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BEUMER Group and ALSTEF consortium awarded new baggage handling contract by Aéroports de Paris at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Aarhus, 04. August 2015

A consortium of automated baggage handling specialists, BEUMER Group and ALSTEF, has been awarded a contract by the owner and operator of Charles de Gaulle Airport, Aéroports de Paris (ADP), for a baggage handling system to handle check-in bags from the Airport's existing Terminal 2E to Satellite 3 (S3). This satellite provides additional airbridges for large-capacity airliners, including the Airbus A380.

The contract will provide an automated baggage handling system in Satellite 3, which previously used the systems in Terminals 2E and 2F to handle check-in and baggage handling.

The decision to award the contract to the BEUMER Group and Alstef consortium was the result of an analysis of competing tenders based on technical and financial criteria. A key factor in the decision was the robustness of the baggage handling system that will allow ADP to realise operational goals in line with the predicted growth figures.

Both BEUMER Group and ALSTEF share a long history of cooperation and partnership with the airport. BEUMER Group company, Crisplant, has supplied tilt-tray sorting systems to the airport since 1993 whilst ALSTEF’s partnership with Aéroports de Paris at CDG and Orly Airports began in 1997.

The consortium’s new baggage handling system will connect six existing check-in islands to a new Crisplant CrisBag® system, with a capacity of 3200 bags/hour, and to five integrated Standard 3 screening machines. ALSTEF will supply and install 500 metres of conveyors, 12 make-up laterals and 6 make-up carousels.

“From 2018, this new BHS will allow Air France and SkyTeam partners to improve sorting efficiency and reduce the delay for bags checked in at Terminal 2E. The additional equipment to collect and sort connecting baggage will be covered in a new call for tenders in 2016,” explains Nadine Vennat, at Aéroports de Paris.

The combination of high-level controls for the baggage handling system, with SAC and SCADA systems, and the low-level controls, will provide Charles de Gaulle Airport with comprehensive management of the entire baggage handling system process. The high-level controls will also feature a web-based user interface to enable remote control of the baggage handling system from a tablet device. In addition, the integration of RFID scanning of bag tags in the new baggage handling system will ensure that Aéroports de Paris remains at the forefront of airport technology. RFID baggage labels have been shown to minimise the number of mishandled bags and have been trialled by Aéroports de Paris since 2013 with the installation of RFID scanners by Air France and KLM.

“The new system will provide the tracking reliability and system availability needed by one of the world’s largest airports due to the inherent flexibility of the CrisBag system,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director of Crisplant a/s.

"ALSTEF conveyors have been approved and integrated in Paris CDG airport for many years,” adds Pierre Marol, President and CEO of ALSTEF. “A team of ALSTEF employees has also been working on-site since 2004, which has provided insights into the operational requirements of this major European hub.”

The new system is scheduled to begin operation in the summer of 2018. The Airport’s trust in both consortium partners is reflected in a 40-month maintenance contract under which BEUMER Group and ALSTEF will continue to maintain and optimise the system so that CDG Airport can maintain peak operating efficiency.

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Sharing your accountability
Beckum, 24. July 2015

Within the framework of its wide reaching Customer Support business, BEUMER Group 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.

Chemical products are at the beginning of the logistics value chain of many products, in very different sectors. A monitored, error-free and, most of all, appropriate handling of chemical products is therefore extremely important. These products need to be reliably filled and palletised, as well as securely packed in order to be delivered damage-free to the processor. Logistics service providers are now more frequently handing over these tasks to manufacturers, who have to meet very high standards. The materials can have very different characteristics: very high product temperatures, for example, or special flow characteristics leading to a low dimensional stability of the bags. Kornelius Thimm, head of Customer Support for BEUMER Group in Beckum, Germany, and very familiar with this industry, explains: "These products have to be handled safely and gently throughout the entire process chain. Plus: the throughput rates of the installations and systems are continually increasing." Another demand to be met: the control, regulation and clear representation of the complete material flow. Kornelius Thimm knows that "if the service provider does not meet all these requirements, a competitor will do it". BEUMER Group offers comprehensive service in order to make sure that its filling, palletising and packaging systems are always perfectly adapted to their tasks and that all processes run smoothly: about 1,000 Customer Support employees currently back the service providers world-wide.

Thimm explains that Customer Support is a separate department, independent of the BEUMER Group's conveying and loading technology, palletising and packaging technology and sortation and distribution systems. He says: "It's basically a company within the company. We have our own Sales Department and develop our own projects." The goal is to support users for even better results and to respond to their rising requirements. This includes training programmes, which are tailor-made for the customer and their systems, as well as qualified Customer Support technicians who offer around-the-clock telephone support every day of the year, worldwide, and help reduce downtime to a minimum. In case of malfunction, the hotline offers around-the-clock competent telephone support (24/7/365).

Residential Service: We assume responsibility

BEUMER Customer Support offers customised service agreements. "In principle, those agreements are specially designed to meet the individual requirements of our customers", explains Thimm. "The service schedules as well as the response times are agreed upon in the contract." The agreements include, for example, the supply of spare parts, preventive as well as routine maintenance, and the operation of the systems. The head of Customer Support identifies a pronounced trend: More and more manufacturers, especially logistics service providers, wish to concentrate on their own core business and to delegate the responsibility for their systems and machines.  Kornelius Thimm promises: "With our Residential Service the user can receive filling, palletising and packaging solutions from one source, at any time. BEUMER employees take on the responsibility for operating times, performance and economic efficiency of the systems. If required, we will appoint a team of specialists which will ensure proper machine operation and availability on site."

BEUMER believes that the customer should have access to a Customer Support technician that originates from the same cultural background and speaks the same language. "For this reason we cannot just send colleagues from Beckum to Singapore", says Thimm. Successful customer support requires an understanding of the mentality of the customer: How is the customer positioned? What are his goals and how does he want to develop in the future? These questions require tactfulness and cultural know-how. BEUMER is a global company and capable of meeting this challenge.

Appropriate concepts

Within the scope of the Residential Service, BEUMER employees provide service providers with a steady and sustained improvement of their processes and results. Mr. Thimm explains: "We rely for example on the Six Sigma systematic approach. This statistical method is based on the DMAIC, a process which is clearly structured in define, measure, analyse, improve, and control phases. In the "D" phase, the team defines the examined processes on the basis of data and facts. In the "M" phase, the process performance is measured before being analysed it in the "A" phase. The problems that appeared at the analysis stage will be thoroughly examined and solved during the "I" phase.  The "C" phase is the last one. BEUMER employees use it for supervision and control purposes. Thimm says: "This method enables us to improve the quality of our customers' processes. It makes it possible for them to reduce their costs."

A view to tomorrow

BEUMER employees continue to carry out preventive maintenance. Thimm explains: "This way, we can avoid uncontrolled machine breakdowns, which can be very expensive." Maintenance and inspection are executed at regular intervals. This includes preventive maintenance and other measures such as applying a protective coating or installing warning devices. The BEUMER team constantly manages and reviews the quantity and availability of the spare parts on site and, if necessary, adapts accordingly. The activities of the BEUMER team include Facility Management as well. Kornelius Thimm adds: "We develop and realize concepts which enable a long-term and trouble-free operation of the buildings.  Our employees check the technical installations and maintain them regularly, at agreed intervals."

Thimm says: "We do not only take care of companies that use our systems." All companies with intralogistics equipment can use the BEUMER customer support and residential service. "Our goal is to continue to improve trouble-free material flow in order to guarantee value-added processes", explains Thimm. "We assume the complete responsibility and ensure this way that the service providers remain competitive in the long run."

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From waste to energy
Beckum, 21. July 2015

The utility company Linz AG relies on a BEUMER Group Pipe Conveyor to transport household and industrial waste as well as sewage sludge from the treatment plant to its power station. This conveyor is not only highly energy efficient, but due to its closed design, it is also possible to convey waste products through public spaces without affecting the environment. The result is: no material loss, no unpleasant smell, and most importantly no pollution to the environment. The Pipe Conveyor can also be optimally adapted to the routing due to its ability to navigate curves.

Linz AG's waste incineration power plant has been in operation since 2011. It is located in the industrial area of the port of Linz, next to the already existing biomass power plant and the district heating plant on the banks of the Danube. In this plant, the company generates district heat and electrical energy for its networks. The utility company manages the entire waste removal process – from collecting to eco-friendly recycling. "We can guarantee much higher supply security in our district heating network as well as adequate waste disposal", explains Erich Ehrentraut, engineer and Head of Waste Management at Linz Service GmbH.

Generating energy from waste and residual material incineration is particularly efficient. The produced heat can be used to generate energy or for steam turbine processes. Trucks, ships and trains transport about 150,000 tons of household, commercial and industrial waste to the residual material processing plant located on a neighbouring property of the Linz tanker port. Additionally, approximately 50,000 tons of dehydrated sewage sludge are processed in the wastewater treatment plant in the municipality of Asten located 13 km away. The sludge as well as the screenings are transported directly from the Asten plant to the power plant.

The highly efficient residual material processing plant sorts and shreds the waste, separating ferrous and non-ferrous metals and impurities. Finally, particles of 80 millimetres are transported into the fuel bunker with a capacity of 3,000 tons.

Safe transport with the Pipe Conveyor

"The residual material processing plant and the heat and power plant are located several hundred metres away from each other", describes Erich Ehrentraut. To complicate matters further, a public street is crossing the route. "We had to guarantee absolutely safe material transport", he says. No waste, not even the smallest amount, can fall on the ground. Additionally, the odour of the waste could not be a nuisance to the people living in the area. The people in charge of the project at Linz AG evaluated several different solutions for the bulk material transport. They then opted for the BEUMER Group Pipe Conveyor. "The particularly efficient system convinced us", Erich Ehrentraut reports.

Comprehensive expertise, optimum support

BEUMER Group is a globally active system supplier for innovative intralogistic solutions. The group has bundled its comprehensive expertise spanning various industries and established different Centers of Competence in order to offer optimal global support of their single-source solutions. The "Pipe Conveyor" segment is one such Center of Competence. These centers are in charge of worldwide project management and sales. They collect and process the expertise from the individual local group companies and pass it on to the global group experts in each respective field.

"Together with the people in charge of the project, BEUMER developed an ideal solution tailored to the customer's requirements", says Josef Staribacher, Managing Director at BEUMER Group Austria. Pipe Conveyors not only protect the environment from falling items during transport due to their closed design, they are also able to navigate long distances and tight curve radii. Due to this characteristic, considerably less transfer towers are required compared to other belt conveyors. This allows for substantial cost savings for the customer and BEUMER can easily customise the system to the individual routing.

BEUMER supplied and installed a Pipe Conveyor with a centre distance of 475 metres. It conveys up to 40 tons of material per hour. The system is running around the clock, seven days a week. Due to the system design and the required system capacity, the Pipe Conveyor has been designed with a diameter of 300 millimetres. The difference in height between the feeding and discharging point is 24 metres.

Durable and quiet

The conveyor belts that we use are very durable and were specially manufactured for the Pipe Conveyor. Based on many years of experience, BEUMER has developed proprietary calculation programs that help to dimension all relevant parameters such as curve radii, conveying capacity and all other customer requirements. Another advantage of the BEUMER solution is the reduced noise emission that the system provides. This is achieved by using special idlers, low-noise bearings, and the correct conveying speed. "This improves the quality of our employees' day-to-day work environment and ensures the people living near the conveyor line are not disturbed by the noise", says Erich Ehrentraut.

High level of system availability guaranteed

The system has been in operation for four years now and Linz AG is very satisfied with the results and benefits of the BEUMER solution. The utility company is also impressed by the high level of system availability, ensured by BEUMER customer support. "High-quality systems reduce machine malfunctions and breakdown and therefore minimise long downtimes", says Josef Staribacher. "This helps Linz AG to provide guaranteed energy supply, because it allows for continuous firing." But even high-quality systems require maintenance and service. If necessary, BEUMER service personnel come to Linz AG to check the system and perform the required adjustments.

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Quick delivery of spare parts
Beckum, 15. July 2015

Inter Cars SA, based in Warsaw, Poland, has commissioned the BEUMER Group to equip its new distribution center with conveying and sorting equipment, including a warehouse control system. BEUMER will serve as a systems integrator for the project. Inter Cars is establishing a new intralogistics system in order to meet the growing needs of its customers. The online supplier wants to deliver spare parts for cars even faster than before. The distribution center is scheduled for completion in June 2016.

Following a joint planning phase that ran for more than a year, Inter Cars has commissioned BEUMER to fit out its new main distribution center just outside of Warsaw with a complete conveying, order-picking and sorting system. The system will control all the functions, from goods reception to quality assurance, picking of goods, consignment and shipping. These areas will be connected by a conveyor system that is more than five kilometers long. One outstanding piece of equipment is the BEUMER BS7 Belt Tray Sorter with 361 end points designed for gentle handling of spare parts for cars. After being consolidated for customers, the orders will be distributed to 51 destinations by a sliding shoe sorter in the outgoing goods area. BEUMER will also supply a PLC-based machine control unit and a material flow computer for the whole distribution center. The system receives orders from the warehouse management system, which the customer ordered separately. “Order-picking, packaging and shipping can thus be coordinated, and the user can optimize the throughput, cutting costs,” explains Martin Mossinkoff, globally responsible director of Logistics Systems in the BEUMER Group. “Inter Cars will get the entire system from one source. In this way it will avoid interfaces and will have us as a contact for everything.” Employees from the Polish subsidiary of the BEUMER Group will help set up the system and put it into operation, because for the next five years they will be responsible for maintenance and servicing as part of the Residential Service agreement.

