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Choosing the Right Sortation Conveyor for your Operations

Top 4 Considerations When Choosing a Sortation Conveyor

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With multiple types of sortation conveyors on the market, it’s often difficult for end-users to know which one best suits their need. While choosing may be a daunting task, sortation is a critical part of an efficient operation. Assessing the following four points will get you started in the right direction.

1. Throughput Rate

The throughput rate, or the number of items your facility needs to sort per hour, is a fundamental consideration. High-speed sortation systems are necessary for operations with high throughput demands, ensuring that products are processed swiftly and accurately. Conversely, smaller operations might find that a less rapid system meets their needs effectively.

Assessing your throughput rate helps in determining the capacity requirements of your sortation system, thereby ensuring that it can handle peak loads without bottlenecks. By accurately projecting your throughput needs, you can avoid under or over-investing in your sortation solution, ensuring optimal performance and cost-efficiency.

2. Product Characteristics

Understanding the size, weight, and shape of the items to be sorted is essential. Matching the conveyor type to your product characteristics ensures smooth and efficient sorting.

Additionally, consider the variability in your product mix. A versatile sortation system can handle a diverse range of products, reducing the need for multiple specialized systems. This adaptability can be a significant advantage in dynamic warehouse environments where product lines frequently change.

3. Number of Destination Points

Assessing the number of destinations or sorting points your system needs to manage is vital. Complex distribution networks require sortation conveyors capable of handling numerous destination points without compromising on speed or accuracy. Ensure that the chosen system can scale with your growing needs, providing flexibility for future expansion.

The ability to efficiently route items to multiple destinations is particularly important for e-commerce and retail operations, where quick and accurate order fulfillment is critical. A sortation system that can seamlessly integrate additional destination points as your business grows will provide long-term value and support operational scalability.

4. Space Constraints

Evaluate the physical space available in your facility. Some sortation conveyors require more room for installation and operation than others. It is important to choose a system that fits within your spatial constraints while maintaining operational efficiency.

Efficient use of space can enhance workflow and productivity. A well-designed sortation system should optimize the available space, minimizing disruptions to current operations and allowing for easy access for maintenance and adjustments.

Finally, let us help you!

Advanced Equipment Company brings decades of experience in integrating sortation conveyors into various systems. Our well-trained experts can help you navigate these critical decisions. With our deep knowledge in material handling, we offer tailored solutions and comprehensive support to ensure you select the optimal sortation conveyor for your specific needs.

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Reach out to us or give us a call at 704-527-3141.  We are more than just a service provider; we are your partners in achieving excellence. Your success is our passion, and we are here, ready and eager to help you transform your vision into reality.


Written by AEC Sales Coordinator, Josh Hamrick.

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