First sustainable BLUEVEYORs operational at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

June 30, 2014

Veghel, 30 June 2014 - April 2014 marked a new milestone in Vanderlande’s journey towards more sustainable baggage handling systems with the activation of the first operational BLUEVEYOR project at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Fourteen BLUEVEYOR baggage conveyors have been integrated in one of the arrival lines of the baggage handling system at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The project started as a pilot two years ago. BLUEVEYOR was extensively tested in a semi-operational environment and improvements were integrated. The pilot showed that the energy use of the BLUEVEYOR was up to 56% lower compared with conventional conveyors. The conveyor also proved to be robust and durable, and ready to be deployed in baggage handling systems.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol values Corporate Responsibility highly and is very enthusiastic about the realized set-up and the results shown so far. The joint effort and cooperation between Vanderlande and customer and partner Schiphol was a great contributor to the success of this development. This project was made possible by a subsidy grant of the European Union under the Eco Innovation program.

BLUEVEYOR is a conveyor system that takes a significant step forward in increasing the sustainability of airport baggage handling operations. It minimizes energy consumption, the use of natural resources and environmental impact and also saves on required maintenance time and cost. BLUEVEYOR is the first conveyor in the world that is designed in accordance with Cradle to Cradle® principles.

BLUEVEYOR innovates material flows:

  • Made with homogenous materials that can be returned to technical or biological cycles. The materials can be used again and again.
  • A PVC-free conveyor. PVC and other harmful or toxic materials have been phased out.
  • Designed for disassembly to enable and promote reversed logistics at end-of-life.

BLUEVEYOR reduces maintenance costs:

  • All components are easy to disassemble.
  • No adjustments are required. Belt tensioning and tracking belong to the past.
  • The lean concept requires fewer spare parts.

BLUEVEYOR saves energy:

  • Less than half of energy consumption as compared to the current best performing belt conveyor technology.
  • Energy saving due to minimal belt bending, and minimal tension of belt required.
  • Lean design: fewer parts and less mass to be accelerated when the conveyor starts.