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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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TIPAX chooses BEUMER Group’s Sortation System for its new Hub
Aarhus, 19. September 2017

TIPAX has chosen BEUMER Group to deliver, install and commission a high-speed sortation system in its new Hub. TIPAX decided to build the new Hub due to the potential for economic growth, and high growth rate of the Postal and Logistics market in particular. To support TIPAX’ short-term growth plans BEUMER has chosen its BS 25 Belt Tray Sorter with a throughput of 7,600 parcels per hour.

BEUMER Group will supply the state-of-the-art, cross-belt sorter to provide high-speed sortation of a diverse range of parcels. Two feeding lines for the automated transportation of shipments from ground floor to the basement warrant high unloading throughput. The two fully automated induction units are equipped with weighing scales to ensure revenue protection. TIPAX decided to invest into a high quality camera system to identify 1D and 2D barcodes at all five visible parcel sides. The system features a selection of different chute types according to TIPAX’s needs and the available space.

Due to TIPAX’s huge investment in an A to Z solution, track and trace of parcels for all door-to-door deliveries will be possible. Shipments will be received in the distribution centre directly from vans and trucks. Also, all working areas have been ergonomically designed to ensure the best working environment for the staff, an important consideration for TIPAX.

TIPAX selected BEUMER Group for their high quality, reliability, and know-how which have been acquired from deploying more than 1,400 sortation systems world-wide. BEUMER Group already has more than 15 sorters operating in the Middle East, another important factor for TIPAX. The new system is scheduled for operation in Q1 2018, marking TIPAX’s entry to automated, high-speed sortation in the region, and a complete product offering for its customers.

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BEUMER Group awarded contract for dynamic Early Baggage Storage (EBS) at Arlanda Airport, Sweden
Aarhus, 12. September 2017

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling system, has been awarded the contract by airport owners, Swedavia, to design, supply and install a new CrisStore® dynamic Early Baggage Storage (EBS) system at Arlanda Airport, Sweden. The CrisStore® will be integrated in the airport's Terminal 5 while maintaining live operation of the baggage handling system.

The contract is part of Arlanda Airport’s plan to increase capacity from 21 million passengers per year to 36 million passengers per year by 2050. BEUMER Group’s CrisStore® system will be installed during the early phase of the airport’s extensive expansion and reorganization of the terminal building and baggage handling system.

“Arlanda has ambitious plans to become the preferred Scandinavian hub,” explains Bert Rasmusson, Swedavia BHS Project manager of the Arlanda development project. “One of the airport's key criteria, therefore, was to implement state-of-the-art technology in the new EBS. This will ensure maximum availability now and support further expansion by providing the easy scalability and compatibility with future systems.”

The CrisStore® rack-based storage system will provide over 1500 bag positions and enable Arlanda to improve the capacity, accuracy and security of the EBS system. As a module-based solution, using CrisBag® totes, CrisStore offers the required level of redundancy within the limited space available. The system has the flexibility to fit within the confines of low headroom and to adapt to the airport’s longer-term BHS requirements.

BEUMER Group's Johan Rajczyk, International Sales Manager, comments, “A joint simulation of the BHS has already been carried out by Arlanda Airport and BEUMER Group. This has confirmed that the system will provide the planned capacity following the integration of the new EBS with Arlanda's legacy Crisplant tilt-tray sorter.”

The high-level controls for Arlanda's baggage handling system have also recently been upgraded to BEUMER Group's Airport Software Suite. This modular control system provides the ability to handle the storage of bags based on the flight number. It also enables handlers to retrieve individual bags on demand.

The combination of the updated controls and CrisStore’s flexibility will enable the EBS to support the handling of over-size totes for out-of-gauge baggage. It will also allow Arlanda to implement future plans to batch-build bags for speed-loading onto a ULD or trolleys.

