Sortation Systems | Oxnard
Raymond Handling Solutions supplies a full range of conveyor and automation products, including all types of sortation solutions.
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Are you considering a sortation system for your Ventura County warehouse, distribution center or production facility? The most common types of sortation systems vary widely in ability and expense. In this article we offer a high level assessment of the advantages and drawbacks of the three most prominent types of sortation solutions.
Cross-Belt Sorter & Tilt Tray Sorter
Tilt-tray and cross-belt sorters deliver comparable capability and are commonly lumped together when talking about sortation mechanization. However, they are not the same thing at all.
Tilt-tray sorters are made up of trays mounted to carts that are carried on a continuous-loop conveyor. Items are added to the trays at one or more induction stations on the loop by means of manual or automatic procedures. When an item reaches its sorting destination, the tray that is transporting it inclines and dumps the item onto a chute.
Cross-belt sorters are motorized belt conveyors added to carts operating on a continuous conveyor loop. Comparable to tilt-trays, cross-belt sorters transfer items onto a chute when they reach the right sorting location.
Advantages: Cross-belt and tilt-tray sorters offer the highest sorting performance and can manage a wide array of product types in comparison with other sortation systems. They are an excellent choice for operations that handle a variety of SKUs. These types of systems are also relatively quiet and allow a more pleasant workplace for warehouse personnel.
Disadvantages: The speed, capability and flexibility or these sorters come at a price-- they are some of the most expensive sortation solutions available.
Sliding shoe sorters employ a "shoe" mechanism attached to the conveyor surface that pushes and diverts products onto a secondary, after-sort conveyor. Shoe sorter solutions receive goods from a single flow of items that may be a mixed feed from numerous upstream locations of a facility. These types of sortation systems are extensively used in shipping applications.
Advantages: Sliding shoe sorter equipment setups allow for a relatively high peak rate, often several hundred products per minute, depending on the unit weight and size. In addition, a wide range of products can be managed due to the simplicity and versatility of a positive divert system.
Disadvantages: Shoe sorters are more expensive than other choices like pop-up wheel sorters. In addition, divert centers are not readily movable, making the system challenging and costly to modify. These systems often generate more decibels than belt or tray solutions and are accordingly not as user friendly as other kinds of sorters.
Pop-up Wheel Sorter
Pop-up wheel sorters are an attractive choice since they are reasonably economical and easy to deploy. Wheels or rollers are integrated with a belt conveyor. When an item must be diverted, the wheels pop up to divert items at an angle to a secondary, downstream conveyor.
Advantages: Pop-up wheel sorters are modular, so areas can be quickly incorporated or removed when the system requires modification. These systems can also be considerably less costly than other sorter options.
Disadvantages: These types of sorters deliver quite a bit less performance and capability than tilt-tray, cross-belt or shoe options. They will undoubtedly enhance efficiency, yet may not maximize total output like other alternatives. Because pop-up systems do not provide a positive divert, the kinds of items they can process are reduced.
Automated Sortation Systems Near Me
If you'd like more details on sortation options, phone an automation professional at Raymond Handling Solutions today!
Raymond Handling Solutions
Ventura County Service Area:
Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Ventura, Santa Paula, Simi Valley
Phone: (805) 667-0888