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Really easy for users
Beckum, 13. July 2015

The BEUMER Group, intralogistics specialist and complete provider of filling, palletising and packaging systems, unveiled its refinement of the proven high-capacity packaging system at the "interpack 2014" trade fair in the form of the new BEUMER stretch hood A. Since then the intralogistics provider has received excellent customer feedback regarding the packaging system. The specialists optimised the new BEUMER stretch hood A in respect to function, economy and ergonomics. The easy, intuitive and reliable operation was especially appealing to customers.

"Our new BEUMER stretch hood A makes things really easy for the operator", is how Volker Feldmeyer, Business Development Manager in the BEUMER Group, enthusiastically sums up the product. For him, this is one of the main factors behind the positive feedback since the market launch. The systems went to customers in highly diverse markets. These include the cement, construction and chemicals industry, as well as the consumer goods market and logistics sector. "After closely scrutinising the needs of customers in the market together with Sales, our developers came to the question: How can we develop a packaging system that meets user expectations, while working at the highest level and excelling against the competitor products", explains Feldmeyer. "To this end, we brought not only customers but also packaging and pallet manufacturers on board". The aim for BEUMER involved developing a packaging system that is even more user friendly. That means a specially developed BEUMER Group Human Machine Interface (HMI), a touch panel with optimised user interface and graphic navigation, is used. Video sequences show operators how easily the machine can be handled. This easily understandable and intuitive interaction concept helps them to define much more efficient workflows at the machine.

The BEUMER stretch hood A removes the need for a platform or steps. Any maintenance work that is required can be done from the ground without entering the machine, thereby improving safety and making work easier. And because sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor for companies - especially due to rising energy and raw material costs - BEUMER has opted for low electricity and compressed air use in the technology's application. "That ensures an effective energy balance", explains Feldmeyer.

BEUMER can cover all performance requirements with the newly developed high-capacity packaging system – users gain a packaging solution tailored to their profile in line with specific needs. The latest development is a high-speed version that can continuously package up to 200 pallets an hour in the transport flow, a major advantage in comparison to many rival systems, which can only achieve this performance when the load units are stationary. Even the packaging of products with varying dimensions does not pose any problem for the new machine: Two film formats arranged over one another serve for packaging different pallet sizes. The new generation BEUMER stretch hood A supersedes all previous construction series with its modular design.

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Forming, filling, sealing – with outstanding efficiency
Beckum, 23. June 2015

As a single-source provider of filling, palletising and packaging systems, BEUMER Group has recently introduced an innovative form fill seal system (FFS system) to the market. The needs of customers in the chemical industry may vary greatly; bulk density, flow characteristics and grain distribution of chemical products require flexibility in bagging and packaging until they reach the final customer. With the new FFS system, BEUMER emphasises a sustainable mode of operation. High throughput, availability and a compact design are key features of the new system. Reproducible weight accuracy of the bags is ensured. Furthermore, operators can handle the highly energy-efficient system ergonomically.

Chemical and petrochemical products are partly characterised by high product temperatures, may be dimensionally unstable and have special flow characteristics. If these materials are filled into bags, their handling can be extremely difficult. As a partner of chemical companies, BEUMER has extended its range of products with the BEUMER sealpac. This FFS system forms a bag from a prefabricated tubular PE film and fills it with technical plastic materials like PE, PP, PA or PS. Salts, building materials, fertilisers or food products can also be filled into bags reliably, gently and sustainably. This system is equipped with a weighing unit which, on the one hand, ensures that the quantity of material filled is not too high as this would result in high costs for the manufacturer. On the other hand, the bags must not contain too little material since the specified quantity has to correspond to the actual contents. Thus operators always obtain exact filling weights with the new FFS system. Then the system seals the bags with a weight of up to 25 kg. This way users can handle up to 2,600 bags per hour.

Less wear and tear, more clarity

In typical systems available in the market, the bags oscillate from one working post to the next one. The resulting vibrations are transferred to the systems and may lead to wear and tear even after a short period of time. BEUMER guides the bags in a straight movement to the individual working stations. The machine runs much more smoothly and there are nearly no vibrations.

In the BEUMER sealpac the individual working posts for forming, filling and closing are of modular design. This division makes work easier for the service personnel since they can check each unit separately and replace it as required. A unique feature of the BEUMER sealpac is its symmetrical structure, which enables the operator to freely decide from which side the system is operated. Moreover, the extremely compact design of the BEUMER sealpac allows a space-saving and flexible installation.

For this system, BEUMER relies on proven components, which have been consistently enhanced. All components are freely available on the market. This reduces both the capital cost for operators and the delivery periods for spare parts. Thanks to various options like print mark control, automatic exchange of film rolls, detached film releasing unit, free or rail-based manoeuvrability and the possibility of processing pre-stretched film, the system can be adapted individually to customer requirements.

Saving costs across the board

In the chemical industry, systems are often running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any standstill may result in considerable costs. Therefore, BEUMER sets great store by high availability. The sealpac has a robust design, which extends maintenance intervals. Its modular structure enables an easy cleaning. Operators can quickly retrofit the system. Like all BEUMER machines and systems, the sealpac is characterised by its energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and safe mode of operation. The construction series is equipped with an ergonomic control terminal (HMI– Human Machine Interface) including an optimised user interface and navigation. This enables the personnel to operate the system quickly and easily. Users at the system are provided with an easily understandable and intuitive interaction concept, enabling them to define efficient working sequences.

This new system rounds off the product portfolio of the intralogistics supplier along the customers' logistics value chain. Thus, users only have one contact for the entire system, from project planning and project management up to service.

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BEUMER Group announces handover of sortation system for new JD.com logistics center in China
Aarhus, 22. June 2015

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems, has finished the handover of a complete material handling and sortation system for a new logistics center in Shanghai for JD.com, China's largest e-tailer.

JD.com's industry-leading self-operated logistics network has been central to the company's growth, by enabling timely and reliable fulfillment for customers. Given the underdevelopment of third-party fulfillment services in China in terms of warehousing and logistics facilities, and last-mile delivery services, JD.com made a strategic decision in 2007 to build and operate its own nationwide fulfillment infrastructure. JD.com launched operations for the initial phase of its first highly automated "Asia No.1" warehouse, located in Shanghai in 2014.

