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Individual Carrier Systems keep airports on track

Posted: 27 August 2021 | | No comments yet

An essential component in modern airport baggage handling is the use of Individual Carrier Systems (ICS), which provide efficient and flexible operations for the airport, airlines and airport authorities.

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As its name suggests, an ICS handles baggage using an individual carrier, such as a cart or tote. Loading each bag into its own tote reduces the possibility of wheels, straps or odd shaped bags catching on the conveyor system and creating jams during transportation. The ICS is specifically designed as a closed loop to allow standardised carriers to flow through the baggage system with precise tracking and predictability, at a higher speed than with conventional systems.

With its intention to become a hub airport, this type of Baggage Handling System (BHS) was on Oslo Airport’s radar when looking to replace the existing system. As well as rapid, efficient handing, another key criterion was a system that was future-proof to interface with tomorrow’s technologies.

As its name suggests, an ICS handles baggage using an individual carrier, such as a cart or tote. Loading each bag into its own tote reduces the possibility of wheels, straps or odd shaped bags catching on the conveyor system and creating jams during transportation. The ICS is specifically designed as a closed loop to allow standardised carriers to flow through the baggage system with precise tracking and predictability, at a higher speed than with conventional systems.

With its intention to become a hub airport, this type of Baggage Handling System (BHS) was on Oslo Airport’s radar when looking to replace the existing system. As well as rapid, efficient handing, another key criterion was a system that was future-proof to interface with tomorrow’s technologies.

To meet its needs, Oslo settled on the CrisBag® tote-based BHS. As an end-to-end solution for the entire baggage handling process, the solution will allow departure, arrival and transfer baggage to be processed inside the same system, with the required 100 per cent tracking at all times.

The solution was designed from the outset to be modular – as airports grow, change and adopt new technology, they will need their BHS to change with them, without disrupting operations. It can also operate with a very high level of redundancy to ensure a steady quality of baggage handling.

As well as Oslo, airports including Düsseldorf, San Francisco and Singapore Changi are seeing the long-term benefits of investing in ICS technology.

 

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