A real boom
Beckum, 14. June 2017

BEUMER Group develops a mobile app for monitoring the operation of entire packaging lines:

The BEUMER Group has developed the BEUMER Overall Operation Monitoring app, an application which enables staff to maintain an overview of all the relevant parameters of their packaging line on their mobile devices at any time. The application shows the status quo of availability, performance and quality levels as well as the energy and compressed-air consumption. This ensures efficient operation of all systems. The program can be adapted to customer-specific requirements.

With this development, the BEUMER Group is taking a further step towards Industry 4.0: BEUMER Overall Operation Monitoring enables users to keep a constant eye on the current status of the filling, palletizing and packaging machines connected to their system using their mobile devices. The app clearly shows all lines with their most important parameters. This gives staff important information on the effectiveness of the entire line: availability, performance and quality level of the line or single machines, energy and compressed-air consumption. The customer can quickly evaluate all data and have them displayed in a target-performance comparison or diagram.

Users can adapt the new BEUMER Group app to their specific requirements. Parameters can be added, line constellations changed and further dashboards added.

BEUMER Group: Michael Brachthäuser is the new Manager of the cement business sector
Beckum, 02. June 2017

Michael Brachthäuser (61) has been Manager of the cement business sector at BEUMER Group since 1 October, 2016. In this function, he controls and coordinates the global competence center for this industry. The mechanical engineer is responsible for the sales of the product portfolio, the strategic development and strengthening of the international sales team, the optimization of the overall sales structure and for smooth communication between the groupcompanies throughout the world. A native of Cologne, his objective is to further promote the BEUMER Group’s international alignment together with the global competence center. His aspiration is to unite the synergies of all the BEUMER Group subsidiaries in this sector to the advantage of the customer.

With Michael Brachthäuser, the Beckum-based system provider has added a highly experienced specialist to its team. Before being employed by the BEUMER Group, he worked as Sales Manager for a globally active system builder for the cement and ore industry, an internationally leading power station system builder and a supplier of equipment and services for the cement industry. He has been responsible for worldwide sales and is familiar with the important markets for the BEUMER Group in China, South-East Asia, India, the Near East and North Africa.

BEUMER Group UK offers 3D and virtual-reality tours of the latest baggage handling technology at The British-Irish Airports Expo 2017
Beckum, 23. May 2017

BEUMER Group UK invites visitors to the British-Irish Airports Expo to experience a virtual-reality tour of an advanced CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system. Visitors to the BEUMER Group stand can also participate in a 3D demonstration showing how an independent carrier system can be integrated with Hold Baggage Screening to optimise the baggage handling and screening process.

Currently BEUMER Group UK is working on the Q6 portfolio of projects at Heathrow Airport, including the upgrade of existing Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) machines to meet Standard 3 legislation as well as installing and integrating nine new Standard 3 HBS machines into T2, The Queen’s Terminal. Legislation, resolutions and the need to optimise airport operations places significant demands on modern airports. When an upgrade is required, however, it presents an opportunity for all stakeholders to drive down costs by deploying modern baggage handling equipment and controls that offer new levels of efficiency,” states Peter Gilks, Managing Director, BEUMER Group UK's Airports Division.

BEUMER Group in the UK is helping to optimise baggage handling system operations in Gatwick and Heathrow Airport and the British-Irish Airports Expo provides an opportunity for other airports to experience first-hand the power of a high-speed baggage handling system.

Effectively shaping digital transformation
Beckum, 19. May 2017

What will the world of logistics look like in a couple of years? Will drones with stock orders fly through storehouses, will robots deliver ordered goods to the final customer and will truck drivers activate 3D printers in their trailers to manufacture the order during transport?

Logistics is one of the industries where the influence of the digital transformation process is particularly strong. This is because digital logistics offers considerable potential when it comes to costs and speed. The smart integration of digital technologies can especially make intralogistics more efficient and environmentally safe.

BEUMER Group takes an active part in shaping this change initiated by networking and digitalisation. In addition to know-how in terms of digital technologies and processes, a major challenge is to plan and realise digital innovation together with the customer. On the one hand, potential brought by digital innovation is to be anticipated in the existing product portfolio. On the other hand, the focus of digital transformation is set on new business segments opening up for BEUMER Group.

The customer is at the centre of all development of digital business models. Close and iterative co-ordination with and involvement of the customer is therefore a key prerequisite for digital transformation. For BEUMER Group's customers, this creates sustainable value for tomorrow's logistics.

BEUMER Group to show live and virtual-reality demos of advanced baggage handling technologies at Airport Show Dubai 2017
Aarhus, 02. May 2017

BEUMER Group – a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – will feature live and virtual-reality demonstrations of next-generation baggage handling technologies at Airport Show Dubai 2017, UAE, 15-17 May 2017

A live demonstration of a Video Coding System (VCS) will show how new technology from BEUMER Group can optimise baggage handling system performance. The VCS combines cameras installed on a sortation system with controls from BEUMER Group’s Airport Software Suite to eliminate the need to divert bags with no-read tags to a Manual Encoding Station (MES). This technology allows the bag to remain inside the system whilst it sends an image of the tag to an operator for remote encoding at a workstation or via a tablet.

The benefits of the VCS, including increased flexibility during peak coding periods, are outlined in a recent BEUMER Group White Paper.

Delegates can take a virtual-reality tour of the CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system via an Oculus head-set. In 2017 the show is focusing on security innovation, and BEUMER Group’s CrisBag® totes are first to be approved by the TSA for US-based in-tote baggage screening, demonstrating BEUMER Group’s leadership in this area of baggage handling.

The virtual reality demonstration will showcase the high-speed, high-efficiency baggage handling offered by the CrisBag tote-based system, demonstrating why many airports view this as the future of baggage handling.

Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group A/S, “Our innovations enable airports to make significant improvements in their baggage handling processes resulting in improved efficiency in addition to contributing to enhanced passenger satisfaction by reducing in the number of mishandled bags.”

