The warehouse sorting system is used for product classification and is one of the important equipment in supply chain companies. With the development of people’s demand for products, product classification is becoming more and more intelligent. The most important thing is the speed of product classification, which can be completed within the specified time. The warehouse sorting technology is continuously developing, and the technology has improved its ability and efficiency.

In today’s article, we will discuss what is warehouse sorting, the types and advantages of warehouse sorting, etc.

What is sorting in a warehouse ?

Warehouse sorting is an important part of warehouse management. It is used for goods warehousing and outbound, and is transported to the destination in the correct way. When products are warehoused, they need to be sorted.

For stock-out, if the warehouse performs batch picking, it usually needs to be sorted, that is, multiple orders are picked together. Then the warehouse operator will classify them according to the correct respective orders. After the sorting is completed, the warehouse operator will package the sorted order, and then affix a transport label on it, such as an air waybill label.

Sorting can be set according to the customer’s needs or the size of the warehouse, for example, it can be classified according to the customer’s part or the product’s initials.

Types of sorters for sorting system

There are various types of warehouse sorting, mainly divided into manual sorting, semi-automatic sorting and automatic sorting. The appropriate type can be selected according to the warehouse size and budget.

Manual sorting: product classification is realized manually, which is time-consuming, labor-intensive and error-prone.

Semi-automatic sorting: sorting is realized by manual combination with machine to improve production speed and reduce error rate.

Automatic sorting: set relevant parameters to automatically sort products and complete tasks within the specified time.

Benefits of automated sorting system

The automation of warehouse automatic sorting system reduces the overall labor cost. This is common in most automated processes. In addition, it also improves order accuracy and efficiency. Therefore, the order processing speed is also faster. Because it is automated, there are fewer accidents. Therefore, there are fewer broken or damaged products. In summary, the sorting system improves the overall order fulfillment. Other benefits include:

  • Reduce the double processing of orders
  • Efficient picking strategy
  • Optimize the use of floor space

Tips for better warehouse sorting

Conveyor sorters and barcode warehouse sorters are the most commonly used sorters.

Conveyor belt sorter: The cross belt sorter is a machine for sorting different types of materials – in the case of warehouses and distribution centers and different packages. The system usually classifies paper, plastic and metal products;

Barcode warehouse sorter: Barcode warehouse management software is used to control the movement and storage of products or goods in the warehouse, and process related transactions, including but not limited to shipping, receiving, and dropping. By using automatic barcode identification and data capture (AIDC) technology, you can easily extract goods from the warehouse.

Select the correct sorting system

Due to the variety of sorting systems available, it may be difficult for you to choose the right sorter for you. In this case, you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • What goals or throughput requirements do you need to meet?  
  • What specific applications do you use the system for (receiving, picking, packaging, transportation, etc.)?
  • What are the characteristics of the packages or items you handle?  
  • How many destinations or diverters are needed?  
  • What is the usable floor area of your warehouse?

Proper warehouse sorting system can simplify the warehouse management operation process and improve the overall operation efficiency.

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