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Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH Efficient and Flexible Airport Solutions

Siemens baggage handling systems

For airports and airlines, Siemens has become a leading supplier of baggage and cargo handling systems, IT and service. Siemens is the ideal partner for entirely new terminals, the expansion of existing systems, or operation and maintenance.

In the field of baggage handling Siemens provides check-in technology, belts and trays for baggage handling and sorting to make-up and reclaim carrousels, including IT systems. Siemens cargo portfolio includes loading ramps, build-up/break-down areas, ULD transport, storage systems and high-bay warehouses, as well as complete IT and control solutions for manual or fully automatic systems.

Siemens offers also technical services targeted at ensuring high system availability, reliability and operational efficiency. These LAS services encompass also non-Siemens systems. With respect to airport IT, Siemens addresses the needs of airport operators with a completely new generation of airport and aviation IT products. The Siemens Airport Management and Operations Suite (Siamos), is the core of this Airport IT portfolio.

Groundbreaking innovations

In the last two years, Siemens has significantly increased the budget for research and development (R&D). In line with customers’ needs Siemens has revamped its portfolio and taken the lead on some groundbreaking innovations. Here are some examples.

SmartTilter – Siemens’ dynamic tilt-tray conveyor

SmartTilter, Siemens’ solution for the dynamic tilting of tray conveyors, helps get baggage to its destination as quickly as possible. Traveling at up to 2.5m/s, the conveyor itself, including the tray, is tilted, and baggage can be offloaded to either side. Trays entering the device can be tilted while moving. And while the first tray is being tilted, the next tray can enter the SmartTilter.

This feature leads to a significantly higher throughput than with a static tilter. With its modular design, the SmartTilter is an extremely flexible solution: Discharge points can be positioned very closely together, increasing capacity during high workloads. When throughput is low, discharge points can be reduced.

Baggage Vision System – enhanced bag tag recognition based on OCR technology

Baggage labels with barcodes can end up torn or twisted. Once a bag tag can no longer be read, the baggage item has to be diverted to manual coding stations. The Baggage Vision System from Siemens combines barcode reading with optical character recognition (OCR).

The OCR technology scans and interprets the information on damaged bag tags and helps divert bags to their destination within seconds. Siemens has successfully applied OCR for many years, such as in postal and parcel handling systems all over the world.

VarioBelt VBB 3000

Each airport has a unique architecture and setup. The baggage handling system, in turn, has to adjust to site-specific conditions. Through a high degree of modularity and flexibility, VarioBelt VBB 3000 can be installed in any airport with a minimum of customization. VarioBelt components can be assembled optimally, whatever the layout: any combination of straight sections, curves, inclines and declines is possible.

VarioSort TTS 1100 – fast and efficient baggage sortation

Growing passenger numbers generally mean more baggage to be handled – and a higher volatility of throughput. Peak periods are especially challenging in view of minimum connecting times. The sorting area also has to handle additional functions such as load balancing for X-ray screening areas, as well as feeding early bag stores and tray systems. The ideal solution is the Siemens tilt-tray sorter VarioSort TTS 1100, which integrates 20 years of experience gained in the airport and parcel logistics world.

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Innovative Siemens Software for End-to-End Digitalisation of Air Cargo Processes in Dubai

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received a major order to implement a cutting-edge cloud-based software platform for dnata's cargo operations in Dubai.

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6 September 2017

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received a major order to implement a cutting-edge cloud-based software platform for dnata's cargo operations in Dubai.

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4 September 2017

Kos, Samos, Mykonos - that sounds like vacation. To make baggage transport to and from Greece flow even more reliably and securely, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics has received a contract tomodernize the baggage handling systems of the 13 out of the 14 regional airports operated by FraportGreece. Siemens will also be responsible for maintaining the systems. The project was initiated by a consortium of Fraport AG and the Greek Copelouzos Group holding the concession to operate the regional airports. In 2016, the 13 airports handled altogether 22 million passengers.

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23 August 2017

Siemens is using its decades of experience in logistics and profound software know-how to press ahead with the digitalisation of crucial airport processes. Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received an order from London Heathrow Airport to further improve the availability of the baggage handling system.

