A Quick Guide to Sortation Conveyors
What type of sortation solution fits your need?
Sortation Conveyors divert a product from one conveyor line to another. By using controls and multiple sortation conveyors, product can be sorted by diverting the product only to the appropriate conveyor. From basic pushers to sophisticated cross-belt sorters, distribution centers and warehousing operators have more options today than ever when it comes to automated product sortation.
There are many options for sorting and diverting loads. Which fits your needs?
Standard Sortation Conveyors:
- Slat Sortation Conveyors: Hytrol ProSort 131
- Slat Sortation Conveyors: Hytrol 421 & 431
- Sortation Belt Conveyors – Hytrol SC1 & SC2
- Right Angle Sortation Conveyor – Hytrol ViperSort
- Small Roller Transfer Conveyors
Slow-speed sortation (fewer than 30 cartons per minute)
Methodologies can include deflector arms or pushers. You need to allow more space between conveyed cartons when utilizing lower speed sortation.
Medium Speed Sortation Systems (from 30 up to 150 cartons per minute)
Pop up sorters are the most popular variation of medium speed sortation. Products or cartons are transported down the conveyor line until they reach a designated point, where they are diverted by wheels or popup rollers. This method lifts the carton slightly off the line and move it off, typically at a 30 to 45 degree angle.
Hytrol’s Model SC sortation conveyor is an excellent example of this way of diverting cartons from the conveyor line (page includes an illustrative video).
High-speed sortation conveyors
These are the high-velocity sorters that can divert anywhere from 150 to 400 items or cartons every minute. The most common sortation types for high speed applications are tilt tray, cross-belt, “bomb” bay, and high-speed shoe sorters. The first three kinds are used to select and sort individual items to workstations or packing stations. Shoe sorters are generally used for larger items.
Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Marketing Director with three decades of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. He writes on automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations.