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Um sistema completamente fechado
Beckum, 15. February 2018

A BEUMER fornece para a Umweltdienste Bohn uma solução completa para o transporte e a preparação de combustíveis alternativos:

Para melhorar a eficiência de suas operações, a Deuna Zement GmbH, uma filial da empresa Dyckerhoff, irá utilizar combustíveis alternativos para alimentar os queimadores principais de ambos os fornos rotativos através de uma nova conexão em sua fábrica na cidade de Deuna, no estado da Turíngia. A empresa Umweltdienste Bohn GmbH da cidade de Alsfeld, no estado de Hesse, foi contratada como parceiro para o fornecer os combustíveis alternativos e construir uma instalação de tratamento no edifício da fábrica da Deuna Zement.

Como empreiteiro geral, a empresa Umweltdienste Bohn atribuiu ao BEUMER Group o contrato para o fornecimento de uma solução completa, que deve transportar e alimentar de forma dosada e eficiente as diferentes combinações de materiais. O centro dessa instalação é o Pipe Conveyor: O sistema de transporte fechado transporta o material de forma ecologicamente correta, sem emissões e com baixo gasto energético.

Além disso, o escopo de fornecimento abrange três moegas de alimentação com transportador helicoidal, transportador de correia, peneira de discos e balanças. Além disso, estrutura metálica, parte eletrônica e controle. A colocação em serviço está planejada para fevereiro de 2018.

"O cliente nos escolheu pois fornecemos a solução completa de uma só fonte", explica Tomas Hrala, gerente de projetos do BEUMER Group. " Com nosso conhecimento e nossos sistemas customizados podemos fornecer suporte ideal ao cliente." Além disso, a Umweltdienste Bohn recebe um suporte abrangente e possui um contato especializado sempre disponível.

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Bergen Airport Reports Success with New BEUMER Group Baggage Handling System
Aarhus, 13. February 2018

Terminal 3, the new terminal at Bergen Flesland Airport in Western Norway reports operational success with its new BEUMER Group baggage handling system (BHS), in its first three months since opening.

The airport is the second largest in Norway and the expansion was part of the National Transport Plan to provide capacity for up to 7.5 million passengers per year. Having dramatically outgrown its original capacity of 2.8 million, the airport currently handles more than 6 million passengers per year.

From the outset, one of the key focuses for the new terminal was optimising operational and environmental efficiency, particularly for baggage handling. The performance and energy savings offered by the BEUMER Group system helped the airport achieve this goal.

The flexibility of the BEUMER Group BHS improves efficiency and passenger experience at Bergen Airport, and enables all check-in positions to feature automatic Self-Bag Drop. The CrisBag system is designed to handle normal size and long bags (up to 1,400 mm), transporting them on the same track, at the same speed to reduce the use of the oversize-bag lines. The BHS system also combines the CrisStore® dynamic Early Baggage System (EBS) with the CrisBag® tote-based system, providing dynamic storage for up to 600 bags at a time and enabling on-demand retrieval of baggage for speed-loading to ULDs and trolleys.

The tote-based CrisBag® system provides the flexibility for Bergen to handle normal and long bags from the same check-in desk and to transport it on the same track, at the same speed. The CrisBag also provides high-capacity, in-tote ECAC Standard 3 security screening for both standard and extended totes ensuring that Bergen Airport is secure and complies with all screening legislation. The system also delivers low operating expenses (OPEX) by minimizing the use of spare parts and energy consumption, reducing total cost of ownership.

The departure system is designed with redundant loops to maintain 70% fallback capacity. The arrival system consists of five carrousels, each featuring a dedicated CrisBelt® loading line. Petter Hope, Project Manager for Terminal 3 at Bergen Airport, says, "The BHS system from BEUMER exceeds our efficiency goals. The CrisBag tote-based system is a pull-system instead of the common push-system because of the inclusion of the dynamic EBS. This meant we were able to reduce the number of sorting bins required, saving space and allowing the ground handler to plan the loading process more efficiently."

"We found the electricity consumption of the CrisBag system to be considerably lower than any other suppliers bidding for the project, which is important to our "green" airport project, adds Petter Hope."

