New contract for Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics (SPPAL) at London Gatwick Airport
29 July 2016
Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been awarded a new contract to improve the functionality of the baggage handling system (BHS) operating in the North Terminal at London Gatwick Airport. The project includes replacing emergency-stop modules and upgrading existing emergency-stop channels to reduce downtime in the event of a failure and to maintain baggage throughput of 75% during such circumstances. Iain McLeod, project manager, baggage at SPPAL, said: “Siemens is supplying the very latest equipment to dramatically reduce the impact of stoppages and emergencies on the throughput of the baggage system and in turn improve the overall throughput performance and efficiency of the baggage handling operations operating at the North Terminal.” London Gatwick also renewed a service contract with Siemens to provide engineering support for the operation of the BHS at both the South and North Terminals for a further 12 months with an option to extend the contract. The two new contracts follow the completion of the South Terminal check-in project by SPPAL in May 2016, which included the refurbishment of the existing baggage handling controls technology and the supply and replacement of new baggage conveyors and mechanical equipment.