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BEUMER Group receives Innovation Award
Aarhus, 17. May 2018

BEUMER Group beat off strong opposition to win the Innovation Award at this year's Airport Show in Dubai. The prize-winning CrisBag® Reclaim on Demand triumphed in recognition of its being a revolutionary and smart development in airport baggage handling.

Unlike the baggage check-in experience, the reclaim process has hitherto been conspicuously devoid of automation – but the CrisBag Reclaim on Demand system is set to redress the balance.

Integrated into a tote-based baggage handling system such as BEUMER's CrisBag, Reclaim on Demand extends tote-based baggage handling into the arrivals hall. As each item of hold baggage is unloaded from the aircraft/ULD it is placed in its own tote and transported to the arrivals hall, where it is held in an individual, secure kiosk.

Instead of having to wait by the carousel, passengers will have the freedom to relax in the arrivals retail area, where they will have spending opportunities, before being notified via a text message to their mobile phone that their bags are ready for collection. A QR code sent to the same phone is used to unlock the Reclaim on Demand kiosk.

Another major advantage of Reclaim on Demand is that it supports IATA Resolution 753 by extending 100% traceability into the reclaim area and eliminates the risk of bags being taken by the wrong passenger. It also reduces the possibility of bags going astray while being transferred from the plane to the carousel. Further, on the rare occasion when a bag is reported as lost, it will be easier to trace because each bag is in its own individual tote.

"The CrisBag Reclaim on Demand solution uses self-service pick-up kiosks to improve the passenger experience on arrival. We are very pleased to receive this award, which demonstrates BEUMER Group's expertise and ability to integrate emerging technologies," said Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group A/S.

The chemistry is right
Beckum, 07. May 2018

Achema trade fair 2018: BEUMER Group presents itself as single-source provider for packaging lines that work perfectly together

At the Achema trade fair 2018, which takes places in Frankfurt/Main from 11 to 15 June, BEUMER Group presents itself as single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies. The full-liner is able to perfectly match all components of one line achieving maximum performance for the user. The BEUMER fillpac FFS filling machine will be presented as exhibit to the visitors. A 3D space measurement allows to suitably plan the installation of packaging lines in extant buildings. The Customer Support will present this technology at the Achema.

BEUMER Group develops complete packaging lines from one source for pharmaceutical and chemical companies. This means that the customer can omit or minimise interfaces and only needs one point of contact. What is special is that the system supplier dimensions the performance of the single machines and components as well as the high-level control in an optimum way. Thus the customer receives a complete line with optimum throughput.

The BEUMER fillpac FFS form fill seal system forms a ready-made tubular PE film into a bag and fills it with the customer's technical plastics like PE, PP, PA or PS pellets. Reliable and gentle filling is also possible for salts or fertilisers. The pellets are then weighed before the filling process. For this, the BEUMER fillpac FFS is equipped with an electronic calibration-capable weighing unit. Then the system seals the bags with a weight of up to 25 kg. BEUMER Group offers the BEUMER fillpac FFS both for the high-capacity area of up to 2,600 bags per hour and for low throughputs up to 1,800 or 2,500 bags per hour. Depending on the customer requirements the suitable machine performance class can be selected from the extended product range.

After filling, the bags are stacked on pallets in stable and precise way. The BEUMER paletpac of the system supplier is perfectly suited to this. It is easily accessible for maintenance, can be operated intuitively and flexibly adapted to different packing patterns.

For palletising cartons, boxes, canisters or trays, BEUMER Group offers the BEUMER robotpac. This space-saving, fully automatic articulated robot solves complex palletising and de-palletising challenges. The heart of the line is the high-capacity packaging system BEUMER stretch hood which covers the palletised goods with a high-stretchable stretch hood film. During transshipment and outside storage, the merchandise is protected reliably against environmental influences such as sunlight, dirt and humidity.

Safe planning with 3D space measurement

If for example packaging lines have to be installed in the extant buildings of the customer, BEUMER employees achieve greater planning reliability by 3D space measurement. This method is very precise: single elements as columns, gates, transitions or installations can be indicated as exactly as required. In addition also machines, systems and other structural conditions can be measured automatically. Thus, exact measurements and spatial conditions are recorded in a fast and precise way.

