"Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come." This famous quote from Victor Hugo perfectly applies to the success story of the Danish company Power Stow, located in rural surroundings about 40 km from Copenhagen.
Back in the 1990s, the Danish health and safety authorities had pressed for a solution to take the strain off baggage handling staff. These employees were working in narrow-body aircraft, which not only tested their physical strength to the limit but also posed genuine risks to their health.
Double conical rollers and RollerDrive
I had an idea for a possible technical solution to that pressing issue, so I decided to go for it.
With this mindset Martin Vestergaard, a well-known figure on the international ground support equipment scene, founded Power Stow in 2003 and started to sketch out the Rollertrack Conveyor, a belt loader based on a novel yet simple conical roller design. He admits:
The idea of double conical rollers was a shot in the dark, but it stood the test and has now been patented.
Able to move quickly in and out of aircraft, the extendable and retractable conveyor is setting standards across the globe. Driven by the Interroll extra-low voltage RollerDrive, the conveyor precisely guides baggage all the way into the cargo hold. Everything is carefully stowed ready for the Boeings, Airbuses or Embraers to take off.
Ground Operations from leading airports and airlines confirm the advantages of the Rollertrack Conveyor. Peter Leene, Senior Buyer Projects, Procurement Airport Operations (SPL/IW) at KLM:
This was the best buy in this niche market for GSE, outstanding product, high quality, delivered prior to scheduled lead times, 99 percent reliable product against the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO ).
To date, more than 400 Rollertrack Conveyor units are in service at airports worldwide, from the US to New Zealand.