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

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

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

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

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

Doing away with air!
Beckum, 26. October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decision for the right partner

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

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

A hot issue

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

Filling process: not too much, not too little

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

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

Gentle palletising is ensured

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

Packed fast and safely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The new BEUMER autover® system, in addition to the integration of new ECAC 3 compliant Explosive Detection System (EDS) machines for Hold Baggage Screening (HBS), will enable the airport to comply with the latest regulatory guidance on European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 and guidance from the Department for Transport (DfT).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uma alternativa economicamente convincente
Aarhus, 17. August 2017

O fabricante de cimento Aalborg Portland A/S conta com o Pipe Conveyor do BEUMER Group:

A fabricação de cimento tem um alto consumo energético. Para uma operação econômica e sustentável, a Aalborg Portland A/s conta com matérias-primas e combustíveis alternativos, em sua usina principal na Dinamarca, para inflamar o calcinador e o queimador principal. O BEUMER Group atende o fabricante com seu segmento de sistemas AFR (matérias-primas e combustíveis alternativos) e desenvolve soluções individuais de fonte única para transportar, armazenar e alimentar com eficiência os materiais de diferentes composições. O núcleo desses sistemas é formado pelos inovadores Pipe Conveyors: estes sistemas fechados garantem um transporte de combustíveis e matérias-primas de forma segura, livre de pó e com baixo consumo de energia.

A Aalborg Portland é uma filial do grupo cimenteiro italiano Cementir S.p.A. Esse grupo de empresas é um dos maiores fabricantes e exportadores líderes desse material em todo o mundo. Além da usina principal em Aalborg, Dinamarca, ele tem mais usinas de produção na China, no Egito, na Malásia, na Itália, na Turquia e nos Estados Unidos, bem como inúmeros escritórios comerciais.

Combustíveis alternativos em vez de primários

A produção de cimento sempre foi uma das operações de maior consumo de energia. Para evitar combustíveis primários caros, tais como gás e petróleo, e para produzir de modo mais econômico e sustentável, a Aalborg Portland tem contado com combustíveis alternativos para o processo de incineração no calcinador por muitos anos.
"Em 2014, decidimos otimizar e ampliar o sistema existente" diz Ole Strøm Hansen, diretor do projeto da Aalborg Portland. Até então, o fabricante transportava os combustíveis para ambos os calcinadores através de longas seções de transportadores pneumáticos. No entanto, o fabricante não teve uma experiência inicial positiva, já que os transportadores pneumáticos requerem manutenção extremamente intensiva, além de também serem suscetíveis a falhas. "Além disso, pretendíamos aumentar a capacidade da seção de transporte existente para 20 toneladas por hora por calcinador", explicou Hansen.

El nuevo concepto permite transportar el Residue Derived Fuel (RFD) hasta el calcinador y el Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) hasta el quemador principal. La solución fue un sistema de transporte del combustible alternativo desde el almacén hasta la zona del horno rotatorio y la alimentación gravimétrica del calcinador y del quemador principal.
A decisão foi tomada para reduzir a extensão da seção de transporte pneumático e substituir a seção restante por um sistema de transporte mecânico, mas o fabricante também queria instalar uma seção de transporte completamente nova para alimentar o queimador principal, com capacidade de até dez toneladas por hora. "Avaliamos diferentes variantes de sistemas de transporte mecânico" lembra Hansen. Finalmente, a empresa dinamarquesa optou por uma solução de fonte única do BEUMER Group com base na tecnologia inovadora do Pipe Conveyor.

Una solución apropiada para cada caso

Para oferecer suporte aos produtores de cimento nas áreas de combustíveis alternativos e matérias-primas, o BEUMER Group estabeleceu um segmento completo dedicado aos sistemas AFR. "Nosso know-how e sistemas feitos sob medida nos permitem oferecer um suporte otimizado a nossos clientes", diz Tomas Hrala, gerente de projeto no BEUMER Group. "Temos muitos anos de boa experiência e sempre consideramos as especificações de nossos clientes". Com essa habilidade, o provedor da instalação pode fornecer e instalar a cadeia completa, desde aceitação e descarga do veículo de entrega até o armazenamento, transporte e processo de alimentação dos combustíveis alternativos sólidos para o usuário específico. O cliente recebe tudo de um só fornecedor, tendo assim apenas um único contato.

