A Guide to Shoe Sorter Applications
For gentle, medium-to-high speed product diverting, sliding shoe sort conveyors can be ideal
Conveyor systems with shoe sorters are the go-to method for carton or parcel handling divert applications, but aren’t limited to just those types of loads. Shoe sorters are gentle with the product, fast and reliable with lower maintenance than other sortation options. What are the best applications for shoe sorter conveyors?
Shoe sorters convey the product on slats (usually aluminum) that are perpendicular to the flow direction. Plastic or poly wedges called shoes ride on the slats as they drive conveyed product forward. When the product reaches a divert point, the system activates and the shoes glide smoothly along the slats to softly push the load to the correct lane.
A blend of medium-to-high sort speeds, highly accurate, gentle sortation: factors for consideration
Shoe sortation conveyor specs
ProSort 121 & 131
These models provide single-sided sortation for small, fragile items at 22- and 30-degree angles and high speeds. Speeds up to 450 FPM (121) or 350 FPM (131). Maximum product weight is 50 pounds. Conveying surface widths: 15″, 21″, 27″ and 33″.
ProSort 122 & 132
In contrast to the previous two models, ProSort 132 and 122 offer dual-sided sortation, but they provide the same speed advantages and ability to handle small, fragile products with 22- and 30-degree angle sortation. Speeds up to 450 FPM (122) or 350 FPM (132). Your package must be a minimum of 4.5″ long and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Conveying surface widths of 15″, 21″, 27″ and 33″.
Read more: ProSort Series 100
ProSort 1421 & 1431
Extremely fast (up to 600 FPM for 1421 and 350 FPM for 1431) and ideal when close divert centers aren’t critical with maximum product weights up to 100 pounds. Induction bed width range of 18″, 24″, 30″, 36″ and 42″. Package minimums are 9″ x 4″.
ProSort 1422 & 1432
Another high-speed option for gentle, 22- or 30-degree diverting for packages as small as 9″ long and 4″ wide, this time with dual-sided sortation rather than single. Speed: up to 600 FPM (1422) and 350 FPM (1432). Maximum load weight is 50 pounds per foot. Models 1422 & 1432 offer the same 18″ to 42″ width range as 1421 & 1431.
Read more: ProSort Series 1400
Consider the future; understand the present
Just as you would for any project, consider needs today, tomorrow and down the line. Integrate future expansion plans, market shifts and other external factors as much as possible as you move forward. Your operational objectives are always the guiding “true north” of the project. Shoe sorters are just one sortation option; consider what other technology might do the job better. Ask yourself what the core issues are when you must sort items. Always profile all of your loads–and potential loads–based on dimensions, weights and characteristics. How fast do you need to sort and at how many points? Have a thorough understanding of destinations and downstream processes.
It’s a lot to consider, and of course, Cisco-Eagle’s employee-owners are always available to assist you with an in-depth analysis of your needs.
Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Vice President of Marketing with more than thirty years of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. His work is published in multiple industry journals an websites on a variety of warehousing topics. He writes about automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations and those who operate them.