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Innovation pays off
Beckum, 24. November 2014

The BEUMER Group received one of eight coveted Innovation Awards for its new fillpac bagging system at the French packaging exhibition Emballage 2014. The award was presented at the special Pack Innovation show on November 17. The bagging machine is notable in particular for its electronic weighing system, which ensures that it always achieves accurate filling quantities. 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.

A panel of twelve experts selected the eight winners from a large number of entries. The experts came from international corporations in a wide range of sectors, including the food industry, capital goods industry and healthcare sector.

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Operational gains with minimal disruption and without any material loss
Beckum, 19. November 2014

SCHWENK Zement KG is replacing its old drag chain conveyor line with a modern Pipe Conveyor from BEUMER Group. Requiring a solution that would transport alternative fuels such as crushed plastic material, textiles and paper from the warehouse to the feeding system of the oven in their cement plant in Bernburg, Germany, this fully closed conveying system makes transporting bulk material more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Maintenance costs are also considerably lower and the system can be optimally adapted to the ambient conditions.

SCHWENK's product diversity and production capacity make the cement plant in Bernburg one of the largest and most efficient building material plants in Germany. The production of cement along the river Saale has a rich history due to the prevalence of high-quality deposits of limestone in this area. The plant has been in existence since 1960. SCHWENK took over the plant in 1990 and tore down the existing systems to build an entirely new plant. Today, SCHWENK's product portfolio includes a wide range of efficient, specialised cement marked by consistently high quality. The company produces the ideal product using modern mixing technology, as required for tunnel, road and well construction, as well as for geothermal and environment engineering.

One topic of great importance to the SCHWENK plant is sustainable production. Production of cement has always been one of the most energy-intensive operations. This is why SCHWENK minimises the use of primary fuels such as coal and oil and focuses increasingly on substitute fuels. These substitute fuels are mainly a mixture of high calorific waste materials, comprised mostly of plastic and packaging residues and textiles. They are processed to high-grade fuels with defined product parameters in external processing plants.

Heat-intensive processes

For the manufacturing of cement, limestone is quarried, crushed and homogenised with additional raw materials. Belt conveyors then transport the crushed material with other materials from the blending bed to the plant. It is ground to the necessary grain size in the raw mills and then dried. The raw meal is then homogenised and temporarily stored in large silos. To obtain Portland cement clinker, a coarse intermediate product, the raw meal is first transported into the cyclone preheater, then into the calcinator, both powered by alternative fuels. The limestone portion of the raw meal is deacidified at temperatures of over 950 degrees Celsius. The material then moves into the rotary kiln where it is burned at temperatures of approx. 1,450 degrees Celsius.

Up until now, SCHWENK relied on a drag chain conveyor line for transporting the fuels from the storehouse to the feeding systems of its main burner. The baffle plates on these mechanical continuous conveyors are mounted to an endless chain, transporting the bulk material in a trough. "We had been using this system for more than ten years. This meant that we had to put more and more maintenance work into it", says Dirk Fabian, production manager at SCHWENK in Bernburg. Another problem: after further development of the dosing technology, the drag chain conveyor was no longer able to transport enough bulk material, with a density of only 0.2 tons per cubic metre, to the weigh feeders (and thus to the main burner). "We were looking for an alternative solution that would be ecological as well as low in maintenance", explains Dirk Fabian. In addition, the new conveyor should also be optimally adapted to the curved routing in the plant.

Comprehensive expertise, optimum support

For the building material manufacturer, BEUMER Group was their first choice supplier of the optimal conveying technology. SCHWENK has a long-standing and close partnership with BEUMER as an internationally operating system supplier. BEUMER has provided SCHWENK Putztechnik GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Ulm in southern Germany, with several BEUMER paletpac® high-capacity layer palletisers, equipped with the newly developed twin-belt turning device. BEUMER has been well-established in the building industry for nearly 80 years as a supplier of conveying technology solutions. BEUMER has bundled its comprehensive expertise in the building material industry and established different Centers of Competence, in order to offer optimal support for global building material manufacturers by offering single-source solutions. The "Pipe Conveyor" segment is one such Center of Competence. These centers are in charge of worldwide project management and sales. They collect and process the expertise from the individual local group companies and pass it on to the global Group experts in each respective field.

High level of environmental protection, low level of maintenance

"Together with the management team in Bernburg, we developed a solution that is tailored exactly to match SCHWENK's requirements", says Michal Mikulec, managing director at BEUMER Group Czech Republic a.s. and supervisor for this project. Our first idea was to combine a new drag chain conveyor with several open belt conveyors, but it was quickly abandoned. It became apparent that a Pipe Conveyor was the best solution offering environmental protection and low maintenance. "Its closed design protects the environment from transported goods falling down. Another advantage is the lack of dust development on the running line", explains Michal Mikulec. These conveyors offer many other advantages. They are able to navigate long distances and tight curve radii. Due to their ability to negotiate curves, considerably less transfer towers are required compared to other belt conveyors. This results in substantial cost savings for the customer and delivery of a system customised for individual routing. BEUMER Group supplied and installed a system with a diameter of 200 millimetres and a length of 230 metres. It conveys up to 15 tons of material per hour. BEUMER was also responsible for the design of the system and the entire steel structure.

Durable conveyor belts guaranteeing tensile strength are used in the SCHWENK solution. "To find the ideal belt version for SCHWENK, we calculated the tractive forces as well as the forces that occur during acceleration and deceleration – always considering the net weight of the belt and the transported item", reports Michal Mikulec. The engineers also precalculated the belt positions in different curve radii for the empty and loaded belt. Another system advantage is the reduced noise emission of the Pipe Conveyors. "Special idlers as well as low-noise bearings and electric motors work very quietly. This improves the quality of our employees' day-to-day work environment and ensures the people living near the plant are not disturbed", says Dirk Fabian.

Trouble-free operation

Cranes pick up the treated substitute fuels in the storehouse and unload them into the discharge bunker with the discharge system. From here, the chain belt conveyor continually transports the material to the new Pipe Conveyor that then transports it to the weigh feeders of the main burner.

BEUMER was able to optimally customise the routing of the conveyor to the plant. Another requirement met by the experts: no supports underneath the Pipe Conveyor that would otherwise obstruct vehicles. This is why the technicians mounted the first support directly to the storehouse. The conveyor take-up system was designed by BEUMER as a take-up tower. It is located right next to the feeding station.

It took only eight months from the time the contract was awarded until commissioning of the new system in February 2014. "We have been working with the BEUMER system for several months now", says Dirk Fabian. "We are very satisfied. It is very robust and we no longer have any failures."

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A more efficient way to stacking accuracy and stability
Beckum, 06. November 2014

As a single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies, BEUMER Group continues to pursue its ambitious goal of offering its customers solutions from a single source. Therefore, BEUMER has fundamentally reengineered its high-capacity layer palletiser BEUMER paletpac. The user now benefits from a better accessibility, a shorter assembly period, higher flexibility and, as a result, from lower costs. The BEUMER paletpac is incorporated into high-performance packaging lines to process even sensitive and valuable products in a gentle and efficient manner.

