Automated baggage handling systems supplier Crisplant will be exhibiting its new Automated Container Handling System on Stand 1632 at Passenger Terminal EXPO 2014, Fira, Barcelona, Spain, from 25 to 27 March.

Designed to transport loaded ULDs between destinations in the airport and divert empty ULDs for parking or maintenance, the Automated Container Handling System does away with manual transportation and requires only minimal operator intervention. The system is controlled by management software that communicates wirelessly, in real-time, with each ULD carrier, constantly monitoring its destination, position and progress to provide 100% traceability.

Automating the container handling process provides an enhanced working environment and reduces work-related accidents, with a corresponding increase in productivity and process reliability. Airport security is also increased by 100% accurate track-and-trace of each container. Crisplant staff will also be on hand to explain the company’s new CrisStore system, an extension to Early Baggage Storage (EBS) that enables on-demand sorting of baggage for speed-loading of ULDs and trolleys, to deliver a competitive edge in baggage handling efficiency.

Based on the CrisStore baggage storage system, the system uses a high-bay racking system to store individual items of baggage with 100% tracking and control. This means that the ground handlers have the flexibility to pull out only the bags that are needed for loading into a ULD for a specific flight. The system also allows batches of bags to be built up in the store and loaded all at once. In a conventional system, a loading position would typically be open and occupied for one or two hours before a flight. With the more flexible CrisStore system, however, increases in productivity and efficiency through batch building and speed loading mean that the ground handler can open the position, load the bags and then close the position before moving onto another task.

Bergen Airport in Norway is the first airport to install the CrisStore system.

Details of other products such as tablet devices which can have a key role in baggage handling as well as the BEUMER autover independent carrier system (ICS) for baggage handling and transportation, will also be available on Stand 1632.