Safe landing for £1.5m Robson deal

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Robson Handling Technology is poised to complete a £1.5 million contract to replace baggage handling systems at Jersey Airport.

The Sheffield firm says the Jersey contract is the latest in a series that have resulted in exceptional sales for its baggage handling and screening integration systems during the first quarter of 2011.

Darnall-based Robson will design and install a new hold baggage system that automatically routes bags from check-in desks, through screening systems and sorts it so that it can be loaded onto the right aircraft.

Around 1.46 million passengers and 62,000 flights arrive and depart from Jersey Airport each year. The Airport’s current baggage system was installed 14 years ago as part of the development of the departures terminal and has reached then end of its working life.

Three x-ray machines in the sorting area will also be upgraded to meet new regulatory requirements at the same time as the new system, developed by Robson, is installed.

Moving the equipment from Darnall to Jersey involved complex logistics including a stream of 25 wagons 40ft long.

Robson’s airport project manager, Ian Davies, said the firm’s success was based on its ability to provide systems that meet the demands of the extra anti terrorism security measures introduced by airport authorities, yet involved fast scanning that resulted in minimal delays for passengers.