Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 4, 2011) — Jervis B. Webb Company — a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company, and leading provider of innovative material handling solutions —announced a contract with Southwest Airlines to design, manufacture, and install a complete new Baggage Handling System (BHS) as part of the $519 million Love Field Modernization Project at Dallas Love Field Airport. Webb’s BHS will encompass the ticket counter conveyors, an in-line Checked Baggage Inspection System, outbound sortation conveyors and baggage make-up carousels, plus a complete inbound baggage claim system.
Webb’s BHS will integrate four new Explosive Detection System (EDS) machines that are fed by four ticket counters and two curbside input systems. The system will transport checked bags from ticket counters and curbside through the baggage screening process to the sortation area where bags are automatically sorted to make-up carousels in preparation for loading onto aircraft.
The new EDS and baggage sortation system will incorporate Webb’s proven baggage handling conveyor equipment and sophisticated WebbView® supervisory computer and PLC control system to automate the flow of baggage through the terminal.
“We look forward to providing a state-of-the-art baggage handling system that will accommodate the anticipated future increase in travelers at Dallas Love Field Airport,” said Kenneth Hamel, Webb’s Sr. Vice President of Airport Systems. “We work hard to ensure that our systems make travel easier and more convenient for passengers around the world.”
The outbound project is scheduled for completion November 2012 and the inbound system is scheduled for completion October 2014.
About Jervis B. Webb Company
Jervis B. Webb Company is part of Daifuku Webb Holding Company, a subsidiary of Daifuku Co. Ltd. It is a leading developer of innovative material handling technology such as Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), conveyors, baggage handling systems, bulk handling systems and Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS). Webb specializes in the design, engineering, installation and support of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, food/beverage, bulk handling, 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.