An autonomous mobile robot (AMR) sorter from supply chain solution provider Fives has been installed by Swiss Post
The AMR technology was chosen for its compact and easy-to-transport nature, as the sorting system is to be moved to the Swiss Post site in Basel, Switzerland, after approximately 18 months. The site’s sorting solution was equipped earlier this year with Geni-Ant AMRs, two automated induction lines with dimensioning weighing system and 30 destinations to handle 2,500 items per hour in only 700m2 . For this project, Fives delivered an additional, larger Geni-Ant model that can handle items up to 1,200 x 600mm and operate at up to 2.5m/s.
Johannes Cramer, CEO of logistics services at Swiss Post, said, “Today more than ever, Swiss Post needs to react quickly to current and future logistics trends. We expect further parcel growth and will double sorting capacity by 2030. To this end, we decided to invest in innovation. Among other things, we have chosen to test Fives’ Geni-Ant sorter for our site in Basel. Together, we will eliminate weak points and ultimately find out how we can use this innovative technology in the long-term and how it can best enhance our workflows.”
Simone D’Archino, project manager at Swiss Post, commented, “We were able to connect Fives to our informatics in a very short time. We are now already able to sort more than 40,000 parcels per day – thanks to the automation even with a higher sorting depth, which benefits the entire network. Based on this experience, we can now evaluate how Fives’ technology can be integrated in Swiss Post’s network to boost speed and capacity of our deliveries.”