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Airport Baggage Handling Systems

Airport Baggage Handling System (ABHS) breakdowns can cost millions of pounds and adversely affect passenger experience. To address these issues, ABHS OEMs and System Integrators are moving towards a modular decentralised control power network architecture, supported by connectorisation strategy.

ABHS Installation Benefits: - 

  • Rapid installation & deployment
  • Low downtime
  • In-built system redundancy
  • Modular construction for system modification flexibility
  • Compatibility with major drives manufacturers


HARTING solutions enable: -

  • Compatibility with pre-installed cable trunking
  • Emergency line shut down
  • Sensor line monitoring
  • Local custom cabling service and support

Our products have been setting the bar worldwide for more than seven decades. But not just with standard products. For unique requirements, we customise our solutions to the exacting application needs of our customers, using our extensive product range as the basis from system cabling to the complete development of customer specific components.

Whether customised or not, all components have one thing in common: HARTING's high standard for maximum quality and economic viability.

  • Product management
  • Project engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality control


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Why should you improve the Baggage Handling Process?

The efficiency of an airport’s Baggage Handling System has a direct affect on passenger satisfaction and airport punctuality. From having an easy baggage drop off point at Check-In, to having an innovative Early Bag Store to sort luggage that may arrive early or late, there is a lot of different ways to manage BHS that can create a more effective system.


Improving the efficiency of Check-In is a significant part of BHS. Introducing new technologies at Check-In can improve passenger experience and reduce capacity issues, increasing time spent at retail and F&B outlets.

How can I improve my baggage handling?

This can include baggage management initiatives and new technologies such as Auto baggage build, using automated or semi-automated manual handling devices such as robots to build ULDs (Unit Load Devices) ready for the aircraft, and Early Bag Store (EBS), a facility that manages and sorts bags.


New efficient technologies are also a benefit at check in, including Auto Check-in, self-service options allowing passengers to check in at their own convenience and Online Check-in, which enables passengers to check-in prior to arrival at the airport. These are becoming more and more common in airports, but knowing their impact on BHS and how to fully utilize the new technologies for great efficiency and improved passenger experience is at the core of our work with airports.

What is airport baggage handling system?

A Baggage Handling System can be defined as simply the conveyor that takes luggage from check-in to the designated airplane. However, it undertakes many functions on what can be seen as a very short journey.


As a passenger drops off their bag at check-in, it is conveyed to baggage security screening machines, then sorted according to whether the bags are early, on-time or missed. From here, on time bags are then conveyed to dedicated Make up Points (MUPs) where bags are assembled prior to loading the aircraft. Bags are then loaded to Unit Load Devices (ULD) or carts and driven to aircraft from the baggage hall on tugs.


There are also other issues for BHS to deal with including load balancing, bag tracking and detecting bag jams. Early and missed bags take different journeys depending on the BHS in place.