BEUMER Group hand-over baggage handling system (BHS) on schedule for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
Aarhus, 20. March 2018

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - has successfully completed the hand-over of the Baggage Handling System (BHS) to Sheremetyevo Airport. Completing the hand-over on schedule means that BHS link between the North and South Terminal Complexes will be fully operational in time for the first arrivals for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

The BHS was installed as part of the Sheremetyevo Tunnel Project. Built directly under the airfield, the 2 km tunnels are the first to be constructed under existing runways. One tunnel carries passengers whilst, in the other tunnel, BEUMER’s autover® Independent Carrier System (ICS) transports baggage at speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour.

With a total length of more than 4.8 kilometers, the autover system has 187 autoca® intelligent Destination Coded Vehicles (DCVs). Each DCV transports a single item of baggage to provide the airport with 100% traceability of each bag. This ensures optimum security, efficiency and throughput within the BHS.

The capacity to transport more than 900 bags per hour in each direction enables Sheremetyevo Airport to achieve short connection times, enhancing its role as a major hub and supporting its future growth forecasts. Designed to operate with no moving parts, the autover system also helps the airport to minimise Product Life-Cycle Costs (PLCCs) by virtually eliminating maintenance of the system inside the tunnel.

Sheremetyevo is Russia’s largest airport, carrying over 40 million passengers in 2017 on interna­tional and domestic flights to over 200 destinations. The development of the new Terminal B of North Terminal Complex increases the hub’s capacity to 58 million passengers per year. This is part of the airport’s Master Plan to increase total passenger numbers of Sheremetyevo up to 85 million of passengers per year by 2026.

"Our goal is to ensure the implementation of the strategy of the national carrier, Aeroflot, to create favorable conditions for the development of our other aviation partners and, as a result, to become one of the largest passenger and cargo hubs in the world." Explains Andrey Nikulin, Deputy of General Director of Sheremetyevo Airport. "Today we are building new infrastructure facilities that will be launched for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This allows us to meet the guests and participants of the Championships at the highest level, since their acquaintance with Russia will start from Sheremetyevo".

Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group, adds, “This project combined the twin challenges of installing an autover® system under existing runways and ensuring faultless operation in time for the 2018 World Cup. By successfully meeting the planned hand-over date for the BHS, BEUMER has fully overcome these challenges.”

BEUMER Group launches a new class of line sorter at LogiMAT 2018, Stuttgart
Beckum, 13. March 2018

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems – will launch a new class of line sorter at LogiMAT, Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Germany from the 13th to 15th March 2018. The innovative BG Line Sorter provides an alternative to traditional sliding-shoe line sorters by combining the broad handling mix of a cross-belt sorter within the compact footprint of a line sorter.

The increased handling capabilities are achieved by replacing the traditional sliding-shoe discharge mechanism used on conventional line sorters with active slat-belts. The introduction of active slat-belt technology allows the new BG Line Sorter to overcome the limitations in the handling capability of traditional line sorters. These limitations are caused by the sliding-shoe discharge mechanism which does not efficiently discharge items which are not a standard shape. This limitation means that, whilst line sorters are used extensively to handle boxes, cartons or totes, they are not efficient for handling bagged, fragile, high-friction or thin items such as small polybags.  In contrast, the rolling discharge mechanism of the slat-belts handles standard and non-standard items on the same belt and with the same high level of efficiency. The BG Line Sorter therefore extends the handling mix to include standard and non-standard items.

Active slat-belt technology

Although active slat-belt technology is a new concept in line sorting, it has been proven extensively in high-speed loop sorters. The slat-belts discharge items by rolling them off the belt into chutes located on either side of the line as seen with the industry-proven, belt-based loop sorters. The belts are manufactured in a high-friction material to ensure precise positioning of each item and they provide extended weight-carrying capabilities.

A single slat-belt can accept an item which weighs up to 25 kg. As items can be inducted onto one or more slat-belts, the sorter can handle items with a maximum weight of 50 kg each.

Plug and play installation and easy scalability

The BG Line Sorter uses standard modules to simplify installation and provide an adaptable solution which ensures a long-term return on investment.

The standard unit is 2.95 metres long and is pre-assembled with all of the mechanical and electrical components, Information Technology (IT) and controls. Each unit is fully tested and certified in-house by BEUMER Group prior to installation.

The pre-assembled modules allow installation to be achieved using a minimum number of connection points. This ensures fast installation and commissioning to deliver almost plug-and-play operation. The modular structure also provides the flexibility for the system to be easily re-configured, re-positioned or expanded. This allows the BG Line Sorter to be adapted to meet changing business priorities and future-proofs the customer investment.

The use of industry-standard software and controls also contributes to a fast commissioning process. Low-level control is based on a centralised Programmable Logic Controller with distributed Input/Output (I/O). The Process Field Net (ProfiNet) communication protocol ensures stable and reliable communication combined with a high degree of flexibility whilst Infrared Data Association (IrDA) communication is used to interface with the carrier controllers.

The high-level control system is integrated seamlessly with host systems including the Warehouse Management System (WMS); Material Flow Control (MFC) and Warehouse Control System (WCS), in addition to subsystems and peripheral equipment. It can also be integrated with BEUMER Group’s Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. The high level of software integration provides access to vital management information which can enable the system to be continually optimised for Maximum efficiency.

Ultra-low Product Life-Cycle Costs (PLCCs)

The need to ensure ultra-low Product Life-Cycle Costs (PLCCs) was another priority in the design of the BG Line Sorter. Unlike conventional line sorters, the BG Line Sorter features Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) technology.

LSM technology uses permanent magnets to generate magnetic fields which drive the chain of slat-belt units inside the frame. The LSMs eliminate contact between the stationary and moving parts of the drive system which prevents the components from being exposed to wear-and-tear whilst in operation. The elimination of wear-and-tear makes a significant contribution to the sorter’s ultra-low PLCCs. A further benefit of the LSMs is that they achieve an ultra-low level of acoustic noise to provide a safer and more comfortable working environment for operators.

Other features which contribute to the ultra-low PLCCs include pre-tensioning of the slat-belts before installation and life-lubricated driving wheels. These features enable the BG Line Sorter to eliminate the need for constant adjustment and servicing which results in a lighter maintenance requirement. The easy accessibility of all the components within the modules further reduces maintenance costs by making maintenance faster and more time efficient.

“Stephan Heessels, Director, Logistic Systems Division, BEUMER Group comments, “The launch of the BG Line Sorter introduces a radical new approach to line sorting. The active slat-belt technology enables the sorter to achieve a capacity of 1,500 to 10,000 items per hour in a compact and flexible footprint. It will also enable logistics companies to increase efficiency by handling an extended mix of items on a single belt.”

BEUMER Group sorter introduces industry-first features at LogiMAT 2018
Beckum, 13. March 2018

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems - will introduce its new high-capacity BG Sorter at LogiMAT, Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Germany, from 13th to 15th March 2018.

