A compact motorized folding conveyor system that goes into the aircraft belly and mechanically moves baggage and cargo.
38 years of experience in the industry, in conjunction with results of numerous studies, clearly show that change is needed.
The Benefits are Obvious
TISABAS™ eliminates the need to throw heavy baggage, mail and cargo the length of the aircraft.
This makes ramp agents’ jobs safer, easier, more efficient and saves your airline money.
How TISABAS is different
TISABAS is significantly different than other aircraft belly-loading equipment which may, on first glance, appear to provide a similar function. These differences save time, lower costs, create efficiencies and, most importantly, provide a safer work environment for ramp crews. Specific operational savings from TISABAS occur in these areas:
- Financial impact of workers’ comp claims
- Staffing issues due to injury and turnover
- Impact from worker on-the-job health and safety issues
- Cost of damage to aircraft, baggage and cargo
- Delays in flight departures caused by loading issues
- General liability and workers comp insurance rate savings due to lowered incidences of covered events
- Additional time freed up for managers to focus on other areas of operations and to deploy workers on other responsibilities
In addition, other loading options in the market don’t solve some of most common problems. Those issues include:
- Lack of reliability in inclement weather
- Frequent inoperability of equipment, impacting staffing and costly MEL procedures
- Increased turnover of ramp agents in some stations
- Extreme equipment weight, requiring additional labor for use or mandate set up outside the plane, increasing the risk of aircraft damage and flight delays
The expense often goes well beyond those caused directly by these issues. In an example shared by one carrier, another belly-loading option was purchased at significant cost and subsequently shelved as ineffective.
Ramp agents spend their working hours loading and unloading cargo and baggage weighing from 30-100 lbs. These items need to be moved in a space about 25 feet long and less than 4 feet high. In most cases this involves either throwing or sliding objects with great force, which causes numerous problems for ramp agents, airlines, and their customers.
The current system provides significant risk of bodily injuries as well as damage to aircraft and cargo. Sliding cargo is slow, and ineffective, . The alternative of throwing objects can result in damage to aircraft and cargo. In addition, ramp agents can easily injure their backs by sliding or throwing cargo. The physical demands of the job alone cause inefficiencies in operations that stress ramp agents and cost money.
The Costs add up
What are your costs in overtime to cover an injured employee?
What is your personnel cost of the injured employee? (Just one injury will almost triple your workers comp premiums.)
What is your cost to hire and train a new agent?
How much do inexperienced employees cost you?
Would a more experienced work force lower your management costs?
How many delays were caused by aircraft damage last week alone?
How much did it cost to fix damage to aircraft bellies?
Damage to customers belongings
What did damaged baggage claims cost you last month?
What were your costs for damaged cargo?
Loss of efficiencies
Did your cargo loading process cause any aircraft delays last week?
Did you bump any cargo because your crew was too tired and simply bumped it?
Are you spending too much time dealing with customer complaints?
TISABAS: The Future of Aircraft Ground Handling Is here today!
Finally, equipment designed to make ramp agents’ jobs safer and easier. It also reduces costs without eliminating their jobs.
TISABAS (pronounced ti-SAH-bus) could very well revolutionize the way ramp agents handle the loading and unloading of narrow-bodied aircraft around the world.
Currently narrow-bodied aircraft are loaded / unloaded manually or with a very expensive piece of equipment. The former antiquated method results in high injury and turnover rates among ramp agents, damage to aircraft and luggage, and other issues all of which are very costly to airlines. TISABAS solves these problems easily and efficiently.
Ramp agents will move more weight in less time, be less stressed while doing it and sustain fewer injuries.
TISABAS is designed to save airlines money while making ramp agents’ jobs easier and safer. Here is how it works.
TISABAS will be on the belt loader when it pulls up to the aircraft. It is then moved inside the belly out of the way until it is needed. Sections are folded out as the agent goes further back into the belly.
The belting system takes the bag to the doorway eliminating the need for the agent to throw the heavy bag from his/her knees the length of the belly. Belly lengths can be up to 25 feet. Each section has a switch that activates the belts when that section is flat and stops the belts as soon as it starts to fold.
TISABAS remains in the aircraft belly after the unloading process and is positioned ready for the next loading process. The sections are folded up and out of the way as the belly fills. It then goes back onto the belt loader and is ready for the next flight.