Bomb Bay Sorter (Flat Sorter) Technical Details:
Bomb Bay Sorters get their name from the action imparted when they discharge. The doors of the sorter open like the bomb bay of a military aircraft. Bomb Bay Sorters go by many different names including:
- Split Tray Sorter – This stems from the split configuration of the sortation conveyor’s doors, which can be opened independently, with each cell being comprised of up to four compartments.
- Flat Sorter – This is derived from one of the most popular applications for the sortation conveyor, which is the sorting of “flats” such as garments and envelopes.
- Drop Tray Sorter – This springs from the action of the carrying tray, which drops open, allowing items to fall into awaiting chutes or containers.
Generally less expensive than the cross-belt sorter or tilt tray sorter, Bomb Bay Sorters use split (or quartered), hinged trays to carry items to their sortation destinations. When an item arrives at its intended destination, the two halves of the tray drop open, swinging down and apart (like the bomb bay doors of a military aircraft) and allow the item to drop through and into a container below.
Driven by separate drive and sprocket assemblies and powered by a single or dual motor with variable frequency drive, the Bomb Bay Sorter, or Flat Sorter, is quiet and energy efficient. With its simple design and few moving parts, Bomb Bay Sorter, or Split Tray Sorter, is also easy to maintain and provides long term performance.
Notable features and capabilities of the Bomb Bay Sorter or Flat Sorter or (Loop Sorter):
- Up to 5,000 trays can be passed per hour, which in Quad tray applications (where trays are segmented in quarters) means sortation rates can be as high as 20,000 per hour. Multiple induction and operational areas can utilize a single sorter enabling virtually unlimited processing capability.
- Limited range of handling capacity: best for light weight items, including pharmaceuticals, jewelry, small parcels, books, multi-media, garments, accessories and more.
- Quick, accurate sorting capacity.
- Items discharged directly below conveyor.
- Sorting can be done into chutes, bins, sacks, totes, cartons, and more.
- Modular, compact design combined with minimal footprint make it ideal for tight spaces.
- High operational availability.
- Low noise.
- Low operating costs.