Daifuku Airport Technologies wins baggage handling system contract at Wuhan Tianhe Airport in China
by Joe O’Connor
Daifuku Airport Technologies (ATec), a leading provider of airport baggage handling systems, announced today it has been awarded its largest ever state-of-the-art BNP specifications baggage handling system for the brand new T3 Terminal at Wuhan Tianhe Airport in China.
The baggage system compromises of 6 check-in islands, each with 20 check-in desks, 18 arrivals carousels, 6 transfer baggage lines, 4 manual coding lines, 48 EBS lanes and 8 screening lines. The screening lines have 6 automatic MV Xray machines and 4 automatic CT Xray machines with additional explosive trace detection and level 5 baggage resolution areas.
Baggage identification is realised by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID ) integrated seamlessly into all systems, this coupled with the end to end data tracking is reaching identification rates far beyond what is possible with standard optical systems. Each tilt tray sorter chute is fitted with a final RFID based bag information display system which automatically reads the bag as the bag is loaded into the unit loading device (ULD).
Construction of the 220,000m2 Terminal started in June 2013 at an estimated cost of 40 billion yuan ($6.1 billion), and project delivery included a new runway, new control tower and a transportation hub connecting the airport to the city with intercity railway and metro line.
Starting from August 31st, all flights from T1 (international, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and T2 (domestic) were moved to Terminal 3, which is expected to accommodate 35 million passengers annually by 2020.
“We are delighted with the new system, its leading edge on time, on target delivery is a testament to the excellent working relationships and dialogue we have with the airport, the design teams for the terminal building, right down to all the sub-contracting companies since the projects conception” stated Ron Osborne, Managing Director of Daifuku Logan Ltd. “We very much look forward to working closely with the airport on any of its future BHS project requirements”.
Daifuku Airport Technologies provides baggage handling systems and service at hundreds of airports globally.
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