Crisplant - part of BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - has been awarded a contract to supply a baggage handling system for Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 4.
The check-in area features automated self-service bag-drop and check-in kiosks as well as conventional check-in aisles. Highly redundant CrisBelt® transport lines, together with a hold baggage screening system, will ensure safe and efficient operation. All subsequent sortation is made using the latest-generation CrisBag® system to ensure the highest level of availability, the shortest transport times and 100% track and trace capability. The CrisBag system includes an early baggage store so that passengers who arrive early in the terminal may immediately check in their bags and proceed through to the terminal's airside areas.
The contract reinforces the long and successful partnership between airport operator Changi Airport Group and Crisplant, which has supported baggage handling at Changi since the handover of Terminal 2's tilt-tray sorter-based baggage handling system in 2002. This was followed by a contract for Terminal 3, where Crisplant's CrisBag serves a dual role as a baggage sorting system and as an extensive inter-terminal transfer baggage system connecting Terminals 1, 2 and 3. This system also features a fully integrated early bag store with a capacity of up to 4,000 items of luggage while optimum system availability and performance is assured by on-site Crisplant personnel, who run the baggage control room for Terminals 2 and 3 in a 24/7 operation and maintenance program.
Singapore Changi Airport broke ground on Terminal 4 in November 2013. The new terminal will feature many design and process innovations to improve passengers' travel experience as well as increase operational efficiency and manpower productivity for airlines and airport agencies. T4 expects to welcome its first passengers in 2017....
The BEUMER Group will be presenting its sustainable and energy-saving system solutions at POWER-GEN 2014 (June 3 to 5, Cologne). In particular, the intralogistics specialist will be demonstrating the function of its economical belt conveyors with the help of a model. These systems transport materials over impassable terrain in an environmentally friendly manner. Visitors will also learn about BEUMER Customer Support, which ensures that all of the user’s systems have a high level of availability.
The curved conveyor systems are designed as open trough belt conveyors or closed pipe conveyors. In power stations they move large quantities of coal from storage or receiving points to the boiler and convey waste products such as ash, slag or FGD gypsum to landfills or other disposal sites. BEUMER conveyor systems are also the perfect solution for conveying substitute fuels, which are coming into increasing use. 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.
Belt conveyors are equipped with environmentally friendly electrical drives and low-energy belts. As they are usually designed with closed-loop controls, the load can be optimally distributed on the drive unit for different operating conditions. When the belt conveyor is running downhill, the system works in generating mode. The recovered electrical energy is fed back to the public electricity supply via a feedback unit.
Visitors to the trade fair will also learn about BEUMER Customer Support, which ensures that all of the user’s systems have a high level of availability. The support team also optimizes existing machinery. Highly capable experts located all over the world provide professional repair and maintenance, deliver spare parts and carry out customer training.
BEUMER at POWER-GEN Europe 2014: hall 6, booth N44...
At CeMAT, which will be held in Hanover from May 19 to 23, the BEUMER Group will be presenting a number of new solutions, including a belt tray sorter equipped with new modules and functions, a more efficient drive system with significantly increased efficiency and a completely redesigned machine in the BEUMER stretch hood series. These tailor-made solutions by the intralogistics specialists are a response to changing consumption patterns and to e-commerce, a major driver of growth.
Visitors to the trade show will be able to see the 40-meter-long BS 7 BT belt tray sorter in action. BEUMER has equipped the machine with a variety of modules and functions, thus demonstrating how it can accommodate users’ individual requirements. An example is the manual input station, which provides a low-cost means of loading items onto the sorter. Another module consists of a camera system that reads barcodes on products right when they are loaded. If the system cannot recognize the barcode, it does not feed the product. There is also a tool which corrects errors in the sorting process, in this way improving accuracy. A correcting frame detects the position of the product on the belt tray element. If the item is too far to the left or right on the belt, the system pushes it back to the middle, ensuring a secure and reliable sorting process at all times.
BEUMER and the Danish company Crisplant a/s, another member of the BEUMER Group, are among the world's leading suppliers of sorting and distribution equipment. At its trade fair booth BEUMER will be showcasing its comprehensive expertise, including fully automatic sortation systems such as the Double-Density Tilt-Tray Sorter and the Crisplant LS-4000 High-Speed Loop Sorter. These are used throughout the world in postal and distribution centers and enable goods to be sorted quickly and gently. The cross-belt and tilt-tray sorters provide a high level of benefit for the user.