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Aramex Chooses BEUMER Group’s Sortation Systems for its New Express Courier Facility in Dubai
Aarhus, 12. September 2017

BEUMER Group has been chosen to deliver the sorting system for the new Aramex Express Courier Facility in Dubai. The BEUMER BS 25 BT sorter that will be installed provides a throughput of 9,000 parcels per hour, which not only meets the current demands but is also designed to enable future growth of Aramex.

Aramex is a leading global provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions. Its new Express Courier Facility near Dubai International Airport will be the core of the company’s parcel sorting operations in Dubai. With strong growth in parcel volume, the company was faced with the limitations of manual sortation and made the decision to invest in automated sortation systems in its centres around the world.

BEUMER Group will install a state-of-the-art, cross-belt sorter to provide high-speed sortation of a diverse range of parcels. The system is equipped with two induction units for the automated feeding of shipments, and two legal-for-trade dimensioning, weighing, scanning (DWS) systems to ensure revenue protection. The system layout features a selection of different chute types to ensure separation of large parcels, smaller shipments, and letters for optimised, gentle handling of parcels ranging from 3 mm to 600 mm in size and up to 30 kg in weight.

Shipments will be received in the distribution centre via a boom conveyor or manually from roller cages. In addition to the normal parcel handling, Aramex offers Value Added Services (VAS) to its customers, and a dedicated VAS area has been integrated into the sortation system design. Also, all working areas have been ergonomically designed to ensure the best working environment for the staff, an important consideration for Aramex.

Aramex selected BEUMER Group for their high quality, reliability, and know-how which has been acquired from deploying more than 1,400 sortation systems world-wide.

BEUMER Group already has more than 15 sorters operating in the Middle East, another important factor for Aramex. The new system is scheduled for operation in December 2017, marking Aramex’s entry to automated, high-speed sortation in the region, and a complete product offering for its customers.

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BEUMER Group awarded phase 1 contract for ECAC 3 compliant baggage handling system at terminal 2, Manchester Airport, UK
Beckum, 11. September 2017

BEUMER Group UK, part of BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems, has been awarded Phase 1 of a major contract by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) to upgrade the baggage handling system in Terminal 2 Manchester Airport, UK.

The new system will enable Manchester Airport to comply with the latest regulatory guidance on European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 and guidance from the Department for Transport (DfT) in its Terminal 2.

The Phase 1 contract includes the installation and integration of new ECAC 3 compliant Explosive Detection System (EDS) machines for Hold Baggage Screening (HBS). BEUMER Group UK as part of this contract will also install and commission a new conveyor system and upgrade the controls for the Terminal 2 baggage handling system. The upgraded BHS includes combined legacy high-level IT controls and systems, such as the Sort Allocation Computer (SAC) and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition).
The design of the new BHS allows for ease of scalability to safeguard Manchester Airport for the future expansion of Terminal 2.

Numerous global airports are also working with BEUMER Group to transform essential regulatory compliance into an opportunity to improve efficiency.

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BEUMER lands baggage handling system O&M contract at Calgary International Airport
Aarhus, 30. August 2017

BEUMER Group, a technology leader and integrator in the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of airport baggage handling systems, has landed a 10-year contract for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the baggage handling system at YYC Calgary International Airport. The company designed and commissioned the new baggage handling system at the airport as part of the new International Terminal that opened in October 2016, and is now working on installing the system in the Domestic Terminal.

Hiring is underway for 73 BEUMER specialists that will work on-site at YYC, handling the day-to-day operations of the 10-mile CrisBag® tote-based baggage transport and sortation system currently operating in the new terminal.

“This is a technologically advanced system and having BEUMER staff members running the day-to-day operation is the optimal solution for a baggage handling system owner,” said David Mead, BEUMER Vice President of Customer Support for Airports. “As the designer and builder of the system, we have in-depth knowledge on how to operate it with the highest level of efficiency and are able to continuously improve through intensive data analysis and reporting.”

