Automatic conveying, sorting, and handling

Intelligent sorters, conveyor systems, and handling systems for goods play a key role in logistics processes. They network warehouse areas with one another and ensure that goods as well as transport and storage containers are always in the right place in the goods flow at the right time.

We have an extensive portfolio of conveyor systems for single items, containers, and cartons, as well as for pallets. We also offer autonomous mobile robots for flexible transport tasks and overhead conveyor systems. Rapid dispatch sorters, dispatch buffers, pocket sorters, and flat-packed goods sorters are also staples in our portfolio. We also have a wide selection to choose from for efficient, automated handling of containers and cartons.

Pocket Sorter

EcoPocket: The pocket sorter system for e-commerce and omnichannel

Flexible pocket systems are indispensable, especially in e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment. Hanging goods and flat-packed goods – such as shirts, shoes or accessories – can all be transported and buffered together in one system. The EcoPocket is therefore ideal for applications in the e-commerce and omnichannel areas, which need high performance and a great deal of sorting. The pocket sorter system is equipped with RFID technology, so 100 % tracking, accurate identification and access at any time to any item in the system are all in the bag. Intelligent matrix sortation brings order to otherwise chaotically buffered goods and provides a reliable 100 % sequence, sorted according to the desired criteria.

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3 great reasons to choose EcoPocket

Together with Dürkopp Fördertechnik, we have more than 10 years of experience in pocket sorter solutions. Worldwide, more than 50 systems are running with more than 5 million sorter pockets. Our customers appreciate the value EcoPocket offers through its quality, efficiency and flexibility.

Quality
• Seamless traceability • Accurate identification • 100 percent sequences for any sorting criteria
Efficiency
• Processes flat-packed and hanging items together • Items available at all times without fuss • One-touch handling of returns
Flexibility
• Modular design • Scales up flexibly for growth • Design flexibility is ideal for plug-in solutions and retrofits

EcoPocket: An athletic pocket sorter system for DECATHLON

Employee at a work station in the DECATHLON logistics warehouse with a carton for e-commerce orders that is ready for dispatch.

Decathlon was planning the expansion of their e-commerce business. They wanted to find a compact system with a high throughput that could be integrated into their existing building. Their vast product range covers more than 70 kinds of sport. Smaller items such as backpacks or even camping items packed in cartons are conveniently stored and organized in the sorter pocket. The globally acting French manufacturer of sports equipment and clothing fulfills online shop orders and ships to stores from their logistics center in Schwetzingen, Germany.

Find out more about our solution at Decathlon here.

During seasonal peaks, distribution centers are doing a tremendous amount of sorting. Our intelligent Pocket Sorter is the perfect solution for this demanding task, as it has been designed to deliver maximum performance and accuracy. Flat and hanging products – such as shirts, shoes or accessories, irrespective of whether they are delivered by a supplier or as a return – can all be transported and dynamically buffered in one and the same system.

Portrait von Annette Sommer, General Manager Dürkopp Fördertechnik UK
Annette Sommer
General Manager Dürkopp Fördertechnik UK

Intelligently integrated: A sorter pocket for every situation

Woman at a Pick-it-Easy work station, a goods-to-person work station. The goods-to-person work station is suitable for the following manual warehouse tasks: order picking, returns processing, inventory, repacking and merging of goods, or value-added services. Behind the Pick-it-Easy work station, there is a picking robot, an automatic storage system, and an autonomous mobile robot.

EcoPocket + Pick-it-Easy work station

Poetry in motion. A central hub in the sortation system ensures maximum performance and flexibility in the modern omnichannel warehouse. It connects the Pick-it-Easy work stations to the sorter pockets in every sorter module. As a result, you can process any customer order from any work station.

EcoPocket + Pick-it-Easy Robot

Robot fashionista. Combining the powerful pocket sorter system and the Pick-it-Easy Robot results in an efficient no-touch solution for omnichannel applications, especially in the fashion and retail sectors.

