New baggage loading units at Heathrow

Vanderlande has supplied and installed 72 baggage loading units units as part of Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3 integrated baggage (T3IB) system. This follows successful testing of the system at terminals 3 and 5.

According to the company the STACK@EASE units take the heavy lifting out of loading operations in baggage handling environments. It works intuitively as an extension of the handlers’ normal operations to minimise their physical workload. This helps to increase productivity and reduce the risk of manual handling injuries, it adds.

Heathrow handles over 185,000 bags a day through a system comprising 30 miles of conveyors. The new T3IB facility is the most advanced integrated baggage system in Europe, integrating Terminal 3s baggage handling capacity from 5,200 to 7,200 bags per hour. The system is designed to reduce the time it takes to get bags ready for a flight to 90 minutes or less, meaning passengers will benefit from increased baggage connection reliability and the ability to check bags in earlier.

 

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