Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the main airport in Hong Kong, has been experiencing significant growth rates in passenger and cargo traffic and aircraft movements over the past decade.
The French company ALSTEF is one of the major global suppliers of baggage handling systems (BHS) and designs innovative and sustainable solutions for airports.
Its quality system is focussed on customer satisfaction with a strong emphasis on the implementation of efficient and reliable processes to guarantee a timely delivery of a system that will meet all customers’ specifications.
With a design team of 90 engineers and technicians, Alstef develops its own products, including:
- BAGVeyor, a range of baggage conveyors
- BAGClaim, carrousels based on friction drive technology
- BAGWARE® control and management software
In addition ALSTEF integrates the DCV (destination coded vehicle) BEUMER autover® system, an advanced technology that is now in operation in Canada, France, UAE and Morocco.
Baggage handling capabilities
ALSTEF has a long track record of successful operations. The most representative examples consist of the international and domestic terminals at Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Turkey. ALSTEF has been working at Atatürk Airport for the last 15 years to bring the system capacity to 50MPax. During this period, ALSTEF has installed 300 check-in desks, 25 carousels, two tilt-tray sorters, 12 primary explosive detection systems (PEDS) and seven explosion detection systems (EDS).
In 2010, the latest versions of BAGWARE®Sac and BAGWARE®View were installed to replace existing sort allocation computer (SAC) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. The international terminal capacity was increased to 24,000 bags/h.
In 2013 two early bag stores based on BAGShuttle technology were installed to adapt the BHS to the evolution of the transfer traffic.
Automatic baggage drop-off:
- BAGXpress®: Automatic Baggage Drop-off
As part of the evolution of airport check-in systems towards more fluidity and speed, ALSTEF proposes BAGXpress®, an automatic baggage drop-off machine. The design is based on a patented, innovative concept defined by Aéroports de Paris with the intention of offering better service to passengers.
BAGXpress® is able to process a high number of bags per hour requiring only a short time to process each bag. BAGXpress® can process up to 120 bags an hour, with an average of 20 seconds a bag checked in, and a delay of only ten seconds between two bags.
- BAGXpress lite: a fast and easy bag drop-off solution
This simple and economical solution was designed by modifying baggage drop-off positions to integrate automated equipment. Depending on their needs, operators can choose to complete the baggage check-in process in automatic mode using BAGXpress lite, or in manual mode using the conventional assisted drop-off positions that remain functional.
BAGXpress lite performs all the required controls such as bag weighing and measuring, reading the bag tag and association of baggage/boarding pass via a DCS connection.
Advantages for airports and airlines:
- A ‘plug-and-play’ solution: airports can replace existing check-in with BAGXPress lite in several steps
- Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Better management of resources dedicated to baggage check-in
- BAGShuttle: high-speed shuttle for early bag store
The product developed by ALSTEF is designed to transport bags at high speed between several lines of belt conveyors. Seven high-speed shuttles are dispatching the bags to sixty storage lanes in the early bag stores of Istanbul Atatürk International Airport.
Conveyor systems and carousels
BAGVeyor includes several types of baggage handling conveyors such as check-in, collector and transport conveyors and is designed to meet the demanding specifications of airports.
BAGClaim are carousels based on friction drive technology. They are part of the 100% HBS system delivered by ALSTEF.
Integration of autover® DCV system
Alstef has developed a unique expertise in the integration of Beumer autover® DCV. This technology increases redundancy, as well as reduces transfer time and operating costs. Major airports that have trusted ALSTEF to install a DCV-based solution for their baggage handling system include Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Montreal Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport and NICE Côte d’Azur.
BAGWARE®Sac manages the sort allocation, controls all the baggage screening process and communicates with the airport IT infrastructrure. Its BAGWARE®Vol module is dedicated to the chute allocation and BAGWARE®Memory keeps a record of all data processed during one year or more.
BAGWARE®View is the SCADA system. It provides the primary user interface to the control system for the purpose of data acquisition and plant control within the BHS.
