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Vanderlande Industries, supplier of automated baggage handling systems, is introducing the new BAXORTER sorting system. The BAXORTER offers cost-effective automated baggage sorting with high sort quality meeting mid-range capacity demands of up to 2,500 bags per hour.
The BAXORTER fills the gap between high-capacity, tilt-tray sorting systems and low capacity carousel systems, with the ability to accommodate future growth in baggage volumes. The system has high flexibility in the number of outputs to flights or destinations. It allows the baggage handling process to be optimised with combinations of presorts and final sort, with a single system that cost effectively handles all baggage handling tasks.
Most applications for the BAXORTER are expected to be in final sorting to flight make up or presorting, for example routing both check-in and transfer baggage to manual coding stations, storage lanes, Hold Baggage Screening and connecting systems. Presorting to HBS systems allows optimum capacity utilisation by dynamically controlling bag allocation.
The robust, proven technology used in the BAXORTER ensures high levels of reliability and sort quality, allowing manpower levels to be reduced and eliminating costly mis sorts that can be experienced with manual handling. For example the friction drive technology is also used in the proven TRIPLANAR carousel, of which more than 1,000 units have been installed worldwide. This eliminates the need for frequent chain maintenance and lubrication, significantly reducing maintenance demands.
The mechanically activated divert blades of the BAXORTER gently but positively guide bags into their destination outputs, ensuring reliable and predictable sorting with low impact on baggage. The closed deck prevents loose handles and straps from becoming trapped. The BAXORTER offers high conveyability for bags of all shapes and sizes up to 1 metre in length without the need to use tubs. Thanks to its compact design and ability to sort to both sides of the track, the BAXORTER makes the best possible use of available space. Height requirements are minimised because baggage is sorted out horizontally.
The BAXORTER is expected to have a particularly strong appeal to the many smaller-to-medium size airports which have not yet automated their baggage sorting, or have done so to only a limited extent. Automated sorting with the BAXORTER will allow many of these airports to make significant gains in cost, time, efficiency and sorting quality, with the flexibility they need to meet peak traffic demands and expected future growth.