Consortium Completes Gatwick Baggage System

LS_Gatwick2Gatwick Airport, the world’s busiest single runway airport, has gone live with two baggage handling systems supplied and installed by Daifuku Group member Logan Teleflex in conjunction with consortium partner Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions.
The consortium has installed a new baggage handling system (BHS) at the North Terminal extension and a hold baggage screening (HBS) solution at South Terminal.  The companies involved say both solutions were designed to allow check-ins to serve any output, regardless of which check-in they are presented at, helping to provide reduced operating costs to ground handling agencies and additional resilience/routing, maintaining baggage flow and helping to reduce passenger queues.  Gatwick processes over 10 million departure bags each year.
The South Terminal HBS distribution system was designed provide greater flexibility and efficiency than the previous point-to-point installation.  It comprises six Level 1, 2; three Level 3 and two out-of-gauge X-ray screening machines and associated systems, including high-level controls supplied and commissioned by Siemens.
Siemens has delivered multiple phases of the baggage electrical and controls system installation to provide additional baggage handling capacity and increase operational flexibility.  The project has included the modification of four sorting units and four baggage carousels and the supply and commission of an additional 20 programme controllers to run six new HBS lines.  The advanced design of the solution will allow all checked in baggage to load balance and route through any of the six Level 1,2 X-ray screening machines instead of feeding through one dedicated HBS machine into an individual sortation area.
Improvements in flexibility go beyond screening as bags also route smoothly from X-ray machines through to one of four tilt tray sorters, three existing and one new Logan Teleflex TTS; eliminating reliance on specific machinery required in the previous point-to-point system.  Supporting Gatwick’s energy reduction plans, it is the first to operate large numbers of the Permanent Magnet Motors (PMM) electrical drive motors that provide 30 to 40% energy savings compared to a standard squirrel cage Motor Gearbox Unit (MGU). Gatwick has over 2,500 of these units.
(Photo: Logan Teleflex)