Discover more about our intelligent pocket sorter solutions in our blog post and at Dürkopp Fördertechnik.

Sorting systems

A high-performance sorting system: Split Tray Sorter

The split tray sorter is a high-performance sorting system that reliably and quickly sorts flat-packed goods. The split tray sorter is above all suited for use in the fashion and textile sectors. The solution consists of belt tray elements, on which the right items are placed. The items are recognized based on their barcodes. At the target location, the tray opens, causing the single item to fall into a container or carton, or onto a chute.

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Sequencing, sorting and buffering orders: OSR Shuttle™ Sorter

The OSR Shuttle™ Sorter is designed for use in order fulfillment and distribution centers, especially in high-performance operations. It allows resources to be used effectively and more flexibly and evens out the peak and slack periods. The OSR Shuttle™ Sorter is ideally suited for omnichannel and multichannel applications as well as for the following tasks:

  • Supplying flow racks automatically and at the right time
  • Buffering, sequencing and sorting goods ready for shipping
  • Decoupling picking processes from shipping processes
  • Cross-docking

The flexible, scalable design of the OSR Shuttle™ Sorter is adapted to individual warehouse demands and can be easily expanded when needed.

Realistic animation of the OSR Shuttle™ Sorter from KNAPP, a sorting system that is well suited for high-performance applications. It allows resources to be used effectively and more flexibly, and evens out the peak and slack periods.

Conveyors and transport systems

Open Shuttles: flexible and simple transport processes

Our autonomous mobile robots, the Open Shuttles, make the design of flexible transport processes as easy as ABC. They connect different areas within facilities quickly and efficiently, bringing goods, raw materials and components to where they need to be. Since our Open Shuttles move around independently, they do not rely on aids for navigation. Thanks to integrated sensors and scanners, they constantly scan their environment, making them absolutely safe for humans. What’s more, our Open Shuttles are compatible with the VDA-5050 interface and can be easily integrated into existing systems.

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The modern conveyor system for containers and cartons: Streamline

Streamline, our universal conveyor system, is specially designed for flexible use in picking and distribution centers. As the heart and soul of intralogistics systems, it supplies many different areas in a warehouse with the right goods efficiently and reliably. Streamline conveys containers, trays, cartons and soft packaging with a weight of up to 50 kg (110 lb.)

The conveyor system is made up of modular building blocks. With one or multiple components available for every logistical task, the uninterrupted supply of different installations and machines is ensured. Thanks to the smart integration into our software, the right information is available at the right time.

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Three great reasons to opt for Streamline

Streamline was developed with efficiency, process reliability and smart software integration in mind to guarantee a standardized, end-to-end conceptual design.

Efficiency
• Automation as the link between all warehouse processes
• Components designed to meet specific requirements
• Fast installation and startup thanks to the modular system and high degree of pre-assembly
Process reliability
• Supports preventive maintenance digitally
• Intuitive full visualization
• Reduced maintenance times thanks to simple replacement of entire assemblies
Integration
• Complete integration into our software
• Simple interface between different systems and products
• Easy modification and expansion possibilities
The modular Streamline universal conveyor technology in use at Migros. You can see the fast-moving goods on the conveyors. It is suitable for flexible use in picking and distribution centers. As the heart and soul of intralogistics systems, it supplies many different areas in a warehouse with the right goods efficiently and reliably.

Streamline for intelligent automation at Wehkamp

Dutch online retailer wehkamp.nl boasts an e-commerce logistics center of the size of around 110,000 square meters (approx. 1,184,000 ft2). This huge space houses a modern logistics solution: Here, highly automated processes and manual processes mesh harmoniously with each other to provide optimal performance, elegantly implementing classic warehouse processes such as goods-in, storage, picking, packing, dispatch and returns handling.