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BEUMER Group to install sortation system for NACEX at new cross-docking super-hub near Madrid
Aarhus, 06. February 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated parcel and post distribution systems, has been awarded a contract by Spanish courier, NACEX, part of Logista, to design and install the sortation system for its new cross-docking super-hub in the ‘Corredor del Henares’ near Madrid, Spain.

BEUMER Group's cross-belt sortation solution will help NACEX to expand its hub capabilities in this important region. It will also reinforce the company’s position as a leader in the express courier sector throughout Spain, Andorra and Portugal and enable its abilty to deliver cutting-edge service.

The 11,400 sqm logistics hub will comprise 104 loading docks for vans and light vehicles and 10 for trailer trucks, making it NACEX's largest hub in Spain. The BEUMER Group system will be based on two LS-4000CB cross-belt sorters and integrate induction units with weighing scales, chutes and a conveyor system. High and low-level controls with full sortation logic, visualisation and an information system will also be fully integrated with business logic and SCADA. The system will provide NACEX with a total capacity of 24,000 items per hour divided equally between parcels and fliers.

“There were two important factors in the decision to award the contract to BEUMER Group,” explains Manel Orihuela Chacón, General Subdirector, NACEX. “The first was the fact that the legacy BEUMER Group systems installed in our other hubs operate efficiently and continue to adapt to our future needs after more than a decade. The second reason was BEUMER Group’s meticulous proposals for optimising the parcel-flow within the super-hub. These proposals demonstrated the importance of designing the system to meet real-world operational needs and capacity rather than just theoretical capacity.”

“In short, we realised that, with BEUMER Group, we would not only get an optimum solution but also a reliable, long-term partner,” concludes Manel Orihuela Chacón.

BEUMER Group’s Stephan Heessels, Director for BEUMER Group Logistic Systems, explains, “The design of the system incorporated the need to handle fliers in addition to parcels up to 1000mm in length. The integration of the complete system will allow NACEX to handle this wide mix of items without limiting the overall system capacity.”

The Madrid site will be one of the first logistics platforms to achieve LEED certification from the US Green Building Council. Its status as a sustainable building has been achieved by adhering to the highest quality standards, both in the conceptual design and in its choice of materials. As the industry’s most energy-efficient sorter, the LS-4000CB sorter will strengthen the super-hub’s green credentials.

The new NACEX hub is scheduled to begin distributing parcels, locally and nationally, by the end of 2018.

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BEUMER Group wins contract to extend the baggage handling system at Helsinki Airport’s Terminal 2
Aarhus, 30. January 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems, has been awarded a contract by Finavia for a redundant baggage handling system for the extension to Terminal 2 at Helsinki Airport. The new contract is in addition to BEUMER Group’s previous successful partnership with Helsinki Airport. In 2009 BEUMER Group installed a complete baggage handling and transfer system in Terminal 2 which enabled Helsinki to achieve ultra-fast transit times. The new Terminal 2 extension to the baggage handling system is designed to provide Helsinki Airport with even greater transfer capacity, redundancy and flexibility.

The contract comprises a system based on two energy-efficient LS-4000 tilt-tray sorters, a CrisBag® tote-based system with in-tote screening and CrisBelt conveyors, all from BEUMER Group’s Crisplant® product range.

The new extension to the baggage handling system has been designed to ensure full redundancy throughout the sorting, make-up and dynamic Early Baggage Store (EBS). The sorting process achieves full redundancy with a seamless link between the new and existing systems and the ability to control both systems from a single control room.  For baggage make-up, redundancy is ensured by allowing each pair of sorters to discharge to the same destination chutes.

The integration of BEUMER Group's CrisStore® dynamic EBS will allow operators to recall individual items of baggage from any of the 1000 storage positions. This provides increased efficiency by enabling Helsinki to implement future batch-building of baggage in the make-up area. The new EBS will also support the existing lane-based storage which was installed as part of the first CrisBag System.

“The extension of Terminal 2 will ensure that Helsinki Airport maintains its strong competitive position, especially in transfer traffic between Europe and Asia,” explains Mr. Henri Hansson, Technical Director of Finavia Corporation. “The passenger volumes between Helsinki and Asia have increased steadily for several years now. One of the main goals of Finavia’s Development Programme 2014 - 2020 is to increase Helsinki Airport's transfer capacity.”