The new sortation system comprises seven conveyor lines, which are suspended from the ceiling to free as much floor space as possible in the 100,000m² warehouse. Cartons and plastic bags arrive at warehouse levels 1 and 2, from where they are automatically inducted to the 254m long Crisplant LS-4000CB cross-belt sorter, with destination sorting to 131 chutes. The complete material handling system has a sortation capacity of 13,521 items per hour.

As the largest online direct sales company in China, JD.com accounted for more than 56% of the country's direct B2C e-commerce market in Q1 of 2015. The company fulfilled a total of more than 689 million orders in 2014 from its warehouses to satisfy demand from its over 105 million active customers.

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Bag after bag - continuous and exact filling process
Beckum, 26. May 2015

Cement, mortar or gypsum - the bulk density, flow characteristics and grain distribution of these products, which are filled in bags and packed for delivery to the customer, may vary significantly. BEUMER Group, a single-source provider of filling, palletising and packaging systems offers the BEUMER fillpac®, which can be flexibly integrated and adapted with existing packaging lines by the user. Depending on project requirements, BEUMER Group offers varying designs. Specific weighing electronics are utilised to ensure weight accuracy of the bags. Operators can nearly eliminate rejects caused by too high or too low filling weights.

Building materials have their own specific characteristics, such as high product temperatures or different volumes and weights - they may show an unusual flow behaviour and may be dimensionally unstable. As a partner to this industry, BEUMER Group successfully enable material manufacturers to fill bags without any product loss with the BEUMER fillpac®, an efficient filling machine. The systems of this construction series fill reliably, carefully and sustainably while meeting the required throughput.

Precision filling

The BEUMER fillpac® is equipped with a weighing unit, which communicates permanently with the filler neck via a dedicated software. The automatic bag weight control determines the exact filling weight while filling. This way the system always achieves accurate degrees of filling. Thus the packaging line works more efficiently as it is no longer necessary to remove under or overweight bags from the material flow. In addition, the quantity indicated on the bag always corresponds to the real volume.

Air filling machines for pourable and coarse-grained products

Depending on the requirements and on the material characteristics such as bulk density, flow behaviour or grain distribution, BEUMER Group can offer both air and turbine filling machines from the construction series. The air filling machines are suitable for bagging pourable and coarse-grained products with particle sizes up to ten millimetres. The systems use a blower to fluidise the materials in a pressure chamber. The products can then be filled into bags gently and precisely. Depending on the throughput, the user may opt for a rotary or an inline filling machine. The air rotary filling machines have four to twelve filling modules which are arranged in a circular pattern. Depending on the number of filling spouts, the systems reach a maximum capacity of 1,200 to 3,600 bags per hour for 25-kilo bags.

The air inline filling machines are generally equipped with one to four filling modules. Depending on the number of filling spouts positioned next to each other, the system achieves a capacity reaching between 300 and 1,200 25-kg-bags per hour. Regardless of whether the system is arranged in a circular pattern or in a line, capacity and utilisation can be improved by installing an optional automatic bag placer. The filling process is carried out either automatically or at the push of a button. Two configurations are available for removing the bag at the end of the filling process: either manually or automatically with vertical bag discharge on a belt conveyor.

Turbine filling machine for free flowing and fine-grain products

The turbine process is the appropriate solution for companies which predominantly fill free flowing and fine-grained materials, such as cement or gypsum. The turbine filling machines use motor-driven impellers. They can be arranged either horizontally or vertically, ensuring a particularly high filling pressure and thus a very good compaction of the fine-grained materials to be bagged. The result is filled bags which are compact and dimensionally stable so that the user is no longer required to vent them.

With up to 20 filling modules, the BEUMER fillpac® R for example can fill up to 300 tons of fine-grain materials per hour into diverse bag types. The HDPE bag placer, an exclusive offering of BEUMER Group, enables dependable filling of HDPE bags. The filling impeller is characterised by its speed and the maximum material throughput. The bag weight adjustment, which automatically adjusts the weight of the next bag, always ensures precise results. Opening and closing of the vertically mounted filling spout is carried out outside of the dirty area - this way the three-position cylinder which regulates the coarse and fine flow is protected from dust. The cylinder for bag discharging is also located in the dust-free zone above the filling spout. This solution minimises wear and tear on both cylinders and, therefore, ensures longer service life.

BEUMER Group also offers the turbine filling machines with inline design. The filling modules are placed next to each other for ready access, which makes them extremely easy to maintain. The inline filling machines are best suited for production environments with low throughput rates.

Individual customisation

The BEUMER construction series is equipped with an ergonomic control terminal. The improved Human Machine Interface concept allows operators to work in a simple and intuitive way. Almost all built-in components of the BEUMER fillpac® are freely available commercially. This reduces delivery times for spare parts and lowers capital costs for the user. Furthermore, the intralogistics supplier has designed the system in a way that individual customer requirements or special operational requests can be implemented flexibly and cost-effectively.

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BEUMER Group to present innovative automated sorting technologies at PARCEL-EXPO Asia Pacific 2015
Aarhus, 15. May 2015

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated parcel and post sorting systems - will showcase innovative automated sorting technologies at PARCEL-EXPO Asia Pacific 2015. These technologies will include products which have already been installed by BEUMER Group China and Crisplant Singapore to help major companies within the Asia Pacific region to achieve leading-edge speed, capacity and energy-efficiency from the sorting process.

The BEUMER Group will also present papers at PARCEL-EXPO Asia Pacific's two-day conference on business development, productivity and innovation in the Asia-Pacific region:

  • 'How automated identification can boost tracking capabilities' Wednesday 13 May, 'Innovation & Trends' moderated by Derek Osborn, CEO, Whatnext4U.
  • 'Automating the parcel distribution centre in a world of e-commerce' Thursday 14 May, 'Parcel Hub Development and Logistics' session.

"The sorting technologies being presented at this exhibition combine two of the leading names in automated sorting technologies, BEUMER and Crisplant. The innovations introduced by these BEUMER Group companies are already being used to achieve unprecedented capacity and energy efficiency to companies throughout the Asia Pacific region. These companies include the Singapore post office, SingPost; express parcel courier, SF Express; and two of China's leading online retailers, JD.com and VIPshop," explains Martin Mossinkoff, Managing Director, Logistic Systems, BEUMER Group.

BEUMER Group companies, BEUMER Group China and Crisplant Singapore, will be on Stand No. 4025 at the second PARCEL-EXPO Asia Pacific which will be held in Singapore on 13 - 14 May 2015.

