BEUMER Group Middle East offers virtual-reality tour of the latest baggage handling technology at Airport Show Dubai 2016
Aarhus, 27. April 2016

BEUMER Group Middle East invites delegates at Airport Show Dubai to experience a virtual-reality tour of an advanced CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system. In addition, delegates will be invited to participate in a hands-on demonstration of a Video Coding System to optimise the baggage handling process for no-read labels on transfer baggage. Delegates will also be able to meet the experts behind BEUMER Group’s recent Whitepaper on IATA Resolution 753.

“These are very dynamic times for the airport industry,” states Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, Crisplant. “The new IATA Resolution 753 requires all IATA airports to work with their partner airlines and ground handling companies in assessing possible upgrades in order to comply with this new regulation. As the Crisplant Whitepaper explains, if an upgrade is required, this can also be seen as an opportunity for all stakeholders to drive down costs by accessing the new levels of efficiency offered by modern baggage handling equipment and controls.”

The virtual-reality tour of a CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system will show why many airports consider this the system of the future. By use of the latest Oculus Rift technology viewers Crisplant has created a virtual reality experience of being "inside the system" to experience first-hand the power of a high-speed baggage handling system.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss their own airport’s strategy for compliance to IATA Resolution 753 and explore how compliance can be used as part of a cost-down process.

Raising the bar
Beckum, 20. April 2016

BEUMER supplies world's highest bucket elevator to Indian cement manufacturer:

The ACC Ltd., part of the Lafarge-Holcim Group, is also benefiting from the construction boom in India. The Indian cement manufacturer has therefore expanded the capacity of its factory in Wadi in the south Indian state of Karnataka to 13,000 tonnes per day. The BEUMER Group as main (EPC) contractor has got a repeat order on turnkey, for high-performance belt bucket elevator, type HGBW-HC 1250 x 175.3 m. With a distance between centers of 175.3 meters, this is currently the highest in the world.

ACC’s decision is the result of the reliable performance of the bucket elevators supplied by BEUMER Group to the same client in the past with heights of 174 m and 171m. The enormous size of this system enables a flow rate of around 600 tonnes per hour to be achieved, ensured by high-quality steel wire belts of particularly high strength.

BEUMER to exhibit sortation solutions that drive profitability, speed and precision at MODEX 2016
Somerset, NJ, 17. March 2016

BEUMER Group, a leader in sortation, distribution, palletizing and packaging systems, will exhibit at MODEX 2016 in booth 4137 with a broad range of flexible, high-speed and low-maintenance energy-efficient sortation and distribution solutions, including its automated BS 7 cross-belt sorter and an interactive “video wall” featuring several BEUMER Warehouse & Distribution solutions. Additionally, BEUMER will introduce its latest offering, the Rota-Sorter®, suitable for handling a vast range of items on a single line at top speed.

The Modex 2016 show runs April 4-7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

BEUMER highlights at the MODEX 2016 show include:

Rota-Sorter®, the latest solution by BEUMER, can handle a vast range of items on a single line at top speed. Its unique discharge technology makes sortation extremely gentle. The system also distinguishes itself through its flexibility and economic efficiency.

The Rota-Sorter® can sort a great variety of items, whether large or small, tall or flat, of different weight categories and in different packaging, on one single line. The range extends from flat lightweight items with dimensions of 120 x 60 x 5 mm to large packages with a format of 1,200 x 800 x 800 mm weighing up to 31.5 kg. High-speed operation is a matter of course: the Rota-Sorter® can sort an impressive 5,000 items per hour on one line. The sorter can be expanded to up to three lines arranged above each other, thus achieving a maximum capacity of 15,000 items per hour.

Warehousing & Distribution Solutions
To give booth visitors a unique and original “perspective” on the key capabilities and advantages offered by BEUMER for Warehousing & Distribution, Sortation Experts will 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. To illustrate these solutions and connect them to business requirements, BEUMER experts will guide booth visitors through an interactive, touchscreen video wall, providing visibility into the full line of BEUMER cross-belt and tilt tray sortation systems.

Additional BEUMER Sorter Models on Display
For those that prefer a hands on-approach instead of a virtual one, the booth will also include actual samples of several BEUMER tilt tray and cross belt sorter models including the BS-7 and BS-25. Attendees will get an in-depth look at the robust parts and decades of engineering built into the industry's leading sortation products.

Customer Support
For BEUMER Group, Customer Support is much more than just a service. While it was once enough to "simply" prevent or quickly solve malfunctions and machine downtimes, the intralogistics provider has now significantly extended this service. Approximately 1,000 employees worldwide now work for this business segment. They take care of the customer, starting with the first project discussion, up until the system is in operation. Customer support comprises different types of agreements. With its Residential Service, the group assumes, for example, the responsibility to provide trouble-free operation on site, even for the long-term.

BEUMER Group awarded an extended Operation & Maintenance contract for the baggage handling system at Viracopos Airport
Aarhus, 15. March 2016

BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos Ltda. (BLE) has been awarded a second Operation & Maintenance (O&M) contract for the baggage handling system at Viracopos International Airport, Brazil. The original 24 months O&M contract was awarded by Aeroportos Brasil Viracopos when BLE completed the supply, installation and commissioning of the baggage handling system in the airport’s new international terminal. The new contract extends the existing agreement and ensures that BLE will continue to operate and maintain the system for a total of 5 and a half years (66 months).

During the first year of the O&M contract BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos’s on-site employees completed a number of work orders for preventive maintenance without a single work order required for corrective maintenance while the BEUMER Group baggage handling system handled the baggage from 4,400 flights with zero delays resulting from baggage handling.

Viracopos’ baggage handling system in the new Terminal 1 consists of 72 check-in stations; 2200 meters of belt conveyors; 6 standard 60-metre baggage-reclaim carousels and an 80-metre carousel to handle high-capacity planes such as the Airbus A380. The system also integrates a fully automated LS-4000 tilt-tray sorter with the capacity to sort up to 4,400 items of baggage per hour.

The O&M contract allocates full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the baggage handling system to BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos. This includes monitoring and supervision of the system via SCADA; monitoring the baggage flow and resolving operational anomalies.

“The new contract was awarded to BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos due to the successful, error-free operation of the baggage handling system throughout its first year of operation and the close collaboration which has developed between BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos and Viracopos Airport,” explains João Scharam, Maintenance Manager, Viracopos Airport.

BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos Ltda. is part of the BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems.

Looking at the world through smart glasses
Beckum, 10. March 2016

BEUMER Group develops smart maintenance system  for customer support:

Augmented reality offers interesting possibilities and potentials, e.g. for maintenance work on intralogistic systems: a head-mounted minicomputer could display all necessary information to the service employee. This would simplify their work, hands-free. The BEUMER Group development department places a high priority on this topic. With an app for smart maintenance on mobile end devices, our customer support technicians can quickly access all important data.

Companies must repair their machines and systems quickly to avoid costly downtimes. This is becoming a more difficult task as systems are becoming increasingly complex, requiring highly qualified service technicians. Even the most skilled technicians sometimes have to read through heavy manuals, open up drawings or struggle with outdated plans. This costs valuable time, and should be so much easier in the digital age. Tablets, smartphones and smartwatches have become indispensable in our private lives. Even smartglasses are increasingly finding their way into our lives. A tourist strolling through Paris, sits down at the Eiffel tower, puts on his glasses and gets all the information he wants, according to his location and true to scale: How tall is the building? What are the opening hours? How did these scene look like 100 years ago? "We take up this technological trend, to complement reality with digital information," says Dr. Andreas Werner, head of the research and development department with BEUMER Group. "This app for smart maintenance will help facilitate maintenance work on intralogistic systems for BEUMER Customer Support employees."

App facilitates maintenance
Through AutoID characteristics on the logistic element, e.g. a conveyor, and the smart maintenance app, information on this element can be displayed, such as maintenance instructions or pin assignments. The service employee focuses on the object with his mobile device. The required data is displayed on the live image of the camera of the device. "The technician looks at the defective part and can immediately call up every related manuals or goods in stock, " explains Dr. Andreas Werner. Every process step is displayed. In the event of very complex processes, he can call a colleague by using the smartglasses and solve the problem together via live stream. Measured values could be recorded at the same time and transferred to the back-end system in real time. Video recordings and photos can document whether an order was carried out correctly and in compliance with the safety regulations.