Pipe Conveyor como elemento central

"Devido às diferentes granulometrias e várias composições desses combustíveis alternativos, foi necessário desenvolver uma solução de sistema individualizada para cada seção", explicou Tomas Hrala. Para possibilitar o transporte dos combustíveis pré-processados do armazém até o calcinador e o queimador principal, o BEUMER Group forneceu e instalou respectivamente um Pipe Conveyor como o elemento principal desses sistemas, assim como os equipamentos suplementares. "Essa técnica de transporte é ecológica e requer baixa manutenção", descreve Hrala. "Seu tipo de construção fechada protege o meio ambiente com segurança contra emissão e queda de material. Outra vantagem é a ausência da formação de pó na seção de transporte". Devido à sua habilidade para percorrer curvas, uma quantidade consideravelmente menor de torres de transferência é necessária se comparado a outros transportadores de correia, permitindo uma economia substancial de custos para o cliente. O BEUMER Group pode customizar cada sistema para sua rota individual.

Sistema eficiente de "fonte única"

A entrega do material pronto para forno é executada por reboques de piso móvel. Os combustíveis alternativos são descarregados e armazenados na estação de recebimento. Ambas as linhas recebem o material/item do armazém existente transportado através dos pisos móveis modernizados pelo BEUMER Group. Todos os sistemas de transporte fornecidos e os equipamentos suplementares são interligados a fim de garantir uma alimentação contínua de combustível. O Pipe Conveyor do calcinador tem diâmetro de 350 milímetros, comprimento de 135 metros e pode transportar até 50 toneladas por hora para uma tolva intermediária com um volume de 35 metros cúbicos. Essa tolva é equipada com um ativador e dois transportadores helicoidais extratores duplos e distribui o material em duas seções de alimentação e pneumáticas para ambos calcinadores. As duas novas linhas de transporte pneumático para o calcinador com alimentadores dosadores e ventiladores foram completamente dimensionadas e fornecidas pelo BEUMER Group.

"No entanto, durante o dimensionamento construtivo deste sistema, nos deparamos com um desafio particular", lembra Tomas Hrala, gerente de projeto da BEUMER. Os edifícios nos quais os calcinadores são colocados incluem uma parte adicional chamada cobertura. Ela suporta, dentre outras coisas, a estação de descarga do Pipe Conveyor, a tolva intermediária com dois transportadores helicoidais extratores duplos e também ambos alimentadores de correia de pesagem com sistema de transporte pneumático. "De um ponto de vista estático, a cobertura teve de ser calculada tentando não exceder o esforço aplicável ao edifício existente", explica Hrala. "Ao mesmo tempo, a passagem subjacente necessária para os veículos da usina teve de ser assegurada."

O núcleo da seção para o queimador principal é um Pipe Conveyor com diâmetro de 200 mm e comprimento de 201 metros. Ele atinge uma capacidade de transporte de doze toneladas por hora e é equipado com um transportador de raspadeiras para minimizar a limpeza, bem como um filtro de retenção de pó. A alimentação de combustível do piso móvel no armazém para o Pipe Conveyor é executada por um transportador helicoidal. O equipamento de alimentação no edifício do queimador principal inclui uma tolva intermediária com um volume de dez metros cúbicos, também com ativador e transportador helicoidal extrator duplo e um alimentador de correia de pesagem. Além disso, há uma seção de transporte pneumática com ventilador e alimentador dosador.