Based on a single, common platform, the BG Sorter can be configured for cross-belt or tilt-tray sortation and combines high capacity with the ability to handle the widest mix of items. In the cross-belt configuration, the BG Sorter CB marks an industry first with its ‘full cross-belt’ design. In the tilt-tray configuration, the BG Sorter ET introduces a new intermediate deck design which prevents jams caused by items from becoming trapped between the trays. Both configurations use real-time intelligent wireless communication to increase sortation accuracy and quality.

Full cross-belt design: BG Sorter CB

The BG Sorter CB is the first sorter to introduce a ‘full cross-belt’ design. This design extends both the length and the width of the belts to enable the sorter to handle items up to 1.500 mm in length and 1.000 mm in width.

The BG Sorter CB offers a choice of three belt configurations: a single belt per carriage, or the option of two or three belts per carriage.

The combination of these features allows large items to be sorted on the same automated system as fragile and high-friction items. This significantly increases efficiency and supports the ability to offer later cut-off times for customers.

Tilt-tray with new intermediate deck: BG Sorter ET

A new intermediate deck design introduced by the BG Sorter ET helps to prevent one of the most common causes of unplanned down-time for tilt-tray sorters: the risk of items becoming jammed between the trays.

The deck closes the gap between the trays so that items are prevented from becoming trapped between trays. This feature significantly reduces the down-time required to clear a jammed item and avoids potential damage to the sorter or the item. The movable deck accurately follows the movement of the sorter and adds more flexibility to handle odd size items to reduce the level of manual handling.

Intelligent wireless communication

Both configurations of the BG Sorter use slotted wireless communication to provide contactless, secure and interference-free data transmission for the sorter controls. Unlike infrared communication, which sends data only when passing an infrared sensor point, wireless communication sends data instantly and in real time. This allows communication to be timed down to milliseconds and discharge profiles to be adapted in real-time. A full chute can therefore be by-passed by re-routing items on-the-fly to another chute. For the BG Sorter CB, the intelligent controls also allow automatic repositioning of items on the belts to ensure correct positioning and an even flow of items. These features optimise the sorting process by enabling greater accuracy and efficiency.

Intelligent wireless communication also provides advanced diagnostic tools and condition monitoring. This contributes to minimising cost by enabling early detection of potential system malfunctions. The combination of preventative maintenance and remote configuration directly from the control room, or via BEUMER Group’s Hotline, significantly reduces sorter down-time.

Reduced PLCCs and sustainable sorting

The BG Sorter uses innovative technologies to achieve ultra-low Product Life-Cycle Costs (PLCCs).  In addition to a servo drive based OptiDrive, the sorter offers the option of using BEUMER Group’s contactless Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) contactless drive system.

In addition to reducing maintenance costs, both drive technologies offered provide a significant reduction in energy consumption of up to 70% compared to conventional drive technologies. This not only contributes to reducing the PLCC it also increases the environmental sustainability of the sorting process.

Extensive testing is an essential part of BEUMER Group’s approach to ensuring robust operation from the time that any system is installed and commissioned. To test every aspect of the BG Sorter’s operation a live trial of the system has been conducted in an Austrian Post hub. Hub manager, Ms. Kathrin Fischer, provided BEUMER with initial feedback on the system’s performance: “The system performed perfectly throughout the peak Christmas period but what impressed us most was its ultra-low noise level. The extremely quiet operation makes a significant contribution to improving the work environment and the level of care that we can provide for our staff.”

Stephan Heessels, Director, Logistic Systems, BEUMER Group concludes, “The BG Sorter brings together innovative features which deliver a new benchmark for the precise and cost-effective handling of the widest possible mix of items. In addition, the BG Sorter provides the flexibility to ensure that the system has the scalability to support future growth and deliver a long-term return on investment.”

BEUMER Group will be in Hall 5, Booth A41 at LogiMAT, Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Germany, from 13th to 15th March 2018.

BEUMER Group sorter transforms Freightways’ parcel sortation in first six months of operation
Beckum, 13. March 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated parcel and post distribution systems, announces that the largest automated parcel sortation system in the South Island of New Zealand has completed its first six months of operation. Installed in Freightways’ new South Island hub at Christchurch Airport, the BEUMER system is Freightways’ first automated material handling system.

“The investment in the automated system has transformed the Freightways Group’s network by enabling us to handle a record number of deliveries over the peak Christmas period,” explains John Charles, Freightways’ National Operations Manager. “This is helping the business to go from strength to strength in handling increased volumes year-on-year to our large New Zealand customer base”.

The mix of items which have been sorted includes wine boxes and polystyrene containers of fresh fish shipped through the Freightways Courier Network, so it was important to the business that these items were conveyable.

Stephen Clark, BEUMER Groups Area Sales Director Logistic Systems, comments, “Freightways needed an automated sortation system which could safely handle as wide a range of parcels as possible in a very short window. Assured gentle handling of every package was important to minimise the number of non-conveyable items.”

The system is based on BEUMER Group’s LS-4000CB cross-belt sorter which combines flexibility with extreme energy efficiency. With the capacity to handle up to 15,000 items per hour, the system should enable Freightways to meet its future volume growth forecasts for the next fifteen years.

The automation of the material handling process has supported the integration of multiple Freightways brands into a single operation. As New Zealand’s largest independent courier network the Freightways Group includes New Zealand Couriers, Post Haste, Castle Parcels, Now Couriers, Sub 60, DX Mail and Kiwi Express. The high speed and capacity provided by the automated system places the group in a strong position to respond to the growth in both business to business and e-commerce deliveries.

“The decision to award the contract to BEUMER was influenced by the fact that they took the time to understand our business and operations. They also transferred that knowledge into a system that met and exceeded our operational requirements. This has been reinforced by the systems performance over the just completed peak Christmas operation” concluded Charles.

BEUMER Group reveals more ‘Ultimate Baggage Handling System’ features at Passenger Terminal Expo 2018
Aarhus, 20. February 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems, will reveal more insights into the Ultimate Baggage Handling System (BHS) at Passenger Terminal Expo 2018, Stockholm, 20-22 March.

The Ultimate Baggage Handling System transforms the conventional ‘push’ approach to baggage flow into a super-efficient ‘pull’ system. Among the new features are:

Reclaim on demand; the use of Big Data and Machine Learning using neural networks; and a 3D Advanced Visualisation Tool which will be demonstrated on the stand. Reclaim on demand uses self-service pick-up kiosks to improve the passenger experience on arrival. It also enhances security by eliminating the risk of bags being claimed by the wrong passenger.

The use of Big Data is the basis for many new capabilities such as Predictive Analytics, 3D Visualisation and Machine Learning. Predictive Analytics allows the Ultimate BHS to optimise baggage flow and maintenance, whilst Machine Learning with neural networks improves the read-rate for bag-tags.

These new features add to the efficiencies introduced by the dynamic Early Baggage Store (EBS) which provides speed-loading of carts and ULDs. The Ultimate BHS also proposes use of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) to handle ULDs and dollies.

