SwitchSorter is a modular sorting system, which can be integrated with ease into existing systems. Due to the aligned design of the switch an additional drive is not required. High performance. Quiet-running and maintenance-friendliness are characteristics that make this sorting technology from GEBHARDT exceptional. A further strength is the efficient sorting capacity that can be attained with the SwitchSorter, with a throughput of 6000 packaged goods sized 600 x 400 mm possible every hour. Due to pneumatic pivoting, the system is able to sorting the conveyance goods to the left and right.
SpeedSorter CFK is based on carbon fibre technology, which makes this type of sorting device exceptional due to its extensive availability, high level of stiffness and optimised weight – emphasised by the use of deflection rollers with a diameter of just 20 mm. With conveyance goods sized 0.4 x 0.3 x 0.2 m for example, the lightweight 1.4 kg CFK flaps facilitate a sorting throughput of 7400 packaged goods per hour.
Horizontal crossbelt sorters are characterized by their flexible, space-utilizing routing with curves that also conquer inclines and slopes. Feeds and destinations can be arranged in various ways and optimized to increase the system’s performance. With an appropriate layout, it is possible to create several sorting areas with just one cycle. The horizontal crossbelt sorter is also perfectly suited for small spaces. For example, two crossbelt sorters with identical routes can be installed one on top of the other, i.e., doubled up. Horizontal crossbelt sorters can recirculate goods that have either not been recognized by identification technology or have not been discharged because all destinations were full.
The main feature of Interroll’s vertical crossbelt sorter with linear, straight routing («above – below») is its distinctive space-saving design because of its compact, modular approach. A minimum width of 1.7 m is already sufficient, e.g., for a vertical sorter with a crossbelt carriage measuring 400 x 400 mm. This configuration can also save valuable space, if full containers are transported into the sorter. This is unique on the market. The infeed on the vertical sorter usually starts with an accumulating conveyor in front of the actual sorter – a simple conveyor belt. Operators are able to manually feed goods directly onto this accumulating conveyor – a cost-effective and ergonomic solution. The accumulating conveyor can, of course, also be loaded via semi-automated or fully-automated infeeds.
Industry 4.0, cyber-physical systems, Internet of things – there are numerous tags that describe the current trend in production and logistics to more adaptability. But what does it mean in relation to the concrete realization of material flow systems? Within a cooperation project between the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) a plug-and-play sorter was developed, which corresponds with modularity and decentralized control to the requirements for simple operation and high flexibility. Goods will not be sorted as on conventional sorters by discharge of a line or a ring. The new GridSorter consists of a connected area of 90 degrees converters; it is a kind of chessboard made of conveyor modules, where every single one of them can process individual data and independently make decisions. The basic module of the sorter is the FlexConveyor.
F-RED-Sorter is a flat belt sorter based on a modular building block system with versatile configuration options. Optimum integration guaranteed. In the standard configuration the goods are transported by four to eight parallel running flat belts. The Discharge of the goods is managed either by a roller lifting table or swiveling skate wheels, with the possibility to discharge the transported material at an angle of 30 or 90 degrees. A discharged to either side of the conveyor is possible – depending on the setup. Discharge is executed during continuous operation – resulting in increased flow rates compared to other systems like transfer based ones.