With the layer palletiser series BEUMER paletpac, the intralogistics specialist supplies high-capacity machines, which stack bags filled with bulk material on pallets gently and exactly layer by layer. The products include cement, mortar, pellets, industrial salts and fertilisers filled in paper, polyethylene or polypropylene bags. Owing to the geometric precision during layer and stack formation, stable bag stacks are formed. Multiple pallet loads created with the BEUMER paletpac can even be stacked one on top of the other to save storage space. To make the BEUMER paletpac even more sustainable, BEUMER has redesigned it. Due to the optimisation, BEUMER was able to lower the production costs, which is reflected in the purchase price. Furthermore, the optimised model also brings about a reduction in operating costs.

Trimmed to improve efficiency

Until recently, the system was equipped with large drives. Now small motors carried out as servo drives are used and optimise the energy consumption needed for the lifting movement. In addition, these motors need less maintenance thus further reducing the costs for the user.

With regard to the overall structure, BEUMER has made various improvements. For starters, there is now better accessibility and therefore easy cleaning underneath the machine is ensured. Another important modification is that the external frame elements can now be folded, allowing the whole palletiser head to fit into one transport container. The palletising head doesn't have to be dismounted and the total amount of containers sent to the customer can be reduced. This alleviates the transportation costs and shortens the assembly period on site.

The pallet pusher that automatically provides the hoist unit with empty pallets has also been modified by the BEUMER specialists. They have modified the guides for the pallet side plate, introduced a new lateral guide system, changed the drive performance and decreased the system width. Now the user can quickly and easily adapt the palletiser to different pallet sizes without the use of tools. The BEUMER paletpac palletises bags up to a pack height of 2,400 millimetres, in all technically possible packing patterns and on any commonly used pallet size - including intermediate sizes such as 1,400 x 1,200 millimetres. A multi-program enables the user to set parameters easily and quickly. The BEUMER paletpac can be provided with a bar-type or clamp-type turning device or with a newly developed twin-belt turning device to position the filled bags quickly, ensuring their dimensional stability.

To enable operators to operate the BEUMER paletpac easily and quickly, the intralogistics specialist has equipped it with the BEUMER Group Human Machine Interface (HMI), an operator panel with an optimised user interface and optimised navigation, which creates easily understandable and intuitive interaction, enabling the user to define efficient working sequences. The operator can control the machine safely, independently of prior skills, training and capabilities, thus saving time and money which ensures high economic efficiency.

These innovations demonstrate BEUMER Group's commitment to the total value of ownership (TVO) approach, enabling a company to work efficiently through tailoring, facilities, systems and pertinent production processes to long-term customer use. A product is considered not only from an economic viewpoint, but also from an ecological and social one. This includes, for instance, ergonomic Human Machine Interfaces. This way, operators can describe the effectiveness of their operational investments in a holistic and especially significant way. They are able to determine not only their direct costs, but above all the 'Total Value' of the solution to be provided over the whole operating time. Three equally important factors are involved: market development, risk management and sustainability.

For use in any branch of industry

With the BEUMER paletpac, users can palletise up to 2,500 bags per hour, and up to 5,500 bags per hour by using the high-capacity version. It doesn't matter if the industry is chemical, building material, food, peat or rock and associated products, with the BEUMER paletpac, BEUMER fulfills the constantly increasing market and customer requirements, especially with regard to throughput rates and reliability. In particular, paper, PE and PP bags are perfectly palletised. All current bag dimensions and bag types as well as packing patterns can be processed without any problem with the BEUMER paletpac. The modular structure permits adaptation of the BEUMER paletpac to special market- and customer-specific requirements. The bags stacked accurately on pallets can then be transported without problem to the downstream packaging system, for example, the BEUMER stretch hood.

BEUMER implements the entire process chain: from bagging, bag transport and palletising to full pallet transport and packaging.

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For a long and strategic customer Partnership
Beckum, 04. November 2014

Companies should take into account more than just overall operating costs if they want to be competitive in the long term. An integrated approach is far more important. By looking at the Total Value of Ownership (TVO), the effectiveness of business investments can be described more comprehensively, from the right perspective, and therefore more meaningfully. It is important to include economic as well as ecological and social aspects when developing machines and systems, as the BEUMER Group does, making it not just a supplier but a strategic partner for postal and CEP companies.

“The pressures on postal and CEP companies in a competitive environment are increasing. Not only must they save costs but they must also reduce environmental impact and respond to influential market trends,” describes Martin Mossinkoff, globally responsible director of the business segment “Logistics Systems”. These include new technologies, the increasing use of new sales channels such as e-commerce – which raises high customer expectations for immediate deliveries – and also growing globalization. As a result, the demand for more efficient sortation and distribution systems continues to grow throughout the world.

For example, the gross domestic product in many countries in Asia is steadily increasing which, in turn, is leading to an increase in wages. This is particularly noticeable in China and India. A new middle class has come into being which is significantly changing the consumption pattern of the population in the developing countries. The volume of trade is increasing and purchasers are demanding ever-shorter delivery times. “This is also affecting the working environment, for example in distribution canters. Here too, it is becoming necessary to think and act more globally whereas local orientation of such service providers is reserved for niche markets,” says Martin Mossinkoff. Postal and CEP companies must therefore be able to adapt flexibly and dynamically to changing requirements in order to survive in the marketplace.

Investment for improved competitiveness

“The trend towards automation continues to be important for the survival of service providers, and is therefore strongly increasing in distribution centres. Material flow technology is becoming more complex, and systems must be able to carry out more flexible tasks or be adapted to suit changing local situations,” Mossinkoff explains. Highly efficient processes are required to enable parcels to be dispatched to customers quickly.

For example, e-commerce and mail order companies have recently also been offering products which, up to now, have been difficult to transport automatically because of their dimensions. However, the automation of existing solutions or the integration of new machines and systems is usually accompanied by significant costs for the user. To enable them to make these strategic investment decisions in a targeted manner, companies must analyze all direct and indirect costs in advance in order to calculate the Return on Investment. In doing so, they should set their sights on more than just the procurement and operating costs.

To enable companies to work efficiently, their machines and systems and the associated production processes must be directed towards long-term customer benefits. “That’s why we develop all solutions with an integrated approach, the Total Value of Ownership (TVO),” says Mossinkoff. “While the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) exclusively takes into account the economic aspect of a product, TVO is based on and includes ecological aspects such as energy-saving operation or resource-conserving production as well as social factors.” Examples of these include sorters which run very quietly and therefore produce only a small amount of vibration. This makes for a more pleasant working atmosphere and less noise pollution.

The systems also simplify the sorting of goods of all kinds, and this is carried out automatically instead of by hand. This enables our customers to describe the effectiveness of their business investments holistically and more meaningfully. Companies are not only able to determine their direct costs, but, above all, the ‘Total Value’ of the solution to be supplied over its entire operating life. For this purpose, we identify three interacting factors: market developments, risk management and longer term sustainability.