The extension will provide the high unload capacity needed to support fast and secure handling of transfer baggage. Transfer baggage which has been deemed as having a ‘safe’ origin will be diverted directly to its destination via the LS-4000E tilt-tray sorters. Transfer baggage where the origin is ‘unsafe’ will be routed via the new CrisBag system to in-tote ECAC 3-compliant screening. To minimise the number of screening machines, the system also merges the oversize baggage with the in-tote screening System.

Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group adds, “Helsinki Airport has been using BEUMER Group technology since the T2 system was installed in 2009. The technology has proven to meet Helsinki Airport’s high-performance targets. In addition, the operators’ familiarity with this technology means that minimal training will be required for them to operate the new extended system.”

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Economizar energia em toda a linha
Beckum, 18. January 2018

Para uma alimentação de combustíveis alternativos mais rápida e ecologicamente correta, o fabricante de cimento  OYAK Denizli Çimento Sanayii T.A.Ş. utiliza o Pipe Conveyor do BEUMER Group.

A produção de cimento consome muita energia e por isso a eficiência energética é um fator muito importante. Para uma operação econômica e sustentável, a fábrica de cimento OYAK Denizli Çimento Sanayii T.A.Ş. da empresa OYAK Group optou por matérias-primas e combustíveis alternativos para queimar nos pré-aquecedores, calcinador e queimador principal. Para isso, a Denizli Çimento decidiu investir em um sistema individual da área de AFR-Systems do BEUMER Group, com o qual é possível armazenar, misturar e transportar diferentes combinações de materiais, como pneus usados triturados. O elemento principal desta solução são os Pipe Conveyors utilizados neste projeto. Os sistemas de transporte completamente fechados, transportam os combustíveis e matérias-primas de forma ecologicamente correta, livre de pó, com baixo consumo de energia e, o mais importante, com necessidade mínima de pessoal. Esse investimento em um AFR System da BEUMER da fábrica Denizli Çimento está em operação desde 2017 e comprovou ser uma solução eficiente e econômica.

O mercado de cimento turco está em expansão. Seja com o terceiro aeroporto internacional em Istambul, com a rodovia Istambul-Izmir ou outros grandes projetos de infraestrutura, saneamento e construção civil, a necessidade deste material de construção é enorme e promete continuar crescendo nos próximos anos. É de conhecimento geral que fabricantes como o OYAK Group recebem uma parte considerável com a implementação de projetos de infraestrutura como esse. O importante fabricante de cimento Denizli Çimento Sanayii T.A.Ş é uma filial no oeste da Anatólia, na região do Egeu.

Combustíveis secundários no lugar de primários

Para produzir de forma eficiente, o fabricante de cimento foca em uma fabricação econômica. "Nosso setor industrial sempre teve alto consumo energético" explica o Sr. Berkan Fidan, vice-diretor da OYAK Denizli Çimento Sanayii. "Mas isso também pode ser ajustado". Em 2015 representantes de empresas se reuniram e decidiram produzir de forma mais eficiente e sustentável e limitar a um mínimo a utilização de combustíveis primários caros, como carvão, gás e óleo. O objetivo era obter uma grande parte da energia a partir de combustíveis alternativos. Estes materiais são diferentes composições de combustíveis para o calcinador e o queimador principal, os chamados combustíveis derivados de resíduos (CDR), assim como pneus usados triturados, que normalmente não ultrapassam as medidas de 120 x 120 mm.

Porém, para isso, as instalações antigas não estavam dimensionadas. "Nós precisávamos de um parceiro que pudesse fornecer e instalar uma solução completa. Com esta instalação, os diferentes materiais devem ser armazenados, misturados e transportados para a torre de pré-aquecimento e para o queimador principal", explica o Sr. Herr Güngör Aydin, gerente de projeto da Denizli. Na busca por um parceiro, o fabricante de cimento encontrou o BEUMER Group. "No passado, o provedor de sistemas BEUMER nos forneceu um elevador de caçambas para uma outra fábrica", disse ele. "Nós estamos muito satisfeitos e tivemos, até então, somente boas experiências".

Um mês após consultar em outubro de 2015 o BEUMER Group, o contrato estava assinado.