The Calgary contract is BEUMER’s largest O&M contract to date in North America. “We’re really happy to be a part of the YYC team,” says Thomas Dalstein, Chief Executive Officer of BEUMER Corporation. The O&M team will work 24/7 across 12-hour shifts and will be comprised of local hires trained by BEUMER technical specialists from around the world. BEUMER Group is responsible for all BHS-related services, including:

  • Predictive and condition-based maintenance
  • System recovery upon interruptions following component and/or software failures
  • Field operation including manual encoding, jam clearing, response to system functional issues and support of airport irregular operations (IROP)
  • Operation of the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS)
  • 24/7 staffing of a central BHS control room to monitor system performance, undertake daily scheduling tasks, manage the Maximo CMMS and dispatch staff directly to any faults
  • Equipment warranty management
  • Continuous improvements philosophy

YYC is one of Canada’s busiest airports serving more than 15.7 million passengers annually. The new baggage system will give YYC the capacity for continued growth in the coming years as it welcomes more passengers and their baggage.

“As we work to install the CrisBag® system in the Domestic Terminal for better baggage integration across both terminals, having on-site specialists available 24/7 will be of immense value to us,” said Blaine Adams, Director, Facilities Maintenance, for the Calgary Airport Authority. “We look forward to working with BEUMER to ensure the most efficient delivery of baggage to our passengers now and into the future.”

Calgary’s O&M team is part of BEUMER’s worldwide Residential Service division, with more than 20 years of experience, supported from the company’s North American airport headquarters in Arlington, Texas. This customer support team has more than 1,300 specialists deployed at over 80 O&M sites worldwide.

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An economically convincing alternative
Aarhus, 17. August 2017

Cement manufacturer Aalborg Portland A/S relies on the Pipe Conveyor of BEUMER Group:

The manufacture of cement is particularly energy intensive. For an economical and sustainable operation, Aalborg Portland A/s therefore relies on alternative fuels and raw materials, in its Denmark lead plant, to ignite the calciner and the main burner. BEUMER Group supports the manufacturer with its AFR systems segment (alternative fuels and raw materials) and develops individual single-source solutions in order to efficiently convey, store and feed the differently composed materials. The core of these systems is represented by innovative Pipe Conveyors: The enclosed conveying systems ensure an environmentally safe, dust-free and low-energy transport of fuels and raw materials.

Aalborg Portland is a subsidiary of the Italian cement group Cementir S.p.A. This group of companies is one of the largest and leading manufacturers and exporters of this material world-wide. In addition to the main plant in Aalborg, Denmark, it has further production plants in China, Egypt, Malaysia, Italy, Turkey and the United States of America as well as numerous sales offices.

Secondary fuels instead of primary ones

The production of cement has always been one of the most energy-intensive operations. In order to avoid expensive primary fuels such as carbon, gas and oil, and to produce in more economic and sustainable way, Aalborg Portland has relied on alternative fuels for the incineration process in the calciner for several years. "In 2014 we decided to optimise and enlarge the existing system", says Ole Strøm Hansen, project manager of Aalborg Portland. Until then the manufacturer transported the fuels to both calciners through long pneumatic conveying lines. However, the producer did not have an initially positive experience, as pneumatic conveying lines are extremely maintenance-intensive and also susceptible to breakdown. "In addition, we intended to increase the capacity of the existing conveying line to 20 tons per hour per calcinator", explained Hansen. With the new concept, the Residue Derived Fuel (RDF) is transported for the calciner and the Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) to the main burner. The solution is to transport the alternative fuels from the storehouse to the rotary kiln area as well as the gravimetric feed of both the calciner and the main burner. The decision was made to reduce the length of the pneumatic conveying line and to replace the remaining line by a mechanical transport system, but the manufacturer also wanted to install a completely new conveying line for the main burner feeding, with a capacity of up to ten tons per hour. "We evaluated different variants of mechanical transport systems", remembers Hansen. Finally, the Danish company opted for a single-source solution of BEUMER Group based on the innovative Pipe Conveyor technology.