Adapting flexibly to increasing demands

“To enable companies to flexibly convert or adapt their machines and systems, for example to accommodate changes in consumer behavior or to adapt to trends such as the increasing use of e-commerce, we collaborate with the users to work out which solution is able to accomplish the required task and whether it will also be capable of meeting future requirements,” Mossinkoff describes. The decisive factor here is whether performance can be increased without also increasing the costs in the long term such as in the case of inefficient sorter drives or if maintenance is frequently required.

An important point is therefore the availability and usage of machines and systems that have been supplied and installed. Malfunctions and machine shutdowns frequently lead to long downtimes, especially in intralogistics. Production and delivery can come to a complete halt. Possible risks must be clearly identified, analyzed and evaluated. “As a strategic partner, we therefore take care of our customers from the initial project meeting to the running system and beyond. As part of this service, we offer flexible agreements, an efficient supply of spare parts and comprehensive training for users of our systems,” states Mossinkoff. As an example, these agreements can include upgrading of the systems by our customer support staff as soon as new sorting technologies and software controllers are introduced. It is important to BEUMER not only to rectify faults, but also to help companies to satisfy future performance and technology demands. For example, as the mechanical parts of a sorter wear out over the years, staff must respond immediately at the first signs to prevent possible consequential damage. The BEUMER Group is therefore in a position to offer high system availability over the whole working life. “Our objective is always to make processes even smoother in order to ensure a value-added material flow,” Mossinkoff adds.

The third factor relates to sustainability. This subject, in particular, represents a particular challenge for intralogistics. In order to find a clear answer to the question of sustainability of a system, machine or drive, BEUMER has developed a validation system in the form of the BEUMER Sustainability Index (BSI). We use this to systematically and continuously measure sustainability on every new machine and also on existing solutions. Each of the three levels, economy, ecology and social, is divided into five categories for evaluation purposes using the BSI. These include “efficiency and effectiveness”, “lifetime”, “operating costs”, “production-related raw material consumption” and “training and development standards”. These categories are evaluated with up to five points. The total of these is used to provide a classification into the levels “excellent”, “very good” and “suitable for improvement”. If a product is classified as suitable for improvement, BEUMER subjects it to reengineering to ensure that it achieves a higher level.

Designed for growth

BEUMER’s product base includes modular high-performance sorting systems, which enable widely varying goods – such as parcels, products in bags and bulky goods – to be sorted, distributed and checked in large quantities quickly, reliably and accurately. For example, a customer who wanted to fulfill his global commitment to sustainability and environmental protection in his distribution centre through efficient sorting technology also approached us with a requirement for fast and accurate sorting. “We installed our energy-saving Cross Belt and Tilt Tray Sorters. After all, most of the energy in this center was used in operating the sorting and conveyor equipment,” Mossinkoff reports. “Because our solutions use linear synchronous drive technology, the energy consumption is 75 percent lower than that of sorters with conventional technology.”

The process here is sophisticated. Workers place the boxes with the products from the warehouse on a conveyor belt. This takes them to an in-line sorter, which transports the parcels to one of three possible positions, depending on whether the goods are to be dispatched in batches or mixed in newly assembled boxes. At one station, boxes are sent directly to the dispatch sorter. Another station receives boxes that contain items in certain batches, which are then sent to the infeed unit of the pre-sorter. The third station is designed for boxes containing items that are brought together for mixed deliveries. These are delivered directly to the warehouse, where workers remove the items from the boxes and place them on shelves. They can then be taken as required and placed in plastic trays on the conveyor system. The conveyor transports the trays to a further conveyor on Level 2 of the building. The trays and the boxes with the batches are brought together and emptied. Workers place the items on the Cross Belt Sorter. This automatically sorts the goods from the plastic trays into defined containers, which are discharged in the tilt area. From here, they are transported by a system of conveyor belts to the workers, who place the items manually on the final sorter, a Cross Belt Sorter. The chutes are equipped with batch divider flaps. These are activated when a complete batch has been delivered. The batch is thereby isolated and can subsequently be packed in a box by the operator. The box is pushed onto a roller conveyor, which transports it to the Tilt Tray Dispatch Sorter. We have integrated the system and device controllers for the machines seamlessly into the user’s warehouse management system. This prevents bottlenecks, and the customer achieves faster throughput.

Long-term service ensures reliable operation

BEUMER has entered into a three-year service contract with the customer to offer maximum operational reliability. As part of this agreement, service engineers are stationed on site, with responsibility for the support and preventative maintenance of all material flow equipment and for management of the local spare parts stock. This agreement also includes upgrading the systems when new sorting technologies and software controllers are introduced which illustrates how total value of ownership can be more important than just the cost of the equipment.

Thanks to the sorting systems and software controllers used, the distribution centre works more efficiently than conventional installations. The company has also achieved a number of important objectives, including greater operational efficiency, flexibility and freedom from errors on dispatch. The handling costs and the energy costs have decreased, and the environmental impact of the operations has also been reduced.

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Crisplant to supply high-speed distribution system to Swisslog for fashion retailer Varner's new distribution centre
Aarhus, 28. October 2014

Crisplant – part of BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems – has been awarded a contract by Swisslog – a leading provider of automated intralogistics solutions for the retail and e-commerce industry – for the design and integration of a high-speed automated material handling system in Scandinavian fashion retailer Varner's new Central Distribution Centre in Vänersborg, Sweden, due to open in the summer of 2016.

The contract was awarded by Swisslog as general contractor for the material handling elements of the new distribution centre. Crisplant's role will support Swisslog's solution to help Varner meet the anticipated demands of future growth.

The Swisslog delivery comprises cranes and conveyors for pallets and light goods, a hanging garment solution, Swisslog’s proprietary warehouse management software and controls systems, and a Crisplant LS-4000CB cross-belt sorter, to serve as the backbone of the sortation system. The sorter will integrate all areas, including inbound, miniload system, order release module (ORM), Swisslog's AutoStore and the shipping lanes. System operation services performed by Swisslog’s on-site engineers are also part of the contract.

To help Varner obtain a scalable, cost-efficient, ergonomic and green distribution solution, Swisslog developed an innovative solution design based on Crisplant's LS-4000CB cross-belt sorter. High availability compared with conventional conveyor system design, and the simplicity of the sorter itself, ensures easy and straightforward understanding of the system's layout and capabilities. This greatly facilitates daily activities for managers and operators handling the system and preparing production.

LS-4000 sorters are well known for their green credentials with proven, low energy consumption of up to 75% less than sorters using conventional technology. In addition Crisplant's modular sorter design delivers reduced maintenance costs compared with conveyor technology.

The modular design also allows future extensions, enabling the system to grow along with demand in the distribution centre. The initial capacity will be 40,000 pallet locations in a high-bay warehouse, 330,000 dynamic locations in the miniload system, and 60,000 bins in an AutoStore small-parts storage system.

Integration of the system is due to start in April 2015 and handover to the customer is scheduled for summer 2016.

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Almost no lost product
Beckum, 21. October 2014

Bulk material like building materials, coal, cereals, fodder or mineral compounds are often transported via motorways, railways, waterways or through nature reserves. The large quantities of dust generated during this process can pollute the environment considerably. Dust clouds can also occur during loading, filling and palletising. This not only creates considerable clean-up for the employees, but chemical industry products can also present a health hazard and cause dangerous reactions. With its conveying, loading, filling and palletising systems, BEUMER Group ensures minimal dust emission.

