After a year of design and detailing, an official contract was signed between Vanderlande Industries and Vancouver Airport Authority on December 14. The phased installation of the baggage handling system (BHS) will begin in January 2013 at Vancouver International Airport, Canada, and is due to be completed by early 2016.
The airport has worked closely with the Vanderlande project team to develop the final design of the system. Accommodating future expansions and various growth scenarios, the company intends the design to maintain and increase the airport’s international ranking.
The ‘Baggage Backbone Project’ focuses on a faster connection between existing baggage handling systems, a new sortation system and modernising the controls system for the airport’s daily operations.
It utilises a high-speed conveying system, TUBTRAX, which features new developments at YVR that make it possible to automatically transport bags up to a length of 6.6ft (2m). Vanderlande’s VIBES solution will replace the existing Sort Allocation Computer (SAC) system, enabling integrated control of the BHS.