Autonomous Sorting

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

Benefits of Prime Vision Autonomous Sorting:

  • Flexible and easily scalable solution
  • Short implementation time
  • Increased productivity and throughput of parcels
  • Future proof
  • Low investment compared to traditional fixed sorting centre with chutes

What is Autonomous Sorting?

In general sorting centres are static and lack flexibility to easily adapt to changing circumstances.

This is where Autonomous Sorting has the ability to create a flexible and future proof sorting centre. Instead of fixed chutes future sorting centres makes use of intelligent robots autonomously making sorting decisions for parcels. All that is needed is a flat surface and a few days for the robots to learn the different routes in your sorting centre.

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.

Behind the barcode, there is an address, and behind that, there is a sorting plan. The robot chooses the optimal path, based on where it has to go to, and as fast as possible. The robot takes into account other robots operating in the warehouse and accordingly deviates from any path already claimed by another robot. Nothing has been installed on the floor, the robots make the calculations themselves.

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.

The solution is incredibly easy to scale-up. Throughput can be increased by simply adding more robots, or extending the network through additional warehouses. The key to the system is simplicity. The solution can scale up or down one robot at a time. And with this comes robustness. – Because if a single robot fails, it’s only that. One robot. The operation will not fail or even halt. Quite simply, the next robot takes over the task.

Downloadable content

Read more in the Autonomous Sorting brochure

Interested in what we could do for you?

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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