“The integration of emerging technologies is re-defining the vision for the airport of the future,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, , BEUMER Group. “The Ultimate Baggage Handling System provides levels of flexibility, control and optimisation that are simply not achievable with a conventional ‘push’ system.”

An entirely closed system
Beckum, 15. February 2018

BEUMER provides Umweltdienste Bohn with single-source solution for conveying and processing alternative fuels:

In order to improve the efficiency of its operations, Deuna Zement GmbH, a subsidiary of Dyckerhoff, will use alternative fuels to fire the main burners of the two rotary furnaces in its plant in Deuna, a town situated in the German Free State of Thuringia.

Umweltdienste Bohn GmbH, based in Alsfeld, was commissioned to supply Deuna Zement with alternative fuels and will build a processing plant on Deuna’s premises as part of this partnership. As the general contractor, Umweltdienste Bohn engaged the BEUMER Group to provide a single-source solution for efficient conveying and feeding of the materials, which have different compositions. A Pipe Conveyor is at the core of the system. The enclosed system ensures environmentally safe, emission-free and low-energy transport of the material.

The scope of supply also includes three feeding hoppers with a screw conveyor, belt conveyor, rotary starscreens, scales, and in addition steel structure, electronics and controls. Commissioning is scheduled for February 2018.

"The client has opted for us because we supply the entire system from one source," says Tomas Hrala, project manager at BEUMER Group. "Our know-how and our tailor-made systems permit us to offer optimum assistance." Umweltdienste Bohn also gets comprehensive support from BEUMER, which can be contacted at all times.

Bergen Airport Reports Success with New BEUMER Group Baggage Handling System
Aarhus, 13. February 2018

Terminal 3, the new terminal at Bergen Flesland Airport in Western Norway reports operational success with its new BEUMER Group baggage handling system (BHS), in its first three months since opening.

The airport is the second largest in Norway and the expansion was part of the National Transport Plan to provide capacity for up to 7.5 million passengers per year. Having dramatically outgrown its original capacity of 2.8 million, the airport currently handles more than 6 million passengers per year.

From the outset, one of the key focuses for the new terminal was optimising operational and environmental efficiency, particularly for baggage handling. The performance and energy savings offered by the BEUMER Group system helped the airport achieve this goal.

The flexibility of the BEUMER Group BHS improves efficiency and passenger experience at Bergen Airport, and enables all check-in positions to feature automatic Self-Bag Drop. The CrisBag system is designed to handle normal size and long bags (up to 1,400 mm), transporting them on the same track, at the same speed to reduce the use of the oversize-bag lines. The BHS system also combines the CrisStore® dynamic Early Baggage System (EBS) with the CrisBag® tote-based system, providing dynamic storage for up to 600 bags at a time and enabling on-demand retrieval of baggage for speed-loading to ULDs and trolleys.

The tote-based CrisBag® system provides the flexibility for Bergen to handle normal and long bags from the same check-in desk and to transport it on the same track, at the same speed. The CrisBag also provides high-capacity, in-tote ECAC Standard 3 security screening for both standard and extended totes ensuring that Bergen Airport is secure and complies with all screening legislation. The system also delivers low operating expenses (OPEX) by minimizing the use of spare parts and energy consumption, reducing total cost of ownership.

The departure system is designed with redundant loops to maintain 70% fallback capacity. The arrival system consists of five carrousels, each featuring a dedicated CrisBelt® loading line. Petter Hope, Project Manager for Terminal 3 at Bergen Airport, says, "The BHS system from BEUMER exceeds our efficiency goals. The CrisBag tote-based system is a pull-system instead of the common push-system because of the inclusion of the dynamic EBS. This meant we were able to reduce the number of sorting bins required, saving space and allowing the ground handler to plan the loading process more efficiently."

"We found the electricity consumption of the CrisBag system to be considerably lower than any other suppliers bidding for the project, which is important to our "green" airport project, adds Petter Hope."

BEUMER Group to install sortation system for NACEX at new cross-docking super-hub near Madrid
Aarhus, 06. February 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated parcel and post distribution systems, has been awarded a contract by Spanish courier, NACEX, part of Logista, to design and install the sortation system for its new cross-docking super-hub in the ‘Corredor del Henares’ near Madrid, Spain.

BEUMER Group's cross-belt sortation solution will help NACEX to expand its hub capabilities in this important region. It will also reinforce the company’s position as a leader in the express courier sector throughout Spain, Andorra and Portugal and enable its abilty to deliver cutting-edge service.

The 11,400 sqm logistics hub will comprise 104 loading docks for vans and light vehicles and 10 for trailer trucks, making it NACEX's largest hub in Spain. The BEUMER Group system will be based on two LS-4000CB cross-belt sorters and integrate induction units with weighing scales, chutes and a conveyor system. High and low-level controls with full sortation logic, visualisation and an information system will also be fully integrated with business logic and SCADA. The system will provide NACEX with a total capacity of 24,000 items per hour divided equally between parcels and fliers.

“There were two important factors in the decision to award the contract to BEUMER Group,” explains Manel Orihuela Chacón, General Subdirector, NACEX. “The first was the fact that the legacy BEUMER Group systems installed in our other hubs operate efficiently and continue to adapt to our future needs after more than a decade. The second reason was BEUMER Group’s meticulous proposals for optimising the parcel-flow within the super-hub. These proposals demonstrated the importance of designing the system to meet real-world operational needs and capacity rather than just theoretical capacity.”

“In short, we realised that, with BEUMER Group, we would not only get an optimum solution but also a reliable, long-term partner,” concludes Manel Orihuela Chacón.

BEUMER Group’s Stephan Heessels, Director for BEUMER Group Logistic Systems, explains, “The design of the system incorporated the need to handle fliers in addition to parcels up to 1000mm in length. The integration of the complete system will allow NACEX to handle this wide mix of items without limiting the overall system capacity.”

The Madrid site will be one of the first logistics platforms to achieve LEED certification from the US Green Building Council. Its status as a sustainable building has been achieved by adhering to the highest quality standards, both in the conceptual design and in its choice of materials. As the industry’s most energy-efficient sorter, the LS-4000CB sorter will strengthen the super-hub’s green credentials.

The new NACEX hub is scheduled to begin distributing parcels, locally and nationally, by the end of 2018.

BEUMER Group wins contract to extend the baggage handling system at Helsinki Airport’s Terminal 2
Aarhus, 30. January 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems, has been awarded a contract by Finavia for a redundant baggage handling system for the extension to Terminal 2 at Helsinki Airport. The new contract is in addition to BEUMER Group’s previous successful partnership with Helsinki Airport. In 2009 BEUMER Group installed a complete baggage handling and transfer system in Terminal 2 which enabled Helsinki to achieve ultra-fast transit times. The new Terminal 2 extension to the baggage handling system is designed to provide Helsinki Airport with even greater transfer capacity, redundancy and flexibility.

