Narrow Belt Sorter – Auto Parts Industry
|Victoria Wollenberg – Author|
Business Development Coordinator
Narrow Belt Sorters (NBS) in the Auto Parts Industry
The auto parts industry has several unique distribution challenges, this includes running “will-call” operations, managing 20-25 percent return rates from company stores, and handling a range of hazardous material SKUs. Inventory is organized into three major areas of the warehouse: standard goods, bulk goods, and hazardous materials.
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Many of the auto parts retailers stock as many as 200,000 SKUs for next day delivery items that are either picked from storage or received and cross-docked directly to the shipping area for open orders. Orders are picked to a single size tote and can be sorted by a right angle Narrow Belt Sorter to be diverted to a pack lane for consolidation to a shipping tote.
The NBS technology is a RightFit solution for auto parts distribution that supports a high rate of throughput; efficiently and effectively handles a plastic lidded tote.
Benefits of the Narrow Belt Sorter (NBS)
Some benefits of the Narrow Belt Sorter are:
- Throughput: Reliable, accurate 65 tote per minute (TPM) sortation
- Handling: High-friction rollers raise to grip and gently divert products at a 90-degree angle right or left, on-the-fly. Narrow Belt Sorters carry products at speeds up to 300 feet per minute
- Efficiency: Energy usage is 60% less than conventional sorters
- Flexibility: NBS diverts are easily repositioned to suit the application or to reconfigure
- Dependability: Belt mistracking is eliminated with the total belt retention system