Siemens to boost Kunming capacity

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Siemens Logistics has received an order to supply baggage handling and sorting technology for the Terminal 1 extension at Kunming Changshui International Airport in China.

The order includes delivery of an early bag store (EBS) and the latest generation of the VarioTray technology. In addition, Siemens will work closely with the general contractor Kunming Airport Logistics System Company to deliver the complete project management, engineering, design and control system.

Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Logistics, said, “We are proud to support the airport in expanding its capacities and further enhancing passenger convenience. We will make a significant contribution to helping Kunming Airport cope with rising passenger numbers and increase its efficiency and competitiveness.”

Siemens will install its state-of-the-art VarioStore, a tray-based lift-and-run EBS system with capacity for 3,000 bags. The EBS optimizes the transportation of transfer baggage and allows passengers to check in early, for example the evening before departure. Kunming Airport will be the third airport in China to benefit from the lift-and-run EBS.

In addition, Siemens will implement a 2,700m-long (8,860ft) tray-based conveyor line to transport the baggage fast and safely. During off-peak periods, a LineStacker stores the unused trays in a space-saving and energy-efficient manner. For optimal sorting results, the final line will be equipped with 26 TilterPlus units that are capable of tilting to both sides so that a single tray can serve two destinations.

The scope of supply also contains the implementation of high-performance IT, including system control via a programmable logic controller (PLC). This technology will facilitate intelligent process management throughout the entire baggage handling system. Siemens will carry out the work during ongoing operations, without any restrictions to the normal flight plan.

Kunming Changshui International Airport is the primary airport serving Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan Province. After Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, Kunming is the country’s fourth gateway hub airport, and the biggest in southwestern China.


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