Smartglasses, tablet or mobile phone?
"When implementing these wearable computer systems into intralogistics, you have to consider aspects like information security, ergonomic user interfaces and suitable IT structures," explains Dr. Andreas Werner. The goal is to ensure a sustainable added value for companies and customers. But which mobile end device is the most efficient? The app can be used on smartphones and tablets for example. They offer the advantage of a high computing capacity. This allows you to process the large amount of data that is required for service tasks. Their interfaces are standardised and always have direct access to the Internet. Their handling is intuitive and easy. One big advantage: these devices are accepted technologies at the workplace because they are already indispensable in our private lives. Smartwatches, however, have a low computing capacity , their interfaces are sometimes specific to the manufacturer and the user requires additional devices. Smartglasses are also very easy to use and their interfaces are standardised. Their availability however is still too low for industrial applications. As with smartwatches, the user requires additional devices. Smartglasses have many operating advantages, but they are still not developed enough to make an industrial use possible.

Smart maintenance at Singapore airport
"Tablets are already used at several airports that operate baggage handling systems from BEUMER Group," describes Dr. Andreas Werner. This includes Singapore Changi Airport. As one of the main hubs for Southeast Asia, this airport is known to be very progressive and passenger-friendly. The baggage handling system was developed and integrated by BEUMER Group. BEUMER Group is exclusively responsible for ensuring trouble-free operation, optimum maintenance and therefore the long-term coordination of the baggage handling systems. This is why 121 employees take care of customer support. They provide 24/7 operation at the baggage control rooms and necessary preventive maintenance to ensure continuous system availability and best performance.

"The maintenance personnel can use the tablets to connect to individual system control components to check for example statuses or carry out modifications," says Dr. Andreas Werner. BEUMER Group employees can scan barcodes from components and look into further data, such as maintenance protocols, using the integrated camera. Maintenance and repairs are carried out a lot faster, and system standstills are reduced. This ensures reliable operation and reduces costs.   Developers are currently carrying out an innovation study with the smartglasses at the airport. The employees receive information on the system layout in 2D via their device, the error history, or device-specific information, and gets VoIP access to customer support. They can access operating and maintenance instructions easily and quickly. All of the information necessary for troubleshooting the system is available. The device can also be connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth.

BEUMER Group wins contract for the Inter-terminal passage between the North Terminal Complex and the South Terminal Complex of Sheremetyevo Airport, Russia
Beckum, 09. March 2016

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – has been awarded a contract for the design, fabrication, delivery, assembly, commissioning and implementation of the automated baggage transportation system for the Inter-terminal passage between the North Terminal Complex and the South Terminal Complex of Sheremetyevo Airport, Russia.

Sheremetyevo is Russia’s largest airport, operating international and domestic flights to more than 200 destinations with more than 31 million passengers in 2015. As part of the Airport’s Master Plan up to 2030, the development of the North Terminal Complex with the capacity to handle 40 million passengers per year is one of the strategic directions of Sheremetyevo airport.

The North and South Terminal Complex will feature almost 2km of new underground tunnels connecting the southern and northern airport areas. These tunnels will be equipped with a BEUMER autover® independent baggage carrier system and provide the capacity to handle future growth in passengers. In addition to this the tunnels and BEUMER autover® system will provide short connection times for passengers and baggage.

“The development project for the North Terminal Complex at Sheremetyevo Airport represents a large-scale and unique project for Russian civil aviation,” explains Evgeny Tumel, Deputy General Director, Chief Engineer of Sheremetyevo Airport. “The underground terminal-to-terminal tunnels under active runways will be the first of their kind in Russia. It will help establish Sheremetyevo as a major hub and will raise Moscow’s transit, tourist and business potential.”

The baggage handling system will integrate a 4.8km BEUMER autover® system and include 187 autoca® intelligent destination coded vehicles (DCVs). The system will support a capacity of 900 bags per hour in each direction. As the BEUMER autover® rail has no moving parts it virtually eliminates the difficult task of carrying out maintenance in very long tunnels.

“By choosing the BEUMER autover® system, Sheremetyevo will keep baggage connection time between terminals to a minimum whilst allowing each item of baggage to be properly processed and allocated to the correct make-up position,” explains Vladislav Dementiev, General Director, BEUMER Russia.

Installation of the BEUMER autover® system is scheduled to start in February 2017.

Crisplant offers virtual-reality tour of the latest baggage handling technology at Passenger Terminal Expo 2016, Cologne
Aarhus, 08. March 2016

Crisplant – part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – invites delegates at Passenger Terminal Expo 2016 to experience a virtual-reality tour of an advanced CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system. In addition, delegates will be invited to participate in a hands-on demonstration of a Video Coding System to optimise the baggage handling process for no-read labels on transfer baggage. Delegates will also be able to meet the experts behind BEUMER Group’s recent Whitepaper on IATA Resolution 753.

“These are very dynamic times for the airport industry,” states Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, Crisplant. “The new IATA Resolution 753 requires all IATA airports to work with their partner airlines and ground handling companies in assessing possible upgrades in order to comply with this new regulation. As the Crisplant Whitepaper explains, if an upgrade is required, this can also be seen as an opportunity for all stakeholders to drive down costs by accessing the new levels of efficiency offered by modern baggage handling equipment and controls.”

The virtual-reality tour of a CrisBag® tote-based baggage handling system will show why many airports consider this the system of the future. By use of the latest Oculus Rift technology viewers Crisplant has created a virtual reality experience of being "inside the system" to experience first-hand the power of a high-speed baggage handling system.

The hands-on demonstration of the new software controls for Video Coding which has been added to its Airport Software Suite will show how, by adding cameras and introducing a Video Coding System (VCS) into the BHS, the bag does not have to be diverted to an MES as an image of the tag is sent via the VCS to an operator who encodes the information remotely at a workstation or via a tablet.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to meet the experts responsible for Crisplant’s Whitepaper on the IATA Resolution 753. This will allow them to discuss their own airport’s strategy for compliance to IATA Resolution 753 and explore how compliance can be used as part of a cost-down process.

Crisplant will be in Hall: 10.1, Stand: 7035, at Passenger Terminal Expo 2016, Cologne, Germany, from 15th to 17th March 2016.

The solution supplier
Beckum, 08. March 2016

CeMAT 2016: BEUMER will be exhibiting at the world's leading trade fair as a system supplier for sorting and distribution equipment, as well as for filling, palletizing and packaging solutions

At CeMAT (May 31 to June 3, Hanover) BEUMER will be demonstrating the company's extensive expertise as a solution supplier not only for sorting and distribution equipment, but also for integrated packaging and intralogistics systems. To its highly efficient filling, palletizing and packaging installations, BEUMER supplies the matching components for implementing material flow systems for each particular sector. The customer gets everything from one source – including the software.

As a systems integrator, BEUMER supplies complete packaging lines. The company's range includes, for example, the innovative Form-Fill-Seal system (FFS system), known as the BEUMER embapac and used particularly in the chemical industry. The BEUMER fillpac fills a range of materials, particularly those used in the construction materials industry, and can handle structures ranging from very fine to very coarse. Customers can obtain the powerful BEUMER paletpac layer palletizer for stacking the filled bags on pallets. These are equipped with a  clamp or double-belt turning device, depending on the product requirements. The palletized goods can be efficiently secured with a stretch film using the proven, high-performance packaging equipment from the BEUMER stretch hood series. BEUMER will be showing this machine in action – with new and innovative features – to visitors to the exhibition stand in Hanover.

BEUMER is implementing sector-specific applications in the field of palletizing and packaging systems, and is enhancing its packaging lines to create complete intralogistics systems. This is done by fitting the lines with standardized components such as conveyor equipment or vehicle-based systems, a variety of handling solutions and manipulators such as robots, buffer and storage modules, as well as the appropriate software. The customer obtains the complete intralogistics system from one source, and therefore has a single, reliable point of contact. BEUMER will therefore be exhibiting at CeMAT as a system supplier for a wide range of industries.

Efficiently sorted and distributed
Efficient material flows are becoming ever more important in today's e-commerce environment, because the supplier's delivery promise is of crucial importance as online business keeps growing. The BEUMER Group supports mail-order companies and providers with both expertise and with powerful sorting and conveying technology. BEUMER is therefore showcasing models of a variety of solutions – such as the E-Tray Sorter – at the exhibition stand. Energy is supplied to this standard machine contactless. It is available with motor-driven tilt units in sizes BS 25 and BS 55. With the integreted diverter function, the tilt unit enables individually packaged goods to be discharged in two dimensions on both sides of the sorter. Since the tilting movement is independent of the sorter speed, the equipment runs significantly faster than comparable sorters.

A model of the BEUMER Belt Tray Sorter will also be on show. The supplier can fit this with a variety of modules and functions, depending on the application. With a contactless energy supply and a linear motor drive, it sorts goods and conveys them carefully and reliably to the correct destination, regardless of size, shape or the kind of surface. The modular design makes it possible to adapt the equipment ideally to the conditions of a particular building – and without restrictions on performance. A further model demonstrates the Crisplant LS-4000, a high-speed loop sorter used in postal and distribution centers. The cross-belt and tilt-tray sorters mean that the goods are handled quickly yet carefully.