Ideal solution for each case

In order to support producers of cement in the alternative fuels and raw materials field, BEUMER Group has set up a complete business segment dedicated to AFR systems. "Our know-how and our tailor-made systems permit us to offer an optimum support to our customers", says Tomas Hrala, project manager at BEUMER Group. "We have many years of good experience and we always consider customers' specifications". With this capability, the system provider is able to supply and install the whole chain from the acceptance and unloading of the delivery vehicle, up to the storing, conveying and feeding process of the solid alternative fuels for the specific user. The customer receives everything from one source, thus having a unique contact.

Pipe Conveyor as hub and pivot

"Due to the different grain sizes and the various compositions of these alternative fuels, it was necessary to develop an individual system solution for each line", explained Tomas Hrala. To enable the transport of the pre-processed fuels from the storehouse to the calciner and to the main burner, BEUMER Group supplied and installed respectively one Pipe Conveyor as the heart of these systems as well as the accompanying equipments. "This conveying technology is not only eco-friendly and requires low maintenance", describes Hrala. "Its enclosed type of construction protects the environment safely from material falling down and emissions. Another advantage is the lack of dust development on the running line". Due to its ability to navigate curves, considerably less transfer towers are required compared to other belt conveyors, allowing for a substantial cost savings to the customer. BEUMER Group can customise each system to the individual routing.

Efficient single-source system

The delivery of the oven-ready material is carried out in moving-floor trailers. The alternative fuels are unloaded and stored at the receiving station. Both lines receive the material/items transported by the moving floors modernised by BEUMER Group from the existing storehouse. All transport systems supplied and the accompanying equipments are intertwined to ensure steady fuel feeding. The Pipe Conveyor of the calciner has a diameter of 350 millimetres, a length of 135 metres and can transport up to 50 tons per hour to an intermediate hopper with a volume of 35 cubic metres. This hopper is equipped with an activator and two double discharge screw conveyors, and distributes the material in two feeding and pneumatic conveying lines to both calciners. The two new pneumatic conveying lines to the calciner with rotary vane feeders and blowers were completely dimensioned and supplied by BEUMER Group.

"However, during the constructive dimensioning of this system we were faced with a particular challenge", remembers Tomas Hrala, project manager of BEUMER. The buildings in which the calciners are placed include an additional part called penthouse. It supports, among others, the discharge station of the Pipe Conveyor, the intermediate hopper with the two double discharge screw conveyors and also both weigh belt feeders with the pneumatic conveying system. "From a static viewpoint, the penthouse had to be calculated trying to not exceed the available load application in the existing building", explains Hrala. "At the same time, the subjacent requested throughway for plant vehicles had to be ensured.

" The heart of the line for the main burner is a Pipe Conveyor with a diameter of 200 mm and a length of 201 metres. It achieves a conveying capacity of twelve tons per hour and is equipped with a spillage scraper conveyor for minimising the cleaning, as well as a dedusting filter. The fuel feed of the moving floor in the storehouse to the Pipe Conveyor is carried out by a screw conveyor. The feeding system in the main burner building includes an intermediate hopper with a volume of ten cubic metres, also with activator and double discharge screw conveyor and a weigh belt feeder. In addition, there is a pneumatic conveying line with blower and rotary vane feeder.

"We are very pleased with both single-source systems", Ole Strøm Hansen of Aalborg Portland sums up. "The transport systems and the accompanying equipments are intertwined to ensure steady fuel feeding." Tomas Hrala continues, emphasising BEUMER Group's role: "We could again demonstrate that we have substantial competence with regard to the handling of alternative fuels in the cement industry and that we can support our customers efficiently."

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Easy handling of large quantities
Beckum, 09. August 2017

BEUMER Group at the international mining exhibition EXPOSIBRAM 2017 in Brasil:

At the international mining exhibition EXPOSIBRAM 2017, which takes place from 18 to 21 September in Belo Horizonte, Brasil, BEUMER Group will present their system solutions in conveying and loading technology at booth Y40. The portfolio includes the complete engineering and the construction of curved troughed belt conveyors and Pipe Conveyors, blending beds, circular stockpiles, as well as transshipment terminals.

