FKI Logistex®, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces that it has won a contract of approximately US$40 million to supply a complete baggage handling system for the new Shanghai Pudong Airport Terminal 2.

The system will be in operation from the end of 2007, and will set a new standard for reliability and efficiency for airports in China. It will be designed and constructed to meet the operational requirements of the Terminal 2 passenger throughput of 22 million for 2010 and 40 million by 2015.


FKI Logistex is the leading international supplier of sortation systems for baggage handling solutions in South East Asia, with installations in Bangkok, Manila, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Hanoi. Earlier this year the company completed the installation of a complete baggage handling system for the new Guangzhou Airport in China, and is well in progress with a complete system for the new Singapore Changi Airport that is to be inaugurated in 2006.

“Following on from orders for Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney Airports secured during recent months, the contract in Shanghai confirms the unique position of our company as a preferred supplier for the leading international airports. It bodes well for the company in the years to come” says Erik Hoffmann-Petersen, Director for Airport Systems, who signed the contract on behalf of FKI Logistex.


The check-in area for the new baggage handling system for Shanghai Airport consists of ten check-in islands, three for domestic and seven for international, in total 352 check-ins. The safety screening of baggage will be done in the check-in area as in the existing Terminal 1. From each island two take-away conveyors will transport the baggage to the baggage sortation hall.


The new baggage handling system includes the Tilt-Tray sorter technology from FKI Logistex, type S-3000E with an electrical tilting mechanism, designed for speedy, effective and very exact discharge.

The baggage will be inducted onto three S-3000E Tilt-Tray sorters – one for domestic and two for international. On the sorters the baggage barcode tag will be read and this information will be used by the sortation equipment. On each sorter a manual encoding station will be placed, where baggage with non-readable tags can be handled. The sorters make it possible to sort baggage from any international check-in to any international make-up carousel, and from any domestic check-in to any domestic make-up carousel.


An early baggage storage area is connected to each sorter for storage of baggage checked in earlier than planned. There is a connection from each check-in take-away conveyor to a specific make-up carousel as back-up.


In connection with the arrival area there will be 20 international to domestic recheck-ins and 20 domestic to international recheck-ins. Domestic-to-domestic and international-to-international transfer will be handled by the baggage operators and inducted into the sorters. In the check-in area there will also be special check-in lines and out-of-gauge check-in lines. The arrival system consists of seven claim carousels with connecting conveyor lines for domestic and 12 for international.


The baggage handling system for Shanghai Pudong Airport is controlled by FKI Logistex state of the art high-level controls system.

Today, airport demands for reliability and availability are extremely high. These requirements are met by building the software systems – e.g. the SAC server – from standardised, well-proven software modules. These modules, which are part of the FKI Logistex Software Module Suite, are the result of more than 20 years’ experience of developing mission-critical software for high performance systems in mission-critical environments. All systems are installed on fully redundant hardware platforms and high performing GHz networks with immediate and bumpless automatic takeover of backup systems, in case a server or network should breakdown.

The control room at Shanghai Pudong Airport will be equipped with a large video wall to assure the SCADA operators’ maximum overview of the entire facility. Together with the alarm and diagnostics system, this allows operators and maintenance personnel to react quickly on any discrepancy in the system. The total control system consists of eight servers, 15 workstations and approximately 45 PLCs.


  • High speed sortation – up to 3.5m/s
  • High capacity – up to 7,200 trays/hr
  • Flexible cart pitch from 500mm to 1,250mm
  • One or two tray items
  • Handles up to 60kg per tray
  • Electrically controlled tilt mechanism
  • Energy transferd to tilt mechanism by IPT or conductor rail
  • Linear motor driven
  • Modular construction for flexible layout
  • Low wear and tear
  • Low noise
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Based on proven field technology