The contract comprises a system based on two energy-efficient LS-4000 tilt-tray sorters, a CrisBag® tote-based system with in-tote screening and CrisBelt conveyors, all from BEUMER Group’s Crisplant® product range.

The new extension to the baggage handling system has been designed to ensure full redundancy throughout the sorting, make-up and dynamic Early Baggage Store (EBS). The sorting process achieves full redundancy with a seamless link between the new and existing systems and the ability to control both systems from a single control room.  For baggage make-up, redundancy is ensured by allowing each pair of sorters to discharge to the same destination chutes.

The integration of BEUMER Group's CrisStore® dynamic EBS will allow operators to recall individual items of baggage from any of the 1000 storage positions. This provides increased efficiency by enabling Helsinki to implement future batch-building of baggage in the make-up area. The new EBS will also support the existing lane-based storage which was installed as part of the first CrisBag System.

“The extension of Terminal 2 will ensure that Helsinki Airport maintains its strong competitive position, especially in transfer traffic between Europe and Asia,” explains Mr. Henri Hansson, Technical Director of Finavia Corporation. “The passenger volumes between Helsinki and Asia have increased steadily for several years now. One of the main goals of Finavia’s Development Programme 2014 - 2020 is to increase Helsinki Airport's transfer capacity.”

The extension will provide the high unload capacity needed to support fast and secure handling of transfer baggage. Transfer baggage which has been deemed as having a ‘safe’ origin will be diverted directly to its destination via the LS-4000E tilt-tray sorters. Transfer baggage where the origin is ‘unsafe’ will be routed via the new CrisBag system to in-tote ECAC 3-compliant screening. To minimise the number of screening machines, the system also merges the oversize baggage with the in-tote screening System.

Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group adds, “Helsinki Airport has been using BEUMER Group technology since the T2 system was installed in 2009. The technology has proven to meet Helsinki Airport’s high-performance targets. In addition, the operators’ familiarity with this technology means that minimal training will be required for them to operate the new extended system.”

Saving energy across the board
Beckum, 18. January 2018

Cement manufacturer OYAK Denizli Çimento Sanayii T.A.Ş. relies on BEUMER Group Pipe Conveyors for environmentally safe and fast feed of alternative fuels.

The manufacture of cement is particularly energy-intensive and to cement manufacturers energy efficiency is a very important factor. In order to ensure an economical and sustainable operation, the plant Denizli Çimento Sanayii T.A.Ş. of the cement manufacturer OYAK Group therefore opted for alternative fuels and raw materials to ignite the preheater, the calciner and the main burner. Within the scope of this concept, Denizli Çimento decided to invest in an individual system from the AFR systems segment (alternative fuels and raw materials) of BEUMER Group, which stores, mixes and conveys differently composed materials, such as shredded waste tyres. The core of this solution is represented by the two Pipe Conveyors used in this project. These completely enclosed conveying systems ensure an environmentally safe, dust-free and low-energy transport of fuels and raw materials requiring – and this is the most important factor – a minimum level of personnel. This AFR system of BEUMER, investment of the plant Denizli Çimento, has been running since January 2017 and has proved to be a particularly efficient and economical solution.

The Turkish cement market is booming. From the third international airport in Istanbul, to the motorway between Istanbul and Izmir and many other large infrastructure, urban redevelopment and residential construction projects; the need for this building material is immense and is expected to grow continuously in the years to come. Manufacturers like the OYAK Group will obviously have a large share in implementing these infrastructure projects. This important cement manufacturer Denizli Çimento Sanayii T.A.Ş. is located in West Anatolia in the Aegean and is a subsidiary of OYAK Group.

Secondary instead of primary fuels

For the successful production of cement, the manufacturer puts a particular focus on the cost effectiveness of the process. "Our industry has always been energy-intensive," says Mr Berkan Fidan, deputy factory manager at OYAK Denizli Çimento Sanayii. "But it is also a factor that can be adjusted." In 2015, the company representatives came together and decided to produce more efficiently and sustainably in order to minimise the use of expensive primary fuels such as coal, gas and oil. The aim was to gain a large part of the necessary energy needed from alternative fuels. These materials comprise differently composed fuels for the calciner and the main burner, the so-called residue-derived fuels (RDF), as well as shredded waste tyres whose size usually does not exceed 120 x 120 mm.

The operation's existing plants had not been designed for this. "We needed a partner who supplies and installs a single-source solution. The different materials are to be stored, mixed and conveyed to the preheater tower and the main burner within this system," explains Mr Güngör Aydin, project manager at Denizli. In his search, the cement manufacturer looked to BEUMER Group. "In the past, the system supplier BEUMER had installed a bucket elevator in the plant for a different project," he said. "We are very satisfied with it and have made only good experience so far."

The contract was signed only one month after BEUMER Group had received the customer's inquiry in October 2015.

Ideal solution for each case

In order to support producers of cement in the alternative fuels and raw materials field, BEUMER Group has developed a complete business segment dedicated to AFR systems. "Our know-how and our tailor-made systems permit us to offer optimum support to our customers," says Mr Michal Hrala, Managing Director at BEUMER Group Czech Republic. "We have years of experience and we always consider our customers' specifications". As a system provider, you have to be able to supply and install the entire chain from acceptance and unloading of the delivery vehicle, to the storing, conveying and feeding process of the solid alternative fuels for the specific user. A single source can supply the entire system to the end customer who therefore only needs one contact like BEUMER.

"We evaluated different variants of mechanical transport systems," remembers Mr Berkan Fidan. In the end, OYAK Denizli opted for a single-source solution from BEUMER Group based on the innovative Pipe Conveyor technology. In May 2016, CTN MAKİNA, a supplier approved by BEUMER, manufactured all of the steel components for the system and started assembling both the imported components and those manufactured on site. BEUMER Group installed two conveyors, 206 and 190 metres long, as well as the corresponding equipment for the two lines. Each Pipe Conveyor reaches a capacity of 15 tons per hour. "This conveying technology is not only eco-friendly but requires low maintenance," describes Mr Michal Hrala of BEUMER Group. "Its enclosed type of construction protects the environment safely from material falling down and from emissions. Another advantage is the lack of dust development on the running line". With its ability to navigate horizontal and vertical curves, the Pipe Conveyor can be optimally adapted to the terrain. In comparison to other belt conveyors, the number of required transfer towers is considerably lower. This allows for substantial capital cost savings for the customer and BEUMER Group can customise the system to the individual routing.

The specialists from BEUMER Group also took care of the project planning of the storehouse and the required equipment as well as numerous conveyors and supply lines. BEUMER also handled the supply of mechanical equipment and the steel structure, the assembly and commissioning. On top of that, BEUMER Group installed two containers with discharge devices in front of each Pipe Conveyor ensuring an optimum mixture of the fuels. A container for distribution is also installed at the end of each conveyor.