"Estamos muito satisfeitos com ambos os sistemas de fonte única", resume Ole Strøm Hansen da Aalborg Portland. "Os sistemas de transporte e os equipamentos suplementares são interligados para garantir alimentação contínua de combustível". Tomas Hrala enfatiza o papel do BEUMER Group: "Pudemos novamente demonstrar que temos grande competência em relação ao manuseio de combustíveis alternativos na indústria de cimento e que podemos dar suporte de modo eficiente a nossos clientes."

Manuseio simples para grandes capacidades
Beckum, 09. August 2017

BEUMER Group na feira internacional de mineração EXPOSIBRAM 2017 no Brasil:

Na feira internacional de mineração EXPOSIBRAM 2017, a ser realizada de 18 a 21 de setembro na cidade de Belo Horizonte, o BEUMER Group estará presente no estande Y40, apresentando as suas soluções de sistema em tecnologia de transporte e de carregamento. O portfólio abrange toda a engenharia e a construção de transportadores de correia côncava curvilíneos e Pipe Conveyor, pátios de homogeneização, pátios circulares e terminais de transbordo.

Para poder transportar diferentes matérias-primas, tais como carvão ou minério, ao longo de percursos extensos e por terrenos acidentados, o BEUMER Group tem em seu portfólio transportadores de correia curvilíneos. Os mesmos consistem em transportadores de correia côncava abertos ou em Pipe Conveyor fechado. Em geral, tais transportadores são mais rápidos, econômicos e ecológicos no transporte de materiais a granel quando comparados ao uso de caminhões.

Para homogeneizar eficientemente grandes quantidades de diferentes materiais a granel e  assegurar a uniformidade das matérias-primas utilizadas, o BEUMER Group tem em  seu portfólio empilhadeiras e retomadoras tipo ponte. Com os elevadores de caçambas de alta capacidade e eficiência  do BEUMER Group, é possível transportar materiais de alta granulometria e abrasividade.

Além disso, os visitantes descobrirão tudo sobre as trombas de carregamento a granel do BEUMER Group com as quais também é possível carregar grandes quantidades de materiais a granel de forma rápida e praticamente isenta de pó em veículos silo. Se for preciso carregar sacos em navios ou vagões, então existem diversos dispositivos telescópicos de carregamento à disposição. O sistema de carregamento BEUMER autopac® empilha sacos cheios de forma totalmente automática sem usar paletes.

BEUMER na EXPOSIBRAM 2017: Estande Y40

Unpacking can be optimised too
Beckum, 26. July 2017

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

BEUMER Group's efficient stretch film packaging system BEUMER stretch hood A can be used in various different industries. The systems supplier can now provide the system with a newly developed easy opening hood: this worldwide innovation allows employees in retail stores and logistics centres to quickly and easily remove the film when unpacking or repacking the goods, without the use of any cutting tools.

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

For safe processes
Beckum, 21. July 2017

BEUMER Group at the POWTECH 2017

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

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

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

As a single-source provider, BEUMER Group supplies and installs the packaging lines and adjusts them to the products of the customer. The BEUMER fillpac R filling machine fills bulk material from the building materials industry and other industrial pulverized goods into bags in an efficient and gentle way and with the required throughput. It can fill very fine to very coarse materials into different bag formats and types, such as valve bottom bags and flat valve bags. BEUMER Group has now complemented the rotary filling machine with a BEUMER bag placer and a ream magazine. This means that performance and efficiency can be further increased. The highly efficient form fill seal system BEUMER fillpac FFS is used in the chemical and petrochemical industries. It forms bags from a prefabricated tubular PE film and fills them with the product of the customer.The BEUMER bag tester is a new addition to the product range: The testing device is easy to transport and enables users to exactly determine the venting capacity of any type of valve bag and therefore their suitability – including all paper and plastic layers, and glued areas.