A solução ideal para cada caso

Para dar suporte ao fabricante de cimento na área de matérias-primas e combustíveis alternativos, o BEUMER Group montou uma área de negócios completa de sistemas AFR. "Com nosso conhecimento e sistemas individualizados, podemos prestar suporte ideal aos nossos clientes", diz Sr. Michal Hrala, Diretor do BEUMER Group na República Tcheca. "Além de anos de experiência neste campo, nós também levamos em consideração os desejos do cliente". O provedor de sistemas precisa estar apto a fornecer e instalar a cadeia completa, desde a recepção até o descarregamento do veículo do fornecedor, passando pelo armazenamento, transporte e dosagem dos combustíveis sólidos de forma específica. Assim, o cliente final pode ter tudo de uma só fonte e precisa de somente um contato, como a BEUMER.

"Nós avaliamos as diferentes variantes de sistemas de transporte mecânicos", explica o Sr. Berkan Fidan. Por final, o grupo OYAK Denizli, se decidiu por uma solução completa do BEUMER Group, com base na tecnologia inovadora do Pipe Conveyor. Em maio 2016, o fornecedor chinês autorizado pela BEUMER, CTN MAKİNA, fabricou todos os componentes de aço do sistema e iniciou a montagem das peças nacionais e importadas. Para ambas as linhas, o BEUMER Group instalou dois transportadores com 206 e 190 metros, assim como todos os equipamentos pertencentes. Cada Pipe Conveyor alcança um rendimento de 15 toneladas por hora. "Esses transportadores não são somente ecologicamente corretos e necessitam de pouca manutenção", explica o Sr. Michal Hrala do BEUMER Group. "Além disso, com sua forma construtiva fechada, eles também protegem o meio ambiente de forma segura contra emissões e queda de material. Além disso, durante o percurso, não é gerado pó". Como permite traçado com curvas horizontais e verticais, os Pipe Conveyors puderam ser adaptados facilmente ao terreno. Desta forma, são necessárias bem menos torres de transferências que em transportadores de correia usuais. Com isso o usuário economiza custos de investimento e, devido a essa propriedade, o BEUMER Group pode adaptar o sistema a trajetos individuais.

Os especialistas do BEUMER Group cuidam também do planejamento do armazém, assim como das instalações necessárias. Além disso, foram inclusos diversos transportadores e linhas de alimentação, o fornecimento do equipamento mecânico e das construções metálicas, a montagem e a colocação em serviço. Além disso, o BEUMER Group instalou antes de cada Pipe Conveyor dois containers com dispositivos de descarga, que permitem uma mistura ideal dos combustíveis. No final do transportador está montado um container por transportador para a distribuição.

Sistema completo e eficiente

O fornecimento do material RDF ocorre por meio de reboques com fundo móvel. No posto de recepção os combustíveis alternativos são descarregados e armazenados. Todos os quatro containers para a recepção de material são carregados no armazém por meio de guindaste com garras e, na sequência, os diferentes combustíveis são queimados no calcinador e no queimador principal do forno.

"Porém, o dimensionamento construtivo das instalações nos proporcionou alguns desafios", recorda-se o Sr. Michal Hrala. "Pois a fábrica de cimento encontra-se em uma região sísmica. A construção da instalação teve que ser dimensionada de forma correspondente." Concretamente isso significa que os Pipe Conveyors são construídos para suportarem as cargas dinâmicas, bem como seus efeitos secundários. Um outro desafio eram as torres de pré-aquecimento. Como o espaço era muito reduzido, os colaboradores do BEUMER Group adequaram os dispositivos necessários às condições estreitas.

Um ano após assinatura do contrato, em outubro de 2016, o sistema foi colocado em serviço. "Nós estamos muito satisfeitos com o sistema completo do BEUMER Group", resumiu o Sr. Güngör Aydin, gerente de projetos da Denizli. Todos os sistemas de transporte e os equipamentos pertencentes são interligados e garantem um carregamento contínuo do combustível. Nós economizamos custos, pois são necessários poucos combustíveis primários caros. Agora nós trabalhamos também com uma economia significativa de energia", concluiu ele. "Assim, os custos de investimento são amortizados rapidamente."

