To separate and route items—such as parcels, boxes, cartons or parts—within a facility, a sortation system merges, identifies, inducts and conveys products to specific destinations. Working in conjunction with fixed conveyors, automatic identification systems and controls, sortation systems transfer items off main conveyor lines to spur tracks. Sortation moves large volumes of material rapidly through a facility, allowing companies to ship or receive higher volumes with smaller storage space and lower labor costs. Typical sortation applications include routing of cases, totes or palletized loads to and from static or automated storage systems, or from a picking area to packaging for shipping.
There are many types of sortation components. These include:
Sortation is used in a variety of areas to move materials throughout a facility:
Sortation systems provide a variety of benefits:
Sortation systems provide internal material movement for facilities in nearly every industry, including: