July-August_2021 - 14

AUTHOR Joe Petrie
Baggage Systems
Airports turn to next-generation baggage handling systems to meet the
demands of a new future in air travel.
SAN FRANCISCO International Airport (SFO) is
seeing a sizeable efficiency increase in the baggage
handling system inside the Harvey Milk Terminal
after it brought Beumer's CrisBag system online
during the pandemic.
The Individual Carrier System (ICS)
baggage handling system is designed
for shared airline use. It enables 100
percent track and trace as each bag
remains in the same tote throughout
the baggage handling and integrated
security screening process. All bags are
tracked with RFID tags on the CrisBag
System, so it's quicker to identify if a
bag becomes missing along the process.
" Instead of trying to handle bags
which are soft and squishy and roll and
you can be quite problematic from a
material handling standpoint, we put
it into a container or tray and then we
convey that throughout the system
and it's just a lot easier to handle from
a material handling standpoint, " said
David Delaney, vice president and
general manager for the airport division,
North America, Beumer Group. " It's
more efficient to use, it's less material
to have it run and it uses less energy.
It uses less spare parts and the overall
system is just a higher performance
system because you can move a lot of
bags a lot faster than you can on just a
conveyor belt. "
Greg McCarthy, project manager
for SFO, said the airport had previous
success with common-use bag systems
at Terminal 2 and the International
Terminal so they wanted to pursue that
again in the new terminal. Previously
Terminal 1 had six independent airline
systems with 15 screening machines.
In addition, SFO wished to improve
baggage tracking, increase ramp
operations safety, reduce energy usage
and environmental impacts.
" Beumer has been doing this for 20
years so it's a proven system, " he said.
" We're not paying for R&D. "
The integration of an Explosives
Detection System (EDS) makes CrisBag
the first system to be certified by the
Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) for in-tote baggage security
ICS systems are commonplace
across the world, but this was the first
in the U.S. Delaney said they had to
coordinate with TSA to ensure it met
their needs.
" All of their specifications and all of
their standards have been written for the
way that TSA is been doing things for 15
to 20 years and then we come with the
new technology in a new product, " he
said. " There was a lot of educating the
market and us being educated by TSA
and TSA understanding our product. "
The consolidation to a shared
use baggage system allows redundant
routes to balance the load between
the Computer Tomography X-Ray's
(CTX). This reduced the number of
CTX devices from 15 to seven, which
are needed for baggage screening within
the terminal.
Newer technology and a more
efficient system also means a 70 percent
reduction in energy usage by switching
to an ICS baggage system.
The layout of the CrisBag ICS
enabled the airport to reduce tug traffic.
The inbound, transfer and outbound
processes are handled in the CrisBag
system and located in the baggage
operational areas which are distributed
throughout the terminal boarding area
adjacent to the aircraft gates. Arrival
baggage is taken via tugs from a flight


Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August_2021

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
FBOs Make a Strong Case for Increasing Charter, Flightschool Business, Other Service Offerings
Legal Matters
New Technology Takes Control of Baggage Systems
Innovating Airport Operations
TAC Air Expands and Improves in Amarillo
PFAS-Contaminated Drinking Water: A Growing Concern for Airports
Airports by the Thousands
Satellites Have the Power to Transform the Aviation Industry
Product Focus
July-August_2021 - 1
July-August_2021 - 2
July-August_2021 - 3
July-August_2021 - 4
July-August_2021 - Inside the Fence
July-August_2021 - Industry Update
July-August_2021 - 7
July-August_2021 - 8
July-August_2021 - 9
July-August_2021 - FBOs Make a Strong Case for Increasing Charter, Flightschool Business, Other Service Offerings
July-August_2021 - 11
July-August_2021 - Legal Matters
July-August_2021 - 13
July-August_2021 - New Technology Takes Control of Baggage Systems
July-August_2021 - 15
July-August_2021 - 16
July-August_2021 - 17
July-August_2021 - 18
July-August_2021 - 19
July-August_2021 - Innovating Airport Operations
July-August_2021 - 21
July-August_2021 - 22
July-August_2021 - 23
July-August_2021 - 24
July-August_2021 - 25
July-August_2021 - TAC Air Expands and Improves in Amarillo
July-August_2021 - 27
July-August_2021 - 28
July-August_2021 - 29
July-August_2021 - PFAS-Contaminated Drinking Water: A Growing Concern for Airports
July-August_2021 - 31
July-August_2021 - 32
July-August_2021 - Airports by the Thousands
July-August_2021 - 34
July-August_2021 - 35
July-August_2021 - Satellites Have the Power to Transform the Aviation Industry
July-August_2021 - 37
July-August_2021 - 38
July-August_2021 - 39
July-August_2021 - Product Focus
July-August_2021 - 41
July-August_2021 - 42
July-August_2021 - 43
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