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BEUMER Group baggage handling system in operation at Terminal 4, Changi Airport, Singapore
Aarhus, 09. January 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems announces the start of operations of the baggage handling system installed in the new Terminal 4 at Singapore’s Changi Airport. The system integrates a CrisBag® tote-based sortation system and CrisBelt® conveyor system from BEUMER Group’s Crisplant product range.

The system began operation successfully and on-time due to extensive testing prior to the opening of the Terminal. This included BEUMER Group processing over a million bags in addition to the training of all ground personnel. In addition, Changi Airport Group (CAG) conducted more than 100 trials involving 2,500 airport staff and 1,500 volunteers during the Operation Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) period in preparation for the opening of Terminal 4.

The Terminal 4 baggage handling system integrates conventional check-ins, self-check-ins, a CrisBelt conveyor with integrated hold baggage screening, a CrisBag tote-based Independent Carrier System (ICS), overall controls and CCTV. The CrisBag system, with integrated Early Baggage Store (EBS), spans 5,000 linear metres and is designed to provide the highest level of availability and the shortest transport times combined with 100% track and trace capability.

Controlled by BEUMER Group’s software suite, the system enables Terminal 4 to process 5400 bags per hour. By allowing the airport to handle an additional 16 million passengers per year, Terminal 4 increases Changi’s total capacity to 82 million passengers annually.

Changi Airport has been using BEUMER Group technology since 2002, when the tilt-tray sorter was installed in Terminal 2,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group. “The original contract was followed by the installation of a CrisBag system in Terminal 3 which operates as a dual baggage sorting system and an inter-terminal transfer baggage system between Terminals 1, 2 and 3.”

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Systems supplier presents innovative intralogistics
Beckum, 07. December 2017

BEUMER Group at LogiMAT 2018:

The BEUMER Group will be exhibiting under the theme of "Innovation and Logistics" at LogiMAT 2018, which takes place in Stuttgart from 13th to 15th March. The systems supplier will be celebrating its premiere at the trade fair with an innovative new development from the field of sorting and distribution solutions. The solution provider will also be presenting the BEUMER stretch hood high-performance packaging machine together with the appropriate components for implementing sector-specific material flows. Customers can therefore obtain complete packaging lines and intralogistics systems from a single source.

The intralogistics solutions provider, BEUMER Group, will be presenting its cutting-edge solutions and expertise to a professional audience in Stuttgart. Guests to the exhibition stand will experience an new and innovative, high-performance sorter solution, for which the BEUMER Group will be providing detailed information. Using augmented reality, visitors will be able to see the new technology in action, examine different stations more closely, and operate them in the virtual environment. The solution provider will be setting trends with the new technology, in particular to provide optimum support for warehouses and distribution hubs operating in the demanding e-commerce and Industry 4.0 environment. Potential customers will receive all data and facts relating to this new development exclusively on the exhibition stand.

As a systems supplier, the BEUMER Group also supplies and installs complete packaging lines fitted individually to match the handled products. For example, the range includes the innovative BEUMER fillpac FFS Form-Fill-Seal system, which is mainly used in the chemical industry for filling plastic bags. With the BEUMER fillpac R, users have a machine which enables paper bags to be filled with different materials – particularly those used in the building materials industry – with structures ranging from very fine to very coarse. The powerful BEUMER paletpac layer palletizer efficiently stacks the filled bags on pallets. These machines are equipped with a clamp or double-belt turning device, depending on the product requirements. The BEUMER stretch hood high-performance packaging machine range enables palletized goods to be securely fixed to the pallet during transportation by means of a stretch film. This also protects them against dust, rain and other effects of the weather when stored outdoors. The systems supplier will be presenting this system in action to visitors to the exhibition stand.

There is even more to come once the stacked goods have been enclosed with the stretch hood. With its palletizing and packaging systems, the BEUMER Group is implementing industry-specific applications, which the supplier uses to enhance its packaging lines to create complete intralogistics solutions. This is done by fitting the lines with standardized components such as conveyor equipment or vehicle-based systems, a variety of handling solutions, and manipulators such as robots, buffer and storage modules. BEUMER Group also integrates the appropriate controls and automation systems, which can also be incorporated into the customer's ERP solution. Customers can obtain the complete intralogistics from a single source with just one reliable and competent point of contact.

BEUMER at LogiMAT 2018, Hall: 5, Booth: A41

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Like a second skin
Beckum, 23. November 2017

BEUMER bag-in-bag: film packaging protects paper bags from the environment

The new BEUMER bag-in-bag system quickly and reliably packs filled paper bags individually or in groups with a weather-resistant plastic film. This protects the contents against moisture, dust, insects and other environmental influences during storage and transport. The BEUMER bag-in-bag is easy to integrate into existing filling and packaging systems.

The impermeable film keeps dust from escaping from the filled bags, and it prevents product losses. The films have thicknesses of 30 to 100 microns, so material costs are low. The outer packaging in the paper bags does not require an intermediate layer made of PE, a fact which also cuts costs and increases filling performance. The highly efficient system is so reliable that ultrasonic welding of the bags is usually not necessary.

The BEUMER bag-in-bag, offered to customers in cooperation with Tentoma, has a wide range of uses. For the BEUMER Group the focus is on packaging of bags, but the technology is also suitable for goods with lengths of up to eight metres and product circumferences of 600 to approximately 5,600 millimetres. Thus the system can also be used for bar stock, insulation materials or consumer goods. Users can integrate it seamlessly into their work processes by simply installing it in existing feeding line. Thus the BEUMER bag-in-bag supplements the BEUMER fillpac inline packer and the BEUMER paletpac high-performance palletiser.

Bagging, film packaging and palletising can be easily and seamlessly combined in a continuous production line. Expensive modification and system changes are unnecessary. The BEUMER bag-in-bag is designed for inline packers with a capacity of up to 800 bags per hour. The flexible BEUMER system can be configured for three different applications: a semiautomatic insular solution, a fully automatic depalletising, packaging and palletising line, or an integrated solution in which machines can be switched on individually. Thus the system can be adapted to specific customer requirements.

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Transfers made easy
Beckum, 09. November 2017

Airport logistics: BEUMER autover offers flexible conveying of standard and oversize baggage

Short layover and transfer times at airports require reliable and fast baggage handling especially at peak times. BEUMER Group provides the perfect solution with its BEUMER autover high-speed baggage conveying system. The system supplier developed the intelligent autoca vehicles for quick and careful transport of standard suitcases, bags and oversize baggage to their intended destination. They convey baggage items of different shapes and sizes on the same rails and at the same speed. This visionary solution is chosen by international airports such as Moscow-Sheremetyevo putting them in a great position for future growth.

The BEUMER autover system is comprised of a passive rail system and individual vehicles, the BEUMER autoca. Each of those vehicles receives orders from a central unit that is equipped with the BEUMER logistic software BeSS (BEUMER Sortation System). After check-in, they are driven to their destination autonomously, quietly and independently from each other with a speed of up to ten kilometres per hour and a maximum item load of 50 kilogram. Their on-board controller computes the ideal route. Furthermore, the vehicles can deposit bags in, and withdraw bags from, early bag storage. If one of the x-ray devices fails, the BEUMER autoca with the baggage that needs to be scanned is directly diverted to a device that is ready for use. This ensures a high degree of operational reliability. "New segments can be easily added, in case the rail system at the airport needs to be extended," explains Thomas Frank, Senior Systems Manager Airport at BEUMER Group. The baggage conveying system requires little space, because narrow curves and switch points are used with small radii of 1.25 metres. The vehicles also navigate long distances and challenging layouts that include climbs and drops.

From suitcases to surfboards

"We continued to develop the BEUMER autoca vehicles further, in order to make our high-speed baggage conveying system even more flexible and adaptable to very different baggage items," reports Frank. The goal was to transport standard suitcases and baggage items with lengths of up to 2.5 metres with different carriers in the same rail system and at the same speed, getting them to their destination quickly and gently. Depending on the transported items, the BEUMER autoca vehicles are used with belts or containers mounted on the BEUMER autoca. "This means that we can now use the BEUMER autover to also safely transport oversize baggage like surboards, skis, umbrellas or strollers," emphasises Frank. During operation, the number of active vehicles can be automatically adjusted to the number of items to be transported in order to minimise energy and maintenance costs. The BEUMER autover then transfers the the baggage seamlessly to other systems, such as the tote-based baggage transport and sortation system CrisBag from the BEUMER Group product range.