BEUMER Group is a world-leading systems provider for transporting, loading, filling and packaging bulk material. The BEUMER portfolio includes curved belt conveyors for fast and cost-efficient transport of large quantities of bulk material from the quarry or mine to the factory or port. The belt conveyors are able to navigate long distances, high angles of inclination and tight curve radii, and can be adapted individually to the belt or pipe conveyor bulk handling solutions. Depending on the customer's requirements, BEUMER provides either troughed belt or pipe conveyor bulk handling solutions. Open troughed belt conveyors are recommended for larger throughputs, higher mass flows and wider curved radii. Closed Pipe Conveyors protect both transported items from environmental influences and the environment from falling items. Troughed belt conveyors can also be covered or encased to minimise dust formation during transport. This seal guarantees dust-free transport.

BEUMER's portfolio also includes mechanical vertical conveyors such as belt bucket elevators. They are an essential production link in the cement industry. BEUMER reliably seals the shaft casings of these bucket elevators, which stops dust from escaping. Instead, the dust trickles into the bucket elevator boot that is equipped with a dynamic bottom. Wet and sticky material cannot accumulate but is fed back into the transport process.

Loading without spilling

BEUMER Group has developed bulk loading heads for the quick and dust-free loading of bulk transporter vehicles. They are designed according to the double-wall system, where the material inlet and the dedusting unit are separated from each other. When the bulk loading head is placed on a filler neck, its sealing cone is lowered and the outlet spout opens simultaneously. The lowering level of the sealing cone is variable. You can adjust the fill level in the vehicle using the fill level meter. In order to balance out any minor positional deviations of the vehicle, the operator can move the bulk loading head laterally during placement.

The bulk loading head is also available with an integrated compressed-air filter. This allows you to operate the centralised dedusting units independently from the dust transporting devices. The dust removed from the bulk transporter vehicle is fed again to the material flow during loading. The compressed-air filter consists of filter hoses which are positioned between the inner telescopic tube and the outer bellows. The suction is carried out by a fan fastened at the outside. The cleaning is carried out by timed compressed-air shocks.

Dust-free loading of open vehicles

BEUMER offers various types of telescopic loading systems for dust-free loading of open vehicles. With these systems, the bulk loading head is lowered to the floor of the vehicle and the material feed is switched on. A fill level switch in the lower dedusting hood is activated by the rising material. This causes the bulk loading head to be raised automatically. The edge of the dedusting hood always rests on the material cone while it rises, so that no dust can escape. The bellows, or the telescopic tubes for the dust extraction, are connected to a central dedusting air system. Corresponding devices or flow control gates transport the material to the system. The bulk loading heads can also be equipped with fill level indicators. Once the vehicle is loaded, they reliably turn off the material feed. Different types of fill level indicators are used depending on the properties of the material. Some of the criteria used to select the correct switch are bulk density, flow behaviour as well as product temperature.

Mobile loaders for bulk transporter vehicles

In the cement industry, high loading capacities are required. Stationary bulk loading heads are often not sufficient, especially if the bulk transporter vehicle is standing on a weighbridge and may not be moved during the loading process. It should be possible for the operator to move the bulk loading head to each filler neck of the vehicle. Depending on the properties of the materials to be loaded and the length of the vehicle, different sliding or swivelling loading system options are available. These mobile loading systems can be fitted with either one or two loading heads, depending on the space available.

First, the bulk material needs to be filled in bags so that it can be palletised, packaged and sent to the customer. As a single-source provider, BEUMER Group offers an innovative solution with the BEUMER fillpac filling machine and provides equipment and systems for packaging lines. The new machine can be flexibly integrated with existing packaging lines and can be optimally adapted to the customer's situation. What makes the BEUMER fillpac unique is a specific weighing electronics which ensures the weight accuracy of the bags. Rejects caused by too high or too low filling weights can nearly be eliminated. The weighing unit communicates permanently with the filler neck via a specific software. The automatic bag weight adjustment determines the exact filling weight of the bags, thus enabling the exact degrees of filling during the filling process. The filling spout is equipped with a special hood that reduces dust emission to a minimum. There are also suction points on both sides in the area of the filling spout. The dust is sucked off directly where it builds up and fed back into the process. This allows for a practically dust-free filling of the bags. The three-position cylinder that regulates the coarse and fine flow is protected from dust, because it is positioned vertically and outside of the dirty area. The cylinder for bag discharging is also located in the dust-free zone above the filling spout.

The paper, PE or PP bags are then stacked on pallets of different sizes in a flexible, precise and stable way. For this, BEUMER has developed the BEUMER paletpac®, a high capacity layer palletiser. If you want to avoid dust formation, the bags have to be handled very carefully. This is why BEUMER offers the palletiser with a clamp-type turning device or the newly developed twin-belt turning device. They position the filled bags quickly, ensuring their dimensional stability without any deformations. If required, BEUMER Group customer support can simply upgrade existing palletisers with the twin-belt turning device.

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The right system for every task
Beckum, 16. October 2014

At the French packaging exhibition Emballage 2014 (November 17 to 20 in Paris), the BEUMER Group will be presenting its extensive expertise as a full-line supplier of machinery for filling, palletizing and packaging. Visitors to the trade fair will be able to learn all about the new filling machines from the BEUMER fillpac product range, which are distinguished above all by their weighing electronics. Also on display will be the completely redesigned stretch hood system, BEUMER stretch hood A.

The BEUMER Group is a systems supplier which delivers filling, palletizing and packaging equipment from a single source. Using intelligent automation, BEUMER links individual machines and systems in an efficient manner. An example is the innovative BEUMER fillpac, which can be incorporated flexibly into existing packaging lines. The system is equipped with a calibratable electronic weighing unit which ensures that the fillpac always achieves accurate filling quantities. Special software enables the unit to communicate continuously with the filling spouts. This allows 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 also offers the robotpac, a space-saving, fully automatic articulated robot which is able to perform complex palletizing and depalletizing tasks reliably and efficiently. It stacks containers such as bags, cartons, boxes, canisters and trays safely and economically. BEUMER has developed appropriate, flexibly exchangeable gripper systems for every packaged product.

The flexible BEUMER paletpac high-performance layer palletizer stacks paper, PE and PP bags on pallets of various sizes with accuracy and stability. The intralogistics experts have completely overhauled this product. Users now benefit from improved accessibility, shorter installation time, greater flexibility and therefore lower costs. The BEUMER paletpac is equipped with a clamp or double-belt turning device depending on the product requirements. The double-belt turning device allows bags to be stacked on pallets particularly gently, quickly and accurately. BEUMER’s customer support specialists can easily retrofit existing palletizers with this solution.

The intralogistics specialists have added a new machine to the BEUMER stretch hood model range. The high-performance packaging system has been redesigned from the bottom up. During development, BEUMER analyzed various components and optimized them in terms of function, arrangement and ergonomics. A soft touch panel was added for better menu guidance and the workstations were optimized according to ergonomic principles. The new model also features an innovative film transport system which gently conveys the film to the machine.

