RampMate® in
Copenhagen Airport

BEUMER Case Study Copenhagen Airport

Ground-breaking RampMate® system provides missing link in bulk baggage flow with an advanced, fully automatic and hands-free management of bulk baggage.

Copenhagen Airport is the site of the first installation of the RampMate® system. The key benefits of the system include significantly lower costs, improved handling efficiencies and working environment and, because manual lifting is avoided, health and safety standards are enhanced and lost working days reduced.

Every stage of the RampMate® system is automated. Following check-in, outbound items are sorted and routed via an Automatic Make-Up Unit (AMU) processing around 250 bags an hour to flight-specific bulk carts. These are used for intermediate storage and transportation to the apron, where each cart is unloaded automatically and baggage transferred by rampsnake to the aircraft hold.

Inbound baggage is unloaded directly from the aircraft into bulk carts. These are taken to a Automatic Discharge System (ADS) for automatic unloading, followed by identification, sorting and forwarding of each bag to the claim area for local arrivals or to the baggage system for transfers.

The AMU, ADU and cart are designed to interface with all baggage-handling technologies. A sophisticated control system, linked to the airport IT systems, monitors all RampMate® Concept activities.

The ADS process at Copenhagen is configured to operate with two RampMate® Carts, automatically discharging arrival and transfer baggage simultaneously. This ADS incorporates automatic tag readers and buffer zones to prevent stoppages. An Automatic Cart Unit (ACU) provides the interface between the ADS and the carts.

Copenhagen Airports is the hub for the SAS Star Alliance and is used by over 50 airlines. It currently handles more than 258,000 operations annually, involving some 21 million passengers who, on peak days, generate more than 60,000 bags.