BEUMER Group offers curved belt conveyors, used for the transportation of various raw materials like coal or ores over long distances and through rough terrain. These conveyors are designed as open troughed belt conveyors or closed Pipe Conveyors. Material transport with belt conveyors is generally faster, more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly than trucking.

BEUMER offers stackers and bridge scrapers for warehouses with blending bed systems for homogenising large quantities of different types of bulk material efficiently, which ensures the regularity of the raw materials used. Coarse, highly abrasive material can be conveyed to silos by the heavy-duty belt bucket elevators of BEUMER Group.

BEUMER bulk loading heads, which can load large quantities of bulk material fast and virtually dust-free into bulk transporter vehicles, will also be featured. If bags are to be loaded in ships or wagons, various telescoping loading systems are available. The loading system BEUMER autopac stacks filled bags automatically on trucks, without using pallets.

BEUMER at EXPOSIBRAM 2017: booth Y40

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Unpacking can be optimised too
Beckum, 26. July 2017

BEUMER has developed a film that allows for quick and easy opening without the use of tools:

BEUMER Group's efficient stretch film packaging system BEUMER stretch hood A can be used in various different industries. 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.

There had not been a packaging system for pallets on the market that did not require the operator to open the film with a cutting tool. This conventional opening method poses the risk of hurting yourself or your colleagues, or damaging the product. This can be expensive for companies and, of course, increases the risk of accidents. The Easy Opening hood makes it easier for employees in logistics centres, while saving a lot of time. To achieve this BEUMER, together with a well-known film supplier, developed a technology that allows you to open the film along a precise tear line in the centre, without affecting the safety function of the stretch hood. The user can open the film quickly and easily, with no tools required. This considerably increases unpacking productivity. After collaborating closely with its film supplier for decades, BEUMER, the machine and systems supplier, had generated this idea for film preparation.

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For safe processes
Beckum, 21. July 2017

BEUMER Group at the POWTECH 2017

BEUMER Group will exhibit its high level of expertise as a single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies at POWTECH 2017. Considered the leading trade fair for processing, analysis, and handling of powder and bulk material, the show takes place from 26 to 28 September in Nuremberg, Germany. Conveying systems will also be featured, backed by the system supplier's comprehensive customer support team. Whether the systems are designed for building material, cement, or chemical products – BEUMER offers everything from one source.

The behaviour of powders and bulk material can change entirely according to operating conditions, handling methods and the intended use. It varies depending on the size and shape of the particles, bulk density, compressibility, cohesive strength, humidity, oil content and the kind of chemical reaction to the atmospheric conditions. This impacts the flow behaviour, which has a considerable influence on how the conveying, filling, palletising and packaging systems are to be designed. BEUMER Group designs, constructs and installs systems that are tailored in detail to the individual requirements of the user.

With its belt conveyors, the system supplier provides economic and sustainable solutions for bulk material transport. The belt conveyors are able to negotiate curves and are designed either as open troughed belt conveyors or as closed Pipe Conveyors. Belt conveyors can be adapted optimally to the topography of the environment due to their ability to negotiate rough terrain, long distances and large differences in height. By overlapping narrow horizontal and vertical curves, belt conveyors fit seamlessly within existing terrain. BEUMER Group will also provide information on belt bucket elevators and high-capacity belt bucket elevators for particularly large delivery rates and heights.

As a single-source provider, BEUMER Group supplies and installs the packaging lines and adjusts them to the products of the customer. The 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 BEUMER bag placer and a ream magazine. This means that performance and efficiency can be further increased. 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.The BEUMER bag tester is a new addition to the product range: The testing device is easy to transport and enables users to exactly determine the venting capacity of any type of valve bag and therefore their suitability – including all paper and plastic layers, and glued areas.

