Crisplant, a global supplier of automated baggage handling systems, has been awarded a portfolio of baggage handling system projects for London Heathrow Airport. The portfolio of projects known as ‘Q6’ was awarded to Crisplant by the main contractor Balfour Beatty and includes the installation and integration of over 30 Standard 3 Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) machines. Balfour Beatty completed a robust tender selection process before awarding the contract to Crisplant.
The Q6 projects involve upgrading the existing HBS machines to meet Standard 3 legislation, the installation and commissioning of a new Crisplant LS-4000E tilt-tray baggage sorter and major asset replacement of the baggage handling control systems. These projects will take place in Terminals 1 and 4. Also included in the Q6 portfolio is the task of installing and integrating nine new Standard 3 HBS machines into Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal. Crisplant will also ensure that all high-level baggage IT controls and systems, such as the Sort Allocation Computer (SAC) and SCADA, interface seamlessly with the new baggage handling assets and the HBS Standard 3 screening machines. During the Q6 project, Crisplant will install and integrate a total of 32 Standard 3 HBS machines into the Heathrow Airport baggage handling system.
Peter Gilks, director UK airports at Crisplant, said, “The Q6 portfolio of baggage projects requires very detailed and extensive project phasing and an operational mitigation plan plus an integrated testing regime using comprehensive system emulation. This proven Crisplant methodology will ensure that the live Heathrow Airport operation will be protected during the delivery of this wide portfolio of Q6 baggage projects.”