Sick offers sensor solutions that help to automate the entire docking and undocking process of passenger boarding bridges.
The InspectorP sensor reduces the risk of damage when docking passenger boarding bridges to the aircraft. This solution is based on the standardized aircraft markings defined in the AS6896 standard of SAE International. The 2D-vision camera detects these markings on the aircraft and measures their positions as well as distance. This data enables the bridge controller to initiate the semi or fully automated docking process. The InspectorP verifies the markings of the aircraft door at a distance of 20m. Using the information from the sensor, the system controls the approach path and speed of the ground support equipment until docking is complete.
With the outdoorScan3 safety laser scanner from Sick, fast and smooth connection and disconnection can be achieved even under extreme weather conditions on the apron. Traditionally, the bogie of the passenger boarding bridge uses mechanical solutions in combination with tactile safety sensors (safety edges). If an object – a person or any other obstacle – collides with the safety system, the bridge stops abruptly. This is not an ideal process.
With the outdoorScan3, the object can be detected in a non-tactile way. The sensor provides flexible means to react to object detections, such as reducing the speed of the bridge movement before a full stop even becomes necessary. The safety scanners ensure the safety of people in the vicinity of the bogie whenever the boarding bridge is moving. They are the safety eyes of the passenger boarding bridge.