BEUMER at the Achema: hall 3.0, booth F50

A fresh breeze in Asia
Beckum, 27. April 2018

BEUMER Group: Amir Reza Sinai is the new managing director of the subsidiary in Thailand.

On 1 January 2018, Amir Reza Sinai was appointed as the new managing director of the BEUMER Group (Thailand) Co., Ltd., based in Bangkok. The subsidiary, which has 59 employees, acts as the BEUMER Group’s regional headquarters in South East and East Asia, where it covers the divisions Conveying & Loading Systems and Palletizing & Packaging Systems. It also provides solutions for the cement industry.

Before coming to the BEUMER Group, Amir Reza Sinai was chief executive officer of the Indonesian subsidiary of a global plant engineering and construction company. He joined BEUMER’s Thai subsidiary on 1 January 2017, and for almost a year he headed the company’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“Amir Reza Sinai is an expert with more than ten years’ experience in the cement industry of South East Asia and Oceania,” says Dr. Detlev Rose, Chief Sales Officer of the BEUMER Group. “Thanks to him, we will be able to provide even better support for our customers in this region.”

Fast process from beginning to end
Beckum, 25. April 2018

BEUMER Group supplies adaptable packaging line to Mexican cement manufacturer Cruz Azul:

The Cooperativa La Cruz Azul S.C.L, third-largest cement manufacturer in Mexico, required an entire packaging line for the flexible and fully automated filling, palletising and packaging of different types of a new tile mortar. The BEUMER Group solution won out over the competition, providing everything from one single source. This included the BEUMER fillpac R filling system that was adapted for filling different materials. They also included the BEUMER bag placer to ensure a more efficient filling of the high-quality materials. With this new packaging line, Cruz Azul can achieve their projected production capacity.

Gigantic bridges, high-rises, tunnels for roads, subways and sewage systems: some of biggest construction projects in Latin America are currently being built in Mexico. This makes the country the second largest cement market on the continent, right after Brazil. In order to hold their own against national and international competition, Mexican manufacturers are developing more and more high-class materials. Cooperativa La Cruz Azul, headquartered in Mexico City, is one of them. The production of this leading company, founded in 1881, is aimed exclusively towards the domestic market. The manufacturer operates four plants with a yearly production of around eight million tons of Portland cement per year, which is only one of their end products. The main plant is in Jasso in the state of Hidalgo. The city is located in a region that is very rich in limestone. A football club founded by employees of this cement plant in 1927 is now playing in the top level of the Mexican football league, with national and international success.

Decisive factors: supplier reliability and quality

Success plays an important role for Cruz Azul as well. Its cement production represents 22 percent of the national market. With the goal to further increase this share, the cooperative developed high-quality tile mortar in eight different variations as one of their new products. "The quality of the building materials is decisive in order to remain competitive," explains Victor Luna, Managing Director at Cruz Azul in Hidalgo. Distributors and end customers also want the products to arrive by the required date and quantity. A small amount of the mortar is sold in big bags, the majority however is sold in 20- and 25-kilogram bags. This is why the manufacturer needed an entire packaging line that could meet very specific requirements: due to varying material densities, and as a consequence different flow properties of the different variants of the new product line, the filling system had to be adjustable to the different materials as well as to smaller bag sizes without extensive retrofitting of the machine through the employees. The line should then palletise precise and stable bags stacks and package them to protect the content against transport damage and atmospheric influences.

Decision for the right partner

March 2015: after an offer from another supplier had already gone in and the project was already at an advanced stage, employees from the cooperative Cruz Azul responsible for the project reached out to BEUMER Group to also hand in an offer. "We have been working closely together for the last 30 years," says Victor Luna. "We have a long-standing relationship and trust in the BEUMER brand."

This trustful relationship is not surprising. BEUMER Group was already able to convince in 2008. In an extensive major order for the plant in the state of Puebla, the system supplier provided and installed five bucket elevators and two palletising and packaging lines in only 26 months. They consist of BEUMER paletpac palletisers and the BEUMER stretch hood high-capacity packaging systems. As with the current project, one of the requirements for this line was to palletise and package various bagged materials, without extensive retrofitting of the machines. Victor Luna emphasises that BEUMER Group provided them with an adaptable technology with which his colleagues are working efficiently to this day.

Filling technology made in Germany

BEUMER Group presented the BEUMER fillpac R filling system to Cruz Azul. "Changing the required parameters is simple and quick and the different material is filled efficiently into two- to four-ply paper valve bags," explains Ralph Buchholz, Director General at BEUMER de México. Both companies quickly agreed on the scope and scheduling for the entire packaging line, and signed the contract already in April. "Cruz Azul attaches greatest value to the quality seal 'Made in Germany'," explains Buchholz. "Those responsible for the project even travelled to our headquarters in Beckum, Germany to accept the systems in person."

In October 2015, the BEUMER Group provided the systems. Three BEUMER eomployees from Germany and one from Mexico were in charge of installing the system. "We had to integrate the line into the existing building structure and bulk storage technology," reports Buchholz. "My colleagues mastered this challenge because our solutions can be easily adapted to technical and structural conditions." In this case, the engineers had to rework the suspension for the BEUMER fillpac.

Precise degrees of filling

The BEUMER fillpac R operates with with eight rotating filling spouts according to the impeller filling principle. This way it can safely handle even fine-grained tile mortar. The rotating filling impeller is characterised by its speed and maximum material throughput. "The bags are weighed during the filling process," explains Buchholz. The BEUMER fillpac is equipped with an electronic calibration-capable weighing unit. It ensures that the bags are always filled with the same amount of material. A special software enables filling spouts and scale to constantly compare the weight. If the determined weight is incorrect, the bags are automatically removed, discharged on a chute and opened. The collected material is fed back into the process via a spillage screw conveyor and a bucket elevator.

The system has a modular structure. "We equipped the system with the new BEUMER bag placer because the material is so fine and volatile," says Buchholz. A ream magazine for 700 bags was also added. This allows Cruz Azul to further increase the efficiency of the filling system. Servomotors drive the application unit and the suction gripper automatically, precisely and energy-efficiently. The gripping system and the application unit apply the bag from the stack safely onto the filling spout. The system can pack 1,800 25-kg bags or 2,250 20-kg bags per hour with the highest precision. "The operator can also adjust the BEUMER bag placer to other bag formats," explains Buchholz.

For the subsequent fully automatic, reliable and most of all fast palletising, BEUMER Group installed a BEUMER paletpac layer palletiser. Per hour, it gently and reliably stacks 2,200 bags per hour in 10-bag patterns or in 8-bag patterns on pallets of 1,220 x 1,020 x 245 millimetres in size. "A twin-belt turning device brings the bags in the required, dimensionally stable position," explains Buchholz. The position accuracy of this device offers a great advantage compared to conventional turning machines, because the system's components move the bags without mechanically deforming them: two parallel driven belt conveyors move at different speeds and turn the bags quickly into the desired position. The intelligent control of the twin-belt turning device also takes the dimension and weight of the filled bag into consideration. Exact positioning, specified by the preset packing pattern, is achieved. "No adjustement is necessary even with a product change," says Buchholz.

Packed fast and safely

The finished bag stacks are transported over roller conveyors to the BEUMER stretch hood packaging system. It packages 110 pallet stacks per hour with stretch film hoods with film thickness ranging from 40 to 100 micrometers. "It depends on the type of tile mortar," Buchholz explains. "The packaging protects the product against dust and humidity during storage and on long transport routes and ensures that the bags remain stable on the pallet without moving." In order to facilitate the work for the maintenance personnel and to ensure high system availability, the packaging system no longer needs a platform. Maintenance work, such as changing the blades or the sealing bars, is handled at floor level. Additional benefits include the compact design and the resulting low height and small footprint.

"The BEUMER stretch hood A is extremely energy efficient," emphasises Buchholz. A film transport system, which is particularly gentle on the material, introduces the previously cut and sealed film hood into the system. The sealing seam already cools down on the way to the crimping and stretching unit. Crimping can start without any delay. This allows for the elimination of energy-consuming cooling units and efficiency-reducing cooling times. This way the pallets can be packaged at a high bag sequencing.

In June 2016, Cruz Azul put the line into operation. "The new BEUMER packing line brought the project to success," mentiones Victor Luna. Which means that the cement manufacturer can reach its projected production capacity. In order to ensure a trouble-free operation, the system supplier's competent specialists stay in close touch with the customer and help out immediately in case of malfunctions or downtimes. BEUMER Group also provided the necessary spare parts. Ensuring high availability of the systems at all times.