Semi-automatic unloading equipment
Machine-supported bulk unloading of swap bodies rather than manual unloading can be used to increase the capacities of existing logistics centers. A significantly greater gate-throughput is therefore possible. BEUMER launched the first generation of a semi-automatic machine, the BEUMER Parcel Picker, on the market for this purpose, and will be showing it at CeMAT. This bulk unloading machine relieves workers of heavy physical work, increasing productivity at the same time. With this, the staff at postal and CEP companies can unload packages of varying sizes and weights, parcels and shipping units from swap bodies and full trailers, with high-performance. With an average spectrum of packages, and with an experienced operative working the equipment, throughputs of more than 2500 packages per hour can be achieved.

BEUMER Group to deliver sortation system for DPD Russia’s new logistics centre
Beckum, 23. February 2016

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated parcel and post handling systems – has been awarded a contract to design, manufacture and install the innovative Rota-Sorter at DPD Russia’s new central logistics centre in Domodedovo, Russia.

As an International Courier, Express and Parcel (CEP) service provider, DPD Russia is investing in the Rota-Sorter to provide the additional capacity needed to support a strong growth in demand from the Russian market. The Rota-Sorter was chosen for its ability to sort items across a wide range of shapes, sizes and weights on a single line and at high speed, as well as for its gentle handling of even fragile items.

DPD already uses a Rota-Sorter in its logistics centre at St. Petersburg where the system has delivered a 100% increase in productivity since it began operating in December 2014. This direct experience of the Rota-Sorter was the basis for DPD Russia’s decision to  install a Rota-Sorter in the new logistics centre at Domodedovo.

The Rota-Sorter sorts items ranging in size and weight from plastic bags and catalogues to packages up to 1,200 x 800 x 800 mm in size and weighing up to 31.5 kg. The sortation system at Domodedovo will integrate 15 discharge chutes, barcode scanners and a fully-automated volume measurement system. Despite sorting up to 3,500 items per hour the Rota-Sorter’s gentle handling will help to increase customer satisfaction by minimising damage to parcels, whilst its low-noise operation will also ensure a more ergonomic working environment.

The Rota-Sorter will be equipped with a Scada Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system as well as BEUMER’s BeSS (BEUMER Sortation System) logistics software to ensure an error-free and efficient operation. A transparent interface to DPD’s host system will also ensure transparent operation across the different systems and controls. This will enable DPD to provide a fast, flexible and reliable supply to customers throughout Russia.

More than just the sum of its parts
Beckum, 19. February 2016

bauma 2016: BEUMER is showcasing its capabilities as a system supplier at the world's leading trade fair.

Between April 11 and April 17 at the bauma trade fair in Munich, the BEUMER Group will be showcasing its capabilities as a system supplier for producers of building materials and cement. That's how it always provides optimum equipment and systems to its customers. BEUMER also offers comprehensive customer support. This includes provision of advice, flexible service agreements, custom modernization, efficient supplies of spare parts and comprehensive training for users – as well as residential service.

The BEUMER group has pooled its wide range of expertise in various sectors to create different business divisions, allowing it to support companies optimally with complete solutions. These globally responsible centers take care of marketing and project management. This includes, for example, the cement division.

Pipe conveyors are among the equipment handled by the Conveying & Loading Systems division. These convey various types of bulk materials over very long distances, often over impassable terrain. They can overcome steep inclinations and tight curves, and can be individually matched to the particular task and topography.

The range also includes stackers and bridge scrapers for storage areas with so-called blending bed installations. These heap up the bulk material, ensuring the best possible mixing effect. This allows users to homogenize even large quantities of different bulk materials efficiently, so ensuring the consistency of the raw materials used.

Since cement manufacture is particularly energy-intensive, the BEUMER Group offers systems for the use of alternative fuels and raw materials (AFR). The suppliers deliver substitute fuels in ready-prepared form. So that these solid materials can be efficiently conveyed and stored by the cement and lime works, BEUMER offers three customized AFR systems. These comprise the entire material flow chain, from receiving and unloading the delivery vehicle, through storage, sampling, conveying and metering these alternative solid fuels.
The system integrator also supplies loading heads for fast, dust-free loading of bulk material into silo vehicles. Fully automatic loading and palletizing equipment is also part of the product portfolio.

Materials such as cement, mortar or gypsum are filled into bags and packed for supply to customers. The system supplier's Palletizing & Packaging division supplies complete packaging lines for this purpose from one source. This includes the BEUMER fillpac filling machine. This machine can be integrated and adjusted flexibly into existing packaging lines. BEUMER has different varieties in the range to meet different requirements. The system is fitted with an electronic weighing unit to ensure the accuracy of the bag weights. The special feature of this filling technology is that a variety of materials, with structures ranging from very fine to very coarse, can be filled with this type of machine. Different palletizing solutions, as well as a high-performance packaging system with sophisticated features, are also available.

BEUMER at bauma: Hall: B2, Stand: 413

"Customers want a process, not a system"
Beckum, 17. February 2016

BEUMER Group: Using a modular system to provide customised intralogistics solutions:

In the field of intralogistics, the trend towards automation is continuing at full pace. In order to increase their competitiveness, companies want their plants and systems to work more efficiently and safely. At the same time, workplaces are required to be designed more ergonomically. Additionally, the emergence of Industry 4.0 integrates all of the involved people, systems, machines and products into one dynamic network. This allows customers to better organise and manage their logistics value chain. BEUMER Group leverages a modular standardisation concept to offer customised solutions for individual tasks.

"Intralogistics is experiencing a transformation due to demographic changes and also because of increased process complexity. Automation technology in particular is constantly pushed forward," recognises Franz-Joseph Kleigrewe, Head of Automation at BEUMER Group. This way manual processes can be optimised and effective synergies formed between man and machine. "Automation technology is the key to technical development and progress," Kleigrewe is convinced.

There are three equally important factors involved in the development process of automated systems: Customer orientation, innovation and standardisation. If the focus is customer-oriented, the result are typically tailor-made solutions that can rarely be used for other projects. Focusing on innovation offers both opportunities and risks: innovation creates competitive advantages, but also poses the risk of increasing costs and postponing deadlines. One thing is clear: without innovative projects, there is no progress. Forward progress is why these projects need to be done regularly, while being aware of the potential risks. The procedure for standardised solutions is very different. They have been tried and tested. The customer receives an inexpensive and functionally reliable system, which can go live in a short period of time.

Standardised, yet tailor-made

This can be a challenge. The customers' requirements can be very specific. Each industry is different: from non-metallic mineral processing to chemical and mining industries, from CEP services to airports. National regulations and factory standards differ as well. At BEUMER Group, customised machines and systems are therefore created from the modular system: the mechatronics modules for mechanics, electrics and software are adapted to the customer's requirements.

"Operators no longer wish to run just one machine, they want a process: a combination of several coordinated systems," Kleigrewe recognises as the market need. This includes filling, packaging and palletising solutions: BEUMER Group offers the BEUMER fillpac, a filling machine particularly for the building materials industry. Users can flexibly integrate and adapt it to existing packaging lines. Depending on project requirements, BEUMER Group offers varying designs. "We can provide this filling system with special weighing electronics, for example, coming from the modular system," Kleigrewe explains. It ensures the weight accuracy of the bags. Depending on the application, BEUMER Group provides the system as a rotary or inline filling machine, with bag discharge line, bag placer, different number of filling spouts or devices for material feed and spillage transport. As a systems supplier, the company offers the BEUMER paletpac and BEUMER robotpac construction series, two different palletising solutions that guarantee efficient stacking of filled bags. They can be provided with functionalities such as bag and empty pallet transport systems, from the modular system. Depending on the product characteristics, the BEUMER paletpac is equipped with either bar-type, clamp-type or twin-belt turning devices. They turn the bags rapidly and gently to the required position. The high-capacity packaging system, BEUMER stretch hood, is BEUMER Group's efficient solution to package the pallet stacks quickly and safely. The system provider offers them in different designs, with a varying set of sophisticated features.

Sortation and distribution - customised

Whether mail or parcel service providers, airports or food industries - the requirements of sortation and distribution technologies vary widely. Especially for mail and parcel service providers, the material handling technology in distribution centres becomes increasingly complex. Sortation and distribution systems must be able to handle increasingly complex tasks and often adapt to different local conditions. Highly efficient processes are necessary to ensure quick delivery of packages to the customer. Some of the reasons are the changing consumer habits and trends, such as the growth of e-commerce. BEUMER Group offers different solutions including cross belts, Tilt Tray and E-Tray sorters. Depending on the application, these systems can be provided with modules and functionalities from the module unit, such as scanners, feeding posts, different induction units and discharge systems, balances or DWS systems.