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If you look at the solution as a whole, it’s a complete solution that interconnects all processes, making us extremely reliable and enabling us to serve our customers the way we promised. It’s a highly reliable, state-of-the-art fulfillment center

Portrait von Sander Bolmer, ehem. Director Warehousing & Distribution bei Wehkamp
Sander Bolmer
Former Director Warehousing & Distribution, wehkamp.nl

Streamline – Intelligently integrated

View of the OSR Shuttle™ Evo automatic storage system’s rack line. Two shuttles are storing containers in the shuttle system. One shuttle is moving into the aisle while the other shuttle is doing a cross run and changing to the next rack line. A LED strip on the front of the shuttle indicates the status of the storage robot. The OSR Shuttle™ Evo is low-maintenance and offers very high system availability.

Streamline + OSR Shuttle™

A powerful duo. Streamline and the automatic OSR Shuttle™ storage system are the perfect match when it comes to intelligent and scalable logistics solutions. Supplying the entire intralogistics efficiently and reliably, they meet the requirements of modern distribution centers.

KNAPP KiSoft SCADA

Streamline + KiSoft SCADA

Eagle eyed. Integrated Streamline into our KiSoft SCADA software creates the perfect tool for system monitoring. Thanks to intuitive full visualization of every system area, the operational state and status of each area is visible at a glance.

The new generation of pallet conveyor system: Powerline

The conveyor system is the main artery of an intralogistics system and therefore the foundation for efficient processes – our Powerline pallet conveyor system is all about maximum efficiency, the greatest possible availability, and high profitability. The basic concept for Powerline leans heavily on the proven principles and innovations of the container conveyor system, Streamline. Years of experience and new concepts thus converge to form a modern product, harmoniously suited to a modern warehouse.

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Three great reasons to opt for Powerline

Powerline fulfills all logistics functions from conveying, transferring, and diverting, to zero pressure accumulation.

Modular & flexible
• Precise adaptation in terms of size and investment thanks to modular design
• Shorter implementation time, quick startup and availability possible
• Easier spare parts management and maintenance thanks to end-to-end parts commonality
Maximum efficiency
• Each station can be individually switched on or off
• Work stations or transfer units can be integrated into the buffer conveyor without needing another drive unit
• Maximum energy efficiency thanks to state-of-the-art design and integrated EcoMode
Full visualization of all components
• Full visualization of the entire system to the sensor and actuator level with KiSoft SCADA
• Errors are quickly and efficiently located thanks to the intelligent structure
• easyUse operating concept creates modern human-machine communication

Handling, stacking and separating

Powerful, economical and efficient: Automated handling systems

Handling load carriers and documents manually is not only inefficient with regard to time and resources, it’s also boring and invites errors. Our handling systems can reliably and efficiently automate these processes to optimize order handling.

Containers and trays
Handling systems for containers and trays are used in order fulfillment and distribution centers and can handle the following tasks:

• Stacking
• Destacking
• Emptying
• Closing
Cartons
Our carton handling systems process cartons efficiently and automatically across various warehouse processes. They can handle the following tasks:

• Erecting
• Closing
• Placing inner cartons
• Opening
• Strapping
Palletizing and depalletizing
Whatever your business model, robot solutions for palletizing and depalletizing deliver the required flexibility and performance. Robots function extremely well in various processes:

• Depalletizing various handling units and loading them directly into storage containers
• Palletizing store containers or empty handling units layer by layer
• Stacking and destacking cartons and standard handling units
• Loading various container types onto dollies
• Mixed case palletizing of cartons or store containers
Paper handling systems
Paper handling systems are a flexible addition to warehouse technology in a modern intralogistics system. Our paper handling systems can handle various processes:

• Optimized serviceability because the components are easily accessible
• Incredible cost-effectiveness and time-savings with features such as “just-in-time” print data
• Quiet operation and on-demand energy consumption
• Uniform and easy user guidance with visualization

Secure Goods and Ensured Quality: Packaging and Transport

Our comprehensive portfolio of automatic and semi-automatic systems for packing and securing goods for transport ensures both the highest quality and security:

  • Bagging machine
  • Pallet wrapper
  • Banding machine
  • Strapping machine
  • Shrink wrapper

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