BEUMER at Emballage 2014, Hall 5a, Booth L104

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Not too much, not too little - Optimal bag filling
Beckum, 16. October 2014

The intralogistics professional has expanded its product portfolio with the BEUMER fillpac filling machine offering, as single-source provider, equipment and systems for packaging lines from one source. The new machine can be flexibly integrated with existing packaging lines and can be optimally adapted to the customer's situation. What makes the BEUMER fillpac unique is a specific weighing electronics which ensures the weight accuracy of the bags. Rejects caused by too high or too low filling weights can nearly be excluded.

The BEUMER fillpac is equipped with a weighing unit that communicates permanently with the filler neck via a specific software. The automatic bag weight adjustment determines the exact filling weight of the bags, thus enabling the exact degrees of filling during the filling process. The user can design his packaging lines more efficiently as it is no longer necessary to remove under or overweight bags from the line. In addition, the quantity indicated on the bag always corresponds to the real volume.

The BEUMER fillpac is designed for capacities ranging from 300 to 6,000 bags per hour and can fill various bag types. If equipped with a special bag placer, it can even fill HDPE bags. The three-position cylinder that regulates the coarse and fine flow is protected from dust, because it is positioned vertically and outside of the dirty area. The cylinder for bag discharging is also located in the dust-free zone above the filling spout. This solution minimises wear and tear on both cylinders and, therefore, ensures longer service life.

Almost all built-in components of the BEUMER fillpac are freely available commercially. This reduces delivery times for spare parts and lowers capital costs for the user. Also, the system is designed so that it is easily accessible for maintenance. The generously dimensioned filling impeller reduces fill times, thus increasing throughput. The BEUMER system is also equipped with an ergonomic control terminal. The improved human-machine interface concept makes work simple and intuitive. Furthermore, BEUMER has designed the system in a way that individual customer requirements or special wishes can be implemented flexibly and cost-effectively.

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Perfect coordination
Beckum, 15. October 2014

At Pack Expo 2014 (Nov. 2-5, McCormick Place in Chicago) the BEUMER Group will be presenting its full line of machinery for filling, palletizing and packaging. One new addition to its product range is the redesigned BEUMER stretch hood, a highly efficient system for packaging palletized goods.

BEUMER delivers filling, palletizing and packaging equipment from a single source. Using intelligent automation, the full-line supplier links individual machines and systems to create efficient packaging lines. An example is the new BEUMER fillpac bagging system, which can be incorporated flexibly into existing packaging lines. It is equipped with a calibratable electronic weighing unit which ensures that the fillpac always achieves accurate filling quantities. Special software enables the unit to communicate continuously with the filling spouts. This allows 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 also offers the paletpac high-performance layer palletizer, which stacks paper, PE and PP bags on different sized pallets flexibly, accurately and stably. BEUMER has overhauled this product so that it works even more efficiently. Users benefit from improved accessibility, shorter installation time, greater flexibility and therefore lower costs. The palletizer can be fitted with a double belt turning mechanism which allows bags filled with bulk materials to be stacked on pallets gently, quickly and accurately. BEUMER's Customer Support specialists can easily retrofit existing machines with this solution.

In addition, BEUMER has redesigned its high-performance stretch hood from the bottom up. As part of this, its experts analyzed and optimized various components. They added a soft touch panel for better menu guidance and optimized the workstations according to ergonomic principles. An innovative film transport system gently conveys the film to the machine. For users this means enhanced performance and better availability.

Visitors to the trade fair will also learn about BEUMER's Customer Support. Experts provide maintenance and service for customers all over the world, ensuring that their systems keep running at all times.

BEUMER at Pack Expo, North Upper Hall, Booth #6007

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BEUMER Group to exhibit at Inter Airport China
Aarhus, 06. October 2014

BEUMER Group – an international leader in the manufacture of intralogistics systems for conveying, loading, palletising, packaging, sortation and distribution – will be exhibiting at Inter Airport China, being held at the China International Exhibition Centre, Beijing, on 15-17 October 2014.

One of BEUMER Group’s main areas of activity is servicing growing airport hubs where passenger numbers have risen sharply, employing the latest baggage handling technology solutions to fulfil the airports' needs. Recent projects include a CrisBag®-based system for Abu Dhabi International Airport, a tilt-tray system for the newly opened Hamad International Airport, Doha, and BEUMER autover® for Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.

BEUMER Group has a strong, local project management and engineering set-up in China with BEUMER Machinery (Shanghai), and airport projects are handled jointly with BEUMER Group company, Crisplant. Crisplant has operated in China for a number of years and is known for the design and installation of the baggage handling system in Shanghai Pudong's Terminal 2 as well as in Chek Lap Kok International Airport, Hong Kong, Changsha Huanghua International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport.

A recently completed project was a baggage handling system designed to raise the capacity of Nanjing Lukou International Airport to an annual 18 million passengers. The system can directly sort bags to all the make-up carousels from any check-in position, so there is no necessity for any check-in desks to be dedicated to particular airlines. This delivers the advantage of smoothing peak processing times, with airlines being able to operate only as many desks as are necessary to ensure good service and short waiting times.

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Continually flowing
Beckum, 30. September 2014

At SyMAS 2014, the international trade fair for the processing, storage and transportation of bulk material and powders (October 29 - 30 in Krakow/Poland), BEUMER Group, a turnkey solutions provider, will be presenting its filling, palletising, and packaging technologies. They will also feature conveying and warehouse management system solutions, all backed by BEUMER's comprehensive customer support team.

BEUMER Group designs, constructs and installs conveying systems as well as filling, palletising and packaging systems that are tailored in detail to the specific requirements of the customer. Belt conveyors are a cost-effective and sustainable solution. They are able to negotiate curves and are designed either as open troughed belt conveyors or as closed Pipe Conveyors. Belt conveyors can be adapted optimally to the environment due to their ability to negotiate long distances and large differences in height. By overlapping narrow horizontal and vertical curves, belt conveyors fit seamlessly within existing terrain.

BEUMER Group's strength lies in its efficient combination of individual installations and systems with intelligent automation. As a systems supplier, the company provides filling, palletising and packaging technology from one single source. This includes the new BEUMER fillpac filling system, which can be flexibly integrated with existing packaging lines. Equipped with calibration-capable weighing equipment, the weighing electronics ensure that the BEUMER fillpac always achieves precise degrees of filling. Special software supports permanent communication between the weighing unit 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 paper, PE and PP bags on pallets of different sizes in a flexible, precise, stable and even more efficient way, the intralogistics supplier offers the BEUMER paletpac high capacity layer palletiser, which has recently been completely revised for more efficiency. The user benefits from improved accessibility, shorter assembly period, higher flexibility and, as a result, lower costs. The palletiser can be equipped with a twin-belt turning device, so that the bagged bulk material can be stacked on pallets in a gentle, fast and precise way. If required, BEUMER Customer support can simply upgrade the systems with this solution.

A new machine from the BEUMER stretch hood model range will efficiently package the palletised stacks. The high capacity packaging system was given a complete redesign. Various components have been analysed and optimised by our experts during its development. Feature enhancements include an improved menu system on the machine control via a soft-touch panel, 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. The result is guaranteed higher system output and improved machine availability for the operator.