Software from the modular unit

BEUMER Group has developed the modular BG software suite, offering users optimum and continuous control of their material flows. It can be customised to the user's requirements. Products from other companies can easily be integrated. Its name, BG, stands for BEUMER Group and the software suite is a superior data processing system. Users can extend this modular solution at any time and optimise their material flows. Process data or reports are displayed on the BG Fusion user interface that works for all programs. Users can access all available data, without having to switch between the applications. They can also use the BG software suite on mobile devices, such as tablets.

The BEUMER Group Warehouse Control System (BG WCS) module allows you to connect the BG software suite to the warehouse management system or the ERP system of the customer via a network connection. This way, BEUMER Group ensures the communication between the different control levels for the user. As a single-source provider, BEUMER Group can create an intelligent connection between the individual systems, and integrate them into existing process and inventory control systems. The customer receives everything from one single source. The risk for error sources that could result from interfaces is avoided. Technicians carry out the electrical installations, as well as the integration of the machine and system controls. "We also offer support during commissioning," says Kleigrewe.

Customer-focused engineering

"The equipment and systems for our customers fulfil the required functions," says Kleigrewe. "But we also observe our customer's standards." One of the customers is an international manufacturer of petrochemical products. As a single-source provider of filling, palletising and packaging systems, BEUMER Group provided them with a complete packaging line. This includes a form fill seal system (FFS system), the BEUMER paletpac palletising system, and the BEUMER stretch hood high-capacity packaging system. It also includes conveying technology for the pallets, SCADA, a warehouse control and a warehouse management system, a guiding system for the fork-lift driver and a yard management system. "We are in constant dialogue with the user to work out the requirements and match them with our modular system," describes Kleigrewe. "The result is a customised solution."

Industry 4.0 - high expectations

"The increase in networking and automation brings us on our way towards Industry 4.0," says Kleigrewe. It creates highly interlinked system structures with a high number of involved people, IT systems, automation components and machines. The users can significantly improve the organisation and control of their logistics value chain. The system, machine and product controls must be horizontally and vertically integrated into dynamic communications networks. This creates digital engineering consistency through the entire logistics value chain - in other words: it is about the intelligent networking in the supply chain. "Making this possible in Industry 4.0 requires the development of powerful, linked sensors and actuators. This networking, however, leads to enormous amounts of data and metadata along the logistics value chain," explains Kleigrewe. Another factor is globalisation: data management is now spread out over different locations, countries, even continents. Horizontal and vertical interfaces can quickly become cost drivers in factory automation. "Cloud computing offers an efficient technological base for holding data," says the automation specialist. This service can replace or expand existing structures. Cloud computing also allows you to process significantly larger data volumes compared to traditional server solutions. In addition, real-time data can be synchronised with historical data. Uniform interfaces of the cloud services are currently in development.

The software interface standard OPC (Unified Architecture) is useful for making data available between all systems of a company. "It meets the most important requirement for data communication in Industry 4.0'" explains Kleigrewe. "This standard allows you to establish the communication between devices, controllers and applications, regardless of the individual driver. OPC UA can be directly embedded into devices, sensors and controllers. Data from different, non-compatible and open standards from different areas can also be transferred.

What will the future look like? Kleigrewe has a clear idea: "The processes in distribution centres will run fully automatically, from order to delivery, around the clock, seven days a week. This changes the requirements completely, and we are already experiencing this change."

Flexible, efficient and extremely versatile
Beckum, 10. February 2016

BEUMER Group's new Rota-Sorter is a cost-efficient sortation system for various items

BEUMER Group has added the Rota-Sorter to its portfolio, a flexible and efficient sortation system that can handle different types of items such as bags, polypacks or packages. The robust machine is very fast and uses a special discharge technology ensuring the gentle handling of items.

The Rota-Sorter helps users transport light, flat items of 120 x 60 x 5 millimetres up to 1,200 x 800 x 800 millimetres and up to 31.5 kilograms on one line. The system is capable of processing up to 5,000 items per hour. The sinusoidal velocity curve of the discharge mechanism ensures gentle handling of the items, even at high throughput rates, thus considerably reducing damage rates. Its quiet operation is another strong advantage of the system.

The Rota-Sorter's simple structure provides functional reliability. The system consists of only a handful moving parts for example. The discharge system requires no complicated electronics and only few sensors to ensure accurate sortation. The discharge system's robust design and easy accessibility for service technicians helps increase system availability and reduces maintenance costs.

The modular system allows companies to remain very flexible: for example, the discharge systems can be mounted anywhere on the outside of the sorter, can be changeed its positioning afterwards and additional discharge systems can be added. Discharge can be realised on one or on both sides. Instead of operating the system as a single sorter, the capacity can be increased to 15,000 items per hour by operating it independently as a double or triple sorter. Depending on the application, BEUMER Group supplies feeding and discharging lines, scanners, weight and volume measuring, accumulation chutes and conveyors, container tipping devices and comprehensive conveying technology.

Crisplant publishes Whitepaper on IATA Resolution 753
Aarhus, 09. February 2016

Crisplant, - part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - has published a Whitepaper which outlines the implications of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Resolution 753 for airports, airlines and baggage handling companies.

IATA is a trade organisation for around 260 of the world’s airlines whose members account for over 80% of all air traffic. Resolution 753 effectively states that airlines must bear the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that each bag is delivered to the correct passenger. As any baggage handling process also involves airport operators and baggage handling companies, the airlines will need to work closely with these stakeholders to implement any changes which are needed to comply with the Resolution 753 before June 2018.

“This resolution is intended to minimise the number of lost or mis-routed items of baggage,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, Crisplant. “So whilst airlines and airports may need to invest in upgrades to their existing baggage handling equipment and controls, this can also be seen as an opportunity for all stakeholders to drive down costs.”

The Whitepaper considers a number of baggage handling technologies, ranging from manual scanning to RFID bag-tags, and suggests what upgrade may be necessary to ensure compliance. It also discusses the challenges and options which stakeholders will need to consider when installing new equipment and controls to deliver the transparency which will be required across different control systems.

Written by Kim Madsen, Senior System Manager, Software at Crisplant, the Whitepaper draws on the company’s 40 years of experience in upgrading and installing new baggage handling systems for airports around the world. The publication will help airline and airport operations executives, airport design consultants and baggage handling executives to combine compliance to the Resolution with significant cost savings and the opportunity to improve passenger satisfaction ratings.

The Whitepaper is available from the BEUMER Group website.

Perfectly integrated into the environment
Beckum, 03. February 2016

Portlandzementwerk Wotan H. Schneider from Üxheim-Ahütte in the Volcanic Eifel has acquired a Pipe Conveyor manufactured by BEUMER Group to transport clinker to its cement mill. The 200-metre-long conveying system is customised to fit perfectly into the local environment. Since the system is completely enclosed, no material can fall on the road or passing vehicles. Additionally, absolutely no dust is released into the air, which greatly benefits the environment, which greatly benefits the environment. Furthermore, the conveyor is economical in operation, energy-efficient and maintenance-friendly.

Around 380 million years ago, huge limestone reserves accumulated in the lime dell of Hillesheim in the Volcanic Eifel region of Germany. Numerous dolomite formations and several basalt and lava cones demonstrate the geological diversity of the area. At the heart of the region lies the small parish of Üxheim-Ahütte. Portlandzementwerk Wotan H. Schneider KG, informally known as Wotan Zement, has had its plant on the outskirts of the village with 180 inhabitants since 1923. The family-owned enterprise has 70 employees and produces nine cement types. According to technical director Gerd Morenhoven, these include Portland cement, Portland limestone cement, Portland pozzolana cement, blast-furnace cement and Portland slag cement.  These are bagged or filled into silo trucks and transported to construction sites, ready-mix plants, concrete component manufacturers and building material traders.

The enterprise mines the necessary raw materials (limestone and marl) in the Üxheim, Nohn, Berndorf and Kerpen quarries that all lie closely together in the lime dell of Hillesheim. For the manufacturing of cement clinker, limestone and marl are crushed and homogenised with additional raw materials. In raw mills, the materials are ground to the necessary grain size and dried. The resulting raw meal is then homogenised and temporarily stored in large silos. To obtain cement clinker, a coarse intermediate product, the raw meal is first transported into the cyclone preheater. There it is preheated and deacidified at temperatures of over 950 degrees Celsius.  The material then moves into the rotary kiln where it is burned at temperatures of around 1,450 degrees Celsius. "Due to increased demand for Portland cement we currently need to buy additional cement clinker. It is delivered in trucks to a specially built clinker receiving station", explains the technical director. The cement manufacturer needed an efficient solution for transporting the arriving material to the processing site. "We were looking for an eco-friendly and low-maintenance solution", specifies Gerd Morenhoven.  The new conveyor had to be optimally adapted to the existing premises; for example, it had to follow the course of the access road and not lose any material during transport, even on uphill and downhill slopes.

