Every distribution system can be divided into five basic functions which it needs
to perform including receiving, product storage, picking for order fulfillment, sortation
and shipping. Although each of these sectors have experienced improvements
due to technical advances, sortation is where significant leaps in efficiency are
now being made with Dematic’s introduction of its FlexSort™ integrated sortation
FlexSort is defined by its unique system integration and the efficiencies that the
system provides to the high-speed sortation environment. The logic on how the
system is controlled is quite different. All sortation functions are controlled as if it is
one unified machine. From the pre-merge to the merge, to the transport conveyors
feeding the gapping, to the gapping function itself, to the linear sortation and finally
the take-away conveyors, the entire process operates with single-source control
and full integration.
The FlexSort system is also defined by its system-wide, distributed, variable-speed
control, which is uniquely based on how much product is being fed into the system,
and how much product is moving out. Unlike any other system, it will automatically
adjust its speed incrementally as required.
FlexSort is further defined by the absence of rollers and the extensive use of belts
throughout the system. Package control is lost with rollers, and FlexSort demonstrates
a maximization of efficient monitoring, routing and control of packages
throughout its entire system unrivaled in contemporary sortation operations.