Efficient single-source system

The delivery of the RDF material is carried out in moving-floor trailers. The alternative fuels are unloaded and stored at the receiving station. All four containers for arriving material are fed with material from the storehouse by a grab crane. The different fuels are then burnt in the calciner and the main burner of the kiln.

"However, during the constructive dimensioning of this system we were faced with a particular challenge," remembers Mr Michal Hrala. "Since the cement plant is located in an earthquake-prone area, we had to develop the system accordingly." That means: The design of the Pipe Conveyor ensures that the conveyors withstand not only the dynamic load of an earthquake but also the repercussions. The existing preheater towers represented another hurdle. As they only offered little space, the BEUMER Group employees adapted the required equipment to the narrow conditions.

In October 2016, barely one year after the contract was signed, the commissioning of the system took place. "We are very satisfied with the single-source system of BEUMER Group," Mr Güngör Aydin, project manager at Denizli, sums up. All transport systems supplied and the accompanying equipment are intertwined to ensure steady fuel feeding. "Not only do we save costs by requiring a smaller amount of expensive primary fuels, we also work much more energy-efficiently," he declares. "This means that our capital costs will have paid for themselves in a short amount of time."

BEUMER Group baggage handling system in operation at Terminal 4, Changi Airport, Singapore
Aarhus, 09. January 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems announces the start of operations of the baggage handling system installed in the new Terminal 4 at Singapore’s Changi Airport. The system integrates a CrisBag® tote-based sortation system and CrisBelt® conveyor system from BEUMER Group’s Crisplant product range.

The system began operation successfully and on-time due to extensive testing prior to the opening of the Terminal. This included BEUMER Group processing over a million bags in addition to the training of all ground personnel. In addition, Changi Airport Group (CAG) conducted more than 100 trials involving 2,500 airport staff and 1,500 volunteers during the Operation Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) period in preparation for the opening of Terminal 4.

The Terminal 4 baggage handling system integrates conventional check-ins, self-check-ins, a CrisBelt conveyor with integrated hold baggage screening, a CrisBag tote-based Independent Carrier System (ICS), overall controls and CCTV. The CrisBag system, with integrated Early Baggage Store (EBS), spans 5,000 linear metres and is designed to provide the highest level of availability and the shortest transport times combined with 100% track and trace capability.

Controlled by BEUMER Group’s software suite, the system enables Terminal 4 to process 5400 bags per hour. By allowing the airport to handle an additional 16 million passengers per year, Terminal 4 increases Changi’s total capacity to 82 million passengers annually.

Changi Airport has been using BEUMER Group technology since 2002, when the tilt-tray sorter was installed in Terminal 2,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group. “The original contract was followed by the installation of a CrisBag system in Terminal 3 which operates as a dual baggage sorting system and an inter-terminal transfer baggage system between Terminals 1, 2 and 3.”

Systems supplier presents innovative intralogistics
Beckum, 07. December 2017

BEUMER Group at LogiMAT 2018:

The BEUMER Group will be exhibiting under the theme of "Innovation and Logistics" at LogiMAT 2018, which takes place in Stuttgart from 13th to 15th March. The systems supplier will be celebrating its premiere at the trade fair with an innovative new development from the field of sorting and distribution solutions. The solution provider will also be presenting the BEUMER stretch hood high-performance packaging machine together with the appropriate components for implementing sector-specific material flows. Customers can therefore obtain complete packaging lines and intralogistics systems from a single source.

The intralogistics solutions provider, BEUMER Group, will be presenting its cutting-edge solutions and expertise to a professional audience in Stuttgart. Guests to the exhibition stand will experience an new and innovative, high-performance sorter solution, for which the BEUMER Group will be providing detailed information. Using augmented reality, visitors will be able to see the new technology in action, examine different stations more closely, and operate them in the virtual environment. The solution provider will be setting trends with the new technology, in particular to provide optimum support for warehouses and distribution hubs operating in the demanding e-commerce and Industry 4.0 environment. Potential customers will receive all data and facts relating to this new development exclusively on the exhibition stand.

As a systems supplier, the BEUMER Group also supplies and installs complete packaging lines fitted individually to match the handled products. For example, the range includes the innovative BEUMER fillpac FFS Form-Fill-Seal system, which is mainly used in the chemical industry for filling plastic bags. With the BEUMER fillpac R, users have a machine which enables paper bags to be filled with different materials – particularly those used in the building materials industry – with structures ranging from very fine to very coarse. The powerful BEUMER paletpac layer palletizer efficiently stacks the filled bags on pallets. These machines are equipped with a clamp or double-belt turning device, depending on the product requirements. The BEUMER stretch hood high-performance packaging machine range enables palletized goods to be securely fixed to the pallet during transportation by means of a stretch film. This also protects them against dust, rain and other effects of the weather when stored outdoors. The systems supplier will be presenting this system in action to visitors to the exhibition stand.

There is even more to come once the stacked goods have been enclosed with the stretch hood. With its palletizing and packaging systems, the BEUMER Group is implementing industry-specific applications, which the supplier uses to enhance its packaging lines to create complete intralogistics solutions. This is done by fitting the lines with standardized components such as conveyor equipment or vehicle-based systems, a variety of handling solutions, and manipulators such as robots, buffer and storage modules. BEUMER Group also integrates the appropriate controls and automation systems, which can also be incorporated into the customer's ERP solution. Customers can obtain the complete intralogistics from a single source with just one reliable and competent point of contact.

BEUMER at LogiMAT 2018, Hall: 5, Booth: A41

Like a second skin
Beckum, 23. November 2017

BEUMER bag-in-bag: film packaging protects paper bags from the environment

The new BEUMER bag-in-bag system quickly and reliably packs filled paper bags individually or in groups with a weather-resistant plastic film. This protects the contents against moisture, dust, insects and other environmental influences during storage and transport. The BEUMER bag-in-bag is easy to integrate into existing filling and packaging systems.

The impermeable film keeps dust from escaping from the filled bags, and it prevents product losses. The films have thicknesses of 30 to 100 microns, so material costs are low. The outer packaging in the paper bags does not require an intermediate layer made of PE, a fact which also cuts costs and increases filling performance. The highly efficient system is so reliable that ultrasonic welding of the bags is usually not necessary.

The BEUMER bag-in-bag, offered to customers in cooperation with Tentoma, has a wide range of uses. For the BEUMER Group the focus is on packaging of bags, but the technology is also suitable for goods with lengths of up to eight metres and product circumferences of 600 to approximately 5,600 millimetres. Thus the system can also be used for bar stock, insulation materials or consumer goods. Users can integrate it seamlessly into their work processes by simply installing it in existing feeding line. Thus the BEUMER bag-in-bag supplements the BEUMER fillpac inline packer and the BEUMER paletpac high-performance palletiser.

