FKI Logistex Completes Key Baggage Handling and Security Screening Projects for Indianapolis, Tampa International Airports | Automation.com

FKI Logistex Completes Key Baggage Handling and Security Screening Projects for Indianapolis, Tampa International Airports

Louisville, KY, USA: April 29, 2003) FKI Logistex(LSE: FKI.L), a leader in providing total baggage handling solutions in the US and international markets, today announced that its Baggage Handling Team has completed automated baggage handling and Explosive Detection System (EDS) screening projects at Indianapolis (IND) and Tampa (TPA) International Airports. The combined value of these projects is in excess of USD $20 million.

Indianapolis International Airport
The British Airports Authority (BAA), airport manager for IND, and its contractor, Turner Construction, awarded FKI Logistex a contract to design, build, integrate, and commission 6 independent EDS bagrooms, including the installation and integration of 13 InVision Technologies CTX9000™ EDS scanners. Of the 6 bagrooms, 5 are dedicated to manual HBS efforts, with the remaining bagroom used solely for in-line automated screening. FKI Logistex also installed and commissioned 106 conveyors and large, easy-to-read AB viewing panels for the master control panels in each bagroom.

The project was fast-tracked for completion, requiring only 90 days for installation and commissioning. The new EDS bagrooms launched on time, within budget, and without major system exceptions on December 31, 2002.

Tampa International Airport
The project is the first of five phases commissioned by TPA as part of a security screening upgrade and comprised the installation and integration of 266 conveyors and six eXaminer™ 3DX 6000 EDS scanners, manufactured by L3 Communications. Located in TPA's landside terminal, the project was turned over to airport officials in Summer 2003. The security screening upgrade project is designed to facilitate 100% automated EDS screening of all outbound baggage at TPA, as well as enhance security of the airport's new Airside E terminal.

As the primary baggage handling system (BHS) solution provider for the Airside E project, FKI Logistex installed and integrated the first airside make-up operation in TPA's history. The baggage handling project included the implementation of redundant outbound transport systems, a pusher sortation matrix, make-up piers, redundant supervisory control systems, an automated alarm paging system, conveyors, and laser barcode scanner arrays. The system, which came online in October 2002, will be followed by additional airside terminal projects.

"The successful completion of these contracts positions the FKI Logistex Baggage Handling Team as a leader in providing automated baggage handling and EDS systems," said Dave Martin, president of FKI Logistex North America. "We remain dedicated to ensuring that each of our customers receive superior, integrated solutions delivered under stringent deadlines."

About the FKI Logistex Baggage Handling Team
The FKI Logistex Baggage Handling Team is a leading single-source provider of fully integrated baggage handling solutions worldwide. In addition, the team is a recognized technology leader in radio-frequency identification (RFID) and explosion detection system (EDS) integration for small and regional airport systems.

For more information, please visit the Baggage Handling Team website at www.fkilogistex.com/bht.

About FKI Logistex
FKI Logistex® is a leading supplier of integrated material handling solutions for distribution, baggage handling, freight, parcel, and manufacturing applications. FKI Logistex supplies its customers with an integrated set of leading edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, carousels, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order processing software, warehouse control systems, and total materials handling automation.

FKI Logistex (www.fkilogistex.com) is a part of FKI plc (LSE: FKI.L) a UK-based international engineering group. FKI Logistex is comprised of the industry’s most successful and recognized brands, including Alvey Systems, Cleco, Crisplant, Crisplant a/s, Automation Division (incorporating Buschman Operations, Mathews Operations, and CMP Corporation), Integration Division, Io Systems, Real Time Solutions, and White Systems.

For more information, contact FKI Logistex, 1500 Lebanon Road, Danville, KY, 40422; telephone: (877) 935-4564; e-mail [email protected].

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