BEUMER to Supply Baggage Handling System at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Michigan has selected BEUMER Group to supply the baggage handling system for its Terminal Enhancement Project.

The new system will use BEUMER’s CrisBag tote-based individual carrier system (ICS), making Gerald R. Ford International the first small-hub airport in the US to deploy this technology.

BEUMER CrisBag Individual Carrier System (ICS) for sustainable, safe and flexible baggage handling
BEUMER CrisBag Individual Carrier System (ICS) for sustainable, safe and flexible baggage handling

GRR’s 135 million USD Terminal Enhancement Project aims to increase capacity and enhance the guest experience, while also incorporating sustainable elements.

The BEUMER CrisBag Individual Carrier System (ICS) will be a key component of this expansion, enabling sustainable, safe and flexible baggage handling operations.

Ford International Airport Authority President and CEO Tory Richardson said:

“The Airport has been a cornerstone of West Michigan for more than 60 years. We have strategically invested in our facility and campus to ensure we support our region’s economic prosperity and vitality. The expansion of our infrastructure is critical to fostering the growth of our vibrant region, ensuring our community has access to essential services through a robust transportation hub that increases opportunities for global connectivity.”

BEUMER’s system features a compact and modular design and uses intelligent automation to optimise daily baggage operations through a “one bag per tote” system.

This solution lowers the cost per bag and enhances passenger safety by employing in-tote screening for hold baggage, thus adding an extra layer of tracking and security.

David Delaney, BEUMER Vice President and General Manager, North American Airport Division said:

“Larger airports have been quick to automate baggage handling procedures because it makes the passenger experience better and improves operational efficiency. Our CrisBag ICS solution delivers total traceability at every stage of the baggage handling process and is easily scaleable, which means small-hub airports in the US like Ford International Airport can also benefit from the long-term savings and energy efficiency that this BEUMER ICS solution delivers.”

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