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Raymond Handling Solutions supplies a full range of conveyor and automation products, including all types of sortation solutions.

To speak with a Raymond automation expert, phone us at 714-790-9300.

Are you considering a sortation system for your Orange County warehouse, distribution center or manufacturing facility? The most popular kinds of sortation systems vary widely in ability and cost. In this article we provide a high level synopsis of the benefits and disadvantages of the three most common types of sortation equipment.

Cross-Belt Sorter & Tilt Tray Sorter

Tilt-tray and cross-belt sortation systems offer comparable functionality and are oftentimes lumped together when discussing sortation mechanization. However, they are very different mechanisms.

Tilt-tray sorters are a series of trays attached to carts that are transported on a continuous-loop conveyor. Items are put into the trays at one or more induction points on the loop by means of manual or automatic procedures. When an item reaches its sorting destination, the tray that is transferring it tilts and dumps the item toward a chute.

Cross-belt sorters are electric belt conveyors added to carts running on a continuous conveyor loop. Similar to tilt-trays, cross-belt sorters drop products onto a chute when they reach the right sorting location.

Advantages: Cross-belt and tilt-tray sorters provide the highest sorting performance and can deal with a variety of product types when compared to other sortation systems. They are a fantastic option for operations that manage a wide variety of SKUs. These types of systems are also reasonably noiseless and permit a more pleasant workplace for warehouse personnel.

Disadvantages: The speed, capacity and flexibility or these sorters come at a price-- they are some of the most costly sortation options offered.

Shoe Sorter

Sliding shoe sorters employ a "shoe" mechanism connected to the conveyor surface that moves and diverts products onto an alternate, after-sort conveyor. Shoe sorter solutions are fed by a single stream of products that might be a mixed feed from several upstream locations of a warehouse. These types of sortation solutions are extensively used in shipping applications.

Advantages: Sliding shoe sorter equipment setups enable a reasonably high peak rate, often several hundred items per minute, depending upon the product dimension and weight. Furthermore, a large range of products can be processed because of the simplicity and flexibility of a positive divert approach.

Disadvantages: Shoe sorters are more costly than other options like pop-up wheel sorters. Likewise, divert stations are not readily movable, making the system complicated and costly to reconfigure. These systems also create more decibels than belt or tray equipment and are therefore not as worker compatible as other styles of sorters.

Pop-up Wheel Sorter

Pop-up wheel sorters are a popular alternative because they are fairly affordable and simple to install. Wheels or rollers are incorporated into a belt conveyor. When an item must be diverted, the wheels quickly rise up to shift products at an angle to an alternate, downstream conveyor.

Advantages: Pop-up wheel sorters are adaptive, so areas can be quickly incorporated or eliminated when the system requires reconfiguration. These systems can also be significantly less costly than other sorter options.

Disadvantages: These types of sorters deliver quite a bit less speed and capability than cross-belt, tilt-tray or shoe options. They will undoubtedly enhance efficiency, but might not optimize total output like other alternatives. Due to the fact that pop-up systems don't provide a positive divert, the kinds of products they can handle are limited.

Automated Sortation Systems Near Me

If you'd like more information on sortation options, get in touch with an automation expert at Raymond Handling Solutions today!

Raymond Handling Solutions
Orange County Service Area:
Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin
Phone: (714) 790-9300

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