Daifuku Group member Logan KSEC has reported that the main baggage handling project for the new terminal at China’s fourth largest airport, Kunming, is undergoing testing by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), prior to going live by July 2012.
Featuring two Logan Teleflex Tilt Tray Sorters measuring 1,903ft (580m) in length, the entire baggage system has a total conveyor length of 8 miles (13km). It will sort, screen and make up bags sent from more than 150 check-in desks and will feature 11 make-up carousels and 15 arrivals carousels. The system is managed using BagStage software and has a 26 PLC-based control system.
Logan Teleflex is also delighted with progress being made on the structured installation programme for the Intelligent Destination Coded Vehicle (iDCV)-based baggage transit system. Once operational later this year, the iDCV will provide high-speed transfer of bags between Kunming’s main bag hall and its east and west piers, typically at 33ft/s (10m/s), and will minimise baggage connection times for the remote 2,625ft (800m) distance to the piers.
According to Dave Reynolds, Sales Director for Logan Teleflex: “The first high-speed circuit for the iDCVs has been completed with the second identical circuit for No 2 pier to follow shortly. We will be testing around 20 iDCVs on the first circuit to begin with, before the entire two-circuit system goes live in [the third quarter of] this year.”
Logan Teleflex won a follow-on order to install the first iDCV system to operate in China, bringing the combined contracts for the main Tilt Tray Sorter-based baggage handing system, iDCV transit and Tote Return systems to around US$75 million.