BEUMER Group awarded contract to expand sorting system in UK Mail’s national hub
Aarhus, 25. April 2017

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated parcel and post distribution systems – has been awarded the contract to extend the fully automated parcel sorting system in UK Mail’s national UK hub near Coventry. The extension is scheduled to be completed by end of 2017. 

In response to increased demand from the e-commerce sector, UK Mail has combined the flexibility to sort a wide spectrum of products with later cut-off times, leading to growth in the number of parcels that the company is handling. This growth has prompted expansion of UK Mail’s parcel network in addition to the extension of the sorting system in its national hub. 

The hub’s existing BEUMER Group automated sortation system was installed in 2014 and enabled UK Mail to quadruple the capacity of its previous system by handling 24,000 parcels an hour. The new extension will allow UK Mail to further increase the hub’s handling capacity to 29,000 parcels an hour. This higher capacity will enable continued development of UK Mail’s parcels business and allow it to benefit from the resources of the Deutsche Post DHL Group which acquired the company in December 2016. 

“The easy integration of additional sections was an essential part of the design for the original system,” explains Stephan Heessels, Director for BEUMER Group's Logistic Systems division. “This ensures that the system will continue to be an essential part of UK Mail's strategy for years to come.” 

When the contract for the original system was awarded in January 2014, Richard Wenham, UK Mail’s network development director, explained; "We chose BEUMER Group's system for its ability to deliver a parcel sortation system based on the industry’s most energy-efficient sorters in addition to providing the flexibility to handle a wide variety of parcel sizes in a single system. The automated system not only enabled an immediate increase in handling capacity and process efficiency, but also secured our ability to support future growth.”

Requirements fulfilled!
Beckum, 07. April 2017

BEUMER Group will deliver four high-capacity belt bucket elevators to a LafargeHolcim Ltd. cement plant in Poland:

As a general contractor, the steelworks company Mostostal Kraków S.A. has entrusted BEUMER Group with the delivery of four high-capacity belt bucket elevators for the LafargeHolcim Ltd. cement plant in Kujawy, Poland. These systems are part of a project to improve the production and the quality of cement blends. 

Mostostal Kraków S.A. will provide LafargeHolcim Ltd. with cement silos as well as the corresponding conveying technology. The high-capacity belt bucket elevators of BEUMER Group with centre distances of up to 50 m enable a conveying capacity of 350 t/h, which is ensured by the special belt design of the BEUMER steel wire belts. 

At BEUMER Group, the Center of Competence (CoC) for the cement industry is responsible for the project. The CoC enables the single-source provider to supply suitable systems at a constant high quality level worldwide. The CoC was able to implement the specific design criteria precisely. With a local BEUMER Group company office present in Poland, Mostostal Kraków S.A. and LafargeHolcim Ltd. always have a competent partner on site. The systems will go into operation at the end of 2017.

Solution-oriented all down the line
Beckum, 24. March 2017

BEUMER Group at the interpack 2017:

At the interpack in Düsseldorf from May 4 - 10, BEUMER Group will exhibit its high level of expertise as a solution provider for integrated packaging and intralogistics systems. In addition to highly efficient palletising and packaging systems, BEUMER Group also provides tailor-made components for material flows specific to different industries. Customers can get everything from one hand, including the software and comprehensive customer support.

As a single-source provider, BEUMER Group supplies and installs the packaging lines and adjusts them individually to the products of the customer. The new BEUMER fillpac R filling machine fills bulk material from the building materials industry and other industrial pulverized goods into bags in an efficient and gentle way and with the required throughput. It can fill very fine to very coarse materials into different bag formats and types, such as valve bottom bags and flat valve bags. BEUMER Group has now complemented the rotary filling machine with a bag placer and a ream magazine. This means that performance and efficiency can be further increased. Due to its modular design, the BEUMER fillpac R can be easily integrated and adjusted with existing packaging lines. The highly efficient form fill seal system BEUMER fillpac FFS is used in the chemical and petrochemical industries. It forms bags from a prefabricated tubular PE film and fills them with the product of the customer. Both systems are equipped with a specialised weighing unit which ensures the correct quantity of the filled material.

The bags are then stacked on pallets. For this, BEUMER Group offers the BEUMER paletpac high-capacity palletiser. It is incorporated into high-performance packaging lines to process even sensitive and valuable products as well as products with special flow characteristics in a gentle and efficient manner. Depending on the product requirements, it can be equipped with a clamp-type turning device or a twin-belt turning device. BEUMER offers the BEUMER robotpac, a space-saving articulated robot, for palletising cartons, boxes, canisters or trays. 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. 

During transport, the palletised products must be secured on the pallet and protected against dust, rain or other atmospheric influences. The BEUMER stretch hood high capacity stretch hood system can be used for this. The BEUMER stretch hood A is the result of the intralogistics specialist completely redesigning its tried-and-trusted packaging system. Compared to previous versions this machine series now offers higher throughput, gentle transport of the film in the system and requires 40 percent less floor space. In addition, the systems supplier can now provide the system with a newly developed easy opening hood: this worldwide innovation allows employees in retail stores and logistics centres to quickly and easily remove the film when unpacking or repacking the goods, without the use of any cutting tools. 

Through its palletising and packaging systems division, BEUMER Group is also implementing applications that are specific to the industry and that allow the customer to expand the packaging lines into entire intralogistics systems. The lines are equipped with standardised components such as conveying elements or vehicle-based systems, various solutions for handling and manipulators such as robots, buffer and storage modules along with the suitable software. The customer gets the entire intralogistics system from one source with BEUMER as a reliable and competent partner to contact. 

BEUMER at the interpack 2017, hall: 12, booth E37

BEUMER Group’s CrisBag® Totes Are First to be Approved by the TSA for US-based In-Tote Baggage Screening
Aarhus, 14. March 2017

BEUMER Group – a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – is the first vendor to be certified as meeting TSA requirements for in-tote screening of baggage. CrisBag totes enable in-tote screening that, when used with Morpho Detection’s CTX 9800 DSi™ explosives detection system, meets the detection and false alarm rates for explosives specified by the TSA. 

