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Shipping & Sortation systems

Overview

Product sortation is one of the biggest challenges’ companies face in the process of getting their product to market. Sortation systems separate products for induction into individual lanes typically associated with an outbound destination. Various types of sortation and conveyor systems are often connected to comprise a fully functioning material handling solution.

Used to sort small items into order consolidation chutes in a batch-pick environment.

  • Can also integrated as a shipping sorter for outbound truck loading.
  • 750mm- 1500mm carriers transporting product up to 3m/s
  • Manual or fully automatic induction

High speed sorter utilizing aluminum slats that have plastic shoes that slide across them to divert cartons either left or right (bi-directional) to required sort destinations.

  • Capable of sortation rates greater than 200 cartons per minute

A series of narrow belts, each with its own take-up, span the length of the conveyor. High-friction divert wheels rise between the belts, diverting product to it’s destination.

  • Capable of sortation rates greater than 100 cartons per minute

High speed sorter with tray segments utilizing a positive divert to gently push items or polybags off the tray and slide them into a sortation chute.

  • Manual induction
  • Capable of rates greater than 225 trays per minute

Sometimes also referred to as a bomb-bay sorter, dual split tray sorters have the ability to sort two smaller items within the same tray, at higher throughput speeds.

  • Manual induction
  • Capable of rates greater than 280 trays per minute
Shipping

Sortation Benefits

Accuracy and timeliness of order fulfillment have never been a higher concern until now. Combine these factors with the increasing requirement to reduce resources and trim costs within the distribution channel, makes it easy to understand the benefits and efficiencies automated sortation systems deliver. With the rise of e-commerce, sortation and conveyor systems have evolved from simply transporting cases for store replenishment to handling a variety of individual items and packaging types, including cases, totes and polybags. This evolution has introduced new fulfillment complexities.

  • Increase throughput to keep pace with high order volumes and SKU proliferation
  • Improve order accuracy to minimize returns processing
  • Develop cross-docking processes to alleviate storage and handling requirements
  • Integrate with warehouse execution systems to drive greater levels of automation

Shipping Systems

Shipping systems automate manual labor that is usually associated with examining and distributing orders in a DC or Fulfilment operation. Century’s Shipping Systems are created to help maximize throughput of orders through the shipment process within a DC and enhance the overall accuracy of the shipment process.