SPPAL extended and enhanced entire tray portfolio for baggage handling systems
09 December 2016
Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has extended and enhanced its entire tray portfolio for baggage handling systems. The solution for airports with large numbers of transfer passengers is claimed by SPPAL to be a world leader in respect of energy efficiency, speed and throughput. With their unique design, the Siemens trays can reach top speeds of up to 10 m/sec., while the throughput rate worldwide can be up to 19,200 bags/hr. The energy efficiency of the baggage handling solution sets a benchmark for the entire industry as the conveyor belts under the trays run on rollers to prevent sliding friction between the belts and the conveyors. The considerably reduced weight of the new trays helps to lower energy costs even further. Thanks to their robust design featuring a guiding roller and, depending on the model, an additional steel running surface, wear and tear are kept to a minimum. This results in above-average operating times, which in turn has a positive impact on lifecycle costs. To meet the specific needs of its customers, Siemens offers trays in different sizes - small, medium, and an out-of-gauge version for transporting bulky items such as surfboards or skis. A screenable tray allows the integration of state-of-the-art X-ray devices to further increase security at airports. All trays are equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) and reach the right destination with an almost 100% reliability rate. The extra-high back ends prevent bags from slipping off and make for a particularly smooth and safe transportation. Besides the trays themselves, Siemens has also enhanced the entire tray system with innovative modules, as well as further developing existing components. In doing so, it has focused on space-saving solutions that make the best possible use of valuable floor space at airports. For example, the scalable SmartTilter offers extremely high throughput rates of almost 3,000 trays/hr, while the TilterPlus tilts bags to two sides and can thus serve two directions at once. A string of recent orders testifies to the high level of ongoing demand for this Siemens solution. At present, the new terminals of the aviation hubs in Incheon, Korea, and in Guangzhou, China, are being equipped with state-of-the-art tray systems from Siemens. Experienced Siemens specialists work together with the customer to determine which technology is best for which airport. This mostly depends on the volume of passengers and the complexity of the processes. While purely domestic airports normally only use conveyors, regional hubs often require additional sorting technology. Major airports with a high number of transfer passengers are increasingly opting for the faster and more energy-efficient tray technology from Siemens.