Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has commissioned its latest baggage handling system (BHS) in the new Terminal 2 facility at Guangzhou International Airport in China.

Deployment of Siemens’ VarioTray baggage handling system just before the opening of the terminal will enable the airport to transport and sort the baggage quickly.

The system’s main component is a fully suspended tray-based early bag store (EBS) at Guangzhou, which provides storage space for 4,000 pieces of baggage in two high-bay warehouses.

“We managed to implement the baggage handling system in Guangzhou in less than two years – that’s a record time.”

Capable of handling about 15,500 pieces of baggage per hour, the Siemens’ BHS will enable the airport to expand its capacity and further improve travellers’ convenience.

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics CEO Michael Reichle said: “With our expert local team and great support from the customer, we managed to implement the baggage handling system in Guangzhou in less than two years – that’s a record time.”

To avoid dynamic friction between the belts and conveyors, the conveyor belts of VarioTray run over rollers which considerably decrease the weight of the new trays to reduce energy costs further.

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Additionally, Siemens leverages high-performance software applications to facilitate intelligent process control across the entire system.

Siemens has also deployed the solutions in passenger service areas. In the departure hall, more than 340 modern check-in desks fitted with automated baggage scanners are available for passengers. These self-check-in stations make check-in quick and easy.

Guangzhou International Airport handled approximately 66 million air passengers last year.

Siemens has already carried out a number of major airport projects in China, including the installation of a BHS in Terminal 3 of Beijing International Airport, and projects at Wuhan Tianhe and Xi’an Xianyang international airports.

The company is currently upgrading and expanding the BHS at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport.