Baggage Storage Systems

The requirement for bag storage systems has developed significantly over recent years and this has given rise to development in automated systems to store bags within an airport baggage handling environment.

Drawing on well established and developed warehouse storage solutions where crane and rack systems are prevalent, has enabled the fast track establishment of high quality, high capability storage capabilities for bags.

At the heart of our system is the DuoSys miniload crane technology from our parent company Daifuku. Having installed in excess of 24,000 storage and retrieval machines throughout the logistics industry their experience is virtually unrivalled, as is the development which has gone into the DuoSys product. DuoSys encapsulates the many years of application experience to be the pinnacle of todays crane technology. Amongst other leading and innovative features it offers the ability for 2 cranes to work simultaneously throughout the entire length of the storage aisle. This permits a number of operational modes to be provided as required by the operational demands, but significantly also further increases bag storage density without compromising system resilience.

Bags and cranes, have typically not gone well together because of the large variety of sizes and shapes of baggage. The new Baggage Tray System (BTS) solves this problem by transporting bags in trays. It is these trays that allow baggage to be handle as a standard unit load by the cranes and thus BTS enables to full realisation of the benefits of crane based systems in baggage handling applications.

Storing bags in a crane and rack based system provides:

  • Very high bag storage density, so precious space in the airport is efficiently used.
  • Fully automated bag storage, for efficient and error free operation.
  • High throughput rates which allows bags to be stored as early bags, pre make-up buffer or peak shaving.
  • Very high resilience through elimination of single point failures allowing the store to continue to operate with only a small reduction in throughput while any failure is repaired.
  • Very low maintenance requirement compared with any other storage technology, maintenance is also simply effected with easy access to components.

These advantages are why many of the worlds leading airports are now considering this technology for their bag storage requirements

in     by Administrator 22-11-2017
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In anticipation of its Baggage Handling System upgrade, works on which have already commenced, Malta International Airport is conducting a series of exercises to ensure a seamless transition period, while also testing its preparedness in the event of baggage processing malfunctions.

While there is only a slim possibility of complete baggage processing malfunctions, MIA is conducting preparedness exercises, aimed at testing the robustness of the company's business continuity plan. These ensure that the airport team, stakeholders operating at the terminal and back-up infrastructures are fully equipped to handle such a situation in a way that causes minimal inconvenience to passengers.

The investment in a new state-of-the-art Baggage Handling System, supplied by industry leaders Daifuku Logan, will also be laying the groundwork for full compliance with the European Civil Aviation Conference's provision stipulating that by 2020 every European airport must possess a hold baggage screening capability that combines x-ray and computed topography technology.

The new Baggage Handling System will pave the way for the forthcoming installation of eight new check-in desks which will increase the airport's throughput and efficiency. This infrastructure project will also allow MIA to continue adding capacity in future expansion plans.

The BHS upgrade forms part of MIA's Terminal Reconfiguration project through which the company has invested €12m in infrastructural improvements with the aim of further enhancing its guests' airport experience.

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