A European parcel express company was recently reviewing its internal material handling operations and has identified three areas to achieve:
- Reduce package handling costs per unit
- Reduce labour expenses and associated costs
- Improve service levels
Dynamic Volume and Weight Checkers are a key element of material handling processes in depots to simplify billing processes. In order to achieve accurate weight and volume readings, packages must be spaced apart and ordered in a single file line.
The Dynamic Volume and Weight Checker can't pick up individual packages if parcels travel side by side on the conveyors, giving inaccurate measurements, no-reads or interruptions in operation efficiency.
No-reads and rejects are recirculated within the system causing congestion, hindering parcel flow and incurs due costs on downstream operations. Side by side packages result in inconsistent operations and have considerable labour costs attached to manually rework the recirculated packages.
The Intralox Activated Roller Belt (ARB), was the chosen solution to automate the singulation of parcels and eliminate side by side parcels, decreasing the no-read rate and improving overall efficiency.
Intralox provided the components for the first installation on a No Cure, No Pay basis.
The ARB singulator technology consists of a modular plastic belt featuring an integrated roller that steers parcels to uniformly line up along the center of the belt. Each belt is designed to meet the customers needs for a particular operation or operate in a specific location. Systems may consist of multiple singulation conveyors if necessary.
Installation of three Intralox ARB singulators in three depots have resulted in successful business operations and a number of business objectives having being achieved.
It has significantly decreased no-read rates and in turn increased throughput capacity. Steady flows of packages for downstream sorting operations and reduced the reworking of packages.
- Reduced side by side packages by 95%
- Eliminated 74% of misdirected items
- Payback in approximately ten months