Crisplant Wins Guangzhou Contract

CRISPLANT HAS been awarded a €12.6 million (US$17.2m) contract to upgrade the automated baggage handling system at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (GBIA), China.
The airport currently handles 31 million passengers per year, travelling to around 100 primarily domestic destinations.  Crisplant has scheduled work on the upgrades to be completed in a series of over-night shifts, using time allocated for routine maintenance.
The need to increase capacity has been driven by steady growth in air passenger traffic in China and throughout Asia as well as by Asia’s largest ever multi-sport events which will take place in Guangzhou: The 16th Asian Games, or XVI Asiad, will be held in November 2010, followed by the inaugural Asian Para Games in December 2010.
Plans for an upgrade were included in the original baggage handling system, which was designed and installed by Crisplant in 2004.  The work will add an extra 18 check-in counters and conveyors, taking the total to 182.  It also includes six new security screening machines, which will provide additional baggage screening capacity, particularly for that bound for North America.  The two original Crisplant tilt-tray sorters already provide sufficient handling speed for the increased capacity but will be extended with the addition of ten inductions.  The sorting system upgrade also includes eleven vertical sort units, ten horizontal sort units, two chutes and 30 360° IATA tag scanners.
A new server room will house Crisplant’s latest high-level control systems: sort allocation control (SAC) and Crisplant sorter control (CSC) software, as well as a sophisticated corporate information system (CIS) which will provide advanced statistical analysis of baggage-handling efficiency.  The upgrade also extends to the baggage-handling control room, which will be fitted with a video wall as well as new workstations and hardware.