Victor Luna is visibly very pleased with the new solution because this packaging line is tailor-made for their needs. He is particularly impressed by the flexible filling technology. It saves a lot of time and brings great peace of mind, the different types or mortar are getting to the customer a lot faster. With this project, BEUMER Group has installed the first BEUMER fillpac R on the American market. The cooperation with the system supplier will continue. Discussions are currently held regarding new projects in the fields of conveying and loading and palletising Technology.

New generation of high-performance sorting: BG Sorter
Beckum, 18. April 2018

BEUMER Group invests all its expertise in new high-performance Sorter

At LogiMAT in Stuttgart, Germany, BEUMER Group has presented its latest sorter development: The BG Sorter is optimally prepared to meet the challenges of high-performance sorting. The new sorter family offers the appropriate version for each type of item. Tilt tray and cross-belt sorters can be used in customer systems. Thanks to permanent communication with the carriers, the system features exact and controlled sortation with maximum flexibility. Contactless energy and data transmission reduces maintenance costs as well as wear and tear.

The BG Sorter CB (cross belt) offers a reliable solution for sorting any kind of items, such as parcels or bagged goods. The so-called "full cross belt design" means that the maximum belt width is ensured. The customers' benefit: More usable belt surface is available with the same sorter size. This permits handling a wide mix of goods easily and safely. The risk of products lying between the belts is reduced. The E-Tray version (tilt tray) also offers many advantages. An improved tilt tray design prevents items from getting stuck between the trays, which helps to avoid collisions and downtimes.

Wireless real-time communication

"Our new construction series is based on proven technologies with key components like the sorter frame made of steel or the contactless energy supply system instead of the usual contact lines," explains Stephan Heessels, global Director of BEUMER Group's Logistic Systems division. This enables users to reduce machine maintenance costs as well as wear and tear. In addition, the dust generated when using contact lines is avoided. Permanent wireless communication on W-Lan basis enables real-time data transmission – compared with infrared communication where data are transmitted only when an infrared sensor is passed. The BG Sorter features communication times reduced to milliseconds so that discharge profiles can be adapted in real time. W-Lan communication permits careful handling of a wide variety of products: Users can add, select and change discharge profiles at any time without the need to adapt the hardware. Moreover, discharge is very precise with different discharge speeds.

BEUMER Group attached great value to low maintenance and repair costs when developing the BG Sorter. Status monitoring and extended diagnostics tools enable employees to detect possible errors at an early stage. This has a positive effect on product life-cycle costs. The sorter can be easily accessed for maintenance and repair. Its design is compact and permits efficient use of the space above and below the system.

Innovative kinematics of carriages

A completely innovative carriage featuring two points of articulation and carrying and guide wheels which are tightly fastened to the axles has been developed for the carriage assembly of the BG Sorter. This patented solution offers two advantages: On the one hand, it enables clearly reduced curve radii compared with conventional carriage geometries. On the other hand, the polygon effect in curves is minimised, which results in less oscillations in the system.

The BG Sorter is equipped with carrying wheels that have been specially developed for it and are larger than those used in comparable systems. They minimise rolling resistance, which directly results in lower energy consumption and also ensures reduced noise emission as well as increased running smoothness.

Energy-efficient drive

The construction series is available either with the proven OptiDrive, which is based on servo drives, or the contactless linear synchronous motor (LSM). Both drive systems reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. OptiDrive is a patented highly efficient frictional drive solution, which offers an economical alternative to the asynchronous linear motor drives often used in high-performance sorters. A special feature is that the contact pressure of the drive wheel is automatically set depending on the required driving power – even for braking. This boosts efficiency to up to 85 percent and enhances the service life of the drive wheels. The advantage of the LSM, which is energy-efficient as well, is that it eliminates contact between moving parts, providing minimal levels of wear and tear without compromising speed, capacity and reliability.

BG Sorter CB: cross belt design increases capacity and safety

The cross-belt sorter BG Sorter CB achieves a high throughput at a speed of up to three metres per second. The carrying capacity is 50 kilograms per cross belt. "Depending on the throughput and product mix, we can configure the system with one cross belt per carriage or with two or three cross belts," explains Stephan Heessels. "This enables us to sort a wide variety of products with sizes of up to 1,500 x 1,000 mm." The configuration with several cross belts, especially with varying product sizes, clearly increases the system capacity if compared with conventional sorters with only one cross belt per carriage. The full cross belt design provides an appropriate response to the increasing share of items that lack dimensional stability. Thanks to the maximum belt width, these are safely positioned, transported and accurately discharged.

