Everyone wants to talk about how fast their sorter is in Cases/Minute (CPM). However there are a few assumptions built into any such number unless people know the specifics of your application. Case length, or for most applications average case length handled, since case lengths will vary, and directly impact how many cases can sorted per minute.
In addition, keeping the sorter full and doing productive work is just as important. Just prior to the sorter, there will typically be merge and induction systems. The selection of the equipment here, which will be based on the application, is just as important as the sorter itself. And just as there is a wide range of sortation equipment, there is a wide range of induction equipment.
In the next segment, we will review the types of sortation we see and use in our normal business working with retail, e-commerce, parcel and manufacturing clients.