How can a crossbelt system be highly powerful and reliable?
Some may think that the speed and the general quality of the product are good enough, but when it comes to reliability and performance, we need to consider the overarching design phase of the technology we decide to install.
Only by considering how the hardware and software parts work together at their best, it is possible to reach and ensure high results. This refers especially to constant availability and higher throughput of the system.
The HC-Loop crossbelt system presents a simplified number of components. A thorough selection of the best-in-class motors, gateways, track steel profile, cell controllers etc. makes sure the system is available at all times.
But the holistic approach needs to take into consideration one other aspect of the system: the induction station.
The performance of the crossbelt is also the result of the performance of the induct and it translates basically in filling as many cells as possible. In other words, the most performant an induction station is, the most performant the crossbelt sorter will become.
The ideal combination of the speed of the belts, the optimal gapping of the parcels and the dynamicity of the motors turns into a powerful induction station.
Depending on the specific requirements, the number of diverts, and the type of product being conveyed, it is possible to reach the high throughput rate by using multiple inducts or even groups of inducts working together. A classic example is a group of 3-4 inducts and the synchronization among them is paramount.
Only an optimum logic can ensure the ideal operation.
Each induct unit needs to be highly flexible, in the sense that they can be configured for each specific need whether if it is an automatic induct, semi-automatic or also manual induct, handling from 1000 to even 4000 pph.
The high-capacity induct – normally used with automatic induction systems – is possible thanks to the optimized gapping and high-efficiency torque motors. Each motor is extremely dynamic and enables the parcels to have the perfect acceleration to enter the crossbelt, thus increasing the fill-rate.
In addition, in the HC-Loop crossbelt system, the sensors, and their specific positioning within the inducts, make it possible to book the cells upfront.
If a parcel might need more space than others, the logic will book some empty cells specially for it in advance, optimising the fill-rate and avoiding any queuing in the upstream of the induct line.
Depending on which configuration and capacity is required, the performance of the induct stations will also affect the footprint of the whole system: the higher the capacity, the more belts the unit must have.
At distribution centers where industrial space is at a premium, or for operations housing e-commerce-focused solutions in existing buildings, the physical space must be optimized.
The performance of a system depends on several factors, and the induction is one of them. The entire crossbelt system can reach its best only if the surrounding parts work in an optimal way.
Luis Antezana Vila – Sales Manager
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