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27 July 2017

Whether by ship, airplane, train or truck, conveying goods around the world generally involves at least two different means of transport. Today, individual sections of a logistics process can be digitalised and thereby made more seamless and transparent.

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3 July 2017

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received a renewed contract to reliably and efficiently operate and maintain the baggage handling systems at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain.

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7 June 2017

The new LogX4 IT platform is an innovative solution that combines all SPPAL software products. This reduces complexity while at the same time creating transparency, thus allowing efficiency potential to be identified and leveraged along the entire logistics chain.

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11 April 2017

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been commissioned to install a highly efficient air cargo material handling system at the international London Heathrow Airport. International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world's largest airline companies, issued the contract for its subsidiary IAG Cargo.

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16 March 2017

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been commissioned to install a highly efficient air cargo enter at the international London Heathrow Airport. International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world's largest airline companies, issued the contract for IAG's subsidiary British Airways.

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8 March 2017

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received a major order for the installation of a state-of-the-art baggage handling system at the international Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. The customer is the airport operator Groupe Aéroports de Paris (ADP), a world leader in airport design, construction and operation.

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1 March 2017

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received an order from Mexico City International Airport to continue maintaining the baggage handling systems reliably and efficiently. With the extension of the comprehensive contract the company remains responsible for all preventive and corrective services of the systems in Terminals 1 and 2.

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21 February 2017

Effective 1 March 2017, Frauke Heistermann will be the new chief digitalisation officer (CDO) at Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL).

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15 February 2017

From state-of-the-art baggage handling systems and intelligent airport software all the way to a comprehensive service ffering: Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics will present its complete portfolio for airports and airlines at this year's Passenger Terminal Expo. The Siemens team is looking forward to receiving visitors from the industry in Hall 8, Stand 7020 of the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre from 14-16 March 2017.

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24 November 2016

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has extended and enhanced its entire tray portfolio for baggage handling systems. The solution for airports with large numbers of transfer passengers is a world leader in respect to energy efficiency, speed and throughput: with their
unique design, the Siemens trays can reach top speeds of up to ten meters per second. The new systems have some of the highest throughput rates worldwide, for example up to 19,200 baggage items per hour at Terminal 3 in Beijing.

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12 May 2016

Equipped with technology from Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL), the US pre-clearance terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport is a major success. Last year, well over 600,000 passengers used the facility, which was opened as the first of its kind in the Middle East, Asia and Africa in 2014.

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4 May 2016

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics will be presenting its entire portfolio for airports and airlines at the Airport Show in Dubai.

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6 April 2016

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received an order to supply a state-of-the-art baggage handling system to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China. The extremely flexible and efficient solution combines tray technology and conveyor belts with intelligent software applications to control the system. With the baggage handling system in the new Terminal 2, Siemens makes a decisive contribution toward the planned increase in capacities and passenger comfort.

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16 March 2016

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received an order to expand the baggage handling system in the arrival area of Bangalore International Airport in India. The company helps the airport operator to expand its capacities and further improve passenger convenience of international passengers. In 2015, Bangalore registered a record numbers of 18 million travellers, accounting for a traffic growth of more than 25%.

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2 March 2016

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received two comprehensive service contracts from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Malaysia). Kuala Lumpur handles some 50 million passengers a year, making it one of the world's 20 largest airports.

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25 February 2016

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) invites visitors to its appealing and informative exhibition stand at this year's Passenger Terminal Expo. The trade fair will take place from 15-17 March 2016 in Cologne, Germany. In Hall 10.1 on Stand 8000, Siemens will be exhibiting its entire portfolio for airports and airlines, ranging from baggage and air cargo handling to software and lifecycle services.

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24 November 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics is currently upgrading the baggage handling system at Abu Dhabi International Airport to further enhance convenience, and prepare for expected passenger growth.

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17 November 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics has received an order to modernise and expand the baggage handling system in Terminal 1 at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport.

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4 November 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received an order to take over operation and maintenance (O&M) of the baggage handling system and more than 50 passenger boarding bridges at San Diego International Airport in California, USA.

