Sortation is the process of distributing products, either by piece, case, totes, poly bags, or baggage to specific chutes (destination) for a more efficient means of packing, routing, or shipping.

You place the product on the sortation equipment one of three ways:

1) Manually: an operator places an item directly on the tray or belt.
2) Semi-automatic: an operator puts an item on an induction line that feeds a Tilt Tray, Belt Tray or Electric Tilt sorter.
3) Automatically: an induction unit or conveyor belt places the item on the unit.

Various Types of Sortation:

There are a number of different types of sortation technologies.  Contact ASI so we can help you identify the correct sortation technology for your facility.

Tilt Tray: Usually a mechanical tilting, wood or plastic tray system that can discharge to both sides of the system.
Belt Tray: Motorized belt discharges the product perpendicular to the unit’s travel, discharge to both sides of the system.
E-Tilt: Motor driven tilting, usually with a wood tray, discharge to both sides of the system.
Bombay: Typically, a metal tray that opens like the doors on an airplane, discharge is below the trays.
Sliding Shoe: Continuous linked slats with a shoe on one side that slides across the slat to discharge the item into its destination.
Narrow Belt: Pop up rollers, Various Angle Transfers, Flexible Sort Points.

Some of the benefits include:

Speed – Moving product quickly through the system.
Order Picking – Moving products from storage to picking areas.
Sorting – Moving products to their correct destination.

Where You Use Sortation

  • E-Commerce
  • Warehouse and Distribution
  • Retail
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Parcel Handling
  • Baggage Handling
  • 3PL
  • Beverage
  • Automotive

With increasing cost for labor, demands for faster and accurate order shipment, talk to ASI today to see how a Sortation system can fit into your material handling solution.


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