The new BEUMER autoca, with the designation NG III, now has a concave shaped belt with a grid pattern. This prevents even suitcases with wheels from slipping. "The previous model used a smooth and even belt," reports Frank. "In order to secure the load, both sides were equipped with flaps that could open and close automatically during loading and unloading." These are now no longer necessary. BEUMER engineers have instead made the side walls higher and equipped them with a robust sheet metal structure. Six photocells in each vehicle permanently monitor the position of the baggage item, so it can be centered during the transfer.

In order to make maintenance easier, this new version has the entire drive technology located on one side of the vehicle. The wiring was moved to the back side. For better positioning, the conveyor drive was equipped with a new pulse generator. The BEUMER engineers also installed a central processing unit that is four times faster. This considerably improves its utilisation and the response time of the system compared to the previous version.

In order to guarantee a smooth operation, the self-diagnostic functions of the BEUMER autoca vehicles check in autonomously for maintenance at customisable intervals, if necessary. Just one mouse click and the corresponding vehicle drives towards the central maintenance area. This does not influence the remaining baggage transport. If required, operators can receive a text message notifying them of vehicles due for service. "But thanks to contactless energy and data transmission, the operational and maintenance costs are very low for our BEUMER autover," explains Frank. The lack of wear parts, and a rail system that is essentially maintenance-free, reduces total operating costs. "If baggage volume is low, the BEUMER autoca vehicles simply drive into their preset parking zone and wait for their turn. This saves additional energy," says Frank. The system also provides complete compliance with fire protection regulations: If the baggage conveying system runs through fire protection zones, the rails are automatically raised in case of fire allowing fire protection doors to close.

Seamless tracking

The BEUMER autover allows only one baggage item per load carrier or container. This improves traceability and safety. During each processing phase, the transported item can be located with absolute accuracy. This becomes increasingly important since in recent years, airports and airlines have wanted to provide this as a service to passengers. Meeting the requirements of IATA Resolution 753, which will come into effect in June 2018, is another factor of having this ability. It basically states that members of the International Air Transport Association will have to be able to more precisely track the baggage of their passengers. BEUMER Group's BEUMER autover uses the Independent Carrier System (ICS) that meets the high demands coming from passengers and authorities. "Our system guarantees absolute traceability during each transport phase, because each item remains in the same container or on the same belt, from check-in and early baggage storage to screening and discharge," says Frank. "At Montreal airport for example, we tied in the BEUMER autover directly with various phases of security checks." At any point in time, each baggage item can be clearly assigned to a BEUMER autoca vehicle and to the passenger: Any bag, which is deposited in the early baggage storage system by the BEUMER autoca, is not released and transported to its final destination until a passenger and that passenger's corresponding baggage have been identified as "secure".

Moscow-Sheremetyevo: Secured for the future

Besides Montreal, the BEUMER autover is already used at other international airports such as Dubai, UAE, and Nice, France, and will soon be in operation in Stansted, UK, and Russia's largest airport Moscow-Sheremetyevo. The current volume of passenger traffic is 31 million per year. The operator's strategy is to handle an increased volume of 40 million passengers by 2030. In order to achieve this, they are expanding their northern terminal complex. Almost two kilometres separate it from the southern part of the airport. They are connected via a tunnel. It is planned to equip the tunnel with the BEUMER autover, so that the connecting times for passengers can be shortened.

BEUMER Group's scope of supply includes the design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning and the implementation of the baggage conveying system. Installation work began in February 2017. The overall rail length will be almost five kilometres. 187 BEUMER autoca will be in operation. The goal is to move 900 baggage items per hour, in each direction. "The rails operate without any moving parts, which means that only minimal maintenance work will be necessary in the tunnel," says Vladislav Dementiev, General Director BEUMER Russia. By opting for the BEUMER autover system, Moscow-Sheremetyevo will be able to minimise the baggage connecting times between the terminals. Each baggage item will be properly handled and transported to the correct destination. The airport will become the most important aviation hub in Russia.

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

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

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

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

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

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Doing away with air!
Beckum, 26. October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decision for the right partner

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

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

A hot issue

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

Filling process: not too much, not too little

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

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

Gentle palletising is ensured

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

Packed fast and safely

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

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

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

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

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

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

The upgrade utilises the BEUMER autover® independent carrier system (ICS), known for its 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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