|Pouch/ Pocket Sorter consists of a series of pouches/bags which hang from an overhead trolley (one bag per trolley). Often used in picking operations, where items are picked into the pouches in batches (one unit per pouch).
Pouch sorters can store product in carousel type loops where products can be retrieved for orders. Helps returns processing. Returned SKUs can be put in the storage loops until a large enough volume of one SKU has been accumulated, then pulled out automatically to be boxed up for put away in storage. These sorters are often leveraged in the apparel and general ecommerce merchandise industries.
Most have a weight limit of 10 pounds or less, though certain models can handle goods up to 20 pounds. They can handle hanging and flat apparel, small hardgoods, and shoe boxes.
Throughput for pouch/pocket sorters typically ranges between 100-120 pouches per minute.
Pouch sorter for the innovative handling of flat-packed items for handling of flat-packed items like shirts, shoes or other packaged goods. This way, efficient buffering and sorting solutions for single parts can be implemented. By utilizing sorting pouches as load carrying units, instead of hanging garments, almost any product group can be buffered, transported and sorted overhead with this highly efficient system.
The pouches are unloaded at the workstations either manually or automatically. In fully automated processes, modified pouches are used.
The individual system modules are tailored to the needs of the customers in terms of size and performance: infeed of goods/loading of pouches (also fully automatic), overhead transport, buffering (static or dynamic), sequential matrix sorting, unloading of pouches (also fully automatic).
Depending on the respective project, various upstream and downstream areas complement the intralogistics installation: inbound goods and/or returns, quality assurance, value added services, packaging, dispatch and further individually adapted functions.
Pros: In the right operation, pouch/pocket sorters can be a highly effective means of sortation for a range of applications. They can also handle a wide range of product sizes and types; typically anything that can fit into the pouch can be effectively sorted. They can also sequence product packing so that heavy product is presented first to go on the bottom of the carton and lighter product last to go on the top. Products can be sequenced in style, color, size to expedite put away in a retail store.
Cons: While pouch/pocket sorters can handle hard goods effectively, they are not well-suited to handling fragile items or excessively large or heavy items.
|For the mail order and e-commerce business, the pouch sorter is a highly efficient and very economical solution in order to buffer single parts and to sort and ship these in exact sequences. Through its modular design, the system can be easily adapted, thus making such an approach economically attractive for small and medium-sized configurations as well as large applications. A step-by-step concept is easy to realize in the implementation because system extensions can be installed into existing modules.
Another key application, where the system can demonstrate its strength, is the handling of returns. By buffering the items in a pouch sorter, the time-consuming sortation procedure back to the warehouse is no longer required. If the items are ordered again, they can be quickly retrieved from the returns buffer.
A pouch sorter can be integrated in an existing intralogistics system or installed in place of a conventional solution. If implemented as system extension in existing plants or buildings, the performance of the established technology can be enhanced very economically through the three-dimensional mobility, i.e. the full use of the storey height.
|Garment-on-hanger (GOH) sorter is a type of pocket sorter wherein overhead trolley conveys garments. They are primarily used to process and ship garments and apparel faster, and with greater accuracy, than manual or other forms of automated sortation.
Induction to a GOH sorter is achieved manually or automatically by adding a mechanical device that synchronizes a screw conveyor with the hooks, which delivers the hangers to the hooks as they pass through the induction area.
The induction process can also be integrated with an automatic trolley stripper.
The garment-on-hanger sortation system has a variable speed controller, allowing the operations to optimize the travel speed of the garments, as well as the induction rate.
Pros: For an operation primarily concerned with garment sortation, the GOH sorter can be a highly effective means of sortating, buffering and sequencing. This can lead to reduced manual labor costs, decreased processing time, increased order accuracy, and overall fewer errors. Additionally, the mechanics of the system allow for the delivery of store-ready products without creasing.
Cons: GOH sorters are truly limited to garment sortation. So organizations having multiple types of products will likely need a consolidation system further upstream prior to shipping.