Optimize your sorting centre layout on-demand, based on parcel supply

Postal & Parcel sorting centre, static manual layout vs. optimal automatic layout

Managing a sorting centre with an average of 50 to 500 chutes can be very demanding. Do you find yourself challenged with the right layout on a day to day basis? Depending on the supply of parcels and the growing number of delivery methods reorganizing chutes and containers is a time-consuming process. Because optimal chute assignment becomes harder with the increasing amount of products, it is difficult to manually change the assignment frequently. This results in more or less static chute assignments, which decreases productivity and efficiency over time.

Possible consequences are delays in sorting, delivery and the need for more space to temporarily store parcels increases. While this static layout of chutes may have been sufficient in the year’s past, with the increase in delivery methods such as evening delivery, delivery to retail, delivery to parcel machines or registered delivery, the need for “real-time” re-designing chute layouts becomes a must for the efficiency of a modern sorting centre. Would you agree that an automatically optimized layout can improve the efficiency in the sorting process?

Redesign with the help of computers helps improve the efficiency of your sorting centre and is now available for your sorting centre.


Re-designing chute and container mappings

Prime Vision developed a solution to redesign the layout of the chutes. For most operators that use parcel sorters, there are not enough chutes for every product and destination. Parcels need to be put in the right container at the chute, which represents the final sorting based on recognizable features such as the postal code, country, and specials. Deciding how to organize the containers per chute is difficult and time consuming: postal code ranges for containers at the same chute should not overlap, travel distance to the loading dock should be close, not too many containers should be used per chute, the load per chute should be more or less uniform, etc.

Based on smart algorithms, (using highly sophisticated mathematical optimization tooling), and the data read from the supply of parcels, the layout of the chutes and containers can be automatically optimized and improves the sorting process. Combined with our OCR readers the belt capacity increases. Especially when you add the “Chinese Address Reader” to your scan systems, even poorly addressed parcels from China are sorted with a high accuracy.

“We experienced a 10% failure rate in sorting, those parcels continued rotating on the sorting belt. When we implemented the Prime Vision OCR reader the percentage decreased to only 7%. In our centre we process 11.000 parcels per hour during 5 hours per day. The 3% lower failure rate means 1650 parcels don´t need manual sorting. The OCR reader saves us a lot of time and money.”

Once the system is implemented in your sorting centre, you will experience the benefits of automated chute and container remapping.


Benefits of an automatically generated optimal layout vs. a manual static layout

A sorting centre designed with a manually generated layout of chutes was sufficient until now. We expect the need for more optimal sorting centres in the future as a result of the constant changing supply of parcels and the increasing number of delivery methods.

When you are interested in an automatically optimized sorting centre with redesign of chutes and containers, contact us for more information.

Benefits summarized:

  • Maximization of the efficiency, create a ‘chute and container mapping’ that results in the least amount of processing time in total;
  • Avoidance of overlap in postal code ranges of the different products being sorted to the same chute;
  • Minimization of total load and travel distance of containers from chutes to loading spots;
  • Equalization of loads over chutes;
  • Equalization of the number of products that are sorted to chutes that need to be sorted again;
  • Minimization of changes in assignment with relation to current assignment;
  • Less manual sorting thanks to improved OCR recognition of parcels;
  • Better use of sorting area with dynamic chute layout;
  • Higher capacity of sorting belt.

Ask us how this chute remapping solution can be implemented in your sorting centre. Contact us today for more information on improving the efficiency of your sorting centre.