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1) 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.

2) Bombadier sorter

A device in which items are dropped down through swinging doors to a desired location.

3) 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.

4) Cross belt sorter conveyor

Another form of the tray sorter is where the tray is replaced by a short belt conveyor section with its direction of travel orientated perpendicular to the line of travel of the main train. At the proper moment the belt stepper motor is energized propelling its load to either side and the desired takeaway lane. See also Tray sorter .

5) Diverter

A device on a conveyor sortation system used to move a case/carton/piece off the main line.

6) Dock

The sorting or staging platform where shipments are loaded or unloaded.

7) 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.

8) 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.

9) Line shaft diverter

Roller diverters used in line shaft conveyor to sort and redirect materials along a powered conveyor line. 

10) Loading dock

The sorting or staging platform where shipments are loaded or unloaded.

11) Motor driven pusher

An electric motor driven conveyor sortation device.  See Pneumatic pusher .

12) Order picking

Order picking or order selection is the process of retrieving individual items (from storage locations) for the purpose of fulfilling an order for a customer. Schemes by which to achieve efficient order picking will vary widely. However, in all cases it involves locating the items in storage; creating a plan for retrieving the items; physically picking the items (either automatically or manually); sorting and/or assembling them into discrete orders; and in the end even packaging the orders for delivery. Although defined as a process, order picking cannot be achieved without the appropriate computer software and mechanical equipment, including the storage medium, such as pallet racks, shelving, AS/RS (including carousels) and flow delivery racks, and a means for transporting items from receiving to storage and from storage to packaging and shipment. A variety of industrial trucks and conveyors will be found in most order picking applications. Order picking may also involve robotic like devices for physically picking discrete items from their storage location. See also Warehouse Management Systems or WMS .

13) Package detection

The use of sensors to identify the presence of an object typically to actuate another device for the process of identification, sorting, sizing, etc.

14) 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.

15) 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.