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What is a Sliding Shoe Sorter?

How is a parcel fed to a Sliding Shoe Sorter?

The whole process starts with an Induction Module where hundreds of parcels are dumped on to a singulation table. The singulation table automatically conveys the parcels towards one or two operators where they then place the parcel on to the main conveyor infeed. From there the parcel is guided down the conveyor to a gapping system where the conveyors automatically create a distance or gap between each parcel. The parcel is then conveyed toward the scanning tunnel. The scanning tunnel is where cameras are capable of scanning multiple barcodes on the parcel and also detects the length, width, height, and weight of the parcel.


How Does a Sliding Shoe Sorter Work?

A sliding shoe sorter is a slat conveyor where shoes and slats are designed to sort parcels to designated outputs that could be configured for chutes, gaylords, mail sacks, accumulation slides, runout conveyors, and more.

Each parcel is then moved onto a conveyor system consisting of sliding shoes and slats where they are then sorted gently into your preferred output such as a gaylord, mail sack, carts, or accumulation slides. NPI’s Xstream high density sliding shoe sorter Is designed to sort parcels, flats, poly bags, boxes and some irregular shaped parcels.

Use Cases for a Sliding Shoe Sorter

Many different industries have been known to use sliding shoe sorters which greatly benefit their operations on a cost and time saving basis showing fast return on investment. From the pharmaceuticals industry to eCommerce, automated sorters are becoming an industry standard for high volume distribution centers.

Reduced labor costs
Increases speed of shipping operations
Precise accuracy
High throughput
Gentle sorting of parcels


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