After filling, 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 Group offers the BEUMER robotpac, a space-saving articulated robot, for palletising cartons, boxes, canisters or trays. This fully automatic machine is able to solve even complex palletising and de-palletising challenges reliably and efficiently.

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. Compared to previous versions, the BEUMER stretch hood A now offers higher throughput, gentle transport of the film in the system and requires 40 percent less floor space. The systems supplier can now provide the system with a newly developed easy opening hood: it 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.

Under the banner of Industry 4.0 BEUMER Group has developed the BEUMER Overall Operation Monitoring app, an application with which the customer's employees have all relevant indices of their packaging line displayed 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.

BEUMER at the POWTECH 2017, hall: 1, booth 627

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BEUMER Group awarded a second contract by Relais Colis for its second automated parcel sortation system
Aarhus, 12. July 2017

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated parcel and post distribution systems, has been awarded a second contract to design and integrate a new parcel sortation system at Relais Colis’ Sortation Centre in Genas, France. The new contract follows BEUMER’s installation of an almost identical automated parcel sortation system in Relais Colis’ Combs-La-Ville Hub which went into operation in April 2017.

The new cross-docking sortation system is based on an energy-efficient LS-4000 sorter which will provide Relais Colis with the flexibility to handle a wide range of parcel sizes. This ensures a highly efficient parcel delivery which enables an 8pm order cut-off time combined with next-day delivery to consumers throughout France.

BEUMER Group has designed the new system to fit into a more compact footprint than the Combs-La-Ville system due to the shape of the Genas Hub facility.

Jean-Sébastien Léridon, Managing Director of Relais Colis, explains; "BEUMER Group’s close partnership and co-operation resulted in the on-time delivery of the Combs-La-Ville system. This has given us the confidence to award the second contract for the Genas Hub to BEUMER Group. These automated systems are central to Relais Colis' business strategy to combine a higher delivery speed with a lower cost for all of our customers.”

The new sortation system is part of a 40 million Euro transformation in the Relais Colis brand which includes launching new services, in addition to tripling turnover and driving a 25-fold increase in customer numbers within the next four years. “The specific purpose of this site is to be both a hub and a regional agency”, explains Sébastien Coelho, Relais Colis Transformation and Flow Manager. He continues, “The Lyon hub agency project is a result of the experience developed with Beumer when designing the sorter installed in Combs-La-Ville and is part of an innovative approach in order to design this new double-use machine.”

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Airports have one year to comply with IATA Resolution 753
Aarhus, 11. July 2017

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Resolution 753 comes into effect in June 2018, giving airports just one year to ensure their baggage handling systems are compliant. The resolution aims to reduce the number of lost or delayed pieces of baggage by keeping track of them at every stage of their journey, by maintaining a strict ‘chain of custody’ as bags are handed over during the various phases of travel. This will lead to a better customer experience and reduce the costs involved in tracing, retrieving and delivering missing or delayed bags.

To comply with IATA Resolution 753, airports must monitor the acquisition and delivery of bags at the three specified events: aircraft loading, arrivals inject and transfers inject. IATA members have committed themselves to prove the chain of custody by: demonstrating delivery of baggage when custody changes, demonstrating acquisition of baggage when custody changes, providing an inventory of baggage upon departure of a flight and exchanging these events with other airlines as needed.

The resolution is already having a positive impact on the passenger experience at many airports. As we approach June 2018, airlines are launching systems that provide real time notification to passengers about their bags. Passenger service apps provide push messages when a passenger's bag has been checked and loaded, as well as providing the bag tag number and the reclaim carousel number when the passenger arrives at their destination.

The new regulations are driving investment in technology that not only enables compliance with the resolution, but also improves passenger experience. Over recent years, many airports have commissioned modern baggage handling systems, as they are able to track the progress of a bag through the airport. In BEUMER Group baggage handling systems, high level controls, scanners and the baggage reconciliation system can tell where the bag has been, which security level it scanned through and when it was discharged for loading. The data is kept in the information system from which the airport or airline can pull the necessary information to convey to the passenger.

