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Rapid & Accurate Parcel Sortation Technology

AUTOMATED SORTING SYSTEM FOR “SMALL TRAFFIC”

Setting The Scene


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The UKs largest dedicated parcel carrier officially opened its new purpose built, 15,000 square metre, parcel distribution hub in Warrington back in 2014. The facility was designed to support the continuation of growth of the company. The hub has a capacity of around 550,000 parcels a day – almost three times that of the previous site in Warrington. The facility’s purpose was to help with the developing requirement for next day deliveries, playing a key role in plans for international expansion. The site also provides a platform for further innovation. L-A-C Logistics Automation is now entering its 5th year, working with the multinational delivery company, in the development of automated solutions for parcel processing. Its latest challenge was to split small parcels from large to increase processing times.
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SORTATION

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50% Reduction In Labour Costs

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2x Space Efficiency Increased

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99.9% Sortation Accuracy

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3x Sortation Capacity Increased

The Challenge

The latest challenge was to introduce a sortation solution specifically designed to accommodate small sized parcels. 

 

Prior to the new solution the sortation of “small traffic” was a combined process with larger parcels. This meant that smaller parcels were harder to process and ended up being manually sorted.  

 

This operation could not service the capacity requirements. It was also reliant on sourcing labour to fulfil extra capacity which was problematic at peak. 

 

Separating smalls from larger parcels meant higher throughputs could be achieved utilising a more streamlined solution with a 99.9% accuracy of sort. 

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THE SOLUTION

L-A-C Logistics Automation provided a turnkey solution which was designed and simulated in-house. 

 

Induct/feed conveyors facilitated initial parcel separation, which was then further segregated using a flighted belt conveyor. Parcels were then fed to a volume and weight measurement system. The sortation system involved specially designed high payload diverts that transported packages to operator stations.

The operators could then check & reorient the parcels prior to induction onto an Equinox Split-Tray sorter. The Equinox sorter, with a speed of 1m/s, could accurately sort orders into 42 locations at a rate of 10,000 pph. The sorter’s reduced footprint ensured minimal disruption to current operations. 

 

L-A-C Logistics Automation modular software design and integration provided a seamless data flow with Evri’s WMS (Warehouse Management Systems), completing the final piece of the puzzle. This integration allowed for 99.9% real-time visibility, traceability, and control for quick decision-making and monitoring. 

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The Benefits


The solution provided by L-A-C Logistics Automation had several benefits for Evri. This unique automation approach has ensured a fast and flexible response to future e-commerce demands and has enabled an increased ability to handle parcels of such a shape and size in a controlled manner.
3x Sortation Capacity Increased
99% Sortation Accuracy
2x Space Efficiency
50% reduction in labour costs
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Operator Stations

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Bespoke Chutes

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Scanning technologies

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Equinox Bombay (Split-Tray) sorter

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BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TODAY

L-A-C’s team of experts are here to support you from concept to the finished system, working together to design and deliver a bespoke solution that meets your current objectives and future growth expectations, with favourable ROI. 

 

Across semi-automated and fully automated systems, L-A-C has the expertise and range of products to provide flexible and scalable solutions that will significantly enhance your operations and keep you agile as your business evolves. 

 

Join us on a pivotal journey towards a more efficient, productive, cost effective and sustainable future with L-A-C’s innovative automation technology solutions.



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