In the area of high-performance sorters the BEUMER Group has developed the new OptiDrive, an efficient force-fit drive system which offers an extremely economical alternative to conventional asynchronous linear motors. Its special feature is what is called double-acting proportional contact pressure. Pressure is applied in both directions – in accelerating as well as in braking. In this way the pressing force of the drive wheel is automatically adjusted depending on the amount of power needed. This increases efficiency by as much as 85 percent and extends the service life of the drive wheels. The system is already in successful operation.
From filling to packaging
The strength of the BEUMER Group is its ability to combine individual machines and systems by means of intelligent automation for greater efficiency.
The BEUMER Group supplies filling, palletizing and packaging equipment from a single source. The BEUMER fillpac, for example, can be incorporated flexibly into existing packaging lines. The bagging machine is equipped with a calibratable weigher. The electronic weighing unit ensures that the fillpac always achieves accurate filling quantities. Special software enables the weigher to communicate continuously with the filling spouts. This enables users to get the best out of their packaging lines, as it is not necessary to reject bags with incorrect weights from the process.
BEUMER has completely revamped the BEUMER paletpac high-performance layer palletizer in order to stack paper, PE and PP bags on different sized pallets flexibly, accurately and stably, and now even more efficiently. Users benefit from improved accessibility, shorter installation time, greater flexibility and therefore lower costs. The palletizer can be fitted with a rotary clamp or double belt turning device which allows bags filled with bulk materials with special flow behavior to be stacked on pallets gently, quickly and accurately. BEUMER’s Customer Support specialists can easily retrofit existing palletizers with this solution. BEUMER also offers the robotpac, a space-saving, fully automatic articulated robot which is able to perform complex palletizing and depalletizing tasks reliably and efficiently. Containers such as bags, cartons, boxes, canisters and trays can be stacked safely and economically. BEUMER has developed appropriate, flexibly exchangeable gripper systems for every packaged product.
BEUMER has added a new machine to its stretch hood series for efficient packaging of palletized stacks. As part of this work, it redesigned its high-performance packaging system from the bottom up. BEUMER’s experts analyzed different components and optimized them. For example, they improved the menu guidance for the control of the machine via a soft touch panel, redesigned the workstations according to ergonomic principles and equipped the machine with an innovative system which transports the film with the utmost care.
In the field of conveying and loading equipment BEUMER provides information on belt conveyor systems with horizontal and vertical curves, belt bucket elevators, heavy-duty belt bucket elevators for particularly large delivery rates and heights, and steel cell conveyors fitted with chains or belts for clinker. As well as supplying all the machines and electrical equipment, BEUMER usually takes charge of the whole process. This includes the process design for the complete system as well as the coordination and monitoring of installation and commissioning.
Visitors to the trade fair will also learn about BEUMER Customer Support, which ensures that all of the user’s systems have a high level of availability and optimizes existing machinery with the latest software updates. The support experts, who are located all over the world, provide professional repair and maintenance, deliver spare parts and carry out customer training.
BEUMER at CeMAT 2014, hall 27, booth H32...
At the bulk material fair Schüttgut 2014 (May 21 to 22, Dortmund), the BEUMER Group will be presenting its extensive expertise in conveying, loading, filling, palletizing and packaging equipment. A new addition to the range is the BEUMER fillpac R bagging machine.
BEUMER will be attending the Schüttgut exhibition as a supplier of machinery and systems for the bulk materials industry. Visitors will learn all about the intralogistics specialist’s curved belt conveyors. These are capable of transporting large quantities of bulk material from the quarry or mine to the factory or port cost-effectively and quickly. They 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 and for tighter routing.
BEUMER also provides 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. Various telescopic systems for loading open vehicles without generating dust are also available.
The BEUMER Group offers efficient and optimized filling technology in the form of the BEUMER fillpac. The rotary 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 also fills HDPE bags. The size of the filling impeller has also been increased. In the field of palletizing technology, BEUMER will be providing information on 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 temporarily without any problems or to be safely conveyed to the downstream packaging system. In addition, BEUMER has redesigned the versatile BEUMER stretch hood high-performance packaging machine from the bottom up. This machine packages palletized goods with minimal use of film, and secures loads on pallets with a perfectly fitting film hood.
BEUMER at Schüttgut 2014, Dortmund: hall 5, booth J09...
