Nov 8, 2010

Webb Awarded $14 Million Baggage Handling System at Port Columbus Airport

Farmington Hills, Mich. — Jervis B. Webb Company — a subsidiary of Daifuku Co., Ltd. and leading provider of innovative material handling solutions — today announced a contract with Columbus Regional Airport Authority to design, manufacture, and install an in-line baggage handling system at Port Columbus International Airport.
Webb’s new system will automate the baggage screening process and eliminate the need for passengers to walk their checked bags to Explosive Detection System (EDS) machines that are currently located in the airport ticket lobby. With the new system, the screening process will take place behind-the-scenes in a newly constructed building. Webb’s system will automatically transport checked bags from ticket counters through TSA screening, then onward to the baggage makeup room, where Webb’s system will sort the bags to their destinations based on bar-coded baggage tags.

The new EDS and baggage sortation system will incorporate Webb’s industry standard baggage handling system components, including 45 degree merges, queuing conveyors, sloped plate baggage carousels and vertical sortation units. The proven WebbView® baggage handling control system will provide all elements of baggage system control: supervisory control, user interface, equipment control and reporting.

“Our baggage handling systems are helping improve travel at more than 50 airports around the world. We look forward to providing a state-of-the-art baggage handling system that will make travel easier for passengers at Port Columbus airport,” said Kenneth Hamel, Webb’s Sr. Vice President of Airport Systems.

The project is scheduled for completion November 2011.

About Jervis B. Webb Company

Jervis B. Webb Company, a subsidiary of Daifuku Co., Ltd., is a leading developer of innovative material handling technology and systems. Webb specializes in the design, engineering, installation and support of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, beverage, warehousing and manufacturing industries. Webb is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with manufacturing locations in Harbor Springs and Boyne City, Mich.; Carlisle, S.C.; Canada; India; and China. The company was founded in 1919 by Jervis B. Webb who invented the forged rivetless chain conveyor that helped revolutionize mass production.

WebbView® is a registered trademark of the Jervis B. Webb Company