Sortation Conveyor Systems & Sortation Technology

Conveyor systems and sortation technology are essential components of modern logistics operations. They are used to move products efficiently and accurately throughout a facility, from receiving to shipping. Conveyor systems are used to transport products on a continuous belt or chain. Conveyor systems can be customized to meet the specific needs of a facility, and they can be used to handle a wide variety of products, including boxes, cartons, pallets, and even individual items. Sortation systems are used to separate products into different destinations and can be used to sort products by size, weight, destination, or any other criteria. 

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New diverter and sorter module can handle loads up to 250kg

1 New diverter and sorter module can handle loads up to 250kg

Itoh Denki, the international specialist in motorised drive roller (MDR) based material handling technologies, has launched an innovative new diverting and sorting module designed specifically for heavier individual loads.

Kenco to install AutoStore at Jeffersonville, Indiana distribution centre

2 Kenco to install AutoStore at Jeffersonville, Indiana distribution centre

Kenco, the third-party logistics (3PL) provider, has implemented AutoStore, the automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), at the company’s Jeffersonville, Ind. distribution centre.  

New line of Interroll conveyors from Ultimation Industries helps courier, express and parcel companies increase distribution capacity

3 New line of Interroll conveyors from Ultimation Industries helps courier, express and parcel companies increase distribution capacity

Courier, express and parcel (CEP) companies that need to increase their distribution network capacity can now access a full line of Interroll modular, sorting and pallet conveyor systems from Ultimation Industries, an MCE company.

Trew showcases solutions and cooperations with TGW Logistics

4 Trew showcases solutions and cooperations with TGW Logistics

Trew, LLC is debuting the newest TGW Stingray ASRS Shuttle in North America.Trew highlights the new Stingray capabilities and how it integrates with automated material handling solutions in their booth at MODEX 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia, March 11–14.

MDR-powered conveyor for shockless transfer of small and medium items to be unveiled at SITL and LogiMAT

5 MDR-powered conveyor for shockless transfer of small and medium items to be unveiled at SITL and LogiMAT

An innovative new conveyor module powered by motorised drive roller (MDR) technology, ideal for handling small to medium items, will be unveiled simultaneously at two major international logistics sector shows during March.

Musgrave goes for growth with the help of Vanderlande’s ADAPTO shuttle technology

6 Musgrave goes for growth with the help of Vanderlande’s ADAPTO shuttle technology

Ireland’s food retail and wholesale company, Musgrave, went operational at the end of last year with an integrated warehouse solution from Vanderlande, which includes the ADAPTO shuttle-based automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS).

VTPost bring state-of-the art robot-based parcel sorting technology to Vietnam for the first time

7 VTPost bring state-of-the art robot-based parcel sorting technology to Vietnam for the first time

A new parcel sorting system featuring some 160 LiBiao ‘Mini Yellow’ autonomous guided robots has gone live at South-East Asian supply chain solutions specialist Viettel Post’s storage and distribution hub, which is located on the outskirts of Hanoi.

Going the last mile with robotic parcel sorting

8 Going the last mile with robotic parcel sorting

Everyone has heard of going the extra mile, but for e-commerce, parcel, postal and logistics companies, the last mile is often the most challenging. To streamline how parcels arrive on the doorstep, many businesses are relying on localised or temporary facilities.

Movu Robotics launches a gripping innovation to transform robotic piece picking

9 Movu Robotics launches a gripping innovation to transform robotic piece picking

Movu Robotics has launched the Movu eligo robot picking arm. A fully integrated robotic bin picking solution can automatically piece-pick from a single-SKU source bin and place the individual items into multiple mixed-SKU destination bins.

Automation helps Mercadona get fresh produce from field to store within 24 hours

10 Automation helps Mercadona get fresh produce from field to store within 24 hours

Mercadona, the grocery retailer in Spain and Portugal, partnered with Cimcorp, a pioneer in robotic handling solutions, to implement an automated intralogistics system at its distribution center in San Isidro, Spain.

