BEUMER Group has been chosen to install San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) first Individual Carrier System (ICS) for baggage handling.

A tote-based CrisBag® system from the Crisplant product platform will be installed within SFO’s soon-to-be-refurbished Terminal 1. It will be the first ICS to be installed in the US and will underline SFO’s role as a leading, innovative airport.

The optimised layout of the CrisBag baggage handling system ensures 100% track and trace throughout the system.

Using a single baggage handling system with centralised checked bag screening will improve efficiency of SFO Terminal 1. This allows greater flexibility for the airlines and will deliver a consolidated and optimised process for screening checked bags to insure maximum utilisation of each EDS machine.

BEUMER Group’s CrisBag totes were the first to be approved by the TSA for US-based, in-tote baggage screening, further enhancing efficiency. This certification applies for use in US airports and for US pre-border clearance when used with Morpho Detection’s CTX 9800 SEIO explosives detection system.

Terminal 1 inbound baggage handling will be further enhanced by 100% tracking and traceability at every stage. The system will allow the handlers to off-load inbound baggage to the CrisBag system near the gate positions, minimising tug traffic on the ramp. Each arrival bag remains inside the same individually controlled tote from off-load at the gate to the claim device, ensuring on-time delivery of arrival bags.

The CrisBag tote system features a unique start/stop function. The system only runs when a bag is being transported, which ensures a high level of energy efficiency and low operational costs. This compliments the airport’s industry leadership in sustainability.

Pioneering the use of ICS baggage handling in the US and choosing the innovative CrisBag system ensures SFO will meet its commitment to efficiency, passenger experience, comfort and creativity.

The CrisBag tote-based baggage handling system is scheduled to be operational in SFO’s Terminal 1 in 2020.