Automation specialist Beumer Group has announced the launch of a new sortation system for handling small and medium-sized parcels.
Installed for the first time in Germany, the system enables more efficient sorting of the growing number of small and medium-sized e-commerce parcels handled by operators such as DHL.
Being able to sort small and medium parcels separately from larger payloads sustains and complements many parcel operators’ ongoing strategies to deliver by bicycle in cities and by smaller e-vehicles in the suburbs.
Oliver Schopp, sales director for Beumer Group, logistic systems, said, “The sortation system requires only a 126 x 35m extension to the existing parcel center. It features a carefully planned floor layout that gives a natural one-direction flow, so materials never cross. The solution supports parcel networks as the number of shipments continues to increase and is implemented with a particular emphasis on making intralogistics as smart and sustainable as possible.”
The first-of-its-kind system processes the sorting center’s small and medium parcels separately from larger items in a new extension to an existing facility. On arrival at the center, the parcels will have already been sorted according to size. Once they have been sorted by destination, parcels are batch-accumulated in a compartment and released to a fully automatic roll cage filling station. According to Beumer, a system design such as the extension in Germany could expand a parcel center’s sorting capacity by 40,000+ parcels per hour.