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Complete sorting system technology for fast, optimised despatch

Supplier: Industrial Conveying Australia

Materials handling specialist ICA is now designing and constructing customised sorting systems for all industries by integrating high-level technologies to meet urgent demands.


This development will suit all industries ranging from general materials
handling to food and beverage, engineering, fast food, commercial goods and others.

The company recognises that the internet has allowed clients of a business to make orders from anywhere at any time and with an expectation of fast turnaround and delivery.

Specific difficulties arise when outgoing pallets and skids contain different stock – a situation that has traditionally made sorting and despatch cumbersome and time consuming due to lack of technological assistance.

But ICA’s technology has set the platform to rapidly exact all the necessary sorting before loading so the truck is easily routed on dispatch.

Managing director for ICA, Mr Don Erskine, says that by linking up with other sorting system specialists in Australia and around the world, the company is able to bring a whole range of equipment together that will handle anything from airports to overnight courier businesses, civil order picking, and general handling and dispatch.

“By utilising RFID technology and tracking and combining this with high bay warehouse systems provided by ICA we can provide turnkey projects that are engineered specifically for each client’s unique requirements,” said Mr Erskine.

“For example, a postal company could install a new sortation system so that the 10,000 items per hour it handles are automatically selected, picked and delivered from the major warehouse to a degree of detail that suits individual order requirements.

“We are able to solve most sortation problems and come up with modern solutions for almost any application across various markets including transport, food and beverage handling, retail, manufacturing and others.”

For instance, a chain of supermarkets would require a range of different
packaging sizes and quantities of deliveries to each store from a central

A high-technology handling and sorting system allows picking and placing of individual items so as to pack pallets according to the specific orders and these are even arranged in specific positions to suit the delivery route of the truck.

"Now with people ordering through the Internet, companies are potentially faced with orders from right around Australia and even the world, so there is greater belief that operators need fast, high-tech distribution systems to automatically select and sort the items,” said Mr Erskine.

“The fast food industry is another excellent example of a business that sorts a multitude of items from one centralised distribution house.

"During the delivery rounds the truck needs to drop of different amounts to different stores. This is automatically organised by the sortation system which optimises the truck loading sequence and routing.

"Sortation is an area of logistics and distribution which has been largely
ignored by technology until now.

“In particular, we have identified this sector as one to offer the largest saving in the retail industry in years to come by integrating various technologies available from around the world.

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