The certification applies to U.S. airports and for U.S. pre-border clearance, making migration to a common-use model based on modern, RFID-enabled tote-based baggage handling system solutions more attractive. The certification benefits airports outside of the U.S. that implement, or plan to implement, U.S. pre-border clearance, as well as airports based in the U.S.

The TSA previously tested the effectiveness of the CrisBag system across a range of real-life conditions and situations at its full-scale Transportation Systems Integration Facility near Washington, D.C. Elements assessed included tracking, throughput, imaging, sorting and the detection of missing, unknown and oversized bags. This in depth evaluation also recorded how rapidly the CrisBag system associated specific bags with the individual totes. 

"Because each checked bag remains inside the same individually controlled tote from check-in and early baggage storage to screening and discharge, the CrisBag system provides 100% tracking and traceability at every stage,” said Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group A/S. “This is one of the main reasons why CrisBag has a 15-year history of successful operation in airports.

By collaborating with Morpho Detection and leveraging the imaging and operational capabilities of CTX 9800, BEUMER Group looks forward to bringing the benefits of in-tote screening and the CrisBag system to airports throughout the U.S.” 

Although tote-based systems have been accepted by airports throughout Canada, Europe, Middle East and Asia, it is a relatively new concept for North American airports. Recently, Calgary International Airport selected a second CrisBag system after having successfully implemented the system in their new international terminal, and last year, BEUMER Group was awarded a design and build contract at San Francisco Airport for the first U.S. tote-based, individual carrier system for baggage handling.

BEUMER autover® adapts to changes in baggage sortation demand
Aarhus, 14. March 2017

BEUMER Group – a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – has extended the capabilities of the BEUMER autover® independent carrier system (ICS) with the launch of new BEUMER autoca® carriers that support a wider range of baggage sizes.

These new autoca carriers mean the BEUMER autover system can now transport a wide variety of baggage, from standard to out-of-gauge (OOG). The new autoca also support CrisBag® totes from BEUMER Group's Crisplant® product range, enabling baggage to be easily transferred between autover and CrisBag systems at the same airport.

A dedicated autoca collects a single item of baggage from a loading station, typically after check-in, and transports it independently to its destination. The new autoca carriers enable handling of OOG baggage on the same track, and at the same speed, as normal size bags. Not only do all autoca run in the same rail, the number of active autoca can also be adjusted on the fly to meet changing levels of sortation demand in the baggage handling system.

Both the autover and the CrisBag system are known for their "One bag per carrier/tote" design that increases traceability and security as well as ensuring 100% accurate track-and-trace of baggage at every stage of the handling process. In recent years, airports and airlines increasingly wanted to track baggage and provide this as a service to passengers, as well as meeting the requirements of IATA Resolution 753, which comes into effect in June 2018. No track and trace technology provides higher accuracy than that provided by autover and CrisBag ICS technology, making them ideal solutions to support both passenger and regulatory demands.

The inherent flexibility of the autover system is one of the reasons why airports such as Dubai, Montreal, Nice and most recently Sheremetyevo Airport, Russia have chosen the system for flexible and reliable baggage handling. 

In Sheremetyevo the autover will help keep baggage connection time between terminals to a minimum, while allowing each item of baggage to be properly transported through a maintenance free tunnel connection and allocated to the correct make-up position.

BEUMER Group’s live and virtual-reality demos of advanced baggage handling technologies at ACI Asia-Pacific General Assembly 2017, Doha
Aarhus, 07. March 2017

BEUMER Group – a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – will feature live and virtual-reality demonstrations of next-generation baggage handling technologies at the ACI Asia-Pacific General Assembly, Doha, April 10-12th 2017. 

The virtual-reality tour will allow delegates to experience the CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system through a virtual-reality head-set. This will allow delegates to see why many airports consider this to be the future of high-speed, high-efficiency baggage handling. 

BEUMER Group will also enable delegates to interact with a live demonstration of a Video Coding System (VCS). This system combines cameras installed in the sortation system, with controls from BEUMER Group’s Airport Software Suite, to eliminate the need to divert bags with no-read tags to a Manual Encoding Station (MES). The VCS technology allows the bag to remain on the sorter whilst sending an image of the tag to an operator for remote encoding at a workstation or via a tablet. The additional benefits of the VCS, including increased flexibility during peak coding periods, have been outlined in a recent BEUMER Group White Paper. 

Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group A/S, “The VCS is an important tool to help hub airports to improve their baggage transfer service by reducing the number of mis-handled bags. This is one of the areas that can have a significant impact on transfer passenger satisfaction and airport ratings in general.” 

The BEUMER Group demonstrations will take place on Stand 5 at the ACI Asia-Pacific General Assembly, Doha, April 10-12th 2017.

Ordered today, supplied today!
Beckum, 07. March 2017

BEUMER Group supplies complex sortation and distribution technology to Hermes Germany GmbH

Hermes is one of the most successful logistics companies both in Germany and throughout Europe. In order to keep high quality and delivery commitments in times where online retailing is constantly growing, this service provider is giving its entire parcel and distribution network a facelift. As a result, Hermes will establish nine new logistics centres over the next two years. BEUMER Group has been asked to provide six of these logistics centres with top-performing sortation and distribution technology. 

Highly efficient sorters made by BEUMER will be used at all six locations. The non-contact energy supply of these systems is based on the induction principle. The systems are available with motor-driven tilt elements or cross belt elements. Thanks to the modular structure, they can be optimally adapted to the existing building situation which will further optimise the sorter capacity. In the four largest locations, BEUMER Group will use high-speed sortation systems of type BS 55 – WB/DB with two cross belt elements on a carriage, the smaller logistics centres will be provided with BS 25 ET tilt tray sorters. BEUMER Group will supply turnkey systems. "We are pleased to provide the logistics centres of Hermes with state-of-the-art conveying and sortation technology in the next years," says Thomas Wiesmann, Director Sales Logistic Systems of BEUMER Group. 