BEUMER has developed a Warehouse Management System (WMS) that fulfils key requirements for bulk materials, such as the storage of sensitive materials, batch tracking as well as space-saving and cost-effective warehouse management. The WMS has an interface to all of the current ERP systems. The management of the warehouse, material flow system and process control of the individual machines are integrated into the WMS. This offers the user a comprehensive overview of both production and warehouse operations, providing the possibility to optimally adapt both to current requirements. At the trade fair, visitors will also learn everything about BEUMER's comprehensive customer support.

BEUMER at the SyMAS: booth B30

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Postal Technology International Awards 2014 shortlist announced
Aarhus, 10. September 2014

The shortlist for the 2014 Postal Technology International Awards has been announced. The awards are designed to honor and reward all the hard work currently taking place in the postal industry.

BEUMER Group is proud to announce it has been shortlisted for the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award at the Postal Technology International Awards 2014.

The results of the awards will be announced exclusively on September 23 at Post Expo 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden and published in the Postal Technology International Showcase.

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Trouble-free control of processes
Beckum, 09. September 2014

As a single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies, BEUMER Group continues to pursue its ambitious goal of offering its customers sustainable solutions. In order to control, coordinate and display these processes, BEUMER Group also provides Group Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). These system solutions are tailored to the customers' individual requirements.

For companies in the food and beverage, construction material, electronics and pharmaceuticals industries, the topic of safety when transporting and storing palletised products has become more and more important. These products must be palletised and filled reliably and securely packed in order to deliver them to the customers without damage. The intralogistics specialist BEUMER has expanded its product portfolio with the filling machine BEUMER fillpac and offers plants and systems for complete packaging lines as single-source provider. The fillpac can be flexibly integrated with existing packaging lines and can be optimally adapted to the customer's conditions. In palletising technology, BEUMER provides a graduated and comprehensive spectrum of high-capacity layer palletisers that form secure load units. The geometric precision and the stability of the palletised stacks enable easy storage and ensure secure conveyance to the packaging system downstream. These plants and systems, in combination with the conveying technology also offered by BEUMER, are meticulously coordinated with each other and have a very long service life. BEUMER adapts these in an optimal manner to individual customer requirements, such as machinery capacities, manufacturing output or storage space. In order to achieve reliable and efficient control of all of these processes, BEUMER provides Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), which can be tailored to the users' requirements.

Warehouse Management System guarantees process control

The BEUMER Warehouse Management System is a web server application which controls and coordinates the entire packaging process, storage and preparation for shipment of products in an optimum manner. Control of materials flow, warehouse management and also the interface to the superior ERP system of the customer are integrated to form part of the system. All information from the packaging line, labelling, storage and shipment converges here. This ensures complete and absolute transparency of all products and processes. All the persons involved in production can access the system, the logistic scheduler, warehouse employees or forklift operators. The functions and graphical user interface can be configured to meet customer-specific requirements. The BEUMER Warehouse Management System ensures financially sensible processes and transparent flow of goods which leads to shorter delivery periods.

If the ERP system receives a picking order, it sends the information to a distributed control system and to the Warehouse Management System. The distributed control system monitors and controls the material flow from the silo, checks the product quantities, bagging, palletising and also securing of loads. The packed load units are then provided with a barcode. In the process, the BEUMER Warehouse Management System is in continual data exchange with the ERP system.

After the load units are delivered to the conveying system, the palletising technology stacks the boxes, bags or trays onto pallets in a secure and space-saving manner. These pallets are then transported on roller conveyors towards the BEUMER stretch hood® high-capacity packaging system. The stretch hood system wraps the loaded pallets with a special polythene film. This extremely weather-resistant packaging ensures the safety of the products during storage and shipment. They are then provided with a barcode.

The Warehouse Management System includes also a main control system for fork-lifts. This ensures that the palletised and packaged goods can be loaded quickly without prolonged intermediate storage. Therefore, the Warehouse Management System checks if the pallet is ready for collection at the belt conveyor, reads the barcode, assigns a specific storage space for the pallet and controls the corresponding fork-lift.  In these processes, the BEUMER Warehouse Management System is in continual data exchange with the ERP system.

Any errors that could occur amongst the production, storage and shipment systems are avoided with the BEUMER Warehouse Management System, as are time-consuming searches. As all processes are defined chronologically, an automatic material reservation and provision process is enabled that is timely and tailored to demand. The warehouse and supply process that is positively driven also makes the production throughput clearly faster and more efficient.

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BEUMER to present fully integrated baggage handling solutions at Airport Infra Expo 2014
Aarhus, 09. September 2014

BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos Ltda., – part of BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – will present solutions for the total integration of all baggage handling processes on Stand 49-B at Airport Infra Expo 2014, 17-19 September, at Expo Centre Norte, in São Paulo, Brasil.

Delegates will see videos of existing airports in which the BEUMER Group has integrated innovative baggage handling systems into new terminals, or upgraded an existing system with virtually no disruption to the normal operation of the airport.

BEUMER Group's baggage handling systems feature a high degree of flexibility which is very crucial to the short-term and long-term baggage handling efficiency. This flexibility also allows their systems to be adapted to reflect future changes such as new demands from airlines, passengers or regulations.

BEUMER Group brings together the Crisplant and BEUMER brands whose combined experience includes designing, manufacturing and integrating high-speed baggage handling systems for airports around the world. A proven, global support network ensures that BEUMER Group baggage handling systems can be maintained, supported and optimised to meet each airport’s changing demands and capacity.

An advanced baggage handling system from BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos Ltda. is currently being installed at the new terminal of Viracopos International Airport, in Brasil.  BEUMER Group was also behind the design, manufacture and integration of energy-efficient, high-speed automated baggage handling systems for the new International and Domestic terminals at El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá, Colombia, and also delivers baggage handling solutions to enable the modernisation of regional airports Antofagasta Airport in Chile and Araraquara, Cascavel and Franca Airports in Brazil.

BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos Ltda., will be on Stand 49-B at Airport Infra Expo 2014, 17-19 September, at Expo Centre Norte, in São Paulo, Brasil.

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Crisplant BHS in operation at the new Hamad International Airport
Aarhus, 08. September 2014

Qatar Airways’ new Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, previously known as New Doha International Airport, has opened with a promise to set a global benchmark in quality and service.

To achieve its goal of exceptional baggage handling, with the shortest possible connection times between flights and no lost baggage, the airport engaged Crisplant – part of BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems – to supply a high-speed solution with the capacity to sort 19,500 bags per hour.

Handling baggage for an initial 24 million passengers per year, expected to rise to 50 million per year when the airport is fully operational, requires a specially designed system. The Crisplant system is fully redundant, having two tilt-tray sorting systems with a total of 28 inductions, 172 chutes and 22 make-up carousels. This guarantees that, even in the unlikely event of sorter downtime, passenger bags for this major airport hub, which will handle 80% of its traffic as transfers, will continue to be processed on schedule, with no flight-delaying holdups.