Comprehensive expertise, optimum support

For the building material manufacturer, BEUMER Group was their first choice to supply optimal conveying equipment. The provider of conveying solutions has been well-established in the building industry for nearly 80 years. BEUMER has bundled its comprehensive expertise in the industry and established different Centers of Competence to offer optimal support to building material manufacturers by providing single-source solutions. The Pipe Conveyor segment is one of BEUMER's Centers of Competence, which are in charge of worldwide project management and sales. This specific project was carried out in close collaboration between the group companies in Austria and the Czech Republic.

Maximum environmental protection, minimum maintenance

"Together with the management team in Üxheim-Ahütte, we developed a solution that is tailored exactly to match the customer's requirements", says Josef Amon, project manager at BEUMER Group Austria GmbH who was responsible for the project. It became apparent that a Pipe Conveyor was the best solution offering environmental protection and low maintenance. Wotan Zement already has a Pipe Conveyor and the system has stood the test of time. "Its closed design reliably protects the environment from dust and people or vehicles from falling goods", explains Josef Amon. The conveyors also offer many other advantages. They are able to navigate long distances and tight vertical and horizontal curve radii. The ability to negotiate sharp curves means that far fewer transfer towers are needed in comparison with other belt conveyors — or, depending on conveying length and curve radii, even none at all. Thanks to this, the customer can significantly reduce costs and BEUMER can more easily adapt the system to specific requirements.

BEUMER Group supplied and installed a system with a pipe diameter of 200 millimetres and a length of 213 metres. It conveys up to 200 tons of material per hour. Another system advantage is the reduced noise emission of the Pipe Conveyor. Special idlers, low-noise bearings and electric motors work very quietly. "This makes for a more pleasant working environment for our employees. Besides, the people in the vicinity are not disturbed by the noise. It is an important aspect, since the plant is located on the outskirts", notes Gerd Morenhoven.

Smooth performance from start to finish

Besides the supply and installation of the Pipe Conveyor, BEUMER also took care of all the necessary solutions for ensuring flawless operation. Among other things, BEUMER equipped the conveying system with a magnetic separator.

The route of the Pipe Conveyor now runs along the access road, crosses a weigh-bridge, then reaches a two-way chute. There, clinker is either transported to the mill via an existing reversible belt conveyor or taken to the existing clinker store.

Constructive solutions

BEUMER Group was in charge of the entire process. BEUMER Austria took over the project implementation: its employees created the basic design and included all the systems supplied by the customer, delivered the components and commissioned the Pipe Conveyor. BEUMER Czech Republic a.s. took care of the detailed engineering, the steel structure and the installation. "We designed the frames so that they could support the pipeline for pneumatic cement transport supplied by the customer", explains Josef Amon. This pneumatic pipeline was part of another project. The simultaneous use of the Pipe Conveyor frames as a pipeline bridge allowed for substantial cost savings in the other project.  "The challenge was to do without additional supporting structures", says Josef Amon. Furthermore, the engineers integrated the Pipe Conveyor into the existing plant structure. "However, because the system was quite old, there was very little documentation left", he reminisces. That challenge, too, was successfully mastered by BEUMER, as Pipe Conveyors are quite easy to integrate into existing plants.

The complete project implementation lasted around ten months. Since February 2015 the system has been operating successfully. "We are very pleased", says the technical director, Gerd Morenhoven. "The transport from the clinker receiving station to the clinker store or the mill is performed quietly, quickly and without material loss".

Reliable energy supplier
Beckum, 28. January 2016

Cement manufacturing is particularly energy-intensive. In order to reduce the use of expensive primary fuels like coal and oil, cement plant operators focus increasingly on alternative fuels and raw materials (AFR). The use is generally focused on the fuels. Neither the manufacturing process, the end product, nor the emissions may be affected. Therefore, high-caloric wastes that cannot be further recycled, e.g. from plastic and packaging residues, paper, composite material or textiles, have to be treated beforehand to be ready for co-processing.

In order to help customers efficiently convey, store and dose the treated fuels, BEUMER Group has established the new business segment AFR systems.

Germany, October 1973: For political reasons, Arab countries reduced their oil production, which caused oil prices to skyrocket. This was a very precarious situation, because crude oil was an important energy source, also for the cement industry to operate their rotary kilns. With this first oil crisis, plant operators started to shift towards using cost-effective fuels and raw materials.

Besides mineral waste that can be used as alternative raw material, the market primarily employs the use of fuel alternatives, because approximately 30 per cent of production costs are spent on energy. In addition to fluid alternative fuels, such as used oil or solvents, the majority of solid fuels consist of whole or shredded scrap tyres, used wood, or mixtures of plastic, paper, composite materials or textiles. After they have been treated and quality-controlled, they show calorific values similar to lignite. The calorific value of scrap tyres is even comparable to that of hard coal. When producing cement, it is also necessary to ensure that the quality of the ash residues matches the quality of the intermediate product clinker. As all material components are completely incorporated into the clinker and mineralised. Their use makes for an economic production process. In addition, primary raw and fossile fuel resources are conserved and landfill volume is reduced.

Pre-treated alternative fuels are mostly supplied from external vendors, ready for co-processing. BEUMER Group now offers tailor-made AFR systems to lime and cement works for a safe storage and transport of solid alternative fuels. Based on wide-ranging experiences and the customer's requirements, the systems comprise the entire chain, from receiving and unloading the delivery vehicle, up to storing, sampling, conveying, dosing and feeding solid alternative fuels. BEUMER Group, provider of intralogistics, supplies its customers worldwide now with customized systems, from one single source.

Tailored to every application

BEUMER Group's program includes the starter system that is used at the main burner. In the cement and limestone industry, primary fuels are usually ground to grain sizes of less than 100 micrometres and fed via the main burner. At the end of the rotary kiln, the burner heats up to 2000 °C, the temperature that is needed for limestone, sand, clay and ore to react and become clinker as an intermediate product. In order to use solid alternative fuels in the sinter zone burner, they should deliver a calorific value that is at least similar to lignite (approx. 22 ± 2 MJ/kg), have grain sizes of less than 30 millimetres and a levitating burn out.

The kiln-ready material is usually delivered in moving-floor trailers. BEUMER Group provides a docking station that also serves as storage on site. Once the trailer is discharged, it is completely replaced or refilled in the large tent using a wheel loader. The material is metered volumetrically and conveyed to the sinter zone burner. This solution is deliberately designed as a test system. This way, the operator can test their suppliers, the quality of the fuels and their kiln reaction or rather the emission behaviour.

Solution for the calciner

With the second system, the calciner can be fed with more coarse alternative solid fuels, such as chopped, tyre derived fuel or fuels as described above, but in a more coarse state. They are generally less pre-processed, contain more three-dimensional particles and therefore require more time to burn out than the more intensively pre-processed alternative fuels for the main burner comprosing exclusively only two-dimensional particles.

The coarse calciner fuel is delivered in moving-floor trailers or tippers. The alternative fuels are quickly unloaded and stored temporarily in a dust-proof way. Another storage serves as a buffer, which can hold the overall capacity of 900 cubic metres of the preceding bunker. From here, the Pipe Conveyor transports the material to the corresponding height of the calciner in the preheater tower. Here, the alternative fuel is weighed and dosed. During the feed towards the hearth in the calciner, there is often the risk of catching fire due to thermal radiation or pulsations of the calciner. For this reason, the valveless special feed was developed, so the material can be safely fed to the calciner.

In order to ensure safe and automatic fuel supply after successful testing, BEUMER Group provides systems for permanent operation with high thermal substitution rates. The systems consist of the receiving area and a storage system, where the crane system can store material of different quality into different storage zones and boxes. Experiences so far have shown that you always have to calculate with disruptives or quality deficits in the fuel. This is why the entire storage and conveying technology in the hall can be potentially provided with equipment that is able to separate metal, wet and three-dimensional disruptives from the fuel for the main burner and keep disrupting oversized grains from each specific alternative fuel.

Equipped with the necessary sensor technology, the operation runs automatically. The crane can be used independently for homogenisation, in order to minimise quality variations or feed the lines towards the main burner and the calciner.

Pipe Conveyor stands the test

Schwenk Zement AG's production capacity make their plant in Bernburg one of the largest and most efficient cement plants in Germany.

In order to reduce energy costs, the cement plant is increasingly using alternative fuels that are engineered in external pre-processing plants into high-quality fuels with defined specifications.

