Spanish airport operator Aena has selected Siemens Logistics for the operation and maintenance of the baggage handling systems (BHSs) of all terminals at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.

The service contract will see the technology firm tasked with spare parts management, as well as preventive maintenance to support the operational availability of the BHSs.

Siemens Logistics will also deploy advanced warehouse management software. 

The five-year order involves technical support for a 140km-long conveyor system, along with tray and belt technology, and more than 17,000 drives. 

Madrid-Barajas is said to be one of the busiest airports in Europe.

The airport already uses Siemens Logistics’ SmartTray condition monitoring tool, which inspects, captivates and evaluates data of the conveyor systems during baggage operations.

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The data gathered by the solution is said to be the prerequisite for predictive analytics and the basis for AI-powered decisions on predictive maintenance.

Part of Siemens Logistics’ SmartService portfolio, SmartTray can be integrated with existing solutions easily, noted the vendor.

Siemens Logistics CEO Michael Schneider stated:  “We are very proud that Aena chose us for this major project that is so important for its network. 

“With our experienced teams, digital applications and innovative solutions, we offer our customer a tailor-made service concept that will increase their productivity.”

Last month, Siemens Logistics secured a contract to modernise the baggage handling system at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas, US. The upgrade is scheduled to be complete by late 2024. 

In November 2022, the under-construction Noida International Airport in India opted for the firm’s VarioTray BHS and its BagIQ control software.