ACS Courier S.A. is the leading company in the domestic courier marketplace, by providing first-class courier services in competitive prices, within Greece and for all international shipments and worldwide destinations.
The Parcel Sorting System
ACS worked together with Kinematik to materialize a sorter
solution to fit exactly the needs of its Athens sortation hub.
Due to the fact that the sorter was to be fitted to an existing
facility, there were substantial limitations of both space
and installation duration.
Designed from the beginning, a pop-up roller sorter was selected. Build into modules, transportation and installation was completed in a weekend.
Moreover, to keep costs down a synchronized feed conveyor was realized by retrofitting existing supply conveyors. Both the retrofitted sorter feed conveyor and the DWS (dimensioning, weighing, scanning) system were integrated into the sorter system. Finally, sortation data are exchanged with the customers IT system by Kinematik Sorter Control Station (KSCS).
Sorter System Operation Description
Packages are unloaded on the loading conveyors, which
transport them to the gap creator conveyors, making sure
that the packages have the necessary distances with each
other to be identified correctly from the DWS system. After
identification the packages enter the sorter. Depending on
the chute that each package will exit, the sorter aligns the
packages to left or the right of the sorter conveyor. Finally
when the package reaches the exiting chute, the sorter
using a pop-up roller mechanism diverts the package to
the destined chute.
Heavier, larger and generally unsortable packages are conveyed on the bidirectional belt conveyor line located under the sorter. The bidirectional conveyor line is used also as a sorter loop.
• Pop-up roller sorter build from 5 modules, having 20
exiting chutes + 1 for overflow.
• Bidirectional belt conveyor line for unsortable items, acting also as a loop
• Retrofitting supply and gap creating conveyors in order to be synchronized with sorter feed conveyors
• Integration with the DWS system
• Engineering, Automation, Integration, Data Exchange
Capable of handling a wide range of products, such as cartons, boxes, totes, packages etc. Sorting capacity reaches 2500 units per hour.
Reliable and Accurate
Having sensors along the sorter and at the chutes, and due to the advanced sorting algorithm, the system can accurately track each package during sortation process and eliminates missorting.
The system has a very small footprint, for the best utilization of space. The secondary bidirectional line is placed under the sorter.
The sorter can run various sortation senarios, which can instantly change. Chute exit reassigning can be also easily performed.
The sortation system is controlled through an operator panel that signals alarms and warnings, allowing instant troubleshooting. Communication with customers IT is controlled from the Kinematik Sorter Control Station. Signalling lamps with beepers located near the chutes are used to notify when a chute is full, increasing productivity.
Personel and equipment safety is guarded with pull-rope switches along the conveyors and emergency buttons.
Consists of easily assembled submodule parts, which provide extra flexibility. Due to its modular and failsafe design, each part can be easily accessed and replaced, offering minimum downtime.
The system was designed especially to require the
minimum maintenance consisting of top quality materials
Based on the easy to assemble and troubleshoot philosophy, all the electrical connections are pluggable and each conveyor or exiting mechanisms can be disassembled in a few minutes ensuring reduced downtimes.