As technology has advanced, port terminal equipment manufacturers have been able to convince their clients that quay cranes and yard machinery benefit tremendously from the incorporation of varying degrees of redundancy. They do so arguing that if vital parts and components fails, there is always back-up in place to ensure that the particular handling equipment can continue to function.
Other manufacturers have taken a different route entirely, suggesting that only by investing in expensive top-end engineering can they be sure that their gantry crane or pneumatic unloader will not break down when it can least afford to.
Heathrow Airport has a target availability percentage for it's HBS machines, but had no way of measuring against it.
Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world. In 2014, it handled a record 73.4million passengers, this requires baggage systems that needs constant forward thinking programmes to meet increasing demands – this includes current legislative requirements of the new Next Generation ECAC Standard 3 security guidelines.
Testing these new screening machines and their associated conveyor systems is part of a rigorous commissioning process. Our solution was the provision of specialist Test Baggage, designed to test the systems capability to detect threats.
Already one of the busiest airports in the world, Singapore’s Changi Airport is expanding to accommodate more planes and passengers. Changi Airport Group and its baggage handling system (BHS) service partner CHS Engineering Services migrated that software to Microsoft Azure. With the platform change, Changi benefits from improved application performance and availability.