The trend towards automation is continuing at full pace in the field of intralogistics. This is due to operators wishing to run safer and more logical facilities and systems. At the same time employees are being relieved of tiring, monotonous and physically strenuous activities. BEUMER Group develops customised system solutions for conveying and loading, palletising and packaging technologies. The company provides efficient automation solutions according to customer requirements.
Efficient automation technology which both reduces lifecycle time and lowers costs remains the focus of many operators and is a major success factor. Therefore, companies from various sectors are increasingly using automated systems solutions tailored to their individual needs. 'The integration of systems is the challenge of the future', explains Franz-Josef Kleigrewe. The head of the Automation Department has been with BEUMER Group since 1977, demonstrating a proven track record of expertise. He is convinced that the further integration of processes will only increase. 'Intralogistics is experiencing a transformation due to demographic changes and also because of increased process complexity. Automation technology in particular is being constantly driven forward', he said. This way manual processes can be optimised and effective synergies formed between man and machine. Automation technology is the key to technical development and further advancement.
'Operators no longer wish to run just one system, they want a combination of several coordinated systems’, Kleingrewe recognises as the market need. Sortation and distribution systems are good examples which can be incorporated into distribution centres. In order to guarantee rapid consignments out to customers, highly efficient processes are required. As soon as products arrive at the goods receipt department, they are unloaded and stacked on to pallets. Employees place the goods on conveyor belts leading to a line sorter. This sorter can lead the goods directly to a dispatch sorter, to the induction unit of the pre-sortation system or directly to the warehouse – like at the NIKE China Logistics Center (CLC) in Taicang, Jiangsu, which represents the sports manufacturer's largest distribution centre in Asia. All of the clothes and shoe consignments for the Chinese mainland are handled with systems of BEUMER Group. If necessary, employees take the products from the warehouse and put them into the plastic trays of a conveying system, which then transports the trays to another conveyor. The trays and cardboard boxes from the pre-sortation system are subsequently merged and emptied. Then the employees place the items on a cross-belt sorter which automatically sorts the items into designated plastic trays to be distributed into the tilt-tray area. From there, the items are transported on flat belt conveyors to the employees, who put them manually on the end-sorter. Commissioning is done by using Pick-by-Voice technology. As a system integrator, BEUMER Group sees its strength in technology and supports its customers from planning through to commissioning. This efficient approach is represented by a modular system concept with highly automated sortation technology. BEUMER combines system solutions from various different building blocks. ‘Systems and facilities which are not part of our programme, such as scanners, are bought from selected suppliers and then integrated into our systems’, explained Kleigrewe.
In order that BEUMER Group can best support its customers, the intralogistics specialist has set up trained teams in the individual group companies and in Beckum, which are responsible for automation solutions. By now more than 200 employees are involved in this area at BEUMER Group. 'Our aim is to accelerate development cycles and to constantly increase the skills which contribute to our high standards', says Kleigrewe. 'Only this way we can provide our customers the correct solution and support them optimally.’ The employees accompany the project from the inquiry up to commissioning. In the first instance our specialists create a system design which, if up to par, then proceeds to the implementation phase. The employees then install the electrics and integrate the mechanical and system controls. Additionally, part of the system involves graphical representation of processes via a user-interface. BEUMER further ensures that information between the various operating levels is effectively transferred, for example, via ERP and MES-Systems.
In BEUMER's own testing hall in Beckum there are various sortation and distribution systems. The employees can carry out various tests so that the system can adapt to specific operator requirements. 'Valuable experience from countless projects world-wide is of great help here', emphasises Kleigrewe. The challenging finishing touches are implemented by BEUMER experts on site both during installation and commissioning. 'Our employees know exactly where to intervene so that the systems can be implemented as quickly as possible', says Kleigrewe.
Always perfectly aligned
There are three equally important factors involved in the development process of systems: Customer orientation, innovation and standardisation. In the case of projects which are based on specific customer requirements, solutions can only be partly transferred to other projects. Innovation projects provide great opportunities, such as potential significant competitive advantages for new projects. On the other hand very tight project management is required in order to keep costs and time constraints. Since there is not much scope for technological advancement without such innovative projects, BEUMER regularly gets involved in them by carefully analysing the risks and opportunities. By employing proven standardised solutions, the customer receives an inexpensive and functionally reliable system which they can go live with in a short period of time. 'The processes differentiate themselves largely via the various operators', clarifies Kleigrewe. 'Therefore, our solutions are always specifically adapted.’ One of the strengths of BEUMER is in adapting to individual requirements.