The first project in this series is the new logistics centre in Bad Rappenau near Heilbronn, Germany, which will start operation mid of may. Further logistic centres will go live into the hermes net in the following months. The total project programme is scheduled to be completed in 2019. "This way we emphasize the longstanding partnership with BEUMER Group, which we'll continue with this project in the coming years," says André Mushack, Head of Technical System at Hermes Germany.

BEUMER to exhibit industry leading sortation solutions at ProMAT 2017
Beckum, 27. February 2017

BEUMER Group, a leader in sortation, distribution, palletizing and packaging systems, will exhibit at ProMat 2017 in booth # 1631 with a broad range of flexible, high-speed and low-maintenance and energy-efficient sortation and distribution solutions. Additionally, ProMat will be the exclusive platform to preview a game changing BEUMER development for the sortation market.

The ProMat 2017 show runs from April 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

BEUMER highlights at ProMat 2017 include:

Unveiling of a New Sortation Solution
ProMat 2017 is the first opportunity for an inside look into a next generation sortation solution from BEUMER. Visit Booth #1631 for the details of this groundbreaking development.

Warehousing & Distribution Solutions
In Booth #1631, visitors will have the opportunity to be immersed in a new VR (virtual reality) experience into an automated virtual warehouse. Sortation Experts will also be on hand to discuss key issues impacting customer’s operations, including order accuracy, omni-channel fulfillment strategies, improving throughput and service levels and peak season planning. Also, end of line packaging experts will be available to discuss various aspects of an organization’s palletizing and packaging requirements.

BEUMER Group has live and virtual-reality demos of advanced baggage handling technologies at Passenger Terminal Expo 2017, Amsterdam
Aarhus, 14. February 2017

BEUMER Group – a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – will feature live and virtual-reality demonstrations of next-generation baggage handling technologies at Passenger Terminal Expo 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 14 -16 March 2017.

Delegates will be able to experience optimised transfer baggage handling with a live demonstration of a Video Coding System and take a virtual-reality tour of the advanced CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system. The BEUMER Group stand will also feature the autover® Independent Carrier System (ICS) with the latest intelligent autoca® carrier for transporting CrisBag® totes as well as bags ranging from standard to out-of-gauge sizes.

The Video Coding System (VCS) combines cameras installed on the sorter with controls from BEUMER Group’s Airport Software Suite to eliminate the need to divert bags with no-read tags to a Manual Encoding Station (MES). The VCS technology allows the bag to remain on the sorter whilst it sends an image of the tag to an operator for remote encoding at a workstation or via a tablet. The additional benefits of the VCS, including increased flexibility during peak coding periods, are outlined in a recent BEUMER Group White Paper.

In a second demonstration, delegates can take a virtual-reality tour of the CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system via an Oculus Rift head-set. This demonstration will show delegates why many airports consider CrisBag® to be the future of high-speed, high-efficiency baggage handling.

The BEUMER Group stand will also feature the autover® independent carrier system with the latest intelligent autoca® carrier. This enables airports to improve flexibility and process efficiency by ensuring accurate, gentle and reliable baggage handling across a wide range of bag sizes. The autoca®’s ability to carry totes also offers unique integration with CrisBag®, which is one of the world’s most widely installed tote-based baggage handling and transport systems.

Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group A/S, “These systems enable airports to make significant improvements in their baggage handling processes resulting in improved efficiency in addition to contributing to enhanced passenger satisfaction by reducing in the number of mis-handled bags.”

The simplicity in complexity
Beckum, 06. February 2017

BEUMER Group's Supply Chain Management optimises the supply chain from the raw material supplier to the end customer:

In order to remain competitive, plant manufacturers need to develop more complex solutions that are often tailor-made for the customer. This can lead to a lack of transparency in the production and logistics processes and with the participating partners, making it more difficult to come up with a precise calculation during the quotation phase. In order to efficiently prevent potential risks for the project and the company while maximising transparency during the quotation phase, BEUMER Group uses an integrated approach for supply chain management. By configuring the supply chain at an early stage, the customers can get the optimal solution for their individual project.

"We are building our systems according to the engineer to order principle," explains Johannes Stemmer, Corporate Strategy at BEUMER Group. "The systems that we deliver to our customers are customised precisely to their needs, just like a made to measure suit." And just as every tailor-made suit has different leg lengths and chest and waist sizes, our individual system solutions are also very specific to each customer. "In this era dominated by e-commerce we can see this especially among the mail order companies," says Johannes Stemmer. If they want to stay competitive in the long run they will have to be able to handle individual delivery times and provide same day delivery. Another characteristic developing is the fact that the consignments are getting smaller: the customer orders sometimes several times a day, but smaller amounts. These trends mean that material flow technology is becoming more complex. Intralogistic systems such as the BEUMER Group high-speed sortation systems must be capable of handling more diverse tasks and adjust to modified circumstances. "As a system integrator we design, build and commission these systems. This ensures that our customers can deliver their products securely and reliably," explains Johannes Stemmer. "They get the competitive edge and can prepare for future growth. This individualisation however has its price."

Inaccuracies during the quotation process

BEUMER provides their systems with different modules and functions such as manual feeding posts, semiautomatic induction units, camera systems and tools that can correct errors to ensure a higher precision during the sortation process. There are also various drives that can differ in their capacity and energy efficiency. This means that there are a variety of product variants. "Because we don't manufacture the camera systems or sensors ourselves we rely on selected suppliers," explains Stemmer. But the more complex the system becomes and the more people involved, the higher the coordination and development expenses can be. Plant manufacturers are therefore exposed to influences that they do not always have control over and that are difficult to predict. This increases the risks when calculating the scope of services and developing the schedules. Another difficulty lies in long project durations: operators can have change requests, exchange rates and raw material prices fluctuate. These are all drivers that increase complexity and make it harder to come up with a precise calculation at the time when the quotation is submitted.