Off-loading and passenger acquisition of inbound bags presents a major challenge. Off-loading for passenger reclaim puts great demand on automatic tag reading (ATR) technology, leading airports to adopt new approaches such as Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Video Coding Systems (VCS) that allow an operator to manually resolve tag reading from a remote location.

Another technology for tracking baggage efficiently is RFID tags, which offer a higher read rate. They are still readable even if crumpled or wet and the price for a tag can be justified by the reduction in baggage having to be routed for manual encoding, if it can’t be read automatically. The challenge is that the airline has to pay the higher cost per tag, but airports are the main beneficiary.

Airports are complex environments, with some having as many as 30 different scanner technologies and conveyors or claim carousels that are not designed for attaching scanner arrays, making it harder to establish that they have the infrastructure to support Resolution 753. Despite this, they must be able to demonstrate compliance by June 2018. Even with the challenges, IATA Resolution 753 should be welcomed by airlines, airports and travelers alike. It is driving investment in technologies that will accelerate the reduction in baggage mishandling rates, which have been falling since 2007. This means a tangible benefit for all parties: fewer passenger complaints, as well as faster reconciliation and flight readiness for departing flights.

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Automatically higher output
Beckum, 30. June 2017

BEUMER bag placer: filling bulk material more efficiently with the BEUMER fillpac

As a complete systems provider for packaging lines, BEUMER Group offers the BEUMER fillpac for the efficient filling of bags with material from the construction materials, cement, mineral and chemical industries. In order to further increase the performance and efficiency of this filling machine, the systems provider has now developed the BEUMER bag placer for valve bottom bags and flat valve bags.

With its standardised modular design, the new BEUMER bag placer from BEUMER Group provides numerous set-up options. The user can set it up at any angle by adding an optional turntable for example. This reduces the required floor space considerably. The system is equipped with an ergonomic control terminal. The improved Human Machine Interface concept makes controlling the BEUMER bag placer easy and intuitive. It can also automatically adjust to different valve bag formats.

BEUMER bag placer for valve bottom bags

The drive unit and the gripping arm are driven automatically by servomotors, ensuring precise positioning and energy efficiency. The gripping system and the application unit apply the bag from the bag ream safely onto the filling spout. The drive technology used in combination with the electric coupling of both servo drives of the gripping arm and the application unit minimises the number of necessary mechanical components. The sophisticated kinematics also reduce the vibration of the machine, increasing its service life significantly. An oil-free vacuum ejector ensures low-maintenance operation. And due to the fact that the gripping arm is supported on both sides, it keeps running very smoothly even at an output rate of 6,000 bags per hour.

The operator can use this version for PP, PE and paper valve bottom bags. Bag lengths of 350 to 650 millimetres and bag widths of 230 and 550 millimetres are possible as well as valve widths of 80 to 160 millimetres. The new system can handle 3,000 bags per hour, the high-capacity version up to 6,000 bags.

The optional turntable is driven pneumatically with a swivelling range of up to 60 degrees or electrically with a range of up to 150 degrees. The modular design of the ream magazine can be adjusted to lengths from two to nine metres. The drive and end stop can be installed on either side. The ream magazine can be filled ergonomically even with varying heights of the filling spouts.

BEUMER bag placer for flat valve bags

With the BEUMER bag placer for flat valve bags the operator can chose between two versions, depending on which side they prefer the placing unit. In order to considerably reduce its footprint, the bag placer can be set up at an angle of up to 60 degree by using the optional turntable. The BEUMER bag placer for flat valve bags is used for woven PP and PE bags with lengths of 600 to 800 millimetres, widths of 400 to 550 millimetres and valve widths of 125 to 150 millimetres. Its capacity is up to 2,400 bags per hour.

The patented opening system in the placing unit opens the bag valve. This ensures that the bags are correctly applied on the filling spouts and avoids standstill during the filling process. The BEUMER bag placer can be easily adjusted to different bag formats.

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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.

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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.

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