers in China. More than 200 employees are working on a production area of more than 13,000 m². The BEUMER Machinery (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. covers the whole logistics value chain in China from sales, project planning, engineering to production and service for the Chinese market. BEUMER Machinery (Shanghai) is even registered as a high tech company with the Chinese authorities. The acquisition of Enexco Teknologies India Limited in 2011 strengthened BEUMER Group's presence in the cement industry. For example, the portfolio includes belt conveyor systems with horizontal and vertical curves, belt bucket elevators, heavy-duty high capacity belt bucket elevators for particularly large delivery rates and heights, and apron conveyors for clinker fitted with chains or belts as traction elements. The intralogistics specialist also provides systems for filling, palletising, packaging and loading as well as grinding mills and silos for the Indian market. In addition to supplying the complete machines and electrical equipment for the plants, BEUMER is usually responsible for the entire process as well. This includes the design of the system, as well as the coordination and supervision of the installation and commissioning.
"As a provider of full-range solutions, it is our goal to offer optimal support to international construction materials groups such as HeidelbergCement or Holcim for their projects worldwide", says BEUMER expert Tissen. Therefore, the expertise of all BEUMER branches that are active in this field need to be pooled together and the resulting synergies need to be used effectively. For this, BEUMER established the Center of Competence for the cement segment. This center is responsible for research and development, sales, project management, purchasing and above all the support of the group companies worldwide. Tissen explains that this requires smooth communication among each other, but it is worth it. The Chinese government supports large and profitable companies in order to further promote the cement industry and become a global leader in this segment. The supported companies benefit from low-interest loans, for example, or can acquire building areas more easily and quickly in order to expand further. The companies are also publicly supported when new projects are assigned.
Good cooperation is based on trust
China's market leader produces about 12,000 tons of clinker every day at several sites for different applications and requirements, such as Portland or slag cement. The cement manufacturer was significantly involved in the construction of various large-scale projects, for example, the Oriental Pearl Tower in the Pudong district in Shanghai. At 468 metres, this is currently the third highest television tower in Asia and the fifth largest in the world. Further projects include the Shanghai Pudong International airport as well as the Beijing–Shanghai high-speed railway. This is the second longest high-speed line in the world with a length of 1,318 kilometres. The company is selling its products now in more than 20 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
The manufacturer places particular value on production methods that are both energy-efficient and environmentally sound. They have been using BEUMER systems such as loading systems, belt conveyors and bucket elevators for years. "Our first order from the Chinese company was in 1995", remembers managing director Dr. Beumer. In the meantime, the intralogistics expert has delivered and installed about 140 bucket elevators. The cement manufacturer has ambitious goals to be able to compete with internationally leading companies and to stay prepared for the ongoing construction boom in China. The demand in cement is continuously rising. This is why they are permanently improving their technology and equipment and continue to rely on BEUMER. "The cement manufacturers know about the high quality of our plants and systems", explains Tissen. "But our cooperation is mainly based on trust." Guo Wenshan, president of the company, was able to see for himself the high quality of manufacturing of the products at the BEUMER Group headquarters in Germany. There are now also discussions about the supply and the installation of belt apron conveyors, filling systems and high-level palletisers. "As the competition from local companies is significantly increasing, we offer our products at favourable conditions to the Chinese manufacturer", explains Tissen. "At the same time, our aim is to be more innovative and always one step ahead of our competitors."
Another important aspect of good business relations is the BEUMER Group Customer Support. The agreements with the customer can range from only maintenance and inspection to a long-term placement of service personnel on site. In order to guarantee trouble-free intralogistic processes and a value-adding material flow, the BEUMER employees ensure the modernisation of the plants and systems to meet upcoming performance and technology demands. "On principle, our service agreements are specially designed to meet the individual requirements of the customer", explains Tissen. "The service schedules as well as the reaction times are agreed upon in the contract." The 'BEUMER Belt Management', for example, helps to avoid downtime through regular inspections and timely replacement of bucket elevator belts. The "Residential Service" comprises technical support, preventive maintenance and inspection, emergency plans, system and process analyses and optimisation as well as spare parts and facility management. "We make sure that the customers can keep pace with the increasing requirements", explains Tissen....
BEUMER Group – a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems – has installed a dispatch sorter for the global online retailer, ASOS, in their UK-based global distribution hub. The ASOS hub distributes nearly 50 million garments every year to customers throughout the UK, USA, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia and over 200 other countries.