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

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

Under the banner of Industry 4.0 BEUMER Group has developed the BEUMER Overall Operation Monitoring app, an application with which the customer's employees have all relevant indices of their packaging line displayed on their mobile devices at any time. The application shows the status quo of availability, performance and quality levels as well as the energy and compressed-air consumption. This ensures efficient operation of all systems. The program can be adapted to customer-specific requirements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Automaticamente mais rendimento
Beckum, 30. June 2017

BEUMER bag placer: Com o BEUMER fillpac ensacar materiais a granel de forma ainda mais eficiente

Para ensacar de forma eficiente produtos das indústrias de materiais de construção, cimento, minerais e química, o BEUMER Group, como provedor completo para linhas de embalagem, oferece o BEUMER fillpac. Para esta instalação o fornecedor de sistemas desenvolveu agora o BEUMER bag placer para sacos valvulados e sacos valvulados de ráfia, com os quais é possível aumentar ainda mais o rendimento e a eficiência das ensacadeiras.

O novo BEUMER bag placer do BEUMER Group permite, através de sua construção modular padronizada, diversas possibilidades de montagem. É possível, por exemplo, que os usuários a instalem em ângulo com uma mesa giratória opcional. Assim, é possível reduzir consideravelmente a necessidade de espaço. A instalação está equipada com um painel de operação ergonômico. Com o conceito de interface homem-máquina otimizado, o colaborador pode controlar de forma fácil e intuitiva o BEUMER bag placer. Este pode, inclusive, adaptar-se automaticamente a diversos formatos de sacos valvulados.

BEUMER bag placer para sacos valvulados

A unidade de acionamento e o braço de garra são acionados automaticamente através do servomotor na posição exata e com economia de energia. O sistema de preensão e o dispositivo de injeção colocam os sacos dos fardos de forma segura sobre os bicos de enchimento. Através da tecnologia de acionamento selecionada e do acoplamento elétrico de ambos servocomandos do braço de garra e do dispositivo de injeção de sacos, se reduz a um mínimo a quantidade de componentes mecânicos. Além disso, a cinemática elaborada reduz as oscilações na máquina. Isso aumenta significativamente sua vida útil. Um tubo Venturi sem óleo garante uma operação com pouca necessidade de manutenção. E, como o braço de garra possui mancais em ambos os lados, ele é silencioso mesmo atingindo um rendimento de 6000 sacos por hora.

Operadores podem utilizar essa variante para sacos valvulados de polipropileno, polietileno ou papel. São possíveis sacos com comprimentos de 350 a 650 milímetros e larguras de até 230 e 550 milímetros, assim como larguras de válvula de 80 a 160 milímetros. A nova instalação processa 3000 sacos por hora - na versão de alto rendimento até 6000 sacos.

A mesa giratória opcional é acionada pneumaticamente com um ângulo de orientação de até 60 graus ou eletricamente até 150 graus. O magazine de fardos de sacos pode ser dimensionado de forma modular para um comprimento de dois a nove metros. Acionamento e encosto final podem ser fixados à esquerda ou à direita. Mesmo com diferentes alturas dos bicos de enchimento, o carregador de fardos de sacos pode ser enchido de forma ergonômica.

BEUMER bag placer para sacos valvulados de rafia

No BEUMER bag placer para sacos valvulados de rafia, o operador pode optar por duas versões, dependendo do lado que a unidade de aplicação deve ser instalada. A fim de reduzir a necessidade de espaço, o BEUMER bag placer,com a mesa giratória opcional, pode ser montado em ângulo de até 60 graus. O BEUMER bag placer para sacos valvulados de rafia é ideal para sacos de 600 a 800 milímetros de comprimento e 400 a 550  milímetros de largura de polipropileno e polietileno, assim como larguras de válvula de 125 a 150 milímetros. O rendimento é de até 2400 sacos por hora.

A válvula para sacos é aberta com um sistema de abertura patenteado. Ele garante uma aplicação correta dos sacos sobre os bicos de enchimento e evita paradas durante o ensacamento. O BEUMER bag placer pode ser facilmente ajustado a outros formatos de sacos.

A real boom
Beckum, 14. June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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