Until now, the work has been using drag chain conveyors. After almost a decade of use and numerous modifications however, more and more maintenance was required. The fuel quality also improved over time, so that, due to its density of 0.2 t/m3, the existing technology was no longer sufficient to convey the required quantities towards the main burner. This created the need for a reliable, eco-friendly and low-maintenance solution. In addition, the new conveyor needed to be optimally adapted to the curved routing in the plant.

Schwenk Zement KG opted for the BEUMER AFR system with its Pipe Conveyor to feed the main burner with alternative fuels. The system works almost completely automatically, from receiving to the feeding system at the rotary kiln. Cranes pick up the engineered alternative fuels in the storehouse and fill them into the discharge bunkers with their equipment. From there, a chain belt conveyor transports the fuel continuously towards the Pipe Conveyor, which conveys it to the weigh feeders before the main burner.

The curved Pipe Conveyor at the core of the system requires little maintenance and its enclosed design and quiet operation protect against emissions and the wind-blown spillage of the fuel. It is able to connect long distances without interruption and navigate tight curve radii that adapt to the individual conditions of the plant.

BEUMER Group UK to upgrade the International Arrivals Baggage reclaim carousels at Glasgow Airport, Scotland
Aarhus, 05. January 2016

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of airport baggage handling systems – has been awarded the contract to design, deliver, install and commission an upgrade to the international arrivals baggage reclaim carousels at Scotland’s Glasgow Airport. The contract, which was awarded to BEUMER Group as the Principal Contractor, forms part of Glasgow Airport’s strategic plan to create a modern, attractive airport and to support future growth in passenger numbers.

The existing carousels in the international arrivals baggage hall were based on obsolete, legacy equipment which was no longer supported by the manufacturer. This scenario compromised both the airport’s ability to maintain the carousels and the overall reliability of the system. BEUMER Group’s three new carousels will deliver higher reliability and throughput in addition to providing passengers with a faster reclaims process. The control software for the BEUMER Group carousels will be fully integrated into Glasgow Airport’s existing control systems.

“BEUMER Group UK was awarded this prestigious project due to our proven ability to upgrade legacy baggage handling systems with minimal disruption to the daily operation of the airport," explains Peter Gilks, BEUMER Group UK Managing Director Airport Division.

BEUMER Group is on track to have the new international arrivals baggage reclaim carousels fully operational by May 2016.

A successful family history
Beckum, 09. December 2015

In 2014, BEUMER Group, based in Beckum, looked back on yet another successful year with a turnover of 680 million Euros. This was possible because BEUMER continued to concentrate on its core business capabilities, to be innovative, and consistently to pursue its strategic policy of globalisation. A considerable portion of the credit for all this must go to the shared values of this family-owned company. They are the basis for the system provider’s successful integration of some 4,100 employees, each of whom comes from different cultures and backgrounds, and of those, in particular, who have joined the group as a result of its corporate acquisitions. This year, BEUMER Group celebrates its 80th anniversary.

With innovative system solutions for intralogistics in conveying and loading technology, palletising and packaging technology as well as sortation and distribution systems, BEUMER has established an excellent position in the world market. These solutions are applied in various industries such as cement, lime and gypsum, agriculture and mining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, energy, food and beverage and also in airports and logistics centres. "We can only achieve a high level of customer satisfaction and a sustainable, successful market presence when the whole team is involved in the corporate strategy in the long term," explains Dr. Christoph Beumer, Chairman and CEO of BEUMER Group. He has been managing the family business since 2000, now in the third generation. Just how innovative and successful this mid-sized company is, has now been extensively documented in the latest edition of the compendium of German world market leaders "Lexikon der deutschen Weltmarktführer", issued by the business press publisher Deutsche Standards EDITIONEN.

It all started with an idler

On December 9, 1935, the 33-year-old Bernhard Beumer started his first work day as an entrepreneur with four employees. Until then, he had been working for a conveying technology company in Essen. One of his most important seed assets, aside from his courage and determination, was the experience he gained as a repair mechanic for conveying technology, working in the mining industry in the Ruhr area before completing his degree in engineering. Bernhard Beumer had long entertained the idea of being independent and founding his own business. When he learned that a vacant factory building in his hometown of Beckum was up for sale, he seized this opportunity. The classic conveying technology formed the foundation of his business.

The entrepreneur starts from scratch. As a young senior engineer, he knew the business, as well as the customer's needs. Already when founding his new company, he brought with him his first orders from the building materials, cement and mining industries. A considerable step towards the success of BEUMER conveying technology was his development of the idler with labyrinth seal. The founder of the company had this innovation patented and integrated it further into other products. From this idler, he derived the company logo which is still used today: The circle represents the cross section of the idler's tube, the arrow is the idler axle and its direction of running. The company continued to grow, employing about 100 people at the outbreak of the Second World War.

The son as successor

Not only the company founder, but also his eldest son bears the name Bernhard Beumer. It was an obvious choice for the son to follow in his father's footsteps. After completing studies in mechanical engineering, he worked at his father's side for 18 years and took over the company after his father's death in 1981. In the field of conveying technology, he particularly pursued the development of bucket elevators. He quickly realised that a chain as a traction element was too heavy. Its net weight cancels out a major portion of its tractive force. By this time, BEUMER was already an expert in belt conveying technology. This gave Bernhard Beumer the idea of using a belt as the traction element for bucket elevators. He used a belt with steel wires to ensure that the buckets are reliably fixed to the belt. He arranged the steel wires so that there are wire-free zones. Holes can be punched into these zones to fasten the buckets tightly to the belt.

With these bucket elevators, BEUMER created a conveying technology which allows for considerably higher speeds and greater centre distances. BEUMER's current belt bucket elevators allow centre distances of 178 metres or more. By the mid-1980s, the supplier had installed about 100 systems altogether, in 2007 and 2008 there were about 450 installed per year, world-wide. Besides the product development in the field of conveying technology, Bernhard Beumer Jr. also continued the initial development of loading systems and set BEUMER on a decisive path for the globalisation of the group, founding companies in Brazil, the USA and Asia.

On any terrain - curved belt conveyors

In the 1960s, BEUMER laid the foundation for curved belt conveying systems. The first theoretical designs on the market were from the company's Department for Research and Development. Today this group is one of the technological leaders for these systems, either as troughed belt conveyors with open design or as Pipe Conveyors. One particularly impressive reference project is the 12.5 km long troughed belt conveyor in the Chinese province of Sichuan, which was put into operation in 2008 and currently conveys about 2,200 tons of limestone from the quarry to the cement plant. Its routing features several vertical and horizontal curves. The system traverses 1.5 kilometres of water surface and extensive bamboo forests, and can overcome height distances of up to 100 metres. For the same project, BEUMER Group has now been awarded the contract to supply and install another conveyor of similar size, and the customer is already planning a third expansion phase.

No more heavy lifting

In the field of loading technology, Bernhard Beumer Jr. developed new products, such as the three-dimensional loading machine for loading cement bags onto trucks. This relieved the physical burden of the workers. In the 1970s, the engineers further developed this machine until it became completely automated. The stationary palletiser is a result of this development. Today, the BEUMER paletpac stacks paper, PE and PP bags on pallets of different sizes in a flexible, precise and stable way. Depending on the product requirements, it can be equipped with a clamp-type turning device or a twin-belt turning device. The latter allows gentle, fast and precise stacking of bagged bulk material on pallets. The BEUMER stretch hood is a well proven high capacity packaging system that then packages the palletised stacks efficiently and economically. This technology has been optimised further in regards to functioning, economic efficiency and ergonomics and was presented for the first time at the Interpack in May 2014. Since its introduction, BEUMER's customers have responded very positively to this system.

The third generation

Since 2000, Dr.-Ing. Christoph Beumer, the founder's grandson, has been managing the company. "The success is primarily due to the familial spirit. We have consistently held to our motto 'We are looking for the long-term success, and not for the short-term profit'," he says. BEUMER ensures the long-term success of the company through manageable growth, a large range of products and a global market presence. BEUMER machines and systems are in use all around the world. The group consistently pursues its globalisation, by setting up local group companies, and even local production facilities in China and Thailand. The result: the company has exhibited extremely stable organic growth over the last several years. Undeterred by the impending financial and global economic crisis, Beumer took over the Danish sortation technology specialist Crisplant in 2009, followed later by companies in India, the US and Belgium. Hundreds of thousands of suitcases every day pass through BEUMER baggage systems at airports in Frankfurt, London, Beijing, Singapore and other locations world-wide. Thousands of packages traverse conveyor belts supplied by the intralogistics specialist at parcel centres operated by Hermes, GeoPost, UPS and FedEx. With its acquisition of Enexco Technologies in India, a manufacturer of grinding systems and packaging machines for the cement industry, BEUMER has reinforced its presence in vital markets and simultaneously systematically expanded its portfolio, without abandoning its traditional segments. And what about the integration of the very diverse cultures? The CEO views this as a chance to learn from each other. "We want to create a working environment where everyone respects each other's individuality," emphasises Dr. Beumer. And due to the fact that the local employees in the group companies speak the same language as their customers, the customers feel understood. This creates a high level of customer retention.