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8 October 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics and its subsidiary AXIT have merged two different IT applications, and have successfully developed a comprehensive IT package for controlling goods flows.

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6 October 2015

Dubai Airports has contracted Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for its baggage and material handling systems at Dubai International.

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5 October 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) offers terminals for airports and airlines having to deal with urgent capacity requirements or looking for a highly cost-efficient solution: CapacityPlus addresses short-term and intermediate as well as permanent capacity demand and has proven its capabilities in different regions worldwide.

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15 September 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH (SPPAL) will be at inter airport Europe 2015 in Munich, Germany.

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3 September 2015

The extended baggage handling system provided by Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH (SPPAL) has successfully completed its three-month test phase at Munich Airport (Germany). The system is at the heart of Terminal 2 (T2) and the new satellite building, which is due to open in spring 2016.

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29 July 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) ensures the quick and easy repair and replacement of components. Spare parts services cover the whole of the company's range plus the large installed base of baggage and cargo handling systems and mail and parcel sorting equipment.

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2 July 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH (SPPAL) has a new global setup.

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1 July 2015

On June 15, 2015, Remco Overwater took up the position of head of sales and project execution at Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH (SPPAL). In his new position, he is responsible for global sales and project management in the mail and parcel sorting as well as in the baggage and air-cargo handling businesses.

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25 June 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics has concluded the extension of a state-of-the-art cargo system for Taiwan Air Cargo Terminal Ltd. (TACT).

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28 May 2015

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH (SPPAL) goes into operation in Germany on June 1, 2015.

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8 April 2015

Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions (SLAS) has equipped the new cargo terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central (DWC), with a state-of-the-art material handling system (MHS).

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13 March 2015

Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions has successfully introduced its new self check-in and bag drop solution at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.

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12 March 2015

Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions has proven its operational excellence at Dubai International.

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11 March 2015

VarioSort TTS 1100 from Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions is a new tilt-tray sorter that helps to quickly and efficiently deal with large amounts of baggage at airports.

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10 March 2015

Siamos from Logistics and Airport Solutions has been especially developed as a modular software solution for airport operations.

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9 March 2015

Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions has developed the new Baggage Vision System to help solve the challenge of non-readable bag tags.

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6 March 2015

Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions will host an attractive booth and deliver an up-to-date presentation at this year's Passenger Terminal Expo at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

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4 March 2015

Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions has equipped the first US pre-clearance terminal in the Middle East with a modern baggage handling system.

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3 March 2015

Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions has acquired AXIT, the software specialist for cloud-based IT platforms for logistics process management.

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11 January 2015

Southwest Airlines® has chosen Siemens to install a new baggage handling system in Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The project covers layout, engineering, assembly, commissioning, and integration of a completely new outbound baggage screening system and a new inbound baggage handling system. The extension and conversion work will be performed during ongoing operations with completion planned for summer 2017.

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6 January 2015

Turkish Airlines is extending its cargo capacities with a new terminal at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. As part of the project, Siemens is fitting out the new cargo terminal with modern conveyor systems. The first expansion phase will be completed by the end of 2014 boosting the airport's annual capacity.

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6 January 2015

The opening of Heathrow's Terminal 2 building, the brand new Queen's Terminal, marks a significant milestone in the history of Siemens in the UK following the successful delivery and implementation of a new state-of-the-art, intelligent baggage handling system capable of processing up to 4,800 bags every hour.

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6 January 2015

Together with the South Korean company Posco, Siemens has been awarded the contract for a baggage handling system in the new Terminal 2 of Incheon Airport in South Korea.

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11 June 2014

Gatwick Airport has renewed a 12-month service contract with Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics to provide engineering support for the operation of the baggage handling systems at both the South and North terminals with an option to extend the contract for a further two years.

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8 June 2014

Babcock International Group, the UK's leading engineering support services company, has awarded a new service support contract to Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics to provide PLC engineering resources for the ongoing support of the baggage control system at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 2A.

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Buecklestr. 1-5

78467 Constance

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+49 (0)7531 / 86-01

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