Support to system operation
ALSTEF is an expert in the maintenance and operation of baggage handling systems with more than 15 years of experience.
In Montreal, ALSTEF is fully responsible for the operation and maintenance of the trans-border BHS. At Paris CDG, the company has a permanent staff of 36 technicians and engineers in charge of the BHS maintenance contracts, the most recent being the Terminal 1.
Frankfurt International Airport, owned by Fraport, is Germany's busiest airport and serves as the 'Gateway to the World' for the state of Hesse and Germany.
Alstef ended 2015 with a record order intake of €90m, an increase of 100% compared to 2014. This performance was achieved with five projects of over €10m: three projects for automated baggage sorting and handling systems at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Lyon Saint-Exupéry and Moscow Sheremetyevo airports, two projects for automated pallet storage and order preparation equipment, one for Banque of France New Trustee Building (NCF) in La Courneuve, and the other for one of the French leaders in the food industry, located in the Lyon area.
ALSTEF will design, manufacture and install the complete baggage handling system for the the new Terminal B at MOSCOU Sheremetyevo Airport as part of a major modernisation and expansion project.
ALSTEF will be exhibiting at Passenger Terminal Expo in Cologne, Germany, from 15-17 March.
After supplying the baggage handling system for the new passenger terminal at Nizhny Novgorod Airport in 2015, ALSTEF has been chosen to supply the baggage handling system (BHS) for the new Terminal B in Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, which is the largest Airport in Russia, and is host to the Aeroflot hub.
In anticipation of the growth in traffic and to improve the quality of services, Aéroports de Lyon has started work to double the size of the terminals at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport.
Consortium Formed by BEUMER Group and ALSTEF Awarded New Baggage Handling Contract at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
The consortium of automated baggage handling specialists will install a new system to handle checked-in bags from the airport's existing Terminal 2E to Satellite 3 (S3), which provides additional air bridges for large-capacity aircrafts, including the Airbus A380. Satellite 3 previously used the systems in Terminals 2E and 2F to handle check-in bags.
After several years of efforts with a local partner, AFT Project, ALSTEF won its first contract in Russia for equipping Nizhny Novgorod International Airport.
At all airports in Canada, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is responsible for the application of the 100% hold baggage screening requirements.
A performance-based competition, which allowed for the selection of the best adapted solution based on technical and financial criteria, resulted in ALSTEF being contracted for the development of the baggage sorting system at Basel-Mulhouse Airport.
ALSTEF has been awarded a contract for the design and installation of the baggage handling system at Zagreb Airport, Croatia, by Bouygues Batiment International Croatia.
ALSTEF has been awarded a contract for the maintenance of the baggage sorting system at terminal one of Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) by Aéroports de Paris (ADP).
ALSTEF expands its range of automatic bag drop-off solutions with BAGXpress lite. This simple and economical solution was designed by modifying baggage drop-off positions to integrate automated equipment.
Experimental Integration of the New High-Speed Standard 3 EDS Machines into the Baggage Handling Systems
In order to comply with the forthcoming European regulations concerning hold baggage screening, all French and other European airports must adapt their existing baggage handling systems to integrate the new high-speed Standard 3 EDS (explosive detection systems) machines.
ALSTEF holds a long-term partnership with TAV for the design, installation and maintenance of the Baggage Handling System at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport, and now has been awarded the contract for the design and installation of an Early Bag Store.
In order to improve the quality of services, AIR FRANCE invested in a world-unique, state-of-the-art centre for the automated processing of late bags.
Alstef has been selected by Cote d'Azur Airports for the complete renovation of the baggage handling system in the departure area of Nice Airport's Terminal 1.
Evolution of airport check-in systems demands more fluidity. ALSTEF designed, and commissioned an automatic baggage drop-off machine at Paris-Orly Airport in in November 2011. This state-of-the-art machine is based on an innovative concept defined by Aéroports de Paris offering improved passenger services by significantly decreasing check-in time.
ALSTEF, wholly owned since 2006 by its management and nearly half of its employees, has just welcomed CM-CIC Capital Finance who will now hold 15% of the share capital, and Société Générale Capital Partenaires, with a capital ownership of 5%.
ALSTEF obtained its first contract at the Bamako-Senou International Airport (Mali) in 2009-2010, providing, for the renovation of the existing terminal, all baggage conveying equipment required (including 11 check-in desks and all conveyors for baggage screening at departures, as well as a new arrivals carousel).
Pointe-à-Pitre le Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe has awarded ALSTEF complete maintenance of its baggage conveyor system. This new five-year contract required the recruitment and training of two Technicians who will be based at this airport. After four years of successful collaboration, M
Aéroports de Paris has awarded ALSTEF the maintenance and operational support of two additional baggage sorting installations. ALSTEF will be responsible for the Technical Management, resolution of problems, reactive, corrective and preventive maintenance for both the North and South Fast Baggag
The new terminal of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius, with a capacity of four million passengers, has been designed by ADPi. It is implemented by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), the main contractor for engineering, procurement and construction
ALSTEF achieved a turnover in 2009 in line with its objectives. The final sum was €43.8 million, an increase of 5% over 2008, and was achieved despite a very poor economic environment. Export contracts totalled €27.6 million, which surpassed for the first time the sales invoiced i
Istanbul Atatürk Airport, operated by TAV, served 10 million passengers in its first year of operation in 2000. Ten years later, traffic has tripled to almost 30 million passengers in 2009. ALSTEF has been TAV's partner at Istanbul Atatürk since 1998, when the first order for
On the 15 September 2009, ALSTEF signed a 20-year contract with ADM (Montreal Airport) for the operation and maintenance of its new US departures area. The contract for an amount of approx. $C10m per year covers the whole baggage handling process, from passenger assistance at check-in f
On Wednesday 19 August 2009 at 3:30am the first passenger to the US dropped his luggage on one of ALSTEF's conveyors at Montréal Trudeau Airport. He was followed by about 3,000 passengers during the first day of operation. All those passengers did not know that they were using a state-of
Alstef has been awarded two contracts for baggage handling systems at PARIS CDG airport. After security protection works recently realised in the inbound baggage system of Terminal 3, Alstef is in charge of the Terminal 2 E inbound baggage room. The work consists of a re-orga
Following the high level of orders registered last year, Alstef set a new record in 2008 with sales at €39.8 million, up by 45% compared with 2007 and multiplied by a factor of two during the last three years. Export sales amounted to €15.7 million compared with €8.3 million last y
ALSTEF Steers for Africa with a New Contract for DCV’s Baggage Handling System at Morocco’s Oujda Airport
Following the installations of DCV systems in Europe (Toulouse), Asia (Dubaï) and Canada (Montréal), ALSTEF will bring the DCV technology to a fourth client in the fourth continent. The Moroccan National Airports Authority (ONDA) has chosen ALSTEF to supply the baggage handling system
FKI Logistex has chosen ALSTEF to be its partner for the baggage handling system at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport’s international terminal. After an international call for tenders, FINAVIA placed its order with FKI Logistex for the design and realization of the new baggage handling system. Th
In Dubai, Emirates Airline has placed an order with ALSTEF to maintain and assist the operation of the baggage handling system by destination coded vehicles (DCV) in the terminal dedicated to crew members. Since 3 August 2008, when the system started to run, ALSTEF has been in charge
Aéroports De Montréal (ADM) and their consultant Pellemon, a member of SNC Lavalin Group, have placed an order with Alstef Automation for a baggage handling system dedicated to USA-bound flights, which is to be installed in the relocated trans-border terminal at Montréal – Pierre E
In addition to the existing Paris - Charles de Gaulle hub, the new T2G terminal, designed for a capacity of three million passengers, will be dedicated to Air France regional flights and Schengen flights on aircrafts with 50 to 100 seats. T2G's baggage handling system is built on two l