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Optimal protection, optimal cost efficiency
Beckum, 12. May 2015

For many companies in the chemical, building material or food industries, the efficient packaging of their palletised goods is a deciding competitive factor. Some of the crucial factors are transport security, anti-theft protection, display characteristics of the packaged goods, as well as weatherproofing for outside storage. Further key factors are process efficiency and cost reduction (energy and material consumption), as well as the system output (the number of pallets that can be packaged during a specific amount of time). All of these factors need to be taken into account in order to determine the perfect packaging technology. Stretch hooding has proven to be particularly efficient in comparison with other techniques.

Palletising and packaging play a particularly important role, in any industry, for delivering your goods in optimum condition to your customers. If the required stability is not provided, goods such as glass, stone or bricks stacked on trucks can detach from the palletised unit and break. This can cause tremendous costs, depending on the product. Materials such as cement, flour or cocoa powder need special protection against atmospheric influences and humidity during transport and storage. To accommodate this, there are different packaging solutions available to the customer. It is important to find the most economical and environmentally sustainable solution. There are currently three different palletising packaging techniques on the market: shrink hooding, stretch wrapping and stretch hooding.

Efficient packaging with shrink film

Film packaging for pallets was developed by a German chemical producer in the mid-1960s, based on using shrink film. The film is produced as a tube using blow head extruders with tubular dies, which are then further processed or slit open to become a flat film. Hot air heats the film during the shrinking process up to the softening point. The film is shrunk to fit perfectly around the palletised goods, which, after cooling down, creates the necessary stability to secure the load. The heat required for the shrinking process is produced by the packaging system either electrically or with gas. If required, the pallet can be packaged leaving its base open for the skids of the fork-lift. This allows high-bay storage. It is also possible to draw the film over the pallet base. The shrinking method is particularly suited for products that are sensitive to elastic packaging stacking, such as glass. The goods are reliably protected against environmental impacts such as snow, rain, UV radiation, dust and insects. However, the shrinking process causes the film to become milky, which makes it difficult to see the packaged goods or imprinted barcodes. Additional disadvantages: polyethylene (PE) bags might weld to the packaging film and the heat effect can be a fire hazard.

Or opt for wrapping instead?

A decade passed before a US-based crude oil refiner and chemical resins supplier discovered the ingredients for a stretchable film, and the stretch wrapping technique was born. This packaging technique is still one of the most popular solutions with many companies, due to the low initial investment costs for the machines compared to shrink or stretch hood systems. The consumption of stretch wrapping film in Europe alone is estimated to be 1.4 million metric tons per year. This technique, however, requires a lot of material which means that the operator has to change the film roll frequently. This makes the technique suitable for low production rates.

The stretch wrapping film's elasticity allows solidifying the palletised goods during packaging. This technique, however, only provides little vertical tension force to the load, which is needed to provide stability for the transportation loads. This technique is not suited for materials with sharp edges, such as stones or bricks. Another disadvantage: additional plastic film is required to protect the goods against environmental impacts and humidity. The film overlay prevents an optimal display of the products and barcodes on the film cannot be read easily. And because the film is wrapped, you cannot print on it. Additionally, the film attracts dirt particles due to its adhesion properties and the products collect dust during longer storage periods. The film also does not offer any protection against theft, as unauthorised persons can remove goods from the pallet without ripping the film. Another problem: projecting film remnants, typical with this packaging technique, can disturb the sensor system of the conveying technology or the rack feeders. This causes repeated error messages. Due to the many setting parameters, the quantity of the film required for the packaging cannot be calculated exactly.

High transport security with stretch hoods

The stretch hood technology is a combination of the film hood and stretch wrapping techniques. BEUMER installed the first stretch hood system in Belgium in 1988. But the largest breakthrough for this pallet packaging technique only came about 15 years ago. The availability of improved raw materials allowed the quality of the film to be considerably increased. Like shrink hooding, the stretch film adapts to any product that is stacked on the pallet. And similar to wrapping, the film is very elastic and therefore solidifies the material via contracting forces. This technique guarantees high load stability. The packaging film does not get glued to the product during the process. It is possible to pack the pallet both for high-bay storage systems and with understretch. The smooth film surface ensures high visibility of the packaged goods, and therefore provides an excellent display of the packed goods at the Point of Sale because barcode labelling is quickly and consistently recognisable. The used film is recyclable. Stretch hooding does not use heat, which reduces the fire hazard considerably, increases operational reliability and therefore minimises insurance rates. Less film and energy are required, which means less damage to the environment. In the majority of industrial and consumer product applications, stretch hooding offers the best possible protection for palletised goods. A sheet placed on the pallet offers additional protection on six sides against external influences with this packaging solution. It allows for a clean and dry outdoor storage, as goods are reliably protected against environmental impacts, humidity, insects and UV rays.

Packaging solutions compared

The BEUMER portfolio includes innovative solutions and systems for all these packaging techniques. But in order to stay competitive in the long run, companies should not only consider the total cost of ownership when making investment decisions. A comprehensive approach is necessary to determine the perfect packaging method. By considering the total value of ownership (TVO), the efficiency of the operating investments can be specified more comprehensively and in more detail. This is why BEUMER Group considers economical, ecological and social aspects when developing their plants and systems. This allows our customers to plan their investments strategically.

Double your throughput with stretch hooding

Besides load securing, another important factor for most companies when choosing the perfect packaging method, is the protection against environmental impacts. This is why the BEUMER experts compared shrink hooding to stretch hooding and found a clear cost advantage for the stretch method. They took a palletised stack of 1,630 millilitres in height for test purposes. Systems that use shrink hooding to package palletised items can process 35 to 70 pallets per hour. With this process, the film strength lies between 120 and 180 micrometres. By using the stretch hooding method, throughput is nearly doubled with 100 to 120 pallets per hour. The film that is used is also thinner, only 70 and 140 micrometres. Less material is required due to the elasticity of the film.

In 2014, the market price for shrink film was at 1.70 EUR per kilogram. The packaging costs for a film hood were approx. 1.02 EUR. The film costs for 300,000 pallets per year were approx. 306,000 EUR. The film used for stretch hooding is currently slightly more expensive with 1.90 EUR per kilogram. To form a film hood, however, you only require materials totalling 57 cents. This leads to a remarkable cost difference of approx. 159,000 EUR for the same amount of pallets per year. The customer can achieve cost savings of approx. 52 percent.

The systems also differ in regards to their energy demands. The gas consumption for shrink hooding is at approx. two kilowatt hours per pallet. The energy required to form a stretch hood costs six cents. For the calculated 300,000 pallets per year, the total cost is 18,000 EUR. Due to the fact that the stretch hood system works without gas and the costs for energy consumption are almost identical for both techniques, the user can save those costs by implementing the stretch hood method.