Uniform standards provide short project lifecycle time
'At the outset it often seems that the bigger the system and the more systems integrated into it, the more control systems are implemented which must be adapted to each other', explained Kleigrewe. There have been four control systems developed at BEUMER over the years. 'In order to be more flexible during the development phase and to leverage shorter commissioning times, it is our aim to base all development on a unified drive concept as well as unified machine and system controls', says Kleigrewe. 'We are already offering conveying elements or interface definitions for horizontal and vertical communication out of the modular unit.’ For a rapid development phase, BEUMER Group has created a common software platform for all employees of the company. This is where product and project management takes place. All employees involved in the project have access to a single working environment. This common basis results in more efficient working and reduces project lifecycle times.
The system and device control systems which BEUMER implements can be seamlessly integrated into the warehouse management system. 'We combine the finely tuned control of individual machines with system-wide workflow transparency', explains Kleigrewe. Therefore, continual system optimisation is provided and bottlenecks can be avoided. This allows faster throughput and greater productivity.
When the systems are commissioned, employees of the BEUMER Customer Support are there to train machine operators and maintenance personnel. By doing this, systems can operate for a maximum length of time. Machine operators are brought up to date and new employees introduced to the systems. 'Automated solutions are especially suitable for continuous processes, for example, when systems are operating around the clock seven days a week', recommends Kleigrewe. 'Companies thereby save on employees, who can then be deployed in other locations. Thus, automated solutions have paid for themselves in a short space of time.'...
Crisplant – part of BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – facilitates baggage handling system productivity gains through the use of tablet computers, to keep systems running smoothly and efficiently.
For some time now Crisplant has been working with airport operators using tablet devices to keep their baggage handling systems running at full capacity. Supervisors, managers and maintenance staff benefit significantly from using such devices in many ways.
An obvious use of a tablet is that they enable engineers to receive messages from the control centre about maintenance issues as they happen. But they also offer so much more. They are in fact a repository for a wealth of information about the system. In the past an engineer would attend a job but may not be able to complete it because they didn’t have the correct information to hand when they needed to look up something in technical documentation. They would then have to return to the workshop to pick up the technical documentation needed. But by using the documentation storage, search and retrieval function of the tablet device, the engineer has immediate access to all the latest information he requires. This might even be information that is so new it hasn’t yet appeared in the on-site printed documentation.
A tablet can even be configured to enable the user to virtually take the control room on a walk into the physical baggage handling system. Maintenance staff can zoom into a specific location to get an overview of the maintenance history for the part of the system they are standing next to. Depending on the level of detail required, a tablet camera can even scan the barcode of a smaller element in the system to give immediate access to an overview of its maintenance history.
The operator can use the tablet to retrieve information about single bags, for example, a bag found outside the conventional baggage handling process, i.e. on the floor in the baggage hall or, if lost from a trolley on the apron where the information about current screening status is imminent.
All these operational efficiencies mean staff spends less time walking and more time working....
Crisplant – part of BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – will be exhibiting its new Automated Container Handling System on Stand 1632 at Passenger Terminal EXPO 2014, Fira, Barcelona, Spain, from 25th to 27th March 2014.
Designed to transport loaded ULDs between destinations in the airport and divert empty ULDs for parking or maintenance, the Automated Container Handling System does away with manual transportation and requires only minimal operator intervention. The system is controlled by management software that communicates wirelessly, in real-time, with each ULD carrier, constantly monitoring its destination, position and progress to provide 100% traceability.
Automating the container handling process provides an enhanced working environment and reduces work-related accidents, with a corresponding increase in productivity and process reliability. Airport security is also increased by 100% accurate track-and-trace of each container.
Crisplant staff will also be on hand to explain the company's new CrisStore™ system, an extension to Early Baggage Storage (EBS) that enables on-demand sorting of baggage for speed-loading of ULDs and trolleys, to deliver a competitive edge in baggage handling efficiency.
Based on the CrisStore baggage storage system, the system uses a high-bay racking system to store individual items of baggage with 100% tracking and control. This means that the ground handlers have the flexibility to pull out only the bags that are needed for loading into a ULD for a specific flight. The system also allows batches of bags to be built up in the store and loaded all at once. In a conventional system, a loading position would typically be open and occupied for one or two hours before a flight. With the more flexible CrisStore system, however, increases in productivity and efficiency through batch building and speed loading mean that the ground handler can open the position, load the bags and then close the position before moving onto another task.
Bergen Airport in Norway is the first airport to install the CrisStore system.
Details of other products such as tablet devices which can have a key role in baggage handling as well as the the BEUMER autover® independent carrier system (ICS) for baggage handling and transportation, will also be available on Stand 1632....
At PetroCem 2014 (27 to 29 April, St. Petersburg), your single-source provider, BEUMER Group, presents innovative conveying, loading, filling, palletising and packaging technologies. These solutions see the system supplier continue to pursue its ambitious goal of offering its customers solutions that are sustainable in every respect – and everything from a single source. The new BEUMER fillpac filling machines, with their seminal weighing electronics, will be our feature presentation at PetroCem.
The BEUMER Group supplies innovative solutions from a single source. The specialist's program includes belt apron conveyors that, for example, guarantee fast and economic conveying of cement clinker. These conveyors are based on field-proven belts as used in our bucket elevators. Another major topic at the trade fair booth will be the high-capacity belt bucket elevators type HD, which transport coarse, highly abrasive bulk goods with grain sizes up to 120 millimetres.
In order to load bulk materials quickly and without dust, BEUMER offers bulk loading heads. These are designed according to the double-wall system: The material inlet and the dedusting unit are separated from each other. In order to balance out any minor positional deviations of the vehicle, the bulk loading head can be moved laterally during placement. Stationary bulk loading heads are often no longer sufficient for large loading capacities as, for example, in the cement industry. It should be possible to move the bulk loading head to each filler neck of the vehicle. For this purpose, BEUMER has developed mobile loaders that adapt to the length of the vehicles. If open vehicles are to be loaded without dust, various telescoping loading systems are available.
To be able to load bagged bulk materials onto trucks in a fully-automated, and above all economical process, BEUMER offers its customers the BEUMER autopac loading and palletising system. The machine simultaneously loads and palletises bagged goods directly on trucks without using pallets. Loading bags with this system is particularly efficient because significant manpower would otherwise be required. This is particularly true in emerging market nations, where the transshipment of bagged bulk goods is increasing and labour costs are climbing. For loading rail cars and vessels, BEUMER offers telescoping bag loading machines in mobile or swivelling designs.
The new, innovative BEUMER fillpac sees the system supplier continue to pursue its ambitious goal of offering its customers solutions that are sustainable in every respect. The system can be flexibly integrated with existing packaging lines and is equipped with a weighing unit admitted for calibration. The weighing electronics ensure that the BEUMER fillpac always achieves precise degrees of filling and special software supports permanent communication between the balance and the filling spout. Users can thus optimise their packaging lines because there is no longer any need to remove bags with an incorrect weight from the process.
To be able to stack the filled bags on pallets of different sizes in a flexible, precise, stable and even more efficient way, BEUMER has completely revised the BEUMER paletpac high capacity layer palletiser. The user now benefits from improved accessibility, shorter assembly period, higher flexibility and, as a result, from lower costs. Depending on the product requirements, the BEUMER paletpac can be equipped with the newly-developed twin-belt turning device allowing bags to be turned more conservatively and using less force. This removes the need for tooling times in case of product changes, so the maintenance costs are lower and the stacking pattern is even more precise. These are only a few of the benefits compared with legacy turning devices. The experts in Customer Support can easily retrofit this solution on existing palletisers. The geometric precision and the stability of the palletised stacks allow for easy storage and ensure reliable integration in downstream packaging systems.
On top of this, BEUMER has developed and designed from scratch a new machine from the BEUMER stretch hood model range. Our specialists analysed various components and optimised them in terms of function, arrangement and ergonomics. This includes an improved menu system on the machine control, an optimised, ergonomically designed workplace for the operator and material-friendly transporting of the film in the machine thanks to an innovative film transport system. At the same time, the intralogistics specialist guarantees higher system output and improved machine availability for the operator, who also benefits from the lower system height and the far smaller footprint.
The intralogistics specialist has equipped all BEUMER palletising and packaging systems with the BEUMER Group Human Machine Interface (HMI), a newly-developed operator panel with an optimised user interface and optimised navigation. This easily understandable and intuitive interaction concept helps to define efficient working sequences and because the operator can control the machine safely, independently of prior skills, training and capabilities, this also saves time and money.
