Monday - Sep 25, 2017

Orlando International Airport to install three separate Automated People Mover (APM) systems

Orlando International Airport to install three separate Automated People Mover (APM) systems

Florida’s Orlando International Airport have announced that they have placed an order with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America for three automated people mover (APM) systems to be installed at the airport.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have been handed the important project to design and build as well as operate and maintain three separate APM systems at the airport, with all three systems to be completed in 2018.

The Orlando Airport project is the seventh major where Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have been called in to take on an APM in turnkey project, with four of them being in the United States and the remainder spread around the world.

In order to fulfil the project, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be responsible for entirely implementing the three autonomous systems, including the supply and construction of a new, approximately two kilometer long APM system that will connect Orlando Airport’s main terminal to the South Airport APM Complex. The other two systems will be installed to replace two existing 600 meter long APM systems that the main airport terminal to Airside Terminals 1 and 3.

The APMs connecting the main terminal to Airside Terminals 1 and 3 were originally constructed in 1981. MHI have been handed the intricate task of replacing these two systems while at the same time ensuring minimum inconvenience to passengers. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have considerable experience in replacing existing APM systems with their most recent being a similar systems at Changi Airport in Singapore.

As part of the project, MHI will be supplying a total of 18 new train cars.

Under the terms of the contract. MHI will be responsible for maintaining the system for five years after its completion, with the possibility of two additional five-year options.

The city of Orlando in Florida is a rapidly expanding industrial, healthcare, and technology hub, as well as being a center for tourism from all over the world .

Orlando International is the second-busiest airport in the state of Florida handling passenger traffic of around 35 million annually.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is recognised as being the largest APM supplier in the world; since 1981, the company has delivered a total of sixteen APM systems, including the Macau Light Rapid Transit APM system, the single largest APM order in the industry.

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