World Class Airport Baggage Handling Systems
Daifuku Logan is a specialist in baggage system manufacture and integration. With a full range of baggage system products, solutions and services, we are one of the few companies in the world able to provide for all aspects of a baggage system solution from design to hand over and operations & maintenance.
With proven systems technology and leading edge material handling solutions, we aim to provide our airport and aviation clients the highest level of service, quality and know-how to enable their systems to meet the demands of today and the future.
For over 70 years the Daifuku Group has been developing seamless innovation in automated material handling solutions.
The Daifuku Group is the world’s leading materials handling company with a projected annual turnover in excess of 2 billion USD. Since entering the airport baggage handling industry Daifuku has continued to invest and break new ground in product R&D and systems and solution design, along with major investments in customer demonstration centres (Japan, UK & USA) showcasing a full range of integrated product solutions.
These developments include:
- Innovations in Baggage Tray Systems, Tilt Tray Sorters, DCV and the DuoSys crane systems. These provide Daifuku with cutting-edge products and its customers with an “always an edge ahead” advantage.
- Opening regional customer service and support offices to facilitate key market/customer facing relationships and enhance the value of all Daifuku solutions.
- Investment in people, to create a global resources base and build a unique, highly competent and experienced workforce of over 6,000 people set for the challenges of the future airport baggage handling market.
Prior to joining the Daifuku Group in 2011, Logan was a name synonymous with the design, manufacture and integration of baggage handling systems and solutions for over 50 years. During this time, Logan installed over 400 such systems worldwide with a range of ground breaking, innovative products.
Daifuku Logan has sales, design and manufacturing facilities as well as customer service and support locations based in the north and south of England, France, Asia and China. It is a sister firm of Daifuku Webb, a company in the USA with an annual turnover of 500 million USD and capabilities in every aspect of baggage and materials handling.
The Daifuku Group currently has affiliate companies and offices operating in over 20 countries and regions.
Check-In conveyors are the first point of interface between the passenger and the baggage handling system, they allow passengers to safely enter their baggage onto the conveying system. They also allow the check-in desk clerk to weigh and label the baggage.
Model 599 Check-In Conveyors
The Model 599 Check-in Conveyor range has been designed to meet the specific needs of airports. Our weigh, label and despatch conveyors can be configured as either one, two or three stage check-in systems, offering choice and flexibility for check-in operations.
The Model 599 Check-in Conveyors are finished in stainless steel to a very high quality. As standard they are fitted with dummy end pulleys to eliminate trap points for passengers, operators, bag straps and labels. For extra security safety gates may be fitted to the weigh conveyor preventing passengers from entering the check-in areas when the desks are closed.
Baggage Tray System
The Daifuku Logan Baggage Tray System (BTS) is designed to handle bags in their own individual tray throughout their entire journey through the Baggage Handling System. The trays are each equipped with RFID tags which carry a unique identity which allows each tray, and therefore the bag is contains, to be positively tracked through the system.
Bags loaded into trays enjoy the physical protection of the tray, together with bag jams being virtually eliminated. The trays themselves are designed to carry bags through security screening machines thereby allowing the bag to remain in the tray for its whole journey through the handling system to its make up position. Standardised trays also provide the ideal unit load basis to permit use of a wide range of storage technologies most notably advanced crane systems.
The BTS consists of modules that allow an entire baggage handling system to be built that typically mirrors and builds on the type of module often seen in conventional conveyor based systems. The system has the capability to convey bags at up to 10m/s to ensure longer journey distances, such as transfers between terminals, are completed as quickly as possible.
Vertical Sortation Units
The Model 595ML Vertical Sortation Unit is made up of three moving belt conveyors mounted within a support frame. The conveyors can pitch up and down to change the conveyor route through the VSU. This enables it to split the baggage flow from one conveyor line into two separate conveyor lines. The switching action is precise and fast enough to reliably remove a single bag from a continuous stream of bags.
It can also be used in reverse to combine the baggage flow from two separate conveyor lines into one.
The Vertical Sortation Unit has been designed to handle a wide range of products and will operate without disrupting the baggage flow. As the VSU does not exert any external force on the bag as it is being diverted the risk of damage to that bag is minimised.
Two different variants of VSU are available:
- Model 595ML (long) where the shallow conveyor angles throughout the VSU allow bags to be tracked on both the upper and lower conveyor routes
- Model 595MS (short) where bag ‘tracking’ is only possible through the upper conveyor route.
- Separating an individual bag from a stream of bags
- Dividing a stream of bags from one conveyor line onto two separate conveyor lines
- Merging two conveyor lines into one
Working examples include:
- Diverting a single ‘suspect’ bag within a screening system
- Sorting bags to different make-up carousels
- Load sharing bags between different x-ray screening machines
- Re-routing the flow of bags in a fall back scenario
iDCV - Intelligent Destination Coded Vehicle
The Intelligent Destination Coded Vehicle (IDCV) concept is at the heart of our Telebag product. This concept places intelligence on each vehicle together with an overall co-ordination level of control to ensure the smooth and orderly transit of vehicles through the system.
The system has the capability to collect bags directly from a check-in desk, deliver them to security screening X-rays, collect the bags and then sort them to make up positions.
The nature of this technology guarantees 100% tracking accuracy, an important factor for both Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) as well as transfer applications.
With a capability of speeds of up to 10m/s the Telebag system is well suited to long distance transfer applications. The versatility of the concept also means that Telebag is well suited to conventional baggage system replacement as it provides all required functions of transport and sortation in a single technology.
Telebag is also now proving itself to be a cost effective solution for High Speed Long Distance baggage transfer. The telebag system is currently being installed in Kunming International Airport in China where it will transport bags over 800 metres at 10m/s to minimise baggage connection times for remote piers.
Bag Storage Systems
The requirement for bag storage systems has developed significantly over recent years and this has given rise to development in automated systems to store bag within an airport baggage handling environment.
Drawing on well established and developed warehouse storage solutions where crane and rack systems are prevalent has enabled the fast track establishment of high quality, high capability storage capabilities for bags.
At the heart of our system is the DuoSys miniload crane technology from our parent company Daifuku. Having installed in excess of 24,000 storage and retrieval machines throughout the logistics industry their experience is virtually unrivalled as is the development which has gone into the DuoSys product. DuoSys encapsulates the many years of application experience to be the pinnacle of crane technology it is today. Amongst other leading and innovative features it offers the ability for 2 cranes to work simultaneously throughout the entire length of the storage aisle. This permits a number of operational modes to be provided as required by the operational demands but significantly also further increases bag storage density without compromising system resilience.
Bags and cranes have typically not gone well together because of the large variety of sizes and shapes of baggage. The new Baggage Tray System (BTS) solves this problem by transporting bags in trays. It is these trays that allow baggage to be handle as a standard unit load by the cranes and thus BTS enables to full realisation of the benefits of crane based systems in baggage handling applications.
Storing bags in a crane and rack based system provides:-
- Very high bag storage density, so precious space in the airport is efficiently used
- Fully automated bag storage, for efficient and error free operation
- High throughput rates which allows bags to be stored as early bags, pre make-up buffer or peak shaving
- Very high resilience through elimination of single point failures allowing the store to continue to operate with only a small reduction in throughput while any failure is repaired
- Very low maintenance requirement compared with any other storage technology, maintenance is also simply effected with easy access to components.
These advantages are why many of the worlds leading airports are now considering this technology for their bag storage requirements.