Autonomous Sorting for e-commerce

Autonomous Sorting, sorting parcels using mobile robots for a flexible and future proof sorting centre

Benefits of Prime Vision Autonomous Sorting:

Flexible

  • fast implementation (weeks instead of months)
  • no decisive building requirements (existing buildings instead of building from scratch)
  • quick and easy change of throughput capacity and/or sorting directions (adding / reducing robots)
  • software/hardware independent

Scalable

  • easy extension of network through additional warehouse(s)
  • within warehouse, additional volume and/or sorting directions can be dealt with by just adding more robots

Financially attractive

  • significantly limited initial Capex due to asset-light infrastructure
  • competitive Opex due to reduction of labor and depreciation

PRIME VISION AUTONOMOUS SORTING

A STEP TOWARDS TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY AND ROBUSTNESS IN YOUR FULFILLMENT OPERATIONS

E-commerce has been growing impressively but how do your fulfillment operations keep up with this growth while labor is scarce?

Autonomous Sorting can help create a flexible and future fulfillment operation. Instead of fixed infrastructure, fulfillment centers of the future will make use of intelligent robots to sort parcels. Productivity and operations can easily be up- and downscaled as needed. Simply, all that is required is an empty work floor and a few days for the robots to ‘learn’ it for navigation.

OPEN AND FLEXIBLE

A founding principle of the autonomous sorting solution is that it should be low cost to start-up and operate compared to traditional “heavy metal” sorters in terms of sorting speed and parcel throughput. This means that there will be no barriers to adoption by companies seeking to integrate a more scalable and flexible sorting strategy. Significant lower capital investments are required compared to traditional sorters, and the solution can be quickly implemented at any location.

Flexibility also means adopting a design approach that guarantees open development and interoperability, especially independence between hardware and software. There are also many hybrid opportunities that utilize traditional sorting technology investments in combination with the new techniques.

HOW IT WORKS

This is how the system works. An operator scans the parcel and then manually places it onto a small conveyor that sits atop of the robot. At the same moment, the robot determines that it has a parcel and based on the barcode information, a destination within the warehouse is determined. This exit will be matched to the robot, which then calculates how to best find the destination and starts to roll. Once the robot has navigated the route and successfully arrived at its destination, it can either roll the parcel into a chute or wait for an operator to manually remove the package. To extend the autonomous process a step further, a robotic arm that operates in synchronization with the robots is in development.

RAPID AND ACCURATE

Compared with traditional solutions, Autonomous Sorting is an attractive alternative for manual operations.

The autonomous robots can rapidly and accurately perform the sorting at a lower cost per sorted unit than the current industry standard. The table below shows what is the most efficient combination of robots and amount of parcels per hour.

Downloadable content

Read more in the Autonomous Sorting leaflet

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My vision of the future would be large warehouses with enormous sorting machines will most likely disappear, and there will certainly be other recognition methods. Think about the concept of pop-up sorting-centres..

Bernd van Dijk

is Prime Vision’s Innovation guru.  With his MSc in Innovation management, more than a decade work experience in logistics and board seats in technology, energy and investment, Bernd is an excellent partner to explore strategic and tactical challenges and opportunities. Bernd leads the innovation department where customer and technological developments (a.o. robotics) are brought together.

My vision of the future would be large warehouses with enormous sorting machines will most likely disappear, and there will certainly be other recognition methods. Think about the concept of pop-up sorting-centres..

BERND VAN DIJK

is Prime Vision’s Innovation guru.  With his MSc in Innovation management, more than a decade work experience in logistics and board seats in technology, energy and investment, Bernd is an excellent partner to explore strategic and tactical challenges and opportunities. Bernd leads the innovation department where customer and technological developments (a.o. robotics) are brought together.

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