Siemens Logistics supplies new baggage handling system at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

posted on 13th January 2023 by Eddie Saunders
Siemens Logistics supplies new baggage handling system at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Siemens Logistics will soon begin installation of the new outbound baggage handling system (BHS) at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Texas, USA.

After processing outbound passenger bags for over twenty years, the existing BHS will be replaced by Siemens to meet today’s industry standards.

For this, the company will supply a new mainline belt conveyor, sortation via high speed diverters, and vertical sorters.

The scope of the order also includes the modernization of the higher and lower level controls for the entire system.

The measures are scheduled for completion by late 2024.

“It makes us very proud that Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has once again chosen us as its partner for this project,” said Michael Schneider, CEO of Siemens Logistics.

“With our forward-looking sorting and conveying technologies and our experienced team, we help the customer to further improve baggage handling processes at its airport.”

The current works represent a collaborative continuation of Siemens Logistics’ journey with Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), as the system being replaced is the original Siemens BHS installed in the late 90s.

“This is an important project and a key improvement that will provide benefits for us in the near-term and for future generations of AUS travelers,” explained Somer Shindler, Chief Development Officer at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

“Our airport is serving more passengers and processing more bags than ever before. We are thrilled to work with the exceptional and renowned team from Siemens Logistics once again to bring this new and improved system to our airport.”

“Our goal is to supply solutions and systems that exceed our customer’s needs. We look forward to working collaboratively with our partners and customer to deliver a baggage handling system that becomes a true asset to the airport operations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for decades to come,” stated Andrew Savage, CEO of Siemens Logistics in the United States.

Siemens Logistics will be tasked with the provision and installation of more than 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) of belt conveyor with over 900 drives.

The system will feature a new consolidated Checked Baggage Inspection System with seven latest generation screening machines.

They are expected to screen baggage at a total capacity of 4,000 items per hour.

This is a necessary goal taking into account Austin’s escalating growth rate. To meet this new capacity requirement, Siemens will oversee the full controls upgrading of the system – underlined by a refreshed higher level control architecture and modern, networked lower level controls.