Swissport Cargo USA, a subsidiary of Swissport International opened a new warehouse at Chicago O’Hare Airport (IATA: ORD) in July 20. Swissport says the 138,000sq ft facility has the first automated material handling system (AMHS) in the region.
The AMHS can accommodate over 120 10ft units (unit load devices) at a time using pallet platforms and electric ULD movers. All ULDs can be handled to the highest industry standards without touching the floor. The warehouse operates with two cold storages: 2-8 degrees Celsius and 18-25 degrees Celsius. Both have been designed to meet the IATA CEIV requirements. It also has 35 truck docks designed to handle peak season traffic and features adjacent aircraft parking with in-ground fuelling and power units to reduce overall handling time of the aircraft on the ground. In addition, the AMHS is integrated with the back ramp where ULD’s are directly stored into the system or delivered to the customer. These specifications allow Swissport to quickly deliver fully-built units from the aircraft to a truck.