And despite all of this: "Our customers still want a clear statement. This is why only those suppliers who can reliably plan the demand for components and production, even under these more difficult conditions, can be successful in the long run," Johannes Stemmer is convinced. In order to make the quotation process more transparent, BEUMER Group relies on its efficient supply chain management (SCM). This process-oriented management approach includes any flow of raw materials, components, semi-finished products and end products as well as information along the value and supply chain. The goal is to optimise the resources for all companies involved. If we want SCM to efficiently support the project-specific planning of the supply chain and the coordination of the participating actors, it needs to be coordinated with specific requirements from the supplier.

This is certainly not an easy task. For some, this management approach has a central and superior planning and control function that can help to coordinate and manage internal and external supply chains. For others, it is the basis of an integrated approach that is only applied occasionally by Procurement, Sales or Project Management. The reason for this is that the individual departments have a different perception of which tasks and targets are part of the SCM scope. During the final phase of the quotation it is however important to coordinate a clear concept together with the supplier and subsupplier. "In case of a very extensive system, an offer can comprise up to 800 pages. A consistent SCM is therefore all the more important," emphasises Stemmer.

Complexity becomes manageable

When introducing SCM not only potential change requests and fluctuating prices must be considered, but also factors that facilitate the quotation process. "Customers are usually willing to invest more if they know they can rely on the expertise of the supplier and they feel understood by being offered a solution that is customised to their problem," knows Stemmer. BEUMER Group counts their extensive Customer Support as one of their success factors. Approximately 1,000 employees worldwide now work for this business segment. They take care of the customer, starting with the first project discussion, through the time when the system is in operation. Customer Support can comprise of different services. With the Residential Service, BEUMER employees assume the responsibility to provide trouble-free operation on site, even for the long-term. An important role is also the high competency of the BEUMER sales employees and the technical performance parameters of the system.

BEUMER Group designs modular machines in order to make the complex manageable. This approach has proven to be useful when processes, components or customer requirements remain similar and are used frequently. Through uniform requirements and processes, the system integrator can simplify the coordination of supply chain planning and control during the quotation phase. BEUMER brings the customised modules together and adjusts them. The system supplier often pre-fabricates subassemblies or components not specific to any particular customer. Due to the scale effects, the individual modules are highly reusable which means that the needs for the internal manufacture are also a lot easier to manage. When an order comes in, BEUMER can save an enormous amount of time and can be more flexible when it comes to delivery, another success factor.

The same goals, different strategies

The reason for adopting a SCM approach for every company is to build on these success factors and strengthen them as competitive advantages. But each company is different. Some companies only manufacture products, others entire systems, some manufacture globally, others almost exclusively use subsuppliers. Different frame conditions mean that there are different SCM strategies and areas for the company to consider. The SCM areas refer to individual business units, the entire company, the cooperation network with the participating partners or the cooperation with the customers. This means that there is more than one desirable solution for how to design the supply chain. With each progressing segment, from a function-based concept to a customer-oriented approach, the requirements on the management system increase as well. On the one hand you have the opportunities and possibilities of a customer-oriented SCM approach, on the other you have the risk of overstretching the company resources and competences with an integrated implementation.

Companies that are using a more function-oriented SCM approach usually manufacture individual products, and less often complete systems. They mostly manufacture in-house, have a very high proportion of value added and their suppliers are usually located only a few kilometres away. The quotation process of the company is usually based on experience. The product business is predominantly standardised. This makes it possible to preconfigure performance parameters and customer requirements for the solutions. The customer-specific part of the products is very small. SCM in stage one is usually of lesser importance because the companies are producing for niche markets and competition here is usually less intense. SCM is used to improve success factors such as timeliness, price and quality.

Creating transparency

A central goal for BEUMER Group is to ensure internal transparency through company-based SCM. By doing so the group focuses not only on sales, purchasing or manufacturing, but on the company as a whole. "Over the last ten years, we have grown enormously due to globalisation. We were able to increase sales turnover from 100 million to 700 million Euro," explains Johannes Stemmer. Also the number of employees grew from around 700 in 2004 to currently over 4,000 employees. The company has a global presence with a total of 35 operative group companies and five production locations. "SCM for us is a central component to ensure transparency in the company and allow trouble-free communication between everybody involved," explains Stemmer.

Companies that are using a network-based SCM approach are going one step further and extend their view beyond their own company to include the suppliers. Integrating them into the internal company structure requires synchronous processes and systems. Both sides agree on common network goals that are superior to company and divisional goals. This also requires cooperation and transparency from the involved participants. This includes for example information supply, the use of resources and common research and development projects. Unlike BEUMER Group, other companies that are using this strategy usually do not have any or only very limited in-house production. The proportion of purchased components and internal engineering is high. SCM in the supply network is supposed to enhance the profitability of the supply chain in the network, strengthen cooperation with the suppliers and improve the use of the supply chain's potential for innovation.

Focus on the customer

"Our customers increasingly approached us with the request to get "everything from one source", says Stemmer. "This is why during the last years we developed from a product manufacturer to a system supplier." By doing so, BEUMER Group also focused their SCM more towards customer requirements. This strategy focuses on how the supply chain remains flexible based on the individual needs of the user during the quotation process and is considered as a core competence for system integrators. This is because the complexity during the quotation process depends largely on the complexity of the system to be supplied. The number of customer requirements that need to be considered is generally very high. This means that adjusting the supply chain to the project-specific frame conditions is very extensive.

In order to further reduce complexity and respond to individual needs, BEUMER Group has bundled the expertise and competences available in the various fields of all branches and created relevant Centers of Competence. These centers are responsible for research and development, sales, project management, purchasing and above all the support of the group companies worldwide. "This way we can ensure consistent communication between all involved actors throughout the company during the quotation phase," describes Stemmer. As a cross-sectional function, SCM creates the necessary interfaces between the different business units.

