ALSTEF To Install New System at Istanbul

Following the design, installation and maintenance of the baggage handling system (BHS) at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport, Turkey, French company ALSTEF has been awarded the contract for the design and installation of an early bag store (EBS) at the TAV-owned airport.
The EBS has become necessary to store a large number of bags in transfer at the airport, which is a major hub for Turkish Airlines and has a capacity of 45 million passengers a year.
However, difficulties arose as the EBS could not be fitted into the narrow space available in the main sortation hall.
ALSTEF has instead proposed to build the EBS on a mezzanine above the existing tilt tray sorter, and to split it into two parts.  This means the technical characteristics of the EBS will be unusual, due to the size of the building, with storage for 1,200 bags and an input capacity of 1,600 bags an hour.  Seven high-speed shuttles will dispatch the bags to sixty storage lanes, storing the luggage according to time slots or flight numbers.
Only six months are scheduled for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning for the system.  Airport operations are expected to continue uninterrupted, and the existing sortation system will run at full capacity while the EBS is installed just 6.6ft (2m) above the main tilt tray sorter.
The EBS will be fully managed by an ALSTEF BAGWARE management software module, which has managed the entire Istanbul Atatürk BHS since 2010.
(Image:  Istanbul Atatürk)