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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 951-384-2444.

Are you thinking about a sortation solution for your Riverside County warehouse, distribution center or production facility? The most common types of sortation systems vary widely in ability and cost. Below we offer a high level summary of the benefits and disadvantages of the most common kinds of sortation solutions.

Cross-Belt Sorter & Tilt Tray Sorter

Cross-belt and tilt-tray sortation systems offer similar capability and are commonly associated when talking about sortation mechanization. In practice they are quite different solutions.

Tilt-tray sorters are a series of trays attached to carts that are carried on a continuous-loop conveyor. Items are put into the trays at one or more induction stations on the loop through manual or automated procedures. When an item arrives at its sorting destination, the tray that is transferring it inclines and deposits the item toward a chute.

Cross-belt sorters are motorized belt conveyors mounted to carts running on a continuous conveyor loop. Similar to tilt-trays, cross-belt sorters drop items onto a chute when they reach the right sorting destination.

Advantages: Tilt-tray and Cross-belt sorters provide the best sorting performance and can handle a wide array of item types as opposed to other sortation systems. They are a fantastic alternative for operations that manage a wide variety of SKUs. These types of systems are likewise reasonably noiseless and enable a more pleasant work environment for warehouse workers.

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

Shoe Sorter

Sliding shoe sorters use a "shoe" mechanism connected to the conveyor surface that pushes and diverts items onto a secondary, after-sort conveyor. Shoe sorter configurations are fed by a unified flow of products that might be a consolidated feed from several upstream areas of a facility. These kinds of sortation systems are widely used in shipping applications.

Advantages: Sliding shoe sorter configurations allow for a fairly high peak rate, often several hundred products per minute, depending on the unit size and weight. Furthermore, a wide range of products can be handled because of the simplicity and versatility of a positive divert system.

Disadvantages: Shoe sorters are more costly than other options like pop-up wheel sorters. Likewise, divert areas are not freely movable, making the system difficult and expensive to rearrange. These systems often produce more noise than tray or belt equipment and are consequently not as worker compatible as other kinds of sorters.

Pop-up Wheel Sorter

Pop-up wheel sorters are a common option because they are fairly affordable and simple to deploy. Wheels or rollers are integrated with a belt conveyor. When a product has to be diverted, the wheels pop up to move items at an angle to an alternate, downstream conveyor.

Advantages: Pop-up wheel sorters are adaptive, so areas can be rapidly incorporated or removed when the system requires modification. These systems can likewise be substantially less expensive than other sorter options.

Disadvantages: These kinds of sorters deliver significantly less performance and capacity than tilt-tray, cross-belt or shoe alternatives. They will undeniably boost productivity, yet may not maximize throughput like other options. Since pop-up systems don't use a positive divert, the kinds of items they can process are reduced.

Automated Sortation Systems Near Me

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

Raymond Handling Solutions
Riverside County Service Area:
Redlands, Colton, Rialto, Bloomington, Moreno Valley, Hemet, Perris, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Coachella Valley
Phone: (951) 384-2444

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