In order to make the costs for a project more transparent, the system integrator relies on cost analyses for individual components and products. BEUMER increases the transparency during the quotation process by detailing capacity and resource planning and takes the total landed cost from the customer's perspective into consideration. "This makes it easier for us to detect potential savings and allows us to actively develop them," says Stemmer. These savings can for example be detected through preferential agreements of different countries, local content requirements and evaluating different product scenarios, which have a significant impact on the quotation price.

No surprise costs

"With the customer-based supply chain management we have found our way," Johannes Stemmer is persuaded. "We are focusing on our company core competences, are innovative and strategic and consistently develop our internationalisation further." Maximum transparency of all participants is crucial to the project-specific supply chain configuration. This is particularly important to BEUMER Group because for the system supplier the cooperation with the customer is based on mutual trust. "Customers should see us as a trusting partner who helps them turn their project into a success with excellent problem-solving expertise," emphasises Stemmer.

BEUMER Group first live demo of automated handling system for green tires at Tire Technology Expo 2017
Beckum, 02. February 2017

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems - will feature the first live demonstration of the innovative Tire Tray System on Stand No. 3020 at Tire Technology Expo 2017, Hannover, Germany, from 14-16 February.

Developed by BEUMER Group, the Tire Tray System automates the handling of green tires to minimise the risk of damage or deformation during the build and finishing processes. Each tire is loaded into its own individual-controlled tray as it leaves the Tire Building Machine (TBM). The tire is then stored, or transported directly to the curing press, whilst remaining in the same tray, providing a more intelligent and safer method of handling.

A world-leading supplier of cross-belt sorting solutions, BEUMER Group provides a unique range of solutions for handling finished tires at final finishing, quality inspection, palletising and logistics stages. Its broad portfolio of core products leads the way in technology and cost/performance ratio for high-end applications in the tire industry. 

The live demonstration of the Tire Tray System will be on BEUMER Group Stand No. 3020 at Tire Technology Expo 2017, Hannover, Germany, 14-16 February. 

The Tire Tray System is already generating significant interest within the tire manufacturing sector. It has already been installed and is in full operation on the site of a major global tire manufacturer.

BEUMER Group highlights next-generation end-to-end baggage handling system at Inter Airport SEA 2017
Aarhus, 31. January 2017

BEUMER Group– a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – will feature an end-to-end tote-based baggage handling and transport system in an immersive, virtual-reality tour on Stand A020 at Inter Airport South East Asia 2017, from 15-17 February 2017, at the Singapore Expo.

Based on the CrisBag® system, the tour will allow visitors to the BEUMER Group stand to experience the speed and efficiency of tote-based baggage handling via an Oculus Rift virtual-reality head-set. The tour will also reveal why many airports consider the tote-based system to be the next generation in energy-efficient baggage handling. The system’s ‘one bag per tote’ concept also enhances security and process efficiency by providing 100% tracking and traceability by for each item of baggage throughout the check-in, sorting and screening processes.

The CrisBag® system is the one of the world’s most widely-installed tote-based systems and is already installed in a number of international airport hubs including Changi Airport in Singapore. At Changi, CrisBag® is used as a dual-purpose system for sorting baggage and for extensive baggage transfers between Terminals 1, 2 and 3. A CrisBag® system has also been installed at Abu Dhabi Airport's new Midfield Terminal and additional CrisBag® systems are installed for Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4 building and at Calgary Airport, Canada.

Other baggage handling systems from BEUMER Group’s Crisplant range have been installed in airports throughout China, including Shanghai Pudong, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Changsha and Nanjing.

“BEUMER Group is helping airports throughout south-east Asia to respond to increased market demands by providing state-of-the-art technology and guidance on best practice. This combination enables airports to increase the capacity and efficiency of their baggage handling systems whilst minimising energy consumption,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group A/S.

Fostering closer ties
Aarhus, 14. December 2016

Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director of BEUMER‘s Danish group company, is appointed honorary consul:

The German coat of arms was recently installed on the building of BEUMER’s Danish group company in Aarhus. Managing Director Klaus Schäfer has been appointed honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Central Jutland region. In addition to his day job for BEUMER Group, his new duties include fostering closer ties between Germany and Denmark – with an emphasis on both trade and culture. Klaus Schäfer has many years of professional experience in Denmark, making him ideal for the job. 

Sometimes things simply fall into place – and years of carefully-maintained contacts combine with knowledge and skills to create something completely new. That’s what happened to Klaus Schäfer, a native of the German state of Hesse who is the managing director of the BEUMER group company in Aarhus, Denmark. He is well connected, familiar with local conditions, and closely networked in Aarhus and the Central Jutland region. This makes Schäfer ideally suited to the position of honorary consul, so the German Foreign Office decided to tap him for the job. He will perform his new duties from his office, which is still located in our Danish branch. “I’m part of a German Embassy team made up of several consuls in different regions of Denmark,” he explains. 

Assisting German citizens with request for passports, certifying documents, or helping German citizens who need support when problems arise – those are only a few of the tasks he’ll be performing in addition to his day job as managing director of BEUMER’s Danish group company. “In my new position, I hope to be a helpful contact person for German citizens in Denmark,” says Schäfer. Aarhus is also the second-largest city in Denmark and has been selected as European Capital of Culture for 2017. That will bring many ceremonial duties for Schäfer this year: attendance at cultural events, lectures and musical performances; opening exhibitions; and maintaining contacts with universities. Promoting close relations between Germany and Denmark as business partners is particularly important to Schäfer: “With my experience and the many contacts that I have made during my professional career, I can bring the right people together,” he says. “I know conditions on the labor market, so I can provide solid information to German employees and companies.” 

Germany is one of Denmark’s most important trade partners. The main Danish exports are industrial goods, machinery, and agricultural products. In return, Germany ships machinery and vehicles, semi-finished and finished goods, chemicals, and agricultural products to Denmark. 