The new induction unit places items on the cross belts with maximum accuracy. The position of the items on the system is checked after induction and corrected, if necessary, ensuring that the products are always perfectly positioned.

BG Sorter ET: Intermediate cover prevents failures

The BG Sorter ET is a tilt tray sorter, which can transport items with a weight of up to 60 kilograms. "Jamming of items between the trays is among the most frequent reasons for unplanned downtimes of this sorter type," says Stephan Heessels. "We have introduced a new tray design to avoid this." The so-called "closed deck" closes the gap between individual trays, preventing items from getting stuck between the trays. This function reduces downtimes and avoids possible damage to the sorter or the goods. Users can handle items of different sizes with more flexibility. Users can handle items of different sizes with more flexibility.

"Our BG Sorter combines future-oriented features, which set new standards in precise and cost-effective handling of as large a product range as possible," says Stephan Heessels. "Providing our customers with this scalable system, we facilitate their future growth and help them achieve long-term returns on investment."

Para um visual perfeito
Beckum, 05. April 2018

O BEUMER Group equipa a BEUMER fillpac R com dispositivo de solda por ultrassom

Como fornecedora de soluções para sistemas de embalagem completos, o BEUMER Group oferece agora a possibilidade de equipar a ensacadeira BEUMER fillpac R com um dispositivo de solda por ultrassom. Assim, as empresas usuárias obtêm um aspecto ainda melhor dos sacos cheios e conseguem uma clara vantagem de apresentação em relação às suas concorrentes.

A ensacadeira BEUMER fillpac R ensaca produtos a granel da indústria de construção civil e também outras mercadorias industriais pulverulentas, de forma eficiente, cuidadosa e com a vazão necessária. Ela pode ensacar materiais com estrutura desde muito fina até muito grossa, em sacos de diferentes formatos e tipos, assim como sacos valvulados e sacos valvulados de rafia. Para otimizar o aspecto dos sacos, se desejado, o BEUMER Group equipa a BEUMER fillpac R com um dispositivo de solda por ultrassom.

Ele funciona da seguinte forma: Antes do ensacamento, a mangueira de borracha inflável, instalada no bico de enchimento, especial é insuflada. Ela impede a fuga do material. Quando o saco estiver cheio, ele é automaticamente puxado pelo bico de enchimento. Em seguida, o saco é soldado por ultrassom. Assim, o saco fica com um aspecto limpo e compacto. Além disso, a solda por ultrassom impede que o material seja derramado ou contaminado durante o transporte na superfície de carga do caminhão. Desta forma, as empresas usuárias podem indicar exatamente o volume de enchimento - sem adição de material.

BEUMER Group hand-over baggage handling system (BHS) on schedule for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
Aarhus, 20. March 2018

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems - has successfully completed the hand-over of the Baggage Handling System (BHS) to Sheremetyevo Airport. Completing the hand-over on schedule means that BHS link between the North and South Terminal Complexes will be fully operational in time for the first arrivals for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

The BHS was installed as part of the Sheremetyevo Tunnel Project. Built directly under the airfield, the 2 km tunnels are the first to be constructed under existing runways. One tunnel carries passengers whilst, in the other tunnel, BEUMER’s autover® Independent Carrier System (ICS) transports baggage at speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour.

With a total length of more than 4.8 kilometers, the autover system has 187 autoca® intelligent Destination Coded Vehicles (DCVs). Each DCV transports a single item of baggage to provide the airport with 100% traceability of each bag. This ensures optimum security, efficiency and throughput within the BHS.

The capacity to transport more than 900 bags per hour in each direction enables Sheremetyevo Airport to achieve short connection times, enhancing its role as a major hub and supporting its future growth forecasts. Designed to operate with no moving parts, the autover system also helps the airport to minimise Product Life-Cycle Costs (PLCCs) by virtually eliminating maintenance of the system inside the tunnel.

Sheremetyevo is Russia’s largest airport, carrying over 40 million passengers in 2017 on interna­tional and domestic flights to over 200 destinations. The development of the new Terminal B of North Terminal Complex increases the hub’s capacity to 58 million passengers per year. This is part of the airport’s Master Plan to increase total passenger numbers of Sheremetyevo up to 85 million of passengers per year by 2026.

