Robotic sortation systems are becoming increasingly popular in warehouses and distribution centers. These automated systems provide a flexible and efficient option for sorting packages, parcels, carts, bins, or other items. This article will discuss what robotic sortation is and how these systems function within a warehouse, along with some critical considerations for selecting the right solution.
Sortation systems can complete both primary sort processes, from receiving to decanting into bins or totes, and secondary sort processes for customer orders. The high-level purpose of sortation is to get the right package to the right place. To do so, there are multiple types of sortation available.
Robotic sortation provides many benefits for warehouses and ecommerce order fulfillment centers because it makes large-scale, complex tasks simpler to manage and faster to complete. Robotic sorting improves order fulfillment accuracy and speed by reducing error and improving efficiency. Sorting items in a warehouse or fulfillment center is repetitive, and mistakes can be costly. Employees can only sort one item at a time, using significantly more effort to pick up each item from the conveyor belt than robotic sorts do. In addition, labor shortages in ecommerce fulfillment have strained large centers sorting tens of thousands of orders per day. Beyond the labor considerations, robotic sorting also gives your warehouse these additional advantages.
Companies should evaluate multiple factors for robotic sorts to be effective in warehouses and distribution centers.
Know the volume, space, and ergonomics of your operation. You will need space to install a sortation system in an area with enough operating room for the robotic arm(s) and conveyor belts. There should also be enough room to install carts or output bins. You also need to have space to operate within space constraints designed for your current human ergonomics.
Know the volume of items, parts, or products to sort and how it will scale over time.
Work with an experienced integrator to plan an end-to-end automation solution that includes the necessary technology for success. You need to create a collaborative system for both robots and human operators to interact.
Robotic sortation is the right solution for you if:
JR Automation’s extensive experience in ecommerce and logistics fulfillment can help you select the optimal system to meet your specific needs. Our production-proven robotic sortation platforms can reliably sort a wide range of products while interfacing with conveyance, put walls, AMR/AGVs, or other inbound/outbound systems. One example of customization is our specially designed RFSS Robotic Sortation System. The RFSS is a compact, modular sorter capable of handling items of any shape — making it the perfect logistics solution for any industry. Furthermore, our systems are highly scalable, designed to fulfill your current needs and seamlessly scale as future demand increases.