Sortation systems are used for merging, identifying, inducting and separating products to be conveyed to specific destinations. They are used when there is a fairly high flow of products to be moved to different destinations in a short amount of time. They are commonly used in distribution centers such as UPS, and the US Post office. There are several different types of sortation conveyors available that offer many options.
Diverter Sortation – Utilize stationary or moveable arms that deflect, push or pull a product to a desired location within the conveyor system.
Pop-up Devices – has one or more rows of powered rollers, skate wheels or chains that pop-up above the conveyor surface to lift the desired material and guide it into a different direction.
Sliding shoe sorters – Sometimes referred to as “moving slat sorters”, this type of sorter uses a series of diverter shoes that slide across the surface of the conveyor to engage materials and guide them to different sections of the conveyor system. They provide gentle and gradual handling of materials.
Tilt-tray sorter – They combine a sorting mechanism and a product transporter. They are usually designed in continuous loops with a compact layout and recirculation of products not sorted the first time.