There was no public bidding procedure for the position of honorary consul – and there’s no salary, either. It is a purely voluntary activity. “It doesn’t offer any particular privileges or benefits, either,” says Klaus Schäfer. “I’ll still have to pay any parking tickets I might get.”

BEUMER Group UK completes Early Baggage Store (EBS) and baggage handling system at Gatwick Airport’s redevelopment of the South Terminal Pier 1
Aarhus, 17. November 2016

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - announces that BEUMER Group UK has completed the installation of a new CrisBag® Early Bag Store (EBS) and baggage handling system as part of Gatwick Airport's £186 million redevelopment of the South Terminal Pier 1.

The CrisBag® system is the first EBS to be installed at Gatwick and, uniquely, the checked baggage can be viewed by passengers through a window overlooking the baggage handling system. Other viewing windows in the new passenger gate rooms provide passengers with outstanding views across the runway.

Based on BEUMER Group’s Crisplant airport technology, the CrisBag® EBS provides 2600 EBS spaces enabling Gatwick Airport to offer advance check-in of baggage up to 18 hours before departure. This service will contribute to improved passenger satisfaction and help to reduce queues by allowing Gatwick to spread check-in times. 100% traceability of each bag within the EBS will virtually eliminate the possibility of a bag being lost in the baggage handling process.

In addition to the EBS, BEUMER Group designed and integrated a series of CrisBelt conveyors as part of the new baggage handling system in Pier 1. Powered by almost 500 energy-efficient Permanent Magnet Motors (PMMs), these conveyors reduce energy consumption by up to 50% compared to a conventional conveyor drive and gearbox. The baggage handling system services the entire South Terminal and provides the capacity to handle over 4240 bags per hour.

“The new systems in Gatwick’s Pier 1 combine some of the most advanced and energy-efficient baggage handling technologies,” explains Peter Gilks, Managing Director Airports Division, BEUMER Group UK. “It is particularly satisfying therefore that Gatwick has chosen to give passengers a rare insight into the technology that helps to make sure that their bags reach their flight safely.”

Senior EPC Manager at Gatwick Airport, Paul Morgan said: “BEUMER has helped us deliver one of the largest projects this airport has ever undertaken and we are extremely proud of the new state-of-the-art baggage system and EBS. The system will significantly enhance the baggage operation in the South Terminal as Gatwick continues to grow the number of passengers who fly from the airport.”

Gatwick marked its busiest-ever summer with the opening of the transformed Pier 1 at the South Terminal.

Solutions that you can build on
Beckum, 02. November 2016

BEUMER offers extended conveying, loading and filling systems for cement plants:

As a system supplier, BEUMER Group develops solutions perfectly adapted to meet cement plant requirements. This includes conveying, loading and filling systems that are offered in different versions for various tasks, which are continuously optimised by our engineers in Beckum, Germany. Our goal is to make our customers' operations more efficient. Users have to face for example less maintenance, an increase in bucket elevator capacity and achieve more precise filling results. We provide innovative solutions to international cement companies who are looking for sustainable and cost-efficient ways to modernise their plants.

The conveying system has to meet high requirements to ensure safe and economic clinker transport in cement plants. The cement clinker leaves the clinker cooler of the kiln line at temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius, or up to 600 degrees Celsius if the coating collapses, and is temporarily stored in the clinker silo. To ensure a trouble-free transport of the clinker, the conveying system must withstand these high temperatures. This is where BEUMER apron conveyors are used. They are extremely robust and can navigate through complicated routings and considerable conveying heights. "We generally use the heavy-duty BEUMER double sprocket chains as traction elements," explains Michael Brachthäuser, Director Business Unit Cement at BEUMER Group. This makes it possible to handle inclinations of up to 60 degrees at a speed of 0.3 metres per second. "In order to increase performance we developed a version with the cells mounted to a belt instead of a chain," explains Michael Brachthäuser.

More compact and more powerful

The basis for this variant is our proven BEUMER belt technology, which is also used in bucket elevators. The belt is reinforced with steel wires and can be designed in different widths. In the material feed area, special deflector plates protect the belt against hot coating that collapses when the kiln is not in continuous use. "With up to 1,300 cubic metres of clinker per hour, belt apron conveyors achieve a higher conveying capacity than conventional apron conveyors," describes Michael Brachthäuser. This can be attributed to a higher running speed of up to 0.6 meter per second. Angles of inclination of up to 60 degrees are also possible. Wear and tear that occurs frequently on a chain can be practically eliminated when using a belt and lubricating the system is not necessary. The lighter and more compact design of this solution reduces the costs for the steel structure and the entire project. The entire belt lies with its surface on the drive and return pulley, thus, the unwanted polygon effect caused by the central chain is avoided. This ensures quiet running and low noise emission, and prevents additional exposure of the plant and adjacent buildings to load vibrations and noise. 

The BEUMER belt apron conveyor is an optimal choice for system modernisations. Thanks to faster conveying speeds, higher quantities of material can be transported while keeping the existing conveyor frames and steel bridges. "A concrete example: An apron conveyor with a chain of 1,600 millimetres width and 131 meter centre distance weighs 128 tons," explains Michael Brachthäuser. The steel structure weighs about 80 tons. An 800 x 131 metre belt apron conveyor capable of conveying the same capacity weighs only 90 tons – that is 38 tons less than the chain version. For the belt version, the net costs for the equipment are 25 percent lower, as the steel structure is approximately 30 tons lighter and weighs only 50 tons. A smaller drive unit can be used due to the reduced size, which further lowers the operational costs compared to conventional apron conveyors. 

