1) Conveyor & Sortation Systems (CSS) Industry Group
The Conveyor & Sortation Systems (CSS) members are the Industry’s leading providers of conveyors and sortation systems. They design, fabricate and install conveyor and sortation systems worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector. CSS prepares and distributes educational and promotional materials regarding the proper application and benefits of conveyor and sortation system solutions.
2) Bombadier sorter
A device in which items are dropped down through swinging doors to a desired location.
3) Pneumatic pusher
An air-powered conveyor sortation device. This device utilizes a ram and cylinder configuration and its movement is programmed to redirect packages and materials on a conveyor line.
4) Motor driven pusher
An electric motor driven conveyor sortation device. See Pneumatic pusher .
5) Roller diverter
A device on a conveyor sortation system used to move a case/carton/piece off the main line. This device utilizes "pop-up" type rollers to redirect the object in a predetermined direction.
6) Pnuematic puller
An air-powered conveyor sortation device. This device is used to redirect packages and materials on a conveyor. Pulling device travels beyond the object to be redirected and retracts, therein pulling the object in the desired direction.
7) Powered wheel diverter
A device on a conveyor sortation system used to move a case/carton/piece off the main line. The device utilizes wheels(skate) that are powered to raise up form the conveyor bed and divert the objects in the desired direction.
8) Line shaft diverter
Roller diverters used in line shaft conveyor to sort and redirect materials along a powered conveyor line.
A device on a conveyor sortation system used to move a case/carton/piece off the main line.
10) Batch pick
The combining of a group of order requirements by SKU into a single picking activity to optimize productivity by allowing one picker to select all the ordered merchandise within a predetermined group with one trip through the pick path. Batch picking requires subsequent mechanical or manual sorting of the merchandise to reestablish order integrity before shipping.
11) Impact deflectors
A form of conveyor sortation device that utilizes a swing out arm to divert product from a conveying surface. This device does not actually contact the conveying surface, but literally impacts the side of the load bringing about a sideways change in direction to the left or right of the forward motion.
12) Impact diverters
A form of conveyor sortation device that utilizes a mechanically actuated push plate to divert a product from the conveying surface. This device does not actually contact the conveying surface, but literally impact the side of the load bringing about a sideways change in direction to the left or right of the forward motion.
13) Pop-up skewed wheel sorter
An in-line diverter conveyor that has wheels that pop up between the rollers of a powered roller conveyor or between belt conveyor segments and direct sorted items onto a powered take-away line. Fairly high speed sorting, in the range of 120 cases per minute, can be achieved.
14) Pop-up chain sorter
The change in conveying direction is limited to being perpendicular to the original flow. Such a system is not suited to high- speed sortation and is mainly used for a load transfer or simple directional changes. It is suited best to handling heavy loads such as full pallets.
15) Shoe sorter conveyor
The conveying surface consists of continuously linked slats. The linked slats move in a manner similar to a belt. Between each slat, along one side, there is a shoe that moves along with the slats. Each shoe is capable of simultaneous independent lateral movement from one side of the conveyor to the other at the same time as it continues to move forward. At the appropriate time, controls sequence as many shoes as necessary, depending on the size of the load, to move from one side of the conveyor to the other, contacting the side of the load, thus directing the load to one of multiple discharge or take-away lanes. The take-away lanes can be powered by gravity. At the end of the run, after the last take-away lane, and on the return (remember the main sort lines move like a belt), the shoes are all reset to their original side. Such sorters are capable of higher sort rates in the range of 150 cases per minute. Another name for this type of sorter is surfing sorter .