To further streamline the transfer bag process, there are 1,750 fully automated early bag storage positions located below sorter system loops for efficient and timely release and make-up based on flight or time slots.

In addition to this baggage handling system having a notably high capacity, it is also distinguished by having the world’s largest plug-and-play integrated hybrid RFID-barcode scanning system.

To ensure that the baggage handling system continues to operate at optimum efficiency, Crisplant’s Customer Support team will remain on-site to maintain the baggage handling system as part of a five-year service and maintenance contract.

The State of Qatar’s future plans for Hamad International Airport include opening a second terminal in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and the transformation of the area around the new facility into an airport city.

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Relying on regularity
Beckum, 26. August 2014

In many industrial processes – as for example in the cement industry – the regularity of the raw materials used plays an important role in the manufacture of products. This uniform consistency is ensured through blending beds located within the storage yard. As a system supplier, BEUMER Group develops stackers and bridge scrapers, the essential components of blending beds, which stack bulk material reliably and guarantee a maximum blending effect. Thus, operators can homogenise large quantities of various bulk materials dependably and efficiently. BEUMER employees can perform the complete engineering of the blending bed systems.

Be it houses, bridges or tunnels: cement is the material that holds everything together. However, a bag of this material has already come a long way before it arrives at the building site. When the component raw materials are mined and transformed into cement at the cement plant, they pass through many different stages. The most important raw materials for cement production are limestone, clay and marl. Workers break them out of quarries or extract them with heavy tools. Wheel loaders and dump trucks transport the raw materials to the crushing facilities. There, the rocks are crushed to the approximate size of road gravel. These rocks then arrive at the cement works via miles long belt conveyors.

A consistent quality must be ensured so that the producers can further process the material to high-quality cement – fluctuations in the material characteristics must not occur. Therefore, a belt conveyor transports the individual raw materials to the blending beds. These storage location systems mix and homogenise the raw materials.

Experts at work

For almost 80 years, BEUMER has been developing tailor-made system solutions in conveying technology for the stone and quarry industry, power plant industry, mining (ores and coal) as well as the logistics industry (harbours and transshipment terminals). Furthermore, the specialists have comprehensive expertise in engineering of blending beds and stockpiles. Through structural analysis of the associated storage depots and calculation of dimensions, BEUMER is able to provide a design. The blending beds are customised according to their requirements. BEUMER proposes either longitudinal or circular stockpile designs. The recommended design shape results from the spatial conditions and the amount of the material to be stored. Depending on the field of application, BEUMER designed blending beds can be used at extreme ambient temperatures, for very high entry conveying capacities, as well as for the highest degree of homogenisation required. Additionally, BEUMER provides material-specific detailed solutions with robust and low-wear equipment. The environmental impacts are also very low as minimal noise and dust occurs during operation. Blending beds can be set up both outdoors and indoors.

Compiled and extracted in layers

The stacker and the bridge scraper are the basis for a blending bed. If they are perfectly designed, the user will obtain an optimum blending effect. BEUMER offers stackers that stack the bulk material efficiently and effectively. In the end, the stockpile has been raised so reliably that its cross-section shows as many layers of equal material as possible. The stackers can be of fixed or mobile types, depending on the requirement. In case of circular stockpiles the stackers are mounted onto a column and with a longitudinal blending bed, they are mounted on rails. The stackers are designed as fixed, raisable and pivotable booms with conveying capacities of up to 4,000 tons per hour. The choice of the right system depends on different factors, as for example, the shape and size of the stockpile, the material, the throughput and the desired mobility.

Lastly, the bridge scraper homogenises the material. It has a mobile rake on each side. The material is removed in layers by stroking the face of the stockpile with the rake. The scraper blades move the bulk material towards the belt conveyor which runs parallel to the stockpile. BEUMER bridge scrapers are not only robust, but they also transport the bulk material so that the product is handled gently. This makes them suitable for a variety of bulk materials. Their continuous and comparably simple working motions allow for a fully automated operation and ensure a constant and steady flow of the bulk material.

In the past, the new BEUMER team has completed remarkable projects in this field. One such example is an installation of a bridge scraper in Russia, which works at an ambient temperature as low as -40 degrees Celsius. The rail width is 34 metres and this bridge scraper is designed for a conveying capacity of 500 tons per hour. Furthermore, BEUMER has developed a stacker for coal mining, which is operated at ambient temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius. This boom has a length of 41 metres and the belt width measures 1.6 metres. It transports 2,250 tons of bulk material per hour. BEUMER also engineered a bridge scraper with a rail width of 55 metres that conveys 1,100 tons of coal per hour.

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ECAC 3 certification for Crisplant’s CrisBag® in-tote transport & screening system with Smiths Detection’s XCT explosives detection system
Aarhus, 22. August 2014

Crisplant – part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – announces that the CrisBag® high-speed baggage transport system, with Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 10080 XCT explosives detection system, has been certified to European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 for in-tote screening.

This is the first time that a tote-based baggage transport system, with an integrated Explosive Detection System (EDS) has obtained EU Standard 3 certification for both the standard and extended tote sizes. With this approval, the integrated CrisBag® and XCT systems will give airports a significant advantage by delivering high-speed baggage transport combined with benchmark throughput and certified baggage security, in a single, cost-efficient solution.

The ECAC Common Evaluation Process of Security Equipment was carried out as laboratory tests conducted at one of the Participating Test Centres located in ECAC Member States. The tests demonstrated that Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 10080 XCT explosives detection system in combination with Crisplant's CrisBag baggage transport system meets the ECAC performance standard.

Crisplant was among the first baggage handling systems manufacturers to introduce in-tote screening to the market with the installation of the CrisBag high-speed baggage transport system in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport, Germany. The concept of in-tote screening and its implementation in the CrisBag system has been widely recognised as a breakthrough in secure and efficient baggage handling. Most lately the CrisBag system was installed in London Gatwick Airport, Düsseldorf Airport in Germany, Changi Airport in Singapore, Bergen Airport in Norway, Abu Dhabi Airport in the United Arab Emirates, and Canada’s Calgary Airport and Ottawa Airport.

In addition to faster baggage transport and system flexibility, CrisBag enables airports to maximise the baggage screening process security by providing 100% track and trace all through the screening and baggage handling process.

In a separate test, the CrisBag system together with Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 10080 XCT has proved to process baggage at a maximum throughput rate of more than 1300 totes per hour, setting a new benchmark for in-tote screening capacity.

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BEUMER Group completes energy-efficient sortation system for PostNord AS, for its new parcel sortation centre near Oslo
Beckum, 13. August 2014

BEUMER Group – a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems for conveying, loading, palletising, packaging, sortation and distribution – has completed the handover of a sortation system to PostNord AS for its new parcel terminal near Oslo.

Formerly known as Tollpost Globe, now part of the Nordic communications and logistics solutions provider PostNord, the Norwegian company has experienced a boom in its parcel logistics business. The company established the new parcel terminal near Oslo to meet the need for increased capacity in the area around the capital. The location of the new terminal was chosen to make use of the optimised infrastructure in the area to further strengthen and offer a flexible network to customers.

PostNord is no stranger to Crisplant’s sortation systems. Back in 2009 the then-Tollpost was the first parcel distribution company to commission a system with the then-newly released energy-efficient, high-speed LS-4000E sorter. Since that sorting centre opened in 2010, the system has given top-quality service.

In addition to the LS-4000E sorter, the system will include a BEUMER Group software suite system.  The entire system is designed to be easily upgradable should there be the need for higher capacity in the future.

As with all PostNord AS' business, the new terminal is part of the company's wish to offer environmentally friendly service and logistics. The facility features a high level of operational efficiency, positive environmental impact and better transport solutions for PostNord's customers.

Property Manager Ronny Grøtvedt, PostNord AS, commented: “Total satisfaction with our original system made the LS-4000 sorter an ideal choice for our new sorting centre. It’s the best solution.”

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High-Quality Swift and Stable Stacking
Beckum, 12. August 2014

BEUMER Group is single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies. The system supplier continues to pursue its ambitious goal of offering its customers solutions that are sustainable in every respect. To be able to stack bundles such as bags, cardboard boxes, crates, canisters or trays safely and economically, BEUMER Group offers the BEUMER robotpac, a space-saving, fully automatic articulated robot. This fully automatic articulated robot is able to solve even complex palletising and de-palletising challenges reliably and efficiently. BEUMER has developed fully automatic gripping systems that are easily exchangeable and suitable for each item to be packed.

Over the years, BEUMER has established extensive expertise in the design of grippers and control technology. Furthermore, the company offers solutions for filling, conveying, palletising and packaging from one source. This reduces the number of transitions in a project as a whole.

Different Grippers for Different Tasks

The fork gripper was designed for palletising bagged goods and cardboard boxes. It picks up the packaged item from a take-away roller conveyor and secures it using a holding-down device during transport. Once the target position on the pallet has been reached, the gripper opens with a horizontal movement and the push-off plate pushes the packaged item off the fork. The fork gripper features gentle product handling and precise placement of the packaged items. The double fork gripper was also designed for palletising bagged goods and cardboard boxes and picks up two bags simultaneously from a double take-away roller conveyor. Once the packaged item is placed on the pallet, the fork is raised and the tool approaches the target position for the second packaged item. The placement occurs consistently with the first fork's stacking process. Once both forks have placed the packaged items, the tool returns to the pick-up position.

The finger gripper has been developed for palletising bagged goods. It takes the bags from hoist equipment on the take-away roller conveyor and carries it to the target position. Here, the fingers open while the slide plates remain in a closed position. This ensures that the bag is guided along the sides during the stacking process. The double finger gripper is a high-performance tool designed for maximum palletising capacity.

Parallel and Suction Grippers, Combination and Special Tools

The parallel gripper is a special tool for palletising cardboard boxes and other dimensionally stable containers with parallel side walls. The essential components are a fixed plate that functions as a limit stop and a pneumatically activated clamping device that pushes the cardboard box horizontally against the fixed plate.

The suction gripper is fundamentally able to handle all goods with suctionable surfaces. Bagged goods belong to the most frequently palletised products. The suction gripper places its suction head above the product and then lowers the suction head tightly against the product surface. The vacuum pump starts and creates a vacuum in the suction head. Then, the bag is picked up and transported to the target position. Air is released into the suction head and the bag is placed. The suction gripper is used for low palletising capacities.

In addition to these gripping systems, there is a large number of specialty grippers and combination tools. Special tools enable simultaneous processing of secondary tasks, including sheet or empty pallet placement on the conveying systems or barcode reading. Should the needs of the user be so specific that none of the standard grippers is suitable, BEUMER can design a system specifically for such unique requirements. Virtually all products can be palletised with a robot.

High Availability and Gentle Handling

The BEUMER robotpac distinguishes itself through its remarkable precision and availability, as well as through its gentle product handling. An ultrasonic system provides accurate measures of the stacking height, making it possible to calculate the exact placing position of the packaged items and stack these precisely and carefully. This precision guarantees an optimal stack configuration. The latter not only serves as a mark of quality for your customer, it also ensures high stability during shipping and storage.

System and control from one source

That the BEUMER control systems do not require special robot-related expertise - due to their user-friendly design - is also a key advantage. To enable operators to operate the BEUMER robotpac easily and quickly, the intralogistics specialist has equipped it with the BEUMER Group Human Machine Interface (HMI), an operator panel with an optimised user interface and optimised navigation, which creates easily understandable and intuitive interaction, enabling the user to define efficient working sequences. The operator can control the machine safely, independently of prior skills, training and capabilities, this saving time and money which ensures high economic efficiency.

Regulated by complex control mechanisms, the BEUMER robotpac can stack packaged goods of variable dimensions on one pallet. Individual programmes cover all packing patterns, so that complicated and tedious adjustments become a thing of the past. The switch to another programme with the BEUMER robotpac requires a mere push of a button. Thereby, the BEUMER robotpac optimises the material flow quickly and easily adapting itself to products of different sizes and characteristics.

Robust and empirically tested machine components, together with state-of-the-art geared motors, guarantee smooth operation. Therefore, the BEUMER robotpac is not only easy to maintain, but also extremely quiet. The performance can be enhanced cost-effectively. Equipped with an additional drive axle and an integrated motor connected to the control system, the BEUMER robotpac is freely movable on a guide rail. Consequently, it can be used in distribution centres for order picking tasks. The BEUMER robotpac demonstrates its reliability even in dusty environments typical of packing plants and of the building material industry.

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For optimal control of material flows
Beckum, 31. July 2014

The BEUMER Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of conveying and loading equipment, filling, palletizing and packaging equipment, and systems for sorting and distribution. The product range of this full-line supplier includes the BG software suite, which allows customers to control their material flows from start to finish. The suite can be adapted to each company’s special needs. Third-party products can be integrated without difficulty.

BG, which stands for BEUMER Group, is the name for the company’s software suite for high-level computer systems. The suite’s modular structure allows users to adapt it to their machinery and equipment and add modules at any time in order to optimize their material flows. The Beckum-based intralogistics specialist also provides the BG Fusion interface, which displays process data, reports and machinery statistics for all parts of the program. Users can call up data on their monitor without having to switch between applications. BG Fusion is fully scalable, meaning it can run on desktop PCs as well as mobile devices like tablets.

Customized for each user

The left area of the interface displays important information in a compact form for all users. The main area is reserved for data relevant to the particular application. Three different desktops are available. Users can store their individual settings so that they can go right to work with the same data when they log in again. The user interface can also be switched between different languages. The web-based interface runs on all current Windows operating systems. Users can export all data displayed on the screen to PDF or CSV files. A screenshot function is also included.

Smooth communication

The BEUMER Group Warehouse Control System (BG WCS) module allows the BG software suite to link up with the customer’s warehouse management system or ERP system via a network connection. Thus communication is possible between different control levels.

As a full-line supplier, the BEUMER Group can draw on many years of experience in control and automation technology. It is able to plan and implement complex projects in intralogistics, including intelligent linking of machinery and systems and their integration into existing process control or merchandise information systems. Customers get everything they need from a single source, interfaces are avoided, and possible sources of error are eliminated.

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