Sortation Systems | Santa Barbara
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Are you thinking about a sortation system for your Santa Barbara County warehouse, distribution center or production facility? The most common types of sortation systems vary greatly in capability and cost. In this article we provide a high level summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the most common types of sortation systems.
Cross-Belt Sorter & Tilt Tray Sorter
Tilt-tray and cross-belt sorters offer similar capability and are commonly lumped together when talking about sortation automation. In practice they are not the same thing at all.
Tilt-tray sorters are made up of trays attached to carts that are transferred on a continuous-loop conveyor. Goods are put into the trays at one or more induction points on the loop by means of manual or automated procedures. When an item reaches its sorting destination, the tray that is carrying it tips and transfers the product toward a chute.
Cross-belt sorters are powered belt conveyors added to carts running on a continuous conveyor loop. Comparable to tilt-trays, cross-belt sorters transfer products onto a chute when they reach the correct sorting location.
Advantages: Cross-belt and tilt-tray sorters provide the greatest sorting speed and can manage a wide range of product types in comparison with other sortation systems. They are an excellent option for operations that manage a wide variety of SKUs. These types of systems are also fairly noiseless and permit 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 expensive sortation choices available.
Sliding shoe sorters use a "shoe" system attached to the conveyor surface that moves and diverts items onto a secondary, after-sort conveyor. Shoe sorter systems are fed by a single stream of items that might be a combined feed from multiple upstream areas of a warehouse. These types of sortation solutions are widely utilized in shipping applications.
Advantages: Sliding shoe sorter equipment setups allow for a fairly high peak rate, sometimes several hundred products per minute, depending upon the item weight and dimensions. Furthermore, a wide variety of items can be managed due to the simplicity and versatility of a positive divert approach.
Disadvantages: Shoe sorters are more costly than other alternatives like pop-up wheel sorters. Also, divert areas are not freely movable, making the system complicated and costly to reconfigure. These systems also produce more decibels than belt or tray equipment and are therefore not as worker-friendly as other styles of sorters.
Pop-up Wheel Sorter
Pop-up wheel sorters are an attractive option since they are relatively economical and simple to deploy. Wheels or rollers are embedded in a belt conveyor. When an item must be diverted, the wheels pop up to divert units at an angle to an alternate, downstream conveyor.
Advantages: Pop-up wheel sorters are modular, so sections can be rapidly incorporated or taken away when the line requires modification. These systems can likewise be significantly less expensive than other sorter options.
Disadvantages: These types of sorters offer quite a bit less performance and capacity than tilt-tray, cross-belt or shoe alternatives. They will undeniably boost efficiency, but might not maximize throughput like other alternatives. Since pop-up systems do not offer a positive divert, the types of items they can manage are reduced.
Automated Sortation Systems Near Me
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