Vancouver Airport Authority finalises Vanderlande’s baggage contract

20 December 2012 (Last Updated December 20th, 2012 18:30)

Vancouver Airport Authority has confirmed the deal for deploying Vanderlande Industries' new baggage handling system (BHS) at Vancouver International Airport in Canada.

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Vancouver Airport Authority has confirmed the deal for deploying Vanderlande Industries' new baggage handling system (BHS) at Vancouver International Airport in Canada.

The contract finalisation follows a year-long designing and detailing period, with the phased installation expected to start in January 2013 and scheduled to be finished by early 2016.

In 2011, the airport collaborated with the Vanderlande Industries to develop the final design of the new BHS, which can handle future expansions and several growth circumstances over the next decade, while maintaining and elevating the airport's international ranking.

The Baggage Backbone Project aims to establish a faster connection between existing BHS, a new sortation system and modernising the controls system for the airport's regular operations.

The new system's TUBTRAX high-speed conveying system will allow the transportation of bags.

"The Baggage Backbone Project aims to establish a faster connection between existing BHS, a new sortation system and modernising the controls system for the airport's regular operations."

Features of the latest TUBTRAX transport system include new developments that enable the transport system to automatically transport bags up to a length of 2m, which can be deployed on the same infrastructure.

Aimed at supporting the future changes and growth at Vancouver International Airport, the BHS will be controlled by the company's VIBES software solution, which will replace the airport's current sort allocation computer system (SAC).

The TUBTRAX transport system offers high-speed transportation at 10mps or 14mps, while its RF-technology allows 100% tracking and tracing of bags.

Being compatible with other destination coded vehicle (DCV) and raw baggage solutions, the transport system also offers diagnostics and operations support.

Vancouver Airport Authority is currently administering a new master plan for airport development in a bid to make itself fit for handling the expected 21 million passengers by 2013 and 25 million by 2020.


Image: Work on the installation of new baggage handling system is expected to start in January 2013 and scheduled to be completed by early 2016. Photo: courtesy of Alejandro Erickson.