The Linear Belt Sorter features a straight, one-way layout routing and a distinctive space-saving, “over–under,” circulating design, wherein sorter carriers return from the outgoing sortation run along the bottom of the sorter in a upside down orientation.

Linear Belt Sorter Technical Details:

Space is conserved in the Linear Belt Sorter by housing the take-away conveyor inside the sorter between the upper outgoing carriers and the lower returning carriers. A width of just 5.5 feet is sufficient to install a Linear Belt Soter with 16 inch x 16 inch cross-belt sortation carriers.

Like the Horizontal Cross-Belt Sorter, the Linear Belt Sorter (aka Vertical Cross-Belt Sorter) is comprised of a chain of cross-belt conveyors placed in a 90-degree orientation to the direction of the sorter’s flow. When a carrier reaches its discharge point, the motion of the sorter is converted into driving the cross-belt: a pneumatically actuated paddle engages a drive wheel mounted beneath the carrier belt, which triggers the belt to smoothly and gently discharge it’s load to either side of conveyor. This configuration makes the Linear Belt Sorter a highly efficient mechanism, requiring minimal space for parcel discharge.

Infeeds to the Linear Belt Sorter or vertical sorter usually start with an accumulating conveyor at the front end of the sorter, where goods can be placed directly on the line by hand or with the use of semi-automatic or fully-automatic feed lines.

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The Linear Belt Sorter is a linear conveyor that gently discharges items at a 90 degree angle to the conveyor flow.

Linear Belt Sorter Cross Section - Invata Intralogistics

Cross-Belt Carrier Cross Section: The cross-belt discharge mechanism is driven by the motion of the sorter, which engages a trigger paddle at the intended divert point.

Notable features and capabilities of the Linear Belt Sorter:

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Linear Belt Sorter aka Vertical Cross-Belt Sorter.

  • Sorts up to 12,000 cartons per hour, but multiple operational areas can utilize a single sorter enabling virtually unlimited sorting rates.
  • Wide range of handling capacity from a fraction of a pound to 80lbs of mixed sizes and shapes up to 48 inches in length, including cartons, totes, packages, food packaging, polybags, letters, padded envelopes, garments, multimedia, shrink wrapped goods, and fragile products.
  • High throughput sorting capacity.
  • Highly versatile and accurate sortation.
  • Parcels can be discharged from either side of conveyor.
  • Sorting can be done into bins, sacks, totes, cartons, and more.
  • Parcels maintain orientation during sorting.
  • Pre-assembled modular, compact design combined with mechanically driven belts are easily maintained as well as highly adaptable to future growth.
  • High operational availability.
  • Low noise: Carriers run on quiet polyurethane-encased rollers and rubber drive chain.
  • Low operating costs.
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The Linear Belt Sorter discharges items bi-directionally to either side of the conveyor, allowing a high density of divert locations within minimal space.

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