Bagging, film packaging and palletising can be easily and seamlessly combined in a continuous production line. Expensive modification and system changes are unnecessary. The BEUMER bag-in-bag is designed for inline packers with a capacity of up to 800 bags per hour. The flexible BEUMER system can be configured for three different applications: a semiautomatic insular solution, a fully automatic depalletising, packaging and palletising line, or an integrated solution in which machines can be switched on individually. Thus the system can be adapted to specific customer requirements.

Transfers made easy
Beckum, 09. November 2017

Airport logistics: BEUMER autover offers flexible conveying of standard and oversize baggage

Short layover and transfer times at airports require reliable and fast baggage handling especially at peak times. BEUMER Group provides the perfect solution with its BEUMER autover high-speed baggage conveying system. The system supplier developed the intelligent autoca vehicles for quick and careful transport of standard suitcases, bags and oversize baggage to their intended destination. They convey baggage items of different shapes and sizes on the same rails and at the same speed. This visionary solution is chosen by international airports such as Moscow-Sheremetyevo putting them in a great position for future growth.

The BEUMER autover system is comprised of a passive rail system and individual vehicles, the BEUMER autoca. Each of those vehicles receives orders from a central unit that is equipped with the BEUMER logistic software BeSS (BEUMER Sortation System). After check-in, they are driven to their destination autonomously, quietly and independently from each other with a speed of up to ten kilometres per hour and a maximum item load of 50 kilogram. Their on-board controller computes the ideal route. Furthermore, the vehicles can deposit bags in, and withdraw bags from, early bag storage. If one of the x-ray devices fails, the BEUMER autoca with the baggage that needs to be scanned is directly diverted to a device that is ready for use. This ensures a high degree of operational reliability. "New segments can be easily added, in case the rail system at the airport needs to be extended," explains Thomas Frank, Senior Systems Manager Airport at BEUMER Group. The baggage conveying system requires little space, because narrow curves and switch points are used with small radii of 1.25 metres. The vehicles also navigate long distances and challenging layouts that include climbs and drops.

From suitcases to surfboards

"We continued to develop the BEUMER autoca vehicles further, in order to make our high-speed baggage conveying system even more flexible and adaptable to very different baggage items," reports Frank. The goal was to transport standard suitcases and baggage items with lengths of up to 2.5 metres with different carriers in the same rail system and at the same speed, getting them to their destination quickly and gently. Depending on the transported items, the BEUMER autoca vehicles are used with belts or containers mounted on the BEUMER autoca. "This means that we can now use the BEUMER autover to also safely transport oversize baggage like surboards, skis, umbrellas or strollers," emphasises Frank. During operation, the number of active vehicles can be automatically adjusted to the number of items to be transported in order to minimise energy and maintenance costs. The BEUMER autover then transfers the the baggage seamlessly to other systems, such as the tote-based baggage transport and sortation system CrisBag from the BEUMER Group product range.

The new BEUMER autoca, with the designation NG III, now has a concave shaped belt with a grid pattern. This prevents even suitcases with wheels from slipping. "The previous model used a smooth and even belt," reports Frank. "In order to secure the load, both sides were equipped with flaps that could open and close automatically during loading and unloading." These are now no longer necessary. BEUMER engineers have instead made the side walls higher and equipped them with a robust sheet metal structure. Six photocells in each vehicle permanently monitor the position of the baggage item, so it can be centered during the transfer.

In order to make maintenance easier, this new version has the entire drive technology located on one side of the vehicle. The wiring was moved to the back side. For better positioning, the conveyor drive was equipped with a new pulse generator. The BEUMER engineers also installed a central processing unit that is four times faster. This considerably improves its utilisation and the response time of the system compared to the previous version.

In order to guarantee a smooth operation, the self-diagnostic functions of the BEUMER autoca vehicles check in autonomously for maintenance at customisable intervals, if necessary. Just one mouse click and the corresponding vehicle drives towards the central maintenance area. This does not influence the remaining baggage transport. If required, operators can receive a text message notifying them of vehicles due for service. "But thanks to contactless energy and data transmission, the operational and maintenance costs are very low for our BEUMER autover," explains Frank. The lack of wear parts, and a rail system that is essentially maintenance-free, reduces total operating costs. "If baggage volume is low, the BEUMER autoca vehicles simply drive into their preset parking zone and wait for their turn. This saves additional energy," says Frank. The system also provides complete compliance with fire protection regulations: If the baggage conveying system runs through fire protection zones, the rails are automatically raised in case of fire allowing fire protection doors to close.

Seamless tracking

The BEUMER autover allows only one baggage item per load carrier or container. This improves traceability and safety. During each processing phase, the transported item can be located with absolute accuracy. This becomes increasingly important since in recent years, airports and airlines have wanted to provide this as a service to passengers. Meeting the requirements of IATA Resolution 753, which will come into effect in June 2018, is another factor of having this ability. It basically states that members of the International Air Transport Association will have to be able to more precisely track the baggage of their passengers. BEUMER Group's BEUMER autover uses the Independent Carrier System (ICS) that meets the high demands coming from passengers and authorities. "Our system guarantees absolute traceability during each transport phase, because each item remains in the same container or on the same belt, from check-in and early baggage storage to screening and discharge," says Frank. "At Montreal airport for example, we tied in the BEUMER autover directly with various phases of security checks." At any point in time, each baggage item can be clearly assigned to a BEUMER autoca vehicle and to the passenger: Any bag, which is deposited in the early baggage storage system by the BEUMER autoca, is not released and transported to its final destination until a passenger and that passenger's corresponding baggage have been identified as "secure".

Moscow-Sheremetyevo: Secured for the future

Besides Montreal, the BEUMER autover is already used at other international airports such as Dubai, UAE, and Nice, France, and will soon be in operation in Stansted, UK, and Russia's largest airport Moscow-Sheremetyevo. The current volume of passenger traffic is 31 million per year. The operator's strategy is to handle an increased volume of 40 million passengers by 2030. In order to achieve this, they are expanding their northern terminal complex. Almost two kilometres separate it from the southern part of the airport. They are connected via a tunnel. It is planned to equip the tunnel with the BEUMER autover, so that the connecting times for passengers can be shortened.

BEUMER Group's scope of supply includes the design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning and the implementation of the baggage conveying system. Installation work began in February 2017. The overall rail length will be almost five kilometres. 187 BEUMER autoca will be in operation. The goal is to move 900 baggage items per hour, in each direction. "The rails operate without any moving parts, which means that only minimal maintenance work will be necessary in the tunnel," says Vladislav Dementiev, General Director BEUMER Russia. By opting for the BEUMER autover system, Moscow-Sheremetyevo will be able to minimise the baggage connecting times between the terminals. Each baggage item will be properly handled and transported to the correct destination. The airport will become the most important aviation hub in Russia.

Promoting the customer's business
Beckum, 03. November 2017

BEUMER Group: Guido Hesse and Finn Laugesen are in charge of Customer Support

Guido Hesse (50) has recently joined his Danish colleague Finn Laugesen as director of Customer Support at BEUMER Group. As directors, they jointly control and coordinate the global centre of competence and define, together with their teams, the technical and organisational principles of services and support for the BEUMER products.

"We see our task not only in preventing malfunctions and machine breakdowns, which would lead to long downtimes", says Hesse. "No matter what industry, our customers have to meet the ever increasing market demands and improve the capacity of the equipment, for example. And we take care of this." An industrial engineering graduate, Hesse's objective is to further advance the strategic development of his international team and ensure smooth communication between the different locations worldwide.

The new director of Customer Support can draw on his comprehensive experience. Before joining BEUMER Group he held various commercial management positions in the machine and plant engineering industry with a strong focus on international business. Hesse took care of subsidiaries abroad and worked as commercial director in Mexico. He realised successful turnkey projects in large-scale plant engineering for the cement industry. Since 2013 he has been working for BEUMER Group. Prior to his appointment as director of Customer Support, he was managing director of the Mexican group company.

Doing away with air!
Beckum, 26. October 2017

BEUMER Group: Determining the venting capacity of bags with a mobile unit

With the BEUMER bag tester, BEUMER Group has developed a testing device which is easy to transport and enables users to exactly determine the venting capacity of any type of valve bag – including all paper and plastic layers, and glued areas. The determined parameters can be used to optimise the manufacture of bags or check conformity with specifications.

Bags filled with bulk material are then stacked flat on pallets after being closed. These stacks are only stable if the air has been removed from the bags lying on top of each other. Therefore, the remaining air needs to escape from the filled bags before they are closed. The quicker this happens, the higher the filling capacity. The new BEUMER bag tester provides users with important information on the filling behaviour of each bag. This is relevant for the manufacture of bags and filling technology, as well as for transport and logistics.

A pressure-compensated flow control valve on the device constantly increases the volume flow rate until a steady pressure of 50 mbar is reached. With this pressure, the user can read the current volume flow rate, which indicates the air permeability, from the flow-rate meter. A filling spout with inflatable sleeve seals the bag valve during the air flow measurements. The scope of supply includes an additional inflatable sleeve for valve widths of up to 200 millimetres.

The BEUMER bag tester can be easily operated with the digital display unit. Thanks to this feature, the bag tester is quick to use and new users can operate it without much briefing. BEUMER Group has designed the BEUMER bag tester for mobile use. For this purpose, the device weighs just 14 kilograms and is housed in a stable hard-top case on wheels.

Greater than the sum of its parts
Beckum, 13. October 2017

Countryside Ohorongo decides on third packaging line, supplied entirely by BEUMER:

Ohorongo Cement (PTY) Ltd., part of Schwenk Zement KG, is the only cement manufacturer in Namibia, Africa. Its mission is to cover the national demand for high-quality cement. Up to now, the company has used two packaging lines to transport the material quickly, and above all, safely on to trucks, enabling delivery to customers up to a thousand kilometres away. This however was no longer sufficient, and in order to increase the throughput of the sometimes very fine cement, BEUMER Group supplied and installed a third line entirely from its own product line – and in a very tight timeframe.

Otavi, the nearest small town, is 20 kilometres away. Tsumeb is north of it. One single road runs through the wide open planes. Schwenk Zement built the in the Namibian region of Otjozondjupa which is rich in limestone. Ohorongo Cement, or simply Ohorongo, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Schwenk Zement. The plant produces five different cements, to which Manfred Pirker, plant manager, emphasises: "Our building material is of particularly high quality."

Decision for the right partner

After the clinker is produced, it is milled into cement. It is then made available either as loose product delivred into a bulk tanker, or in 2,000 kilogram big bags, or filled into paper bags. "We use 50 kilogram bags in this plant," explains Mr. Pirker. "After the filling, they are stacked on pallets and covered with a stretch film." For this process, the plant has used two packaging lines, for which BEUMER Group supplied and installed one BEUMER paletpac high performance layer palletiser per line and packaging systems of the BEUMER stretch hood product lines. "But we could not cover the growing demand for cement anymore," says Mr. Pirker. "We urgently needed to increase our throughput."

Ohorongo has had very good experience with the two existing packaging lines. The responsible management therefore knew from the start that only BEUMER Group, the single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies, was to become its partner for supplying and installing the third packaging line. Mr. Pirker says: "We were convinced by the very good service and support on site over the years."

A hot issue

Beckum, the headquarters of BEUMER Group in Germany, received the inquiry from Ohorongo at the end of 2014. Both companies quickly agreed on the scope and scheduling, and signed the contract without delay. Unlike the first two packaging lines, this contract also contained a BEUMER fillpac Bag filling system. Hermann Krumkamp, Senior Project Manager at BEUMER Group, remembers: "We immediately started with the project execution  at the beginning of 2015. We had to consider the local climatic conditions, among other things." In the desert regions, day temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius and more. "This may influence the flow charecteristics of the cement as well as the elasticity of the stretch film," explains Mr. Krumkamp. The machines were designed accordingly. The engineers also had to adapt the system to the newly built extension to the existing building. The containers with the new machines arrived at Ohorongo Cement in August. "We had to wait with installation, however, for the new building for the third packaging line to be completed", says Mr. Krumkamp. The specialists started with installing the machines in November 2015.

Filling process: not too much, not too little

As the produced cement is particularly fine, BEUMER Group installed a BEUMER fillpac R rotary packing machine with eight filling spouts that operates according to the impeller filling principle. Krumkamp explains: "The weighing electronics are unique. This is because the product is filled according to the gross weight principle, i.e. the bags are weighed during the filling process. The BEUMER fillpac R is therefore equipped with a calibration facility integral with the weighing equipment." The weighing electronics of the machine ensure exact filling of the bags. A special software enables each filling spout to constantly, with every rotation of the packer, compare the weight and make necessary adjustments to maintain consistent and accurate bag weight of the packed product.

The impeller filling sytem is characterised by its speed and maximum material throughput. BEUMER Group also included a BEUMER bag placer with bundle magazine of the latest technology to further increase the efficiency of the filling system. Servomotors drive the application unit and the suction gripper automatically, precisely and with high levels of energy efficiency. The gripping system and the application unit apply the bag from the bag bundle safely onto the filling spout. 2,400 bags per hour can be applied like this with high precision.

Gentle palletising is ensured

BEUMER Group installed a BEUMER paletpac 3000 layer palletiser for fully automatic, reliable and most of all fast palletizing. This system precisely stacks 50 kilogram bags layer by layer in a 5-bag pattern onto the pallets. Krumkamp explains: "The system includes a twin-belt turning device, so the bags can be turned to the required position quickly, gently and without affecting their dimensions. Regarding the positioning accuracy, this device offers an immense advantage when compared with conventional turning processes." The system component moves the bags without deforming them from a mechanical viewpoint. Two parallel belt conveyors are used instead. They turn the bags by moving at different speed. They also move the bags into the required position very gently . The intelligent control of the twin-belt turning device takes into account the dimensions and weights of the bags in order to achieve an exact positioning preset by the respective packing pattern.