The maintenance costs for shrink hooding can vary, especially for older machines, between 2,000 and 8,000 EUR per year. We used 4,000 EUR as the basis for our calculation. The calculated average costs for the stretch hooding method are between 1,000 and 3,000 EUR per year. Assuming an average value of 2,000 EUR, the user saves 2,000 EUR per year in maintenance costs. This means significantly lower costs per year when using the stretch hooding technique.

The BEUMER stretch hood® A is the result of the intralogistics specialist from Beckum redesigning its tried-and-trusted packaging system from scratch. During its development, our specialists analysed various components and optimised them in terms of function, arrangement and ergonomics. This includes an intuitive menu system on the machine control via a soft-touch panel, an optimised, ergonomically designed workplace for the operator and material-friendly transporting of the film in the machine thanks to an innovative film transport system. The new system also features improved system performance and requires far less floor space.

Tailored solutions

Each product has its own handling characteristics, which require a careful analysis by the user. This analysis is necessary to determine the pallet packaging requirements. BEUMER provides the operator with an online configurator to calculate and evaluate the economic efficiency of different packaging techniques, as well as the added value for their company. In addition, BEUMER experts will create a presentation that is individually tailored to the customer's requirements. The customer gets a reliable comparison between the different packaging methods, the individual energy consumption, as well as the maintenance, investment and system costs.

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BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos Ltda. finalises new BHS at Tefé Airport, Brazil
Aarhus, 06. May 2015

BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos Ltda. - part of BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - announces the completion of the contract to design, manufacture and integrate a new energy-efficient, automated baggage-handling system at Tefé Airport, Brazil.

The city of Tefé, on the southern bank of Lake Tefé in the heart of the Amazon rain forest in northern Brazil, can only be accessed by plane (1h 10min) or boat (16h) from Manaus - the capital of the state of Amazonas.

Tefé Airport, administrated by Brazilian airport operator Infraero, which manages 60 airports across Brazil, is one of the main gateways to the interior of northern Brazil and plays an important role in development and commercial activity in Tefé as well as in the surrounding cities. It is likewise socially important, in that it serves as a base for transporting humanitarian missions from neighbouring countries. Currently the airport operates regular regional flights as well as military aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force, Army and Navy.

The new baggage handling system for the departures area is part of the modernisation and expansion of the airport terminal, which has been extended from 590m² to 4,000m² The system integrates check-in scales and take-away conveyors with a complete baggage handling conveyor system. The new system is designed to shorten baggage processing times and help the airport improve its operational efficiency and deliver an enhanced passenger experience.

Due to the geographical location of the airport, Infraero takes the responsibility to increase the quality of life in the vicinity very seriously. To this end - and as expected from BEUMER Group equipment - the baggage handling system minimises energy consumption, operating and maintenance costs and environmental impact.

The contract underlines BEUMER Group's strong foothold in the South American regional airport market. In addition to the Tefé Airport contract, BEUMER Latinoamericana Equipamentos Ltda is also installing baggage handling systems at Antofagasta Airport, Chile, and the Brazilian airports Araraquara, Franca and Cascavel.

Tefé Airport expects its new baggage handling system to be in operation in the spring of 2015.

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BEUMER Group to demonstrate high-efficiency baggage handling at Dubai Airport Show 2015
Aarhus, 05. May 2015

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of baggage handling systems - will demonstrate high-efficiency, fully-automatic and semi-automatic baggage handling systems on Stand 6704 in the German Pavillion at Dubai Airport Show 2015, from 10th to 12th May.

The BEUMER Group stand will highlight the industry's first, high-speed tote-based baggage transport system to be certified to the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 for in-tote screening using standard and extended tote sizes.

"With a choice of screening machines from the industry's leading manufacturers, Crisplant CrisBag® provides airports with a fully-integrated high-speed baggage handling and ECAC3-screening system," explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, Crisplant. "With its compact footprint, high speed and 100% tracking and traceability of each item of baggage, CrisBag can be installed as a new system or as an upgrade and is currently being installed in Abu Dhabi International Airport's new Midfield Terminal."

Visitors to the stand will also be able to collect a copy of the BEUMER Group's recent white paper: 'Assessing the Impact of ECAC3 on BHS - Considerations for upgrading existing ECAC2 systems.'

BEUMER Group is a global company, working with airports around the world through a network of local offices. To provide close partnership and effective communication with airports throughout the region, BEUMER Group Middle East has offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

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BEUMER to Exhibit Flexible, Efficient and Low-maintenance Sortation and Distribution Solutions at ProMat 2015
Somerset, NJ, 18. March 2015

BEUMER Corporation, a leader in sortation, distribution, palletizing and packaging systems, will exhibit at ProMat 2015 in booth 1231 with a broad range of flexible, high-speed and low-maintenance energy-efficient sortation and distribution solutions, including a fully operational demonstration of its automated BS 7 cross-belt sorter and an interactive "virtual sortation tour" featuring several BEUMER sortation solutions. Additionally, BEUMER will introduce its latest offering, the Automatic Parcel Singulator (APS) for handling a variety of parcels.

The ProMat 2015 show runs March 23-26 at McCormick place in Chicago.

BEUMER's booth will present several innovative products and systems that help improve distribution center productivity and efficiency. The company is also participating in an educational seminar presented by the Material Handling Institute (MHI) with a BEUMER sortation expert sharing insight on the latest advances in material handling equipment, systems and controls.

BEUMER highlights at the ProMat 2015 show include:

BEUMER BS 7 BT Cross-Belt Sorter
The company's main exhibit features an operational and interactive BS 7 high-capacity cross-belt sorter, which is the same type used by Chico's, DSW, Land's End and other leading entities in their e-fulfilment, retail/wholesale replenishment and parcel operations. Attendees will be able to induct product and test the system performance via three sample discharges (direct to bag, direct to tote, and accumulation chute). BEUMER's display will also include an integrated high-speed camera system working with a wide range of products and packages such as clothing, shoe boxes and bagged items.

The BEUMER cross-belt sorter has a contactless energy/data supply with linear induction motor drives to sort a variety of items safely and gently to the right destination, no matter the size, shape or surface characteristics of the product being handled. BEUMER's industry-leading dynamic induction line will also be in action, capable of inducting items from small accessories o large parcels to the center of every belt tray. This results in a system that guarantees 99.99+ percent sort accuracy while reducing maintenance costs by as much as 80 percent compared to competing systems.

New Automatic Parcel Singulator (APS)
The Automatic Parcel Singulator (APS) transforms a bulk flow of parcels into a flow metered for high-capacity loop sortation. Designed to handle a wide variety of items, the APS is BEUMER's newest offering for sortation and distribution. The APS handles parcels, flats, totes and sealed bags - minimizing the need for manual handling and supervision during normal operation. The APS features a compact, energy efficient, low maintenance design that is ideal for new loop-sorter parcel systems or retro-fitting into existing loop-sorter systems.

