Cimcorp Oy, the Finnish robotic systems supplier, has been awarded a contract to supply a large-scale tray-sorting and sequencing system for the new mail-sorting centre of PostNord AB.
The total solution includes a tray-sorting area based on Cimcorp's gantry robots and a separate, dedicated robotic tray-sequencing area connected to flat-sorting machines. Also included in the delivery are extensive conveyor systems for trays and bulk mail/maxi letters, to be supplied by Transnorm GmbH of Germany. The total material flow will be controlled by Cimcorp's warehouse management software, WCS. As general contractor, Cimcorp will also take care of the integration, installation and start up. The system will be operational in August 2013.
The contract was designed to supply the material handling system for the Hallsberg sorting centre, but the framework agreement also includes options concerning the forthcoming new Rosersberg sorting centre, as well as the other existing sorting centres in Sweden.
"Cimcorp's gantry robots have been implemented in many industries including mail handling for years to shorten throughput times and speed up the operation. Now, the new feature of our gantry robot, the 3D Shuttle, will be applied for the first time in the postal services sector. In tray sequencing, Cimcorp's innovation shortens the lead time between 1st pass and 2nd pass to a minimum," states Markku Vesa, CEO of Cimcorp Oy.