Singapore Changi Airport has announced that it is upgrading the Baggage Handling System (BHS) at its Terminal 2.
The project, which is scheduled for completion in 2024, will be executed by BEUMER Group and involves the refurbishment of the terminal’s existing tilt-tray sorter-based BHS and renewal of associated equipment comprising conveyors, carousels, 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 sorters will be modernised, both in terms of mechanical design and control software to deliver higher reliability and efficiency.
According to BEUMER Group, the planned work, which will involve the integration of a completely new 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 optimisation.
BEUMER Group will incorporate a brand new CrisStore EBS element as part of the upgrading project. The EBS will have storage capacity for 2,300 bags and 1,300m of CrisBag (individual carrier system for baggage conveyance) installation. Changi Airport is already using this particular technology in both Terminal 3 and 4.
Commenting on the contract, Koh Ming Sue, Managing Director Engineering & Development at Changi Airport Group, noted: “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 minimise 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.”
Ronald Willems, CEO, BEUMER Group Singapore, added: “As the incumbent supplier and maintenance contractor for the existing Terminal 2 BHS, BEUMER Group is well-poised to undertake the scale and complexity of the upgrading project. The same BEUMER Group staff who were on the project team that helped design the existing Terminal 2 BHS system are still with the company, and their knowledge remains key to the success of this upcoming project. We have planned for the works to be carried out in phases and mostly during off-peak periods to support our customer’s aim of reducing the impact on airport operations as much as possible.”