Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Mar-Apl 2017 Contents The concept of an order-
Beumer Group has already realised numerous
projects in cooperation with partners from
the intralogistics sector. Shuttle warehouses
with a storing and picking frequency of more
than 10,000 units per hour are best suited for
handling receptacles and cartons for A, B and C
items with high availability. When handling small
parts automatically, these storage systems are
well-established for these applications and are
particularly suited for fast growing companies
that store different types of products. A cross-
belt sorter ensures the connection between
goods receiving, put-away, the order-picking
stations and the goods issuing department. This
sorter achieves a high distribution rate of more
than 10,000 items per hour.
Besides distributing items and cartons,
cross-belt sorters are ideal for the gentle
handling of all types of products, regardless
of their size, shape or surface characteristics.
These characteristics help meet the specific
requirements of mail-order businesses.
Due to contactless energy supply and data
transmission, a belt tray sorter requires little
maintenance. Its modular structure permits
adaptation into existing buildings without any
loss of performance.
The cross-belt sorter consists of several
mobile flat belt conveyors. They are arranged
perpendicular to the direction of run of the belt.
This allows the transported items to be fed or
discharged either to the right or to the left of the
direction of run of the belt. The products are fed
onto the cross belt at a speed adjusted to the
sorter speed and the angle of induction. For the
discharging process, the conveyor belt moves
towards the discharge and the item is guided
gently into the destination.
Placing great emphasis
Beumer Group equips the sorter with modules
for order-picking stations. Additional sensor
technology is often installed to detect and
eliminate potential errors and increase the
successful sortation rate. Safe and reliable
sorting processes are guaranteed at all times.
Complete order containers are automatically
moved to the despatch department, whilst
incomplete order containers from each module
are shuttled back to the warehouse and empty
containers go back to the goods in department
to be filled again.
The delivery from the goods issuing
department to your doorstep, or to the
collection boxes, is usually ensured by service
providers. They provide a comprehensive
network of sortation centres, offices and
delivery service. Their systems are primarily
aimed towards the traditional package range.
The fact that delivery quantities are increasing
and delivery sizes decreasing at the same time
usually leads to their capacity being exhausted.
Delivery windows are becoming increasingly
more narrow and sortation periods shorter.
In order for the service providers to meet the
requirements of e-commerce, they have to
increase their capacities.
From manual to machine-
The capacity in existing buildings can be
increased by replacing manual unloading
with machine-aided bulk unloading. This
enables much higher throughput per gate.
Semi-automatic machines relieve the physical
burden of the employees, and at the same time
increase productivity. The personnel working for
postal operators and CEP companies can use it
to unload packages, parcels and delivery units
of different sizes and weights from swap bodies
and trailers at a high capacity. The unloading
capacity increases with smaller deliveries.
For the bulk stream to be efficiently
processed, packages need to be automatically
separated. Sortation machines need to be
matched to the discontinuous mode of operation
of a loop sorter induction unit. The result of the
separation is monitored by an image sensor.
Correctly separated packages arrive at the
sorter via a discharge unit, whereas incorrectly
separated deliveries are automatically returned
to the to the sortation unit.
Thomas Wiesmann is the sales manager
sortation and distribution technology with the
Beumer Group. For more information visit
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