The BEUMER Group is also presenting its Customer Support.
Customer Support ensures high availability for all of a user's systems. Our competent experts are deployed globally, taking care of proper maintenance and repairs, delivering spare parts and conducting customer training.
Crisplant – Part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – has been awarded a contract by Swedavia to extend the tilt-tray sorter and upgrade the control systems in Terminal 5 of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. Crisplant will also integrate Standard 2 screening into the baggage handling system, which will become mandatory in September 2014. The upgrade will be carried out while the baggage handling system continues to operate normally and with no disruption to passengers or flights.
Swedavia’s Bengt Persson, Head of Baggage Handling System at Arlanda Airport adds “This type of upgrade places huge demands on the airport and our supplier to guarantee uninterrupted availability of the baggage handling system, which is why we work in close cooperation with Crisplant to plan the extension around our normal daily operation.”
“Meticulous planning has enabled Crisplant to perform a number of this particular upgrade whilst the baggage systems remain in normal operation,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, Crisplant. “These have included a major upgrade at South Africa’s flagship airport, O.R. Tambo International, in preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2010, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport as well as Singapore Changi Terminal 2.”
Crisplant has worked closely with Swedavia since 2002, when Crisplant supplied a complete tilt-tray baggage handling system at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. The airport was also one of the first to integrate a CrisBag high-speed baggage transport and sortation system. The continuing dialogue with Swedavia has enabled Crisplant to optimise the baggage handling system to reflect increases in passenger numbers and the demands on the baggage handling system while also integrating new, up-to-date system features such as a dedicated batch building and speed load system for trolleys and ULDs....
At interpack 2014, the world’s most important trade fair for the packaging industry (May 8 to 14, Düsseldorf), BEUMER will be exhibiting for the first time as a one-stop supplier of filling, palletising and packaging equipment. A special feature in Düsseldorf will be the new filling machines from the BEUMER fillpac product range, which are distinguished above all by their weighing electronics. The specialist will also be presenting the completely redesigned BEUMER stretch hood® system. Everything is therefore available to the user from a single source. This also includes comprehensive customer support.
The system supplier is consistently following the high aspiration of providing its customers with sustainable solutions in all areas – for example with the new BEUMER fillpac. This machine can be incorporated flexibly into existing packaging lines. The system is equipped with a calibratable weighing unit. Here, the weighing electronics ensure that the BEUMER fillpac always achieves accurate degrees of filling. Special software enables the weigher to communicate continuously with the filling spouts. This enables the user to get the best out of his packaging line, as it is not necessary to reject bags with incorrect weights from the process.
BEUMER has completely revamped the BEUMER paletpac® high-performance layer palletiser in order to stack paper, PE and PP bags on different sized pallets flexibly, accurately and stably, and now even more efficiently. Users now benefit from improved accessibility, shorter installation time, greater flexibility and therefore, above all, lower costs. Depending on the product requirements, the BEUMER paletpac® is fitted with a clamp-type or twin-belt turning device. The twin-belt turning device enables bagged products with special flow behaviour to be stacked on pallets particularly gently, quickly and accurately. The customer support specialists can easily retrofit existing palletisers with this solution.
BEUMER also offers the BEUMER robotpac®, a space-saving, fully automatic articulated robot which is able to perform complex palletising and depalletising tasks reliably and efficiently. Containers such as bags, cartons, boxes, canisters and trays can be stacked safely and economically. BEUMER has developed appropriate, flexibly exchangeable gripping systems for every packaged product.
The new machine from the BEUMER stretch hood® product range will be making its premiere at interpack. The Beckum-based company has redesigned its high-performance packaging system from the bottom up. As part of the development, the specialists have analysed different components and optimised them for functionality, arrangement and ergonomics. By way of example, these include improved menu guidance for the control of the machine via a soft touch panel, an optimised, ergonomically designed workplace for operators and a gentle feed of the film into the system by an innovative film transport system. The intralogistics specialist has also provided enhanced system performance and better availability of the machine for the user.
In Düsseldorf, BEUMER Group will also be providing information on customer support.
This service ensures the high availability of all systems from the user’s point of view. Highly capable experts located all over the world provide professional repair and maintenance, deliver spare parts and carry out customer training.
BEUMER at interpack 2014, Hall: 12, Booth D36...
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....