BEUMER Group Software and Controls: Introducing BG Fusion
Software and controls from the BEUMER Group provide the most efficient sort engine to optimize throughput, availability, visibility, and operational performance, delivering the highest level of ROI for our customers. Across multiple sites, we are currently beta testing our latest visualization software, BG Fusion, which provides a web based user interface and visually rich reporting and system monitoring. We will showcase this latest offering, along with the BEUMER Sorter Control (BeSS) via an in-booth demo, featuring real time dashboards and operational data from a major retail distribution system. The dashboards allow supervisors to proactively re-balance labor, efficiently transition between waves, and minimize problem-order resolution based on the current status of the sorter and peripheral operations such as picking, induction, pack-out and shipping.

Interactive "Sortation Virtual Tour" Presentation
To give booth visitors a unique and original "perspective" on the key capabilities and advantages offered by BEUMER's full line of cross-belt and tilt tray sortation systems, special interactive "virtual sortation tours" will be given in the booth. Using an interactive touch screen approach, visitors will have the ability to create a custom journey through a BEUMER sorter system based on their own specific distribution processes. Tours include sortation applications for e-commerce, retail fulfilment, omni-channel, wholesale/cross-dock and shipping or parcel handling.

Additional BEUMER Sorter Models on Display
For those that prefer a hands on-approach instead of a virtual tour, the booth will also include actual samples of several BEUMER sorter models including the BS-25 tilt tray, the Crisplant LS4000 E-tilt, and Crisplant LS2000 mechanical tilt tray. Attendees will get an in-depth look at the robust parts and decades of engineering built into the industry's leading sortation products.

Material Handling Institute Classroom Session
Show attendees can also get up to speed on the latest material handling equipment, controls, software, and integrated systems developments in a 45-minute educational session sponsored by MHI's Integrated Systems and Controls Group - featuring BEUMER's Chief Sales Officer, John Sarinick, and John Hill, Director at St. Onge. This seminar will discuss innovative solutions ranging from simple to complex for both smaller and larger companies with details on applications, operational benefits and financial justification. Full details are below:

Seminar: 108
Date: Monday, March 23, 2015
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Theater F

For more information on BEUMER's sortation and distribution solutions and services visit booth 1231 at ProMat 2015, or go to www.beumergroup.com.

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BEUMER Group demonstrates end-to-end in-tote baggage handling at Bahrain International Airport Development Forum
Beckum, 17. March 2015

BEUMER Group Middle East - a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - will demonstrate its end-to-end in-tote baggage handling systems at the Bahrain International Airport Development Forum, Manama, Bahrain, from 1st-2nd April 2015.

The demonstration will highlight how the BEUMER Group enables airport hubs to support sharp increases in passenger numbers by using the latest baggage handling technology to meet the individual needs of each airport. Recent projects have included a CrisBag®-based system for Abu Dhabi International Airport; tilt-tray systems for Hamad International and Doha airports; as well as tilt-tray and autover® Destination Coded Vehicle (DCV) baggage handling and transportation systems for Dubai International Airport.

With a strong local project management and engineering team, BEUMER Group Middle East has regional offices in Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. Globally, BEUMER Group works with airports through a network of local offices which provide the close partnership and effective customer communication which are essential for successful projects worldwide.

BEUMER Group will be on Stand A25, at the Bahrain International Airport Development Forum, held at the Gulf Convention Centre, Manama, Bahrain, from 1st-2nd April 2015.

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BEUMER Group UK awarded contract for automated parcel handling system at UK Mail’s new Midlands Hub
Beckum, 17. March 2015

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated post and parcel handling systems - has been awarded a contract by UK Mail Group PLC - the UK's largest independent express delivery company - to install a fully automated parcel sorting system in UK Mail's new state-of-the-art Midlands Hub which is scheduled to begin operation in 2015.

Equipping the new Midlands Hub with a state-of-the-art parcel sortation system will enable UK Mail to ensure high levels of service to end-users throughout the UK. The decision to award the contract to BEUMER Group was based on the reputation for developing and delivering innovative parcel sorting systems combining the flexibility to handle parcels across a wide range of shapes, sizes and weights, with the scalability to increase capacity in line with future growth.

"The automation of UK Mail's parcels operation is an essential part of their strategy," explains Martin Mossinkoff, Managing Director, Logistic Systems, BEUMER Group. "Crisplant's expertise in designing systems which combine high efficiency with ultra-low energy consumption and maintenance costs will make a significant contribution to enabling UK Mail to drive down the cost per item by increasing the capacity of their centralised sortation system."

Richard Wenham, Network Development Director, UK Mail, explains "Our continuous growth has been driven by a particularly strong increase in the volume of parcels in the B2B and B2C parcel markets. This is being driven by expansion in the number of home deliveries from Internet-based companies. We estimate that this segment of the market will continue to grow and therefore we are maintaining our focus on combining competitive pricing with strong service levels."

The new parcel handling system will integrate two Crisplant LS-4000 cross-belt sorters which achieve up to 70% reduction in energy consumption, compared to conventional sorter technologies. They also provide a single system capable of ensuring the safe and efficient handling of parcels of different dimensions from induction to discharge. The reduced energy consumption will reduce the product life cycle costs in addition to helping UK Mail to meet environmental goals for reducing carbon emissions.

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Now delivered even faster to your feet
Beckum, 12. March 2015

Skechers, a two-billion-dollar global leader in the high performance and lifestyle footwear industry, designs, develops and markets more than 3,000 styles for men, women and children. Skechers' success stems from its employees, high-quality, varied product offering, diversified domestic and international distribution channels, and targeted multi-channel marketing.Skechers has recently expanded its European Distribution Centre in Milmort, Belgium. BEUMER Group provided the BS 7 BT Belt Tray Sorter that has now been put into operation. Skechers wants to increase its throughput and further strengthen its customer support.

Skechers' products are manufactured worldwide, shipped to the distribution centre in Milmort and then distributed to the Skechers retail stores, wholesales customers and retailers. "In the past years, we have seen an increasing demand for our products", explains Sophie Houtmeyers, head of the logistic centre. "This is why we had to consistently expand our logistic centre. Sales continue to grow in the future. "We want to offer exceptional service at competitive prices", emphasizes Sophie Houtmeyers.

The fully automatic sortation and distribution system from BEUMER is modularly designed and particularly suited for accurate and quick sortation of large numbers of items. "One of the reasons for choosing the BS 7 BT was its long service life and high reliability", explains Thomas Wiesmann, sortation and distribution technology sales manager at BEUMER Group. The entire system was mounted on a platform. The engineers designed the destinations to make the operation faster and more efficient, but also to handle the products more gently.

