- Intelligent warehouse software suite
- High speed sorting system with split tray technology
- 14,400 trays per hour
- Configured with 120 exit chutes
- Automatic induction to the sorter with synchronous belt conveyors ensuring the product is dropped in the centre of the tray.
Conveyor Networks designed an intelligent automated solution incorporating hardware design and procurement and their Interface Manager software suite. Interface Manager is a suite of warehouse software modules able to seamlessly integrate with 3rd party systems. Managed via a single user interface (mobile or desktop) it is easy to use, requiring minimal training. With its multiple function modules it can be designed to meet any customer requirements.
For returns Interface Manager drives a high speed sorting system using split tray technology configured with over 100 exit chutes. The chutes are individual conveyors that present the sorted product to the pack operator. Improved letter order identification has been introduced via bar code labelling for each parcel.
The system now sorts returns products into packing groups – single, mixed or destruction and moves these batches of products to the packing point with all details of the customer order information retained by Interface Manager.
The pack area is equipped with handheld scanners so the operator scans the chute and the barcode to match address details for later auto application. The induct point is also configured with scanners, roller conveyors and colour touch screen monitors that the operators use to access the information held by Interface Manager. Returns orders are collated within plastic skips and the operator scans the contents of each skip. Weighing and volumetric software means the correct amount of books for each returns/destruction batch are packed.
Each product is scanned to the system and reconciled as “received”, the books are then synchronised with the sorting system and sorted to their destination chutes.
For despatch Interface Manager also controls a high speed sorting system. Products are picked and added to the conveyors. In this case the system takes the original store orders and uses barcode scanners to verify the product against the order. The system sorts the products by individual store destination orientating them to different sides of the conveyor so they are sent to the correct chute. The product is taken by the chute and presented to the pack operator who uses a handheld scanner to verify the order and adds it to a pallet for store delivery. Interface Manager creates an EDI manifest for product traceability and management reporting.
Dynamic chute allocation through the Interface Manager “drag and drop” graphic interface allows supervisors to optimise the despatch floor layout for each despatch wave.