“'This initial investment in automation ensures that ASOS can improve the accuracy of the dispatch process and provide significant gains in operational efficiency. It also allows for future capacity expansion in line with our growth expectations,“ explains David Swinbank, Senior Development Manager for ASOS. “The BEUMER Group sorter has enabled us to streamline the sorting process compared to the old operation. The ability to offer a high level of delivery service to our customers is a significant differentiator in the highly competitive online fashion market.”
The LS-4000 sorter was designed, manufactured and installed by BEUMER Group company, Crisplant, and put into operation in October 2013.
BEUMER Group’s Brian Jones, UK Sales Director, explains, “The decision to award this contract to the BEUMER Group and Crisplant was based on the sorter’s ability to offer high levels of flexibility, accuracy and control combined with a high throughput. Crisplant’s decades of experience in engineering state-of-the-art sorting solutions for warehouses in the international fashion industry was also an important factor.”
As a pioneer in online retailing, ASOS offers over 200,000 branded and own-label lines of womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery and beauty products, and adds around 1500 new product lines each week....
Crisplant – Part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – has been awarded a contract by Isavia to upgrade the baggage handling system at Keflavik International Airport, Iceland.
The new Crisplant upgrade will address the need for increased flexibility and redundancy to meet a record growth in passenger numbers as Keflavik continues to invest in its vision to become a major hub for air traffic between Europe and the USA.
This is the second contract awarded to Crisplant and follows the integration of a Crisplant loop sorting system as part of the baggage handling system installed at Keflavik in 2007.
The new upgrade includes the integration of a high-level control system which includes a Sort Allocation Computer (SAC), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system with a Management Information System (MICS). These high-level controls will provide the airport with a centralised and comprehensive overview and management of the entire baggage handling system. This will enable operators to perform load balancing, baggage tracking, statistics and continual optimisation of the entire baggage handling process.
In addition, a major part of the conveyors within the legacy sorting system will be replaced by Crisplant’s CrisBelt conveyor system to provide a fully redundant and flexible system which will include integration with the baggage screening equipment.
Over a ten-month period, from January 2013, the number of passengers travelling through Keflavik International Airport increased to 2.4 million and airport operator, Isavia, expects the total number of passengers to reach 2.7 million by the end of 2013. This represents an overall increase of 15% in passenger numbers year-on-year.
"This is an important step for Keflavik International Airport,” explains Gudmundur Dadi Runarsson, Deputy Terminal Director at Keflavik International Airport. “For the first time, we have a completely coherent baggage handling and monitoring system which will allow us to further optimise our operations and emphasise the value in choosing Keflavik as a hub airport".
The Crisplant system is due for handover in 2014, after which it will be maintained by Crisplant under a Hotline and Service Inspection contract....
At the 22nd UPAKOVKA international trade fair for packaging systems, packaging manufacturing machines and packaging material (28 to 31 January, Moscow) the BEUMER Group will be demonstrating its expertise in filling, palletizing and packaging technology.
The BEUMER Group, with headquarters in Beckum, Germany, will be providing information on the BEUMER fillpac rotary packer in Booth 22A39 in Hall 2.2. The machine 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 BEUMER fillpac even fills HDPE bags. This filling machine is fitted with an automatic bag weight correction system which automatically measures the weight of the bags and fills them with great accuracy. Furthermore, with the BEUMER robotpac, the intralogistics specialist’s range includes a space-saving articulated arm robot which can carry out even complex palletizing and depalletizing tasks reliably and efficiently. The BEUMER robotpac stacks various containers such as bags, cartons, boxes, canisters and trays safely and economically. BEUMER has developed appropriate, flexibly exchangeable gripper systems for every packaged product. With the paletpac range, BEUMER provides a high-performance layer palletizer for bags. The geometrical accuracy and stability of the palletized stacks make for problem-free storage and safe transportation to the downstream BEUMER stretch hood packaging system. This packaging solution is deployed in many different sectors – for example in the beverage and foodstuffs industry as well as in the building materials, electronics and pharmaceutical industries. It can also be used for the final packaging of animal feedstuffs and fertilizers as well as in distribution centers for mixed picked goods for the retail trade. The stretch film fixes and secures the goods reliably on the pallet, at the same time protecting them against the effects of the environment and providing a highly effective display.
BEUMER will also be presenting its Warehouse Management System (WMS). This system fulfills all the main requirements such as the storage of sensitive substances, batch tracking and space-saving and cost-efficient warehouse management. The WMS has an interface to all common customer ERP systems. It includes the warehouse management, the material flow system and the process controllers for the individual machines. The user therefore has a continuous overview of his production and storage facilities at all times and can match them to the prevailing requirements....
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....