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Unleash the Magic of Our Sortation Conveyor!

By Josh

January 14, 2021
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The Sortation Conveyor system

“Sorting through all your distribution problems”


What is Sortation?

The Sortation Conveyor is used primarily for directing products from one conveyor line to another. This type of conveyor integrates an introduction system, system merging, and sortation diverting methods to move products from one place to another. The Conveyor fits every operation’s need to identify, track, and transport products. The Conveyor speeds up the order fulfillment process making operations run smoother. There are a variety of sortation technologies used in the distribution industry. The sortation conveyors work best for operations with high output that requires products to flow to different locations. This type of conveyor system helps increase productivity while saving the company money by cutting labor costs. The Sortation conveyor style that will be the right fit for your operation application will depend on the size, the weight of the products, and how heavy the output traffic will be throughout the operation. The Russell Conveyor & Equipment sales team will assist in finding and building the right sortation for you.

How does the conveyor technology work?

The Sortation is a process that separates products sending them down to designated lanes to arrange and accumulate products for a much better and efficient means of distribution to increase productivity on the operation floor. The Conveyor is used when high quantities of products need to flow in different directions. This conveyor system is used to expedite the packing and shipping process at a faster rate. The identification process can only happen through a series of bar code scanners or take place in a “round-robin” situation that the cartons take turns moving to pre-determined lanes. The diverting type most commonly used with MDR Sortation Conveyor is a Pop-Up Divert. The Pop-Up Divert is a mechanism that rises when the product arrives at the destination and diverts the carton. The product can move at 30 degrees, 45 degrees, or 90 degrees.

What can the Sortation handle?

The Sortation Conveyor is the ideal solution for separating products from the in-feed conveyor lines to shipping lanes which, can be sent to the palletizing operations or packing lanes or any other sortation application a distribution operation might need. It is versatile and sorts through a wide range of product sizes and weights and can use photo-eye technology to push those cartons or divert them into individual lanes. They are, designed to meet growing demands from small order sizes to increased accuracy in shipping productivity. Conveyors are essential for moving products from one area of a facility to the next sortation systems separate products into individual lanes typically associated with an outbound destination. Various types of sortation and conveyor systems are often connected to comprise a fully functioning material handling solution.

What is the MDR Sortation Conveyor able to do? 

Some of the MDR Sortation Conveyor functions and features are as follows:

  • Sweeper sorters
  • Cross-belt sorters
  • Sliding shoe sorters
  • Tilt-tray sorters
  • Push tray sorters
  • Strip-belt sorters
  • Popup wheel sorters
  • Bomb bay sorters
  • Vertical sortation systems
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Why is the Sortation gaining popularity?

With the growing demand of e-commerce, sortation and conveyor systems have to evolve from transporting products for store replenishment to handling a wide variety of individual items and packaging types, including cases, totes, and cartons. This evolution has introduced new complexities as operators scramble to seek automated sortation conveyor solutions that address a wide range of emerging challenges:

  • Increase output to keep up with high order volumes and SKU proliferation
  • Improve order accuracy to minimize returns from processing
  • Develop cross-docking processes to alleviate storage and handling problems and requirements
  • Employ zone-skipping strategies to mitigate shipping costs and expedite deliveries
  • Automate end-of-line palletizing operations for manufacturing fulfillment environments
  • Integrate with warehouse execution systems to drive greater levels of automation

Why choose Russell Conveyor for your Sortation Conveyor?

Russell Conveyor provides the industry standard with the most robust and versatile sortation and conveyor systems for addressing today’s economic and escalated commerce and manufacturing demands. We offer High-Quality products to get tailored to fit every operation or distribution standard. At Russell Conveyors our Sortation Conveyors can include but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Case, tote and polybag conveyors
  • Pallet conveyors
  • Accumulation conveyors
  • Transportation conveyors
  • Vertical indexing conveyors
  • Sortation systems may include Shoe Sorters, Cross-Belt Sorters, Pop-Wheel and Roller Sorters, a variety of conveyors, and other automated sortation systems.
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What makes the Sortation Conveyor the most accurate conveyor system?

Sortation Conveyors is the most common and accurate sortation system. They provide intelligent solutions to everyday distribution problems. The Conveyor system will meet the growing demand for any distribution or operation that needs to fill order sizes, from smaller operations to large operations, to operations with a high shipping accuracy with frequent shipments to improve efficiency in the distribution operations. MDR Sortation conveyors are used to directing products from one conveyor line to another. These conveyors integrate an induction system, the system merges, and sortation diverts. These are tailored to each operation to identify, track, and transport products to expedite the order fulfillment process. These conveyors are best suited for high throughput operations that require products to flow to numerous locations. MDR Sortation conveyors help increase productivity while saving on labor. There are a variety of sortation technologies used in today’s distribution centers. The Conveyor, for your operation, will depend on the size, the weight of your product along, with the required high volume output. These systems are engineered for either low or high-volume production lines. This helps promote shipping accuracy and the ability to ship more frequently. They also increase productivity, labor savings, reduces cost, and improves customer satisfaction. Russell Conveyor prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with our customers. At Russell Conveyor, we guarantee that we will not sell you something you do not need, we pride ourselves on developing long-term relationships with our customers, and we will not replace parts that do not need fixing. We will only sell you, High-Quality conveyors and automation solutions, and our Sortation Conveyor is no exception to this. Call us today for a free quote and let us do the sorting for you.

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About Russell Conveyor & Equipment

Russell Conveyor and Equipment has been in business for over 20 years. We specialize in conveyor systems and material handling solutions. Russell is a family-owned business, and we take pride in our customer service and quality products.

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