The Automation Baggage Handling System.

Product Description

The Automation Baggage Handling System.

Million Tons of Bags Are being handled manually per year in a large airport (ca. 50 Mio Pax/y) like Dubai, Amsterdam, Singapore or Denver

One bag handler typically loads 400 bags per shift.
Average Bag weight=20 kg
8tons per shift
40 tons per week
160 tons per month
1600 tons per year

Baggage Handling System performance

  • Loading units: -AKE, AKH, AKN, DPE-various carts-configurable-extendable
  • Filling degree: - 80-90% (containers) -100% (carts)
  • Bags: 50 kg 100x95x80 cm all conveyable bags
  • Performance: tech. cycle time:15s-up to 200 bags/hour
Baggage Loading Cell: Bag Scanner
  • Bag Measurement
  • Determination of shape, size, position and orientation of next bag

    Using 2 synchronized IR Laser Scanner

  • Determination of bag volume
  • Bounding Box
  • Real Volume
  • Label-Clipping
Baggage Loading Cell: Robot

    Standard 6-axis-industry robot:

  • used in huge number is various industries for many years excellent reliability repeatability, precision in heavy production environments
  • enhanced applicability through use sensor / vision technologies
  • 7th axis for increased flexibility during take-overr
Baggage Loading Cell: ULD Scanner
  • Measurement of load status after each loading cycle:
  • positioning result not (exactly)predictable, as bags may sink in, slide, tilt
Baggage Loading Cell Benefits

    Efficiency & Cost Reduction:

  • Throughput per baggage handler increases by a factor of 2.5-35
  • Operational cost per bag decreases: typical example:0.70$ (manual) - 0.30$ (automated)
  • Health & Ergonomics:

  • Workplace regulation (e.g. EU 90/269/EWG)
  • Reduced physical stress for workers reduce indirect cost (sick days, early retirement)
  • Availability of staff/demographic evolution of workforce
  • Acceptance by employees / workers' council
  • Space Consumption:

  • Reduction of 60%-70% per throughput
  • Full Process Integration:

  • end -to-end process control
  • reconciliation
  • tracking & logging
  • avoidance of human error, reduced risk of “lost bags'
  • Improved Security:

  • traceability
  • controlled access ("less hands-on bags")
  • Handing of Bags:

  • predictable & gentle reduced risk of damaged bags
  • overweight bags ( <50 kg) competitive advantage
  • Image & public perception:

  • innovative, modern, state-of-the-art technology
  • good & responsible employer
Baggage Loading Cell: Limitations & Possibilities

    Benefit depends on efficient use of loading cell:

    limited possibilities to handle load peaks

  • ideal for efficiently & reliably covering base load
  • definition of appropriate automation level (typically 50%-70%)
  • baggage loading cell design is flexible & modular; thus, it can be optimized

    to accommodate

  • existing or planned BHS infrastructure
  • space constraints
  • specific flight profiles / bag characteristics
Baggage Loading Cell: finding the right Layout

    Overall System Performance depends on:

  • external factors
  • process design
  • layout choices

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