"Our goal is to ensure the implementation of the strategy of the national carrier, Aeroflot, to create favorable conditions for the development of our other aviation partners and, as a result, to become one of the largest passenger and cargo hubs in the world." Explains Andrey Nikulin, Deputy of General Director of Sheremetyevo Airport. "Today we are building new infrastructure facilities that will be launched for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This allows us to meet the guests and participants of the Championships at the highest level, since their acquaintance with Russia will start from Sheremetyevo".

Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, BEUMER Group, adds, “This project combined the twin challenges of installing an autover® system under existing runways and ensuring faultless operation in time for the 2018 World Cup. By successfully meeting the planned hand-over date for the BHS, BEUMER has fully overcome these challenges.”

BEUMER Group sorter introduces industry-first features at LogiMAT 2018
Beckum, 13. March 2018

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems - will introduce its new high-capacity BG Sorter at LogiMAT, Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Germany, from 13th to 15th March 2018.

Based on a single, common platform, the BG Sorter can be configured for cross-belt or tilt-tray sortation and combines high capacity with the ability to handle the widest mix of items. In the cross-belt configuration, the BG Sorter CB marks an industry first with its ‘full cross-belt’ design. In the tilt-tray configuration, the BG Sorter ET introduces a new intermediate deck design which prevents jams caused by items from becoming trapped between the trays. Both configurations use real-time intelligent wireless communication to increase sortation accuracy and quality.

Full cross-belt design: BG Sorter CB

The BG Sorter CB is the first sorter to introduce a ‘full cross-belt’ design. This design extends both the length and the width of the belts to enable the sorter to handle items up to 1.500 mm in length and 1.000 mm in width.

The BG Sorter CB offers a choice of three belt configurations: a single belt per carriage, or the option of two or three belts per carriage.

The combination of these features allows large items to be sorted on the same automated system as fragile and high-friction items. This significantly increases efficiency and supports the ability to offer later cut-off times for customers.

Tilt-tray with new intermediate deck: BG Sorter ET

A new intermediate deck design introduced by the BG Sorter ET helps to prevent one of the most common causes of unplanned down-time for tilt-tray sorters: the risk of items becoming jammed between the trays.

The deck closes the gap between the trays so that items are prevented from becoming trapped between trays. This feature significantly reduces the down-time required to clear a jammed item and avoids potential damage to the sorter or the item. The movable deck accurately follows the movement of the sorter and adds more flexibility to handle odd size items to reduce the level of manual handling.

Intelligent wireless communication

Both configurations of the BG Sorter use slotted wireless communication to provide contactless, secure and interference-free data transmission for the sorter controls. Unlike infrared communication, which sends data only when passing an infrared sensor point, wireless communication sends data instantly and in real time. This allows communication to be timed down to milliseconds and discharge profiles to be adapted in real-time. A full chute can therefore be by-passed by re-routing items on-the-fly to another chute. For the BG Sorter CB, the intelligent controls also allow automatic repositioning of items on the belts to ensure correct positioning and an even flow of items. These features optimise the sorting process by enabling greater accuracy and efficiency.

Intelligent wireless communication also provides advanced diagnostic tools and condition monitoring. This contributes to minimising cost by enabling early detection of potential system malfunctions. The combination of preventative maintenance and remote configuration directly from the control room, or via BEUMER Group’s Hotline, significantly reduces sorter down-time.

Reduced PLCCs and sustainable sorting

The BG Sorter uses innovative technologies to achieve ultra-low Product Life-Cycle Costs (PLCCs).  In addition to a servo drive based OptiDrive, the sorter offers the option of using BEUMER Group’s contactless Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) contactless drive system.

In addition to reducing maintenance costs, both drive technologies offered provide a significant reduction in energy consumption of up to 70% compared to conventional drive technologies. This not only contributes to reducing the PLCC it also increases the environmental sustainability of the sorting process.

Extensive testing is an essential part of BEUMER Group’s approach to ensuring robust operation from the time that any system is installed and commissioned. To test every aspect of the BG Sorter’s operation a live trial of the system has been conducted in an Austrian Post hub. Hub manager, Ms. Kathrin Fischer, provided BEUMER with initial feedback on the system’s performance: “The system performed perfectly throughout the peak Christmas period but what impressed us most was its ultra-low noise level. The extremely quiet operation makes a significant contribution to improving the work environment and the level of care that we can provide for our staff.”

Stephan Heessels, Director, Logistic Systems, BEUMER Group concludes, “The BG Sorter brings together innovative features which deliver a new benchmark for the precise and cost-effective handling of the widest possible mix of items. In addition, the BG Sorter provides the flexibility to ensure that the system has the scalability to support future growth and deliver a long-term return on investment.”

BEUMER Group will be in Hall 5, Booth A41 at LogiMAT, Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Germany, from 13th to 15th March 2018.

BEUMER Group launches a new class of line sorter at LogiMAT 2018, Stuttgart
Beckum, 13. March 2018

BEUMER Group - a leading global supplier of automated material handling systems – will launch a new class of line sorter at LogiMAT, Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Germany from the 13th to 15th March 2018. The innovative BG Line Sorter provides an alternative to traditional sliding-shoe line sorters by combining the broad handling mix of a cross-belt sorter within the compact footprint of a line sorter.

The increased handling capabilities are achieved by replacing the traditional sliding-shoe discharge mechanism used on conventional line sorters with active slat-belts. The introduction of active slat-belt technology allows the new BG Line Sorter to overcome the limitations in the handling capability of traditional line sorters. These limitations are caused by the sliding-shoe discharge mechanism which does not efficiently discharge items which are not a standard shape. This limitation means that, whilst line sorters are used extensively to handle boxes, cartons or totes, they are not efficient for handling bagged, fragile, high-friction or thin items such as small polybags.  In contrast, the rolling discharge mechanism of the slat-belts handles standard and non-standard items on the same belt and with the same high level of efficiency. The BG Line Sorter therefore extends the handling mix to include standard and non-standard items.

Active slat-belt technology

Although active slat-belt technology is a new concept in line sorting, it has been proven extensively in high-speed loop sorters. The slat-belts discharge items by rolling them off the belt into chutes located on either side of the line as seen with the industry-proven, belt-based loop sorters. The belts are manufactured in a high-friction material to ensure precise positioning of each item and they provide extended weight-carrying capabilities.

A single slat-belt can accept an item which weighs up to 25 kg. As items can be inducted onto one or more slat-belts, the sorter can handle items with a maximum weight of 50 kg each.

Plug and play installation and easy scalability

The BG Line Sorter uses standard modules to simplify installation and provide an adaptable solution which ensures a long-term return on investment.

The standard unit is 2.95 metres long and is pre-assembled with all of the mechanical and electrical components, Information Technology (IT) and controls. Each unit is fully tested and certified in-house by BEUMER Group prior to installation.

The pre-assembled modules allow installation to be achieved using a minimum number of connection points. This ensures fast installation and commissioning to deliver almost plug-and-play operation. The modular structure also provides the flexibility for the system to be easily re-configured, re-positioned or expanded. This allows the BG Line Sorter to be adapted to meet changing business priorities and future-proofs the customer investment.

The use of industry-standard software and controls also contributes to a fast commissioning process. Low-level control is based on a centralised Programmable Logic Controller with distributed Input/Output (I/O). The Process Field Net (ProfiNet) communication protocol ensures stable and reliable communication combined with a high degree of flexibility whilst Infrared Data Association (IrDA) communication is used to interface with the carrier controllers.

The high-level control system is integrated seamlessly with host systems including the Warehouse Management System (WMS); Material Flow Control (MFC) and Warehouse Control System (WCS), in addition to subsystems and peripheral equipment. It can also be integrated with BEUMER Group’s Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. The high level of software integration provides access to vital management information which can enable the system to be continually optimised for Maximum efficiency.

Ultra-low Product Life-Cycle Costs (PLCCs)

The need to ensure ultra-low Product Life-Cycle Costs (PLCCs) was another priority in the design of the BG Line Sorter. Unlike conventional line sorters, the BG Line Sorter features Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) technology.

LSM technology uses permanent magnets to generate magnetic fields which drive the chain of slat-belt units inside the frame. The LSMs eliminate contact between the stationary and moving parts of the drive system which prevents the components from being exposed to wear-and-tear whilst in operation. The elimination of wear-and-tear makes a significant contribution to the sorter’s ultra-low PLCCs. A further benefit of the LSMs is that they achieve an ultra-low level of acoustic noise to provide a safer and more comfortable working environment for operators.

Other features which contribute to the ultra-low PLCCs include pre-tensioning of the slat-belts before installation and life-lubricated driving wheels. These features enable the BG Line Sorter to eliminate the need for constant adjustment and servicing which results in a lighter maintenance requirement. The easy accessibility of all the components within the modules further reduces maintenance costs by making maintenance faster and more time efficient.

“Stephan Heessels, Director, Logistic Systems Division, BEUMER Group comments, “The launch of the BG Line Sorter introduces a radical new approach to line sorting. The active slat-belt technology enables the sorter to achieve a capacity of 1,500 to 10,000 items per hour in a compact and flexible footprint. It will also enable logistics companies to increase efficiency by handling an extended mix of items on a single belt.”

BEUMER Group sorter transforms Freightways’ parcel sortation in first six months of operation
Beckum, 13. March 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated parcel and post distribution systems, announces that the largest automated parcel sortation system in the South Island of New Zealand has completed its first six months of operation. Installed in Freightways’ new South Island hub at Christchurch Airport, the BEUMER system is Freightways’ first automated material handling system.

“The investment in the automated system has transformed the Freightways Group’s network by enabling us to handle a record number of deliveries over the peak Christmas period,” explains John Charles, Freightways’ National Operations Manager. “This is helping the business to go from strength to strength in handling increased volumes year-on-year to our large New Zealand customer base”.

The mix of items which have been sorted includes wine boxes and polystyrene containers of fresh fish shipped through the Freightways Courier Network, so it was important to the business that these items were conveyable.

Stephen Clark, BEUMER Groups Area Sales Director Logistic Systems, comments, “Freightways needed an automated sortation system which could safely handle as wide a range of parcels as possible in a very short window. Assured gentle handling of every package was important to minimise the number of non-conveyable items.”

The system is based on BEUMER Group’s LS-4000CB cross-belt sorter which combines flexibility with extreme energy efficiency. With the capacity to handle up to 15,000 items per hour, the system should enable Freightways to meet its future volume growth forecasts for the next fifteen years.

The automation of the material handling process has supported the integration of multiple Freightways brands into a single operation. As New Zealand’s largest independent courier network the Freightways Group includes New Zealand Couriers, Post Haste, Castle Parcels, Now Couriers, Sub 60, DX Mail and Kiwi Express. The high speed and capacity provided by the automated system places the group in a strong position to respond to the growth in both business to business and e-commerce deliveries.

“The decision to award the contract to BEUMER was influenced by the fact that they took the time to understand our business and operations. They also transferred that knowledge into a system that met and exceeded our operational requirements. This has been reinforced by the systems performance over the just completed peak Christmas operation” concluded Charles.

BEUMER Group reveals more ‘Ultimate Baggage Handling System’ features at Passenger Terminal Expo 2018
Aarhus, 20. February 2018

BEUMER Group, a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems, will reveal more insights into the Ultimate Baggage Handling System (BHS) at Passenger Terminal Expo 2018, Stockholm, 20-22 March.

The Ultimate Baggage Handling System transforms the conventional ‘push’ approach to baggage flow into a super-efficient ‘pull’ system. Among the new features are:

Reclaim on demand; the use of Big Data and Machine Learning using neural networks; and a 3D Advanced Visualisation Tool which will be demonstrated on the stand. Reclaim on demand uses self-service pick-up kiosks to improve the passenger experience on arrival. It also enhances security by eliminating the risk of bags being claimed by the wrong passenger.

The use of Big Data is the basis for many new capabilities such as Predictive Analytics, 3D Visualisation and Machine Learning. Predictive Analytics allows the Ultimate BHS to optimise baggage flow and maintenance, whilst Machine Learning with neural networks improves the read-rate for bag-tags.

These new features add to the efficiencies introduced by the dynamic Early Baggage Store (EBS) which provides speed-loading of carts and ULDs. The Ultimate BHS also proposes use of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) to handle ULDs and dollies.

“The integration of emerging technologies is re-defining the vision for the airport of the future,” explains Klaus Schäfer, Managing Director, , BEUMER Group. “The Ultimate Baggage Handling System provides levels of flexibility, control and optimisation that are simply not achievable with a conventional ‘push’ system.”

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.

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."

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.

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.”

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."

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.”

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

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.

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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