How to increase the capacity of belt bucket elevators

Modernisations are an important aspect to consider for bucket elevators. Cost-efficient production requires bucket elevators with low investment costs, a long service life and easy maintenance. The buckets are mounted either to a belt or a central chain. Belt bucket elevators are best suited for fine-grained bulk material, because coarse material could fall between the bucket and the belt and damage the belt. Central chain bucket elevators, however, are designed to transport all types of coarse, hot or abrasive bulk material. The fine dust of the material causes faster wear and tear on the chains as opposed to a belt. The user has to maintain the bucket elevators and replace the chains frequently. During repair, the operation has to stop. Additionally, replacement chains are very expensive. "That's why we have developed the innovative high-capacity belt bucket elevators type HD," says Michael Brachthäuser. 

They are designed to eliminate the space between the individual buckets and the belt. This prevents coarse material from getting stuck during the scooping and filling process, which is often the case. This increases the service life of the belt considerably. The buckets are mounted firmly to the back of the belt with segments and bolts especially developed by BEUMER Group. As with all belt bucket elevators by BEUMER Group, BEUMER belts with wire-free zones are also used on the high-capacity belt bucket elevators. Holes for the bucket mountings can be placed here without damaging or cutting the steel wires. The traction forces of the belt are maintained to the fullest extent. The current belt has a tensile load of 2,500 N/mm; the new BEUMER belt with wire-free zones has a tensile load of 3,300 N/mm. The special BEUMER bucket shape also allows for smoother running and therefore less noise generation. Depending on the material to be conveyed, BEUMER Group offers special buckets or mounts a dynamic bottom into the bucket elevator boot. This prevents wet and sticky material in the bucket elevator boot. Belt bucket elevators with this equipment have a much longer service life when handling highly abrasive material than central chain bucket elevators. 

These bucket elevators are already successfully used by many international cement manufacturers including Dyckerhoff, Yamama Cement, HeidelbergCement, LafargeHolcim. BEUMER Group converted their existing bucket elevators into high-capacity belt bucket elevators type HD in a simple and cost-efficient way. This became necessary because the kiln systems had been modified, increasing their capacity. This meant that the bucket elevators to the raw mills had to increase their capacity as well. 

"One of our German customers had the problem that coarse-grained material was falling between the bucket and the belt, damaging the belt," describes Michael Brachthäuser. Along with the modernisation of the plant, throughput as well as the running time of the bucket elevator per day increased, adding to this challenge. The belt started to get porous already after two years of use. Initially, it was planned to replace the old belt bucket elevator with a chain bucket elevator. But then the operator of the plant opted for the BEUMER Group HD technology. The requirement was that the existing bucket elevator housing including the drive unit should remain for the retrofit.
This special BEUMER bucket elevator technology is used for example for circulating bucket elevators in raw mills and cement mills for material with grain sizes of up to 120 millimetres and a humidity level of up to six percent. Conveying capacities of more than 1,500 tons per hour can be reached. 

Not too much, not too little - the optimal filling

For filling cement into bags, BEUMER Group offers the BEUMER fillpac. It uses rotating filling spouts to fill any type of cement into different bag types. It can be individually integrated into already existing packaging lines and adapted to specific parameters. Specific weighing electronics are utilised to ensure weight accuracy of the bags. There are practically no rejects caused by too high or too low filling weights. The weighing unit communicates permanently with the filler neck via specific software. The automatic bag weight control determines the exact filling weight while filling. This way the machine always achieves accurate degrees of filling. The entire packaging line works more efficiently now as it is no longer necessary to remove bags with an incorrect weight from the material flow. In addition, the quantity indicated on the bag always corresponds to the real volume. 

BEUMER Group offers this construction series both as air and turbine filling machines. The turbine process is the perfect solution for fine-grained materials such as cement. The result is filled bags which are compact and dimensionally stable so that the user is no longer required to vent them. Depending on the task, BEUMER Group offers BEUMER fillpac R with six, eight, ten, twelve, 16 or 20 spouts. The smallest version fills up to 1,800 50 kilogram bags or 2,250 25 kilogram bags per hour, the biggest version fills up to 6,000 50 kilogram bags or 7,500 25 kilogram bags, and all of the machines can be used for diverse bag types. In order to fill HDPE bags reliably BEUMER Group offers the BEUMER bag placer as an exclusive feature. The filling impeller is characterised by its speed and maximum material throughput. BEUMER Group also offers the turbine filling machines with inline design. The filling modules are placed next to each other for ready access, which makes them extremely easy to maintain. The inline filling machines are best suited for production environments with low throughput rates. 

Onto the truck bed

With the BEUMER autopac, BEUMER Group offers a system that loads cement bags directly from the filling machine onto the truck bed without manual intervention. Bags can be palletised automatically in stacked rows or patterns – without using pallets. Depending on the performance class, the system stacks between 2,400 and 3,000 50 kilogram bags per hour. The loading height, including the height of the truck bed, can be up to 3.5 meters. The user can freely select the formation of the layers depending on bag size and bag material. 

The machine can load bags in double patterns of five or ten bags. In order to attain a high degree of stability for the whole load on the truck, and in order to optimally utilize the truck bed, two mirror-inverted layers are always stacked next to one another. The bags are flattened by the loading process using two stacked belt conveyors, which releases the air from the bags. After being positioned, the bags are also pressed by the loading head, which makes the stack more compact and more stable. The bag feeding lines can be adjusted to the installation conditions. Corresponding technical solutions are available for variable conveyor lines. Unlike on the systems where bags are suctioned and lifted, the bags are not deformed by the BEUMER autopac. In contrast with loading and palletising systems from other manufacturers, the BEUMER autopac is equipped exclusively with electrical drive units in its standard design. This means significantly less maintenance costs for the user. On vacuum drive units and hydraulic drive units, leaks that pollute the load and the system are inevitable. Additionally, the energy-intensive vacuum pumps and hydraulic drive units require additional cooling units, a fact that clearly increases the purchase and operating costs, as well as the energy consumption. The BEUMER autopac uses just 0.15 kilowatts per hour at full capacity. The drive units and machine parts are clearly arranged and easily accessible. This facilitates maintenance considerably.

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