Beumer Group has been awarded a contract to upgrade the baggage handling system (BHS) at Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 2.
The project, which is scheduled for completion in 2024, involves the refurbishment of the terminal’s existing tilt-tray sorter-based BHS and renewal of associated equipment, including conveyors, carousels, an early bag storage (EBS) system, control system hardware and software, as well as interfacing to a new FAST self-service check-in system provided by the airport.
As part of the project, the existing tilt-tray sorter will be modernized, in terms of both mechanical design and control software, to improve reliability and efficiency.
The planned work, which will involve the integration of a completely new Beumer Group Software suite control system, will extend the system life span by 15-20 years. The new control system will also feature advanced digital applications, particularly those linked to smart sensors and data analytics, that will help boost baggage handling process optimization.
Beumer will also incorporate a brand new CrisStore EBS element as part of the upgrade. The EBS will have storage capacity for 2,300 bags and a 1,300m (4,265ft) CrisBag (individual carrier system for baggage conveyance) installation. This particular technology is already familiar to Changi Airport, which uses CrisBag systems in Terminals 3 and 4.
Koh Ming Sue, managing director engineering and development at Changi Airport Group, said: “This project, which involves replacement of a baggage handling system in a live, operating airport environment, requires a high degree of detailed planning and risk management to minimize inconvenience and disruption to passengers and airlines. We need close collaboration between the appointed contractors and all our stakeholders for smooth, safe and timely execution.”
Beumer Group’s on-site team will work closely together with the Changi Airport Terminal 2 Expansion project team and the project building contractor to ensure the successful delivery of the project.