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Crisplant launches MyCheck™ hybrid check-in at Passenger Terminal Expo 2015
Aarhus, 10. March 2015

Crisplant - part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - will launch a hybrid check-in system at Passenger Terminal Expo 2015, on 10-12 March, in Paris, France. MyCheck™ is a flexible solution which can be used as a fully-automated check-in and bag drop for the passenger; as an automated check-in by the passenger and bag drop at a manned counter; or as a conventional check-in and bag drop at a manned counter. MyCheck™ complements the CrisCheck range of check-in conveyors already available.

This flexibility not only provides a multi-function check-in for space-constrained airports, but also allows the airport to achieve a much higher level of asset usage. The ability to switch between different check-in options will help airlines to manage long queues more effectively and reduce the pressure of under-manning in the departure hall during peak periods.

For passengers, the MyCheck™ self-service check-in and bag drop is both easy to use and offers an ultra-low conveyor height which allows bags to be lifted easily for added comfort and safety.

For airports, a lean and functional design makes MyCheck™ suitable for new terminal designs as well as for retrofit installations and it can be used as an easy extension to Crisplant's CrisCheck™ conveyor. Vital security and safety features include tamper detection, to prevent bags being switched during check-in; double detection to ensure that every bag is checked; and also motion detection to monitor for the presence of a child or passenger on the conveyor. Seamless integration with the airport and airline IT systems provides immediate barcode verification during the reconciliation of the passenger, passport and ticket. MyCheck™ also reduces maintenance costs by allowing all maintenance tasks to be carried out by a single operator.

"MyCheck™ represents a significant advance in the flexibility which airports can expect from their check-in systems," explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, Crisplant. "It will enhance the efficiency and productivity of the check-in procedure even in the most space-constrained airports."

Crisplant is launching MyCheck™ on Stand 4040 at Passenger Terminal Expo 2015, 10-12 March, Paris.

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Crisplant White Paper assesses the impact of ECAC3 hold baggage screening regulations for European airports
Aarhus, 10. March 2015

BEUMER Group with Crisplant - a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - has published a white paper which assesses the impact of the European Civil Aviation Conference's ECAC3 hold baggage screening regulations on European airports.

Written for Airport Operations Executives and Airport Design Consultants, the paper presents an objective analysis of the implications of upgrading existing ECAC2-compliant baggage handling and screening systems to the ECAC3 standard.

"ECAC3 provides airports with the opportunity to make improvements in the performance and efficiency of their baggage screening process," explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, Crisplant. "Using experience gained over 35 years, Crisplant helps airport operators to make informed decisions and achieve the full benefits of the upgrade to ECAC3. In addition to enhanced baggage handling, these benefits include ensuring the optimum use of assets such as Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) to optimise the baggage handling process."

The paper covers topics which include:

  • System design, capacity, redundancy and layout
  • A comparison of the ECAC2 and ECAC3 technologies
  • Compliance and operation
  • CAPEX and OPEX costs

The European Civil Aviation Conference's (ECAC) Standard 3 threat detection test is the highest standard set by ECAC for the detection of explosive threats in passenger hold baggage. The ECAC3 protocol supercedes the ECAC2 hold baggage screening standard for all new baggage handling systems installed after September 2014. Existing ECAC2 systems must be upgraded to comply with ECAC3 before September 2020.

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Crisplant demonstrates ECAC3-approved baggage handling system with integrated explosives detection screening at Passenger Terminal Expo 2015
Aarhus, 04. March 2015

Crisplant - part of the BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - will be showcasing the CrisBag® high-speed baggage transport system on Stand No 4040 at Passenger Terminal Expo from 10-12 March 2015 at Porte De Versailles, Paris.

Crisplant will also partner Smiths Detection in a joint presentation, "ECAC3 - a great step forward for aviation security," on Thursday 12 March 2015 at the Passenger Terminal Conference.

The combination of Crisplant's CrisBag® high-speed baggage transport system, with Smiths Detection's HI-SCAN 10080 XCT explosives detection equipment created the first system to be certified to the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 for in-tote screening using standard and extended tote sizes. CrisBag has also subsequently been approved for the integration of CrisBag with detection equipment from L3 using standard tote sizes.

"CrisBag provides airports with a single, compact and cost-efficient system for high-speed baggage handling and full integration with state-of-the-art ECAC3 screening," explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, Crisplant. "With its compact footprint, high speed and 100% tracking and traceability of each item of in-tote transported baggage, CrisBag can be installed as a new system or as an upgrade for airports."

On Thursday 12 March 2015, at the Passenger Terminal Conference, Crisplant and Smiths Detection will present an objective review of the impact of the ECAC3 screening standard and its effects on the baggage handling procedures, systems and equipment in airports of all sizes. This presentation will draw on information presented in the recent Crisplant whitepaper: "Considerations for upgrading existing ECAC2 systems."

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BEUMER Group exhibits automated handling of green and cured tires at Tire Technology Expo 2015
Aarhus, 02. February 2015

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems - will be demonstrating the innovative Tire Tray System on Stand number 2040 at Tire Technology Expo, Cologne, Germany, from 10 to 12 February 2015. The Tire Tray System automates the management and handling of green and cured tires throughout the production process to provide increased capacity and productivity within existing production facilities.

Based on three decades of experience as an industry leader in advanced automation systems for the airport and warehouse sectors, Crisplant's development of the Tire Tray System introduced a paradigm shift in the tire manufacturing process. The system offers high-speed, high-capacity transportation, sortation and storage of green tires, from tire building to the curing presses, combined with careful and accurate manipulation which is achieved without ever gripping the tire.

For cured tires, all quality inspection, warehousing and outbound sorting processes are integrated into a single LS-4000CB cross-belt sorter loop which provides the flexibility and capacity required by high-volume tire manufacturing facilities to support increased capacity.

"The compact and highly-configurable Tire Tray System can easily be installed in existing tire production facilities to replace manual handling of tires with a fully-automated process. This enables tire manufacturers to significantly increase workplace safety and productivity," explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director at BEUMER Group company, Crisplant.

High RFID read-rates allow the Tire Tray System to provide end-to-end traceability and tracking of each tire throughout the production process, including the integration of release agent spray systems, as well as the buffering and curing processes. It also offers advanced features such as fully automated loading and unloading and the ability to handle a wide range of tire sizes within a single system.

The LS-4000CB loop-sorter has proven its value with some of the world's most demanding customers and sectors. Within the tire manufacturing sector, BEUMER Group is currently designing and manufacturing the first Tire Tray System to be installed in a major tire manufacturing facility in South America.

Delegates can see a demonstration of the Tire Tray System on Stand number 2040 at Tire Technology Expo, Cologne, Germany, from 10 to 12 February 2015.

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