Packed fast and safely

Roller conveyors transfer the completed bag stacks to the packaging system BEUMER stretch hood A. Krumkamp explains: "We have completely redesigned this machine from the ground up. It is even more easy and safe for the user to operate than the existing systems. In order to facilitate the work for the maintenance personnel and to ensure high system availability, the system no longer needs a service platform. Maintenance work, such as changing the blades or the sealing bars, is handled at floor level. Additional benefits include the compact design, resulting low machine height and a small footprint. Mr. Pirker says: "This means that the BEUMER stretch hood A fits perfectly into the new hall."

A film transport system, which is particularly gentle on the material, delivers the previously cut and sealed film hood into the system. On its way to the stretching unit, the sealing seam on the film hood cools down so that it can be stretched without losing time. This allows for the elimination of energy-consuming cooling units and efficiency-reducing cooling times. This means that the pallets can be packed in a shorter cycle time. Hermann Krumkamp is delighted: "We handle 60 pallets per hour. This number can be increased if required."

But there was something to consider regarding the packaging: "Unlike transportation in Germany, in Africa the material may need to travel by truck not only a few hundred kilometres, but often up to a thousand kilometres," Mr. Pirker says. In addition, high temperatures soften the material of the film. Pirker explains: "We use film of 80 and 100 micrometers in thickness in order to obtain the required transportation safety."

Ohorongo put the systems into operation in May 2016. Manfred Pirker, plant manager, is happy: "A packaging line that is customised to our specific requirements has been built." The tight timeframe could only be held because all people involved in the project collaborated intensively. The cement manufacturer was convinced of BEUMER Group's sophisticated technical planning, the fast development as well as optimal adaptation of the systems.

BEUMER Group awarded contract for ECAC 3 compliant baggage handling system at London Stansted International Airport
Aarhus, 10. October 2017

BEUMER Group UK, part of BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems, has been awarded a major contract by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) to significantly upgrade the baggage handling system (BHS) at London Stansted Airport, UK.

The upgrade utilises the BEUMER autover® independent carrier system (ICS), known for its efficient "one bag per load carrier/tote" design that increases traceability and security at every stage of the handling process. The design of the new BHS is easily scalable and allows for any future expansions to London Stansted Airport.

The new BEUMER autover® system, in addition to the integration of new ECAC 3 compliant explosives detection systems (EDS) for hold baggage screening (HBS), will enable the airport to comply with the latest regulatory guidance on European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 and guidance from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Peter Gilks, Managing Director, Airports Division, BEUMER Group UK, says, “The process of complying with ECAC Standard 3 is an opportunity to transform the BHS to deliver increased efficiency and performance. Using BEUMER Group’s proven Standard 3 compliance methodology helps to offset, and partly compensate for, additional BHS costs through greater efficiency.”

Numerous major airports worldwide are also working with BEUMER to transform essential regulatory baggage handling system compliance into an opportunity to improve efficiency.

BEUMER Group to Install First ICS Baggage Handling System in the U.S. at San Francisco International Airport
Aarhus, 05. October 2017

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems, has been awarded a contract by San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to install the first Individual Carrier System (ICS) for baggage handling in the US. A tote-based CrisBag® system from the Crisplant product platform will be installed within SFO’s soon-to-be-refurbished Terminal 1.

Choosing to deploy the first ICS baggage handling system in the US underlines SFO's role as a leading, innovative airport. Additionally, the optimised layout of the CrisBag® baggage handling system ensures 100% track and trace throughout the system. Using a single baggage handling system with centralised checked bag screening will improve efficiency of SFO Terminal 1. This allows greater flexibility for the airlines and will deliver a consolidated and optimised process for screening checked bags, to insure maximum utilisation of each EDS machine.

BEUMER Group’s CrisBag® totes were the first to be approved by the TSA for US-based, in-tote baggage screening, further enhancing efficiency. This certification applies for use in US airports and for US pre-border clearance when used with Morpho Detection’s CTX 9800 SEIO explosives detection system.

Terminal 1 inbound baggage handling will be further enhanced by 100% tracking and traceability at every stage which is provided by the CrisBag® system. The system will allow the handlers to off-load inbound baggage to the CrisBag® system near the gate positions, minimising tug traffic on the ramp.  Each arrival bag remains inside the same individually controlled tote from off-load at the gate to the claim device, ensuring on-time delivery of arrival bags.

The CrisBag® tote system features a unique start/stop function; the system only runs when a bag is being transported, which ensures a high level of energy efficiency, and low operational costs, which compliments the airport's industry leadership in sustainability.

Pioneering the use of ICS baggage handling in the US and choosing the innovative CrisBag® system ensures SFO will meet its commitment to efficiency, passenger experience, comfort and creativity. The CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system is scheduled to be operational in SFO's Terminal 1 in 2020.

BEUMER Group to reveal the ultimate baggage handling system at Inter Airport 2017
Aarhus, 28. September 2017

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – will offer delegates at Inter Airport 2017 insights into the ultimate baggage handling system for visionary airports. The ultimate baggage handling system transforms the flow of baggage from a ‘push’ system into a ‘pull’ system. The transformation is enabled by the use of dynamic baggage storage and batch building. The dynamic baggage storage significantly increases efficiency by allowing batches of bags to be ‘pulled’ from storage for speed-loading onto ULDs. The system also uses speed-loading and automated handling of ULDs and dollys by use of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV).

A ground breaking new feature for ultimate baggage handling is the introduction of the Reclaim on Demand concept. The basic idea behind the concept is to give the passengers greater flexibility in deciding when to collect their baggage by introducing self-service pick-up kiosks. This feature not only helps to enhance security for reclaimed baggage, but it also allows passengers to spend time in a reclaim shopping area before collecting their bags.

Delegates will be invited to explore the ultimate baggage handling system through Augmented Reality (AR), and take a Virtual Reality (VR) tour through a CrisBag® Independent Carrier System (ICS).

BEUMER Group will also be showing how Big Data and Machine Learning can be used by airports;
Big data is the prerequisite for many new technologies like Predictive Analytics, 3D visualization and Machine Learning. BEUMER Group will demonstrate the advanced BG3D visualisation tool and show how Machine Learning offers a new approach to reading bag tags using neural networks.

In addition to highlighting the CrisBag system, which is part of BEUMER Group’s Crisplant product range, BEUMER will also introduce the extended capabilities of the BEUMER autover® ICS with the new autoca carrier.

The new design allows the autoca to transport a wider range of baggage sizes. This enables the autover system to carry standard and Out-Of-Gauge (OOG) bags on the same line and at the same speed. The new autoca can also transport CrisBag totes to allow for baggage to be transferred seamlessly between the autover and CrisBag systems within an airport.

BEUMER Group will be on Stand 1050, Hall A5 at Inter Airport 2017, Munich, 10-13 October.

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