Siemens awarded contract to increase capacity at Incheon Airport

The company plans to implement the latest VarioTray technology, whilst extending the existing system by 3,000 spaces

Leaders in sorting technology and solutions, Siemens Logistics has won a contract for a large-scale expansion of the baggage handling system in Terminal 2 at South Korea’s Incheon Airport.

The agreement is set to increase capacity at the hub.

The firm is also responsible for the technical project management, layout design and software solutions. In addition, new equipment will be integrated into the current framework.

High-throughput VarioTray conveyor technology will be implemented in Terminal 2, with the aim of enhancing the transportation process. For the final stage, several VarioSort TTS tilt tray sorters – that are more than three kilometres in length – will be installed.

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Presently in place is the VarioStore, which has been operating since 2018. This is expected to be expanded to accommodate a total of 6,000 storage spaces. This technology improves the processing of transfer baggage and allows passengers to check-in early.

A fully integrated automation system will be responsible for controlling the software, with the incorporation of computer-based monitoring and the regulating of technical processes with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Logistics, said: “We are proud that Incheon International Airport Corporation chose us for this strategically important project. With our high-performance VarioTray technology and intelligent software solutions, we are significantly supporting the customer to become even more competitive.”

HoSeok Kim, director of Incheon International Airport Cooperation, added: “The best partner is vital for the planned capacity expansion. Siemens has proven for years that we can rely on the company's comprehensive expertise and long-standing experience.”

Customers will also be able to take advantage of the smart baggage vision software, which uses optimal character recognition (OCR) in addition to barcode reading to help identify every bag – decreasing the risk of losing items.

The remodel is expected to take place over the next four years, with no interruption to the regular operations at the hub.

Siemens has been in partnership with Incheon Airport since 1996. Throughout this time, the company has installed multiple systems in Terminals 1 and 2.