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Geo Robson & Co has designed and manufactured the conveyor systems for enhanced baggage handling at Birmingham International Airport.

The conveyor systems for Terminals 1 and 2 included two 50m baggage make-up carousels and more than 30 baggage conveyors totalling more than 100m, including three check-In weighing conveyors.

The GBP1.2m system enhancements are aimed at increasing the airport’s capacity and efficiency, and offer improved ergonomics and security features, ensuring the work environment is safe and secure for astaff and passengers.

As part of the Terminal Expansion Project, Robson has also been refurbishing systems for Terminal 4 at Heathrow International Airport.

The check-in and weigh conveyors were first installed at the airport in the early 1980s and have nearly 30 years’ service.

Refurbishment work of the 300 check-in conveyors included full electrical and mechanical services with the fitting of new conveyor belts and replacement parts where required.

The stainless-steel conveyor casings were mechanically re-polished to revitalise the finish.

The refurbishment saves the customer the expense and disruption of purchasing and installing new equipment.

Robson is completing other major project work at Terminal 4.

The current installations are worth in excess of GBP2.5m.

Robson has just handed over a GBP250,000 baggage cart system for Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

It has been supplied to AXIMA Services, the airport’s main contractor, and allows the airport to move the baggage carts from one area of the airport to another without the disruption of passing through busy passenger terminals.

The baggage cart system allows airports the flexibility to automatically move a slug of 25-30 carts between airside and landside or between floors, from departures to arrivals or vice versa.

The baggage cart conveyor uses two types of conveying technologies, first a flat fire-retardant friction-backed conveyor belt, which transports the carts and, second, dual-chain gripper belts mounted on opposite sides of the system hold the carts in place, preventing them from rolling away or separating while traveling on the 40deg decline to reach the lower floor.

Used with synchronised roller shutter doors the conveyor can span from landside of the airport, which is the normal passenger terminal, across to the baggage reclaim, which is classed as a secure area because of the access to the aircraft.

The synchronised roller shutter doors ensure no one can bypass the stringent airport security checks.

The design of the baggage cart conveyor also had to cater for a change in the dimensions of the carts.

This would enable the airport to upgrade the carts in the future.

Special adjustable sliding supports were installed to enable the alteration of the width of the gripper belts when the new carts are purchased.

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