General Logistics Systems (GLS) has chosen material handling specialist MHS International to automate its newly constructed 12,034m2 international sorting center in Sordio, on the outskirts of Milan in Italy.
The new hub includes a sorting center, offices and ancillary structures as well as a green outdoor area of more than 4,000m². The sorting center is equipped with an automated solution that has three main sorting systems and performs at an overall throughput of 22,500pph (parcels per hour). With an interconnected flow, two HC-Loop cross-belt systems will sort regular and small parcels and one automated linear system will handle and detect irregular items.
The supplier will support GLS throughout system design to production, installation, commissioning and aftersales. The project has been designed to be future-proof, with the possibility of further expansions.
Markus Augeneder, CEO of MHS International, said, “The project confirms our commitment to being a partner of choice. We are the one-stop-shop in the parcel market, and we aim to offer premium services through our solutions. The facility will contribute to a significant level-up of operations by processing all kinds of parcels that enter the hub.”
Klaus Schädle, group area managing director, GLS, said, “The new hub will serve the increasing volume of international deliveries, representing an important stage of our broader growth and business strategy. We have invested significantly in recent years to continue to offer our customers an extensive, efficient and high-quality service.”