Vanderlande Industries (material handling systems) has been chosen by Itella Corp. of Finland to supply a newly developed sorting line for parcels and other irregular items of widely varying shapes and sizes. The new sorting line will enable efficient, automated sorting of many items that up to now have been considered as 'non-conveyable' by conventional transport and sorting systems. The order was signed in March, and the new line is planned to be in operation by the 2013 Christmas peak season.
As a major logistics operator in Northern Europe with wide customer base, Itella handles and delivers a wide range of products, varying from basic traditionally conveyable products to furniture, carpets and sinks to tires and other large and odd-shaped items. Handling and sorting all these products by an efficient, labour-saving automated system is a big challenge – which is why Itella asked Vanderlande Industries to come up with a specially designed handling line for these items.
The line is based on Vanderlande's posisorter system, which provides positive, high-capacity and high‑accuracy sorting for parcels of widely varying shapes and sizes. This system will sort all the irregular parcels and products that cannot be handled by the loop sorters which are already installed in the Itella hub.
The new system for Itella features extra-high sorting shoes together with 25 chutes for output of sorted products for loading to their respective destinations. The posisorter has a small footprint ensuring optimum use of the available operator working area and building space. The conveyors have a closed deck, so that no objects can fall through or become stuck. Maintenance is quick and simple, with a patented 'plug-and-play' carrier design. The project to develop and install this new system includes a week for testing in the Vanderlande Industries Innovation Centre to define the optimum design.