Vanderlande to upgrade baggage screening system at San Francisco Airport

11 May 2012 (Last Updated May 11th, 2012 04:35)

Automated baggage handling, material handling and distribution systems supplier, Vanderlande Industries has received a $64m contract from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), US, to overhaul their baggage screening system.

San Francisco Airport

Automated baggage handling, material handling and distribution systems supplier, Vanderlande Industries has received a $64m contract from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), US, to overhaul their baggage screening system.

Vanderlande said that the airport had installed the system a decade ago and the automated baggage screening system has now reached the end of its lifecycle.

Under the contract, the company will replace the systems, which are currently handling 65% of the total daily baggage volume at the airport.

The contract comprises four main tasks, including reconstruction of two new explosive detection screening (EDS) matrices using new EDS machines in the airport's international terminal boarding areas A and G, along with two new checked baggage reconciliation areas (CBRAs).

"The company will replace the systems which are currently handling 65% of the total daily baggage volume at the airport."

The second task is to deploy a new screening matrix using EDS machines in Terminal 3, boarding area F, and to build a new CBRA area for Transport Security Administration staff.

In addition, the company will also upgrade the existing baggage handling system using its high capacity diverters (HCDs) and upgrade the airport's current controls systems.

Vanderlande's final task will be to upgrade the transfer input lines from Terminal 3, boarding area E to boarding area F.

SFO handled 40,800,352 passengers in 2011, 31,787,331 of those were domestic passengers, reporting a 77.9% rise, and 9,013,021 were international passengers, representing a 22.1% rise in passenger traffic compared to 2010.

The airport handled about 382,018t of cargo in 2011, which includes 138,955t of domestic cargo and about 243,063t of international cargo.


Image: Under the $64m contract, Vanderlande will replace San Francisco International Airport's baggage screening systems using a design-build delivery method. Photo courtesy of: Håkan Dahlstrom.