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Alstef Automation

Automated Baggage Handling Systems

ALSTEF Automation S.A., a French company formed in 1961, has been the pioneer of the automated high bay storage in France. The company has then taken advantage of its expertise in material handling technology to develop a full range of baggage handling equipment with the first 100% hold baggage screening system being delivered to ADP (Aéroports de Paris) for Paris-Orly airport in 1998.

104 bld de la Salle,
BP 9018 Boigny sur Bionne,
Orleaons cedex 9,

Alstef Automation

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:

Conventional check-in at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.
BAGXPress® automatic baggage drop-off at Paris Orly Airport.
BAGXpress lite: automatic baggage drop-off.
Sorting system at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
BAGVeyor conveyor system at Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, Finland.
DCV system at Montréal Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport.
Control room: BAGWARE®Sac and BAGWARE®View
BAGClaim at Mauritius SSR Airport.
EBS at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport.
  • 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.

IT solutions

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.

Kavala International Airport

Kavala International Airport, also known as Alexander the Great Airport, is located in Nestos municipality, 32km away from the city of Kavala, Greece.

Alstef Ends 2015 with Record Order Intake of €90m

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.

22 March 2016

ALSTEF Expands its Business to Russia

After several years of efforts with a local partner, AFT Project, ALSTEF won its first contract in Russia for equipping Nizhny Novgorod International Airport.

1 June 2015

ALSTEF Assists Basel-Mulhouse Airport in its Growth

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.

14 April 2015

New Contract for Alstef at Nice Airport

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.

27 April 2012

ALSTEF Designs and Commissions Automatic Baggage Drop-off Machine

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.

16 January 2012

ALSTEF Prepares for the Future by Opening its Capital

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%.

20 October 2011

New Contracts in Africa for ALSTEF

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).

13 October 2011

ALSTEF Strengthens its Position in the French Overseas Departments

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

30 March 2011

Another Contract for ALSTEF at Paris CDG

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

30 March 2011

Alstef to Supply Baggage Sorting System for New Terminal at Mauritius Airport

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

26 January 2011

ALSTEF Announces Results for 2009

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

11 April 2010

Operations and Maintenance Contract for ALSTEF at Montreal Trudeau Airport

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

11 November 2009

ALSTEF Provides New Baggage Handling System for Montréal Airport

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

24 September 2009

Two New Contracts for Alstef with Aéroports de Paris

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

5 August 2009

Alstef 2008 Accounts

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

8 February 2009

ALSTEF in Partnership with FKI Logistex at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

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

13 October 2008

Alstef at Montreal Airport

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

22 June 2007

ALSTEF Automation SA

104 bld de la Salle
BP 9018 Boigny sur Bionne
Orleaons cedex 9

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