Becoming a single-source provider

In order to be able to fill bags with bulk materials such as cement, mortar or gypsum and therefore provide entire packaging lines for the building materials industry, the BEUMER fillpac, an innovative filling system was introduced to the market in 2013. Users can flexibly integrate and adapt it to existing packaging lines. At the Achema 2015 trade fair, BEUMER presented itself for the first time to the chemical industry as a single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies with its latest development of an innovative form fill seal (FFS) system. The BEUMER sealpac responds very flexibly to different bulk density, flow characteristics and grain distribution.

More than just service

BEUMER does not only provide and install machines and systems. With highly capable specialists deployed around the globe, the company also ensures trouble-free operation worldwide. BEUMER Group has established a fourth, independent business unit, in the form of its Customer Support unit. The group thus ensures high levels of availability for its customers' machines and systems. Its specialists take care of the customer, starting with the first project discussion, up until the system is in operation. Customer Support offers various service agreements which are matched individually to the respective needs of the customer, including service intervals and response times as agreed by contract. The agreements can range from maintenance and inspection to a long-term placement of service personnel on site. Within the framework of its wide reaching Customer Support business, BEUMER Group also provides Residential Service. It enables logistics service providers to delegate the responsibility of availability, performance and profitability of filling, palletising and packaging installations to BEUMER specialists. The single-source provider has extensive experience and knowledge of technical and logistics matters in the chemical industry, helping ensure the high efficiency of their machines. In order to provide trouble-free operation, BEUMER employees come to customer sites world-wide, even long-term, if required.

"I view the company as a little jewel case," explains Dr. Beumer when speaking of the company history. "When my grandfather founded it, it was no more than a little wooden box. He added some velvet lining to it and then handed it over to the second generation, my father, who added some more and embellished it further." And following this tradition, the jewel box was then handed over to Dr. Christoph Beumer. His belief is that if you receive the little box, your task is to keep it safe, to maintain it, and, if possible, always add a little to it. Under no circumstances may you remove anything or simply live off of it. "The responsibility is always handed over as well," emphasises Dr. Beumer.

A very attractive employer
Beckum, 07. December 2015

Skilled personnel are hard to find, not only in Germany. The reasons for this are rooted, among other things, in demographic development. The job market is becoming more emotion-based. Soft skills such as team play and communication, and values like work-life balance and self-realisation are becoming more and more important. Another decisive factor is the business location: the more rural the area is, the harder it is to attract new employees. Urban areas on the other hand face a different problem: potential employers are more likely to "fight" over the most talented applicants (often called a "war for talents"). Located in the Münsterland, a region that is known for its mechanical engineering industry, BEUMER Group offers exciting perspectives and an attractive work environment, especially for young professionals. This is what BEUMER Group's employer branding campaign is directed at.

What makes for an attractive employer? An attractive salary is no longer enough to hire skilled personnel. Especially young professionals have become more selective. At BEUMER Group, the employee always comes first. "Our goal is not the short term profit, but long term success, and this is only possible with motivated and highly-skilled colleagues", says Dr. Christoph Beumer, Chairman and CEO of BEUMER Group. "We can only achieve customer satisfaction and successfully meet the challenges of our competition, if we integrate the entire team sustainably into our company", he explains. The company has been ranked one of the best employers in Germany, according to an extensive study from FOCUS news magazine. Through the social internet platforms XING and kununu, FOCUS questioned more than 70,000 employees from different hierarchy and age levels. 806 companies with more than 500 employees were evaluated from 22 industries.

"Would you recommend working for your company to your friends and to people you know?", and "How satisfied are you with the managerial skills of your superior?", were two of many questions that the German employees at BEUMER Group answered in the company's favour. The family-run company ranked third place in this category, in comparison with other medium-sized companies with up to 2,000 employees. The intralogistics specialist achieved eighth place in the industry comparison of "machine and plant design" and was 85th amongst all 806 companies.

International leading position helps BEUMER stand apart from the crowd

This ranking can certainly also be attributed to the fact that BEUMER Group holds a leading position in the world market for this industry, and has experienced very high growth rates over the past couple of years. With innovative systems for intralogistics in conveying and loading technology, palletising and packaging technology as well as sortation and distribution systems, the company earned an excellent international reputation. Additionally, BEUMER Group continues to successfully seize globalisation opportunities.

Its headquarters, however, are not in Berlin, Munich or Düsseldorf, but in Beckum. A town with about 37,000 inhabitants, located in the northern part of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has a lot to offer: historic sites in beautiful surroundings, with a wide variety of recreational offerings and sports activities. The rural area, however, is also a challenge, that many middle-sized companies have to face. This is not only the case in Beckum, but at several of its international locations as well, so BEUMER Group is opting for a world-wide employer branding strategy. With this strategy, the company wants to face the challenges that come with demographic change and skills shortage and present itself actively as an attractive employer on the job market. BEUMER Group puts the emphasis on their employees. The campaign goal is to demonstrate what the intralogistics company is all about: their people.

Focus on the employee

BEUMER Group is an internationally successful, family-owned company, where employees play a very crucial role. Through their individual performance, every employee contributes to the overall success of the company. And to achieve this, the employer and employee must focus on the same set of values. This is what characterises the BEUMER Group spirit. But what is important to the employees? Have the demands on employers changed? To find out, the group handed out questionnaires at the different group locations and from the answers derived the core messages for the campaign. In order to bring the attention of young professionals towards BEUMER Group, the initiative will be accompanied by billboards, radio spots and the newly designed career website Employees are giving insights about themselves, the company and the attractive work environment, where the focus is on the employee.

Career goal: qualified employee

BEUMER Group devotes particular attention to the development of its own junior staff. To students who are about to write their bachelor or master thesis, the company offers exciting topics of practical relevance in an international environment, accompanied by the intensive support of experienced colleagues. BEUMER Group offers topics for theses in the fields of automation technology, engineering, sales, and research and development. During their time with the company, the students get to know the business, and BEUMER Group gets to know potential junior employees. Students who already graduated in engineering, economics or computer science can also start their career directly with BEUMER Group.

They also have the chance to participate in an international trainee program. Its goal is to prepare graduates for responsible specialist and leadership positions in the company. They move through a two-year development program in Sales, Engineering, Customer Support or the Commercial department. The first months are started at the group company location where the graduate is hired. In order to broaden their personal and professional horizon they are then sent abroad for several months, followed by a working period in a different department. They then complete an additional phase in another international group location, and finish their program at their home group. The trainees are accompanied by a mentor who provides feedback at regular intervals. The participants take an integral role in important projects. Moreover, BEUMER Group offers the program graduate a permanent contract. Christian Penger passed such a program, and is now the director of Corporate Management: "The program offers college graduates a great start into the professional world, combined with international experience. By working in many different parts of the company, a trainee can quickly set up his own network and get to know the respective contacts in the company. During my period as a graduate, I learned at an early stage that taking over responsibility is more than just a slogan."

Moving parcels as quickly as possible
Beckum, 17. November 2015

The international parcel and express service provider DPD has opened a new superhub in Hinckley in the southwest of Leicestershire, England. The purpose is to meet the increasing demand for its services and be prepared for future growth. The new distribution center is able to handle up to 720,000 parcels a day. To achieve this capacity, the company installed innovative sorting, distribution and conveyor equipment from the BEUMER Group over a length of three kilometers.

The new Hub 4 of the DPD Group UK just recently went into operation. BEUMER delivered and installed three BS 25 ET parcel sorters with a total length of 2,700 meters. It also installed two BS 7 BT sorters totaling 270 meters in length for small items, plus feed-in units with induction lines, end-point conveyors and two carousel systems for goods that cannot be put on conveyors. Cameras and scanners with downstream OCR and video coding reduce the number of no-reads on the sorters to a minimum. In order to optimally direct material flows, BEUMER equipped the system with the modular BG software suite. The BG Fusion user interface provides users with access to all available data without having to switch between different applications. The interface also includes a comprehensive statistics package.

Installation and commissioning took only 18 months. Thus DPD was able to connect the Superhub 4 to its national distribution network almost two months earlier than agreed in the contract. On its first day of operation the system sorted 92,000 packages and parcels. The number will go up to more than 500,000 per shift when the startup phase is completed, making the hub ready for the peak season at Christmas.

The new Hub 4 is 470 meters long and almost 40 meters wide. There are 264 loading ramps. The sorting equipment is designed so that packages leave the building three to seven minutes after entering it. Employees in the outgoing goods area load them manually onto trucks or semitrailers.

Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD: “Everyone involved contributed to the success of this project. We have invested systematically in our network. The superhub will give us plenty of space to expand in the years ahead and respond to the growing need for our services.”

“We are glad to have helped DPD implement its expansion plans in the English market,” says Martin Mossinkoff, director with global responsibility for the BEUMER Group’s Logistics Systems Division. “We’ve worked very successfully with the DPD Group UK for ten years and are happy to have this close business relationship.” The BEUMER Group also delivered and installed sorting and distribution equipment for Hubs 2 and 3.

A very special compound
Beckum, 12. November 2015

Calucem d.o.o., a member of Calucem Group and based in Pula, Croatia, is a manufacturer of calcium aluminate cements that are predominantly used in the refractory industry. The company is now replacing its previous packaging line with BEUMER filling, palletizing and packaging systems. This BEUMER solution will help simplify the process of moving material into the packaged units and is a more energy-efficient option. BEUMER provided an entire line from one single source. Instead of a turbine filling machine, which is typically used in the cement industry, a pneumatic filling system was used to allow for a quick material change without any loss.

Pula is located at the southernmost tip of Croatia. The town with its 57,000 inhabitants is known with tourists for its amphitheatre, the Temple of Augustus and the Arch of the Sergii, built between 29 and 27 BC. The climate is mild, the sea is blue and calm. Many of its inhabitants make their living from producing wine, fishing and shipbuilding. But there is something else produced in this city steeped in history, calcium aluminate cement. Calucem d.o.o. is one of the leading suppliers of this building material that is sometimes also referred to as high-alumina cement. "It is resistant to high temperatures, chemical substances and corrosion", explains Alfred Blažina, managing director of the cement plant. "Due to these properties, it is used in the refractory industry, foundries, kilns and combustion chambers as well as in the building industry." Calcium aluminate cements can be found in rapid repair mortars, ceramic adhesives and sealing material. This hydraulic binder is also particularly important for refractory concrete. It influences the rheology, the setting characteristic, the sifting properties and the chemical resistance. "We export our cement to more than 60 countries and are the world's number 2 supplier in this market", emphasises Alfred Blažina.

The required solution: compact, low in maintenance and energy-efficient

Calcium aluminates are produced when limestone or bauxite is burned in furnaces at temperatures above 1,500 degrees Celsius. "The chemical composition changes depending on the application", explains Alfred Blažina. There is a growing demand for more resistant high-performance products. HiPerCem is a new addition to the product portfolio, used for the formulation of highly sophisticated refractory concrete. "The very innovative concept is based on a high calcium content, combined with an optimised grain size distribution", explains the managing director. Additionally, there are products for conventional ramming mixes and casting compounds.

After manufacturing, these different mixtures are ground, filled into bags, then palletised, packaged in film and transported to customers and retailers. "Up until now, we had used systems that were high energy intensive and high in maintenance", says Alfred Blažina. Calucem employees were responsible for changing the filling system from one cement mixture to another, which was never a trouble-free process. Depending on its composition, the material can be more fine or coarse. After a mixture change, large amounts of dust were generated, meaning material was lost. In search of a new solution and a suitable business partner, Calucem quickly found the intralogistics expert BEUMER. "Our product has very specific properties", explains Alfred Blažina. "We needed a supplier who we could develop a solution with for our particular product."

From filling to packaging - everything from one single source

As a single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies, BEUMER Group supports its customers with sustainable solutions from a single source. "We installed the entire line ", says David Žargi, BEUMER representative for the Western Balkans and supervisor for the Pula cement plant. The specialists integrated the machines and systems using intelligent automation and linked them efficiently. Calucem needed compact systems that work efficiently, require little maintenance and can be operated intuitively and easily by the employees", says David Žargi.

Air instead of turbine filling machines

"The cement industry normally uses turbine filling machines", explains Stefan Bonenkamp, commissioning engineer at BEUMER. "They are particularly suited for free flowing products, such as cement." But in order to guarantee loss-free filling of varying compositions, BEUMER technicians installed a BEUMER fillpac filling machine with two spouts that operates according to the air filling principle. This particular material can be finer than regular Portland cement, but it can also be pulverised or gritty.

Air filling machines are especially used in the food industry. They use a blower to fluidise the material that is to be filled, e.g. flour or cacao powder. These products can then be filled into bags, gently and precisely, "without mechanical stress and at minimal air consumption", explains Stefan Bonenkamp. The product is filled according to the gross weight principle, i.e. the bags are weighed during the filling process. The BEUMER fillpac is therefore equipped with calibration-capable weighing equipment. This electronic weighing ensures exact filling degrees for the BEUMER fillpac. Special software supports permanent communication between the balance and the filling spout.

The product is then transferred through a rotary flap into the filling boiler. The ventilation of the boiler floor and of the upper part of the boiler can be regulated separately, which guarantees a continual product discharge. It creates a steady product flow with minimal compressed-air consumption. A special filling nozzle is equipped with a vent duct and an ejector that operates in cycles, extracting air from the bag during filling. After each filling process, the filling nozzle is cleaned by air pressure. This prevents the filled bag from being soiled. "The quantity of the conveying air can be adjusted separately, depending on the product", says Bonenkamp.

Space-saving, reliable and energy-efficient palletising solution

Calucem needed a compact and energy-saving solution for the fully automatic, efficient and above all, fast palletising of the bags. As a single-source supplier, BEUMER provided the fully automatic BEUMER robotpac, solving complex palletising and de-palletising challenges reliably and efficiently. It distinguishes itself through its remarkable precision and availability, as well as its gentle product handling. An ultrasound system ensures the precise measurement of the bags before they are palletised. This way, the position of the item can be exactly calculated and the bags can be placed precisely and gently. The precision guarantees an optimal stack configuration. This is not only representative of brand quality to the end customer; it also ensures that the stack remains stable during shipping and storage. The BEUMER robotpac palletises up to 600 bags per hour. Two gripping tools are used: a suction gripper, that places a paper sheet on the pallet, and a fork gripper, that palletises the bags in the exact position on the carrier. "The flexibility of the BEUMER robotpac allows the customer to implement even complex processes with varying frame parameters", explains David Žargi. In addition, the robotic palletiser is very robust which ensures a secure operation even under extreme conditions. "The drives work reliably, highly efficiently and quietly. Which was an important precondition for the cement manufacturer", remembers the BEUMER expert.

Compact, fast and practical packaging

Roller conveyors transport the palletised bags to the packaging system. "In order to keep the entire line compact and energy-efficient, we use the BEUMER stretch hood A at this point in the line, a new machine from our portfolio", says David Žargi. The high capacity packaging system from the stretch hood series was given a complete redesign. We analysed and optimised different components during the development phase." We made it easier and safer for the user to operate this system compared to others. In order to facilitate the work for the maintenance personnel and to ensure high system availability, the new packaging system no longer needs a platform. Maintenance work, such as changing the blades or the sealing bars, is now handled at floor level. The operator opens a drawer, providing free access to blades and sealing bars. Additional benefits include the compact design and the resulting low height and small footprint.

A new film transport system, that is particularly gentle on the material, introduces the previously formed film hood into the system. On its way to the crimping and stretching unit, the sealing seam on the film hood cools down so that it can be crimped without losing time. Energy-consuming cooling units and long cooling times become superfluous. The pallets are packed in a shorter cycle time, which increases the packaging capacity at a lower consumption rate. Economical engines and a lower demand in compressed air optimise the energy balance. "The palletised goods are clearly visible through the smooth surface of the transparent, highly flexible film. Film packaging protects the goods against the environment and humidity. It also substantially improves transport safety", describes David Žargi.

Easily operated

The intralogistics specialist has introduced the BEUMER Group Human Machine Interface (HMI). This newly-developed operator panel with an optimised user interface and graphical navigation for operating the systems offers an even more ergonomic workflow to the user. This easily understandable and intuitive interaction concept helps to define efficient working sequences. The soft-touch panel uses pictograms to guide the user through the machine control menus. The panel also gives the operator access to all required training programs and content. The systems are controlled by a Siemens SIMATIC S7-300.

Alfred Blažina's eyes follow the fork-lift truck that transports a pallet with packed bags to the goods issue area. "We have implemented this project hand in hand with BEUMER. The result is a packaging line that is customised to our specific requirements." The cement manufacturer was convinced of the excellent technical cooperation during the planning and development phase, as well as optimal adaptation of the systems. And because BEUMER provided everything from one single source, Calucem has only one contact for the entire system. This was also very important for Alfred Blažina. Because even these high-quality systems need maintenance and service. If necessary, BEUMER service personnel can visit the plant to check the system and perform any required adjustments.

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