Conveyor Systems & Sortation Technology

A conveyor is a mechanised piece of handling equipment that moves materials from one location to another. There are many types of conveyor depending on the application and environment. Within a warehousing environment a Pallet Conveyor or a Mezzanine Floor Conveyor can be used to transport goods from one location to another. Within a postal environment a Belt Conveyor or Roller Conveyor can be used to move parcels and letters. Specialist Garment conveyors are used within the apparel industry and other types of conveyor include Gravity Roller Conveyors, Lineshaft Roller Conveyors, Modular Plastic Chain Conveyor and Stainless Steel Conveyor. A conveyor system can be used in overhead applications or mounted on the floor. They can be fixed to a specific location or can be mounted on wheels.

Conveyor Systems

A conveyor system is used for automatically transporting loads and materials from one location to another, usually in the same area or building. A conveyor system is used in many industries as a standard piece of mechanical handling equipment to move goods, products, raw goods, and other materials. A conveyor system is a method for moving packages, products, supplies, parts, and equipment for production, shipping, or relocation.

The different types of conveying systems include pneumatic, screw, belt, roller or a chain to transport objects. The construction of individual systems depends on the materials to be moved, which includes their weight, dimensions, and ability to be transported. They are extremely handy for businesses that deal with heavy goods, sharp items, raw materials, and mass-produced products.

Sortation Technology

A sortation system is an automatic process identify items on a conveyor system and then diverts to a particular destination within a warehouse.Sortation conveyor systems are used to direct products from one conveyor line to another, and are used in order fulfillment, warehousing, materials handling, and ecommerce industries.

Manual sortation relies on human workers to identify and divert items as required, whilst automated sortation leverages a variety of technologies, such as barcode scanners and other sensors, to accomplish this without any associated human intervention.

Automated parcel sorting can save a huge amount of time and costs. From infeed lines to sortation chutes, automated sortation can significantly reduce manpower and costs, improve label read rates, and product identification. The greater the scanning accuracy, the less reliance on manual intervention. Automatic sorter systems can be simply one or two diverts on a slow-moving line of conveyor, or an elabourate multi-faceted high-speed, double sided series of diverters that can process thousands of parcels per hour.

Here are some of the benefits of using conveyor systems and sortation technology:

  • Increased throughput: Conveyor systems and sortation technology can help to increase throughput by moving products more quickly and efficiently through a facility.
  • Improved accuracy: Conveyor systems and sortation technology can help to improve accuracy by ensuring that products are sorted correctly and delivered to the correct destination.
  • Increased productivity: Conveyor systems and sortation technology can help to increase productivity by freeing up employees to focus on other tasks, such as picking and packing.
  • Reduced labour costs: Conveyor systems and sortation technology can help to reduce labour costs by automating some of the material handling tasks.

There are a number of different types of conveyor systems and sortation technology available, so it is important to choose the right system for the specific needs of a facility. Some of the factors to consider when choosing a conveyor system or sortation system include the type of products being handled, the size of the facility, and the throughput requirements.

Conveyor systems and sortation technology are a valuable asset for any warehouse or distribution center. They can help to improve throughput, accuracy, productivity, and labour costs. If you are looking for a way to improve the efficiency of your material handling operations, then conveyor systems and sortation technology should be on your shortlist.

Here are some examples of how conveyor systems and sortation technology are used in different industries:

  • E-commerce: Conveyor systems and sortation technology are used to sort and distribute products in e-commerce fulfillment centers. This helps to ensure that orders are shipped out quickly and accurately.
  • Retail: Conveyor systems and sortation technology are used to move products around retail stores. This helps to improve the efficiency of the stocking and replenishment process.
  • Manufacturing: Conveyor systems and sortation technology are used to move products around manufacturing facilities. This helps to improve the efficiency of the production process.
  • Logistics: Conveyor systems and sortation technology are used to move products around logistics terminals. This helps to improve the efficiency of the shipping and receiving process.

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