HOW UNITED AIRLINES COPES WITH BAGGAGE TRAFFIC

A efficient baggage handling system incorporating a computerized cautomated sortation system installed at the Denver Stapleton Airport is described. Passengers outbound baggage is collected from various locations in United's terminal and all conveyors feed into one of 6 sortation encoding stations for sorting by flight number. Baggage is sorted through a 2-level sorter with 15 laterals or sort piers on each level. Three encoding stations per level release baggage coded for the proper lateral. Each level sorts 42 bags per minute or produces a total of 84 bags per minute. Baggage information is coded manually on a console which inputs the flight number, etc. to the micro-computer. This input controls the sequencing and diverting of baggage to the sort pier. The baggage enters the main sortation line via a 45 degree merge. At various points along the sortation lines, baggage pullers are computer-activated to pull baggage off the line and into the specific sort pier. Future storage and fragile baggage handling are also described. There is a special ski check-in belt. The system's master control panel monitors the entire system. The new system has increased sortation capacity from 50 to 84 bags per minute. Ski sortation capability has been increased. Baggage handling operating expenses have been reduced 20%.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lakewood Publications

    731 Hennepin
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55403
  • Publication Date: 1979-7

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  • Accession Number: 00302031
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 20 1980 12:00AM