Material Handling: Conveying and Sortation
Conveyors and sortation systems are the most common way to move and distribute parcels through a facility and to their intended destinations. Banner sensors, vision sensors, sensing arrays, barcode readers, LED lights and indicators play critical roles in supporting this equipment. Our products regulate the cycling of motors on a conveyor, help maintain the required space between products, identify and track parcels as they travel through the system, and verify that a parcel has arrived at its intended destination. Products from Banner help the systems at the heart of the facility operate more efficiently and effectively.
The iVu BCR barcode reader scans pallets as they are loaded, identifying that pallets are complete. This ensures that operators know what truck or warehouse location the completed pallet will be directed. After the iVu BCR barcode reader verifies the pallet, the pallet is taken to the warehouse for storage or loading dock for shipment. Banner Engineering’s iVu BCR barcode reader decodes a variety of barcodes, including DataMatrix, Code 128, Code 39, Codabar and many more.
Banner’s RP-LS42 safety rope pulls line conveyors as a way to indicate emergencies and immediately shut down conveyors. If a rope pull is used during an emergency, it can be difficult to locate exactly where it was pulled. A K30 indicator light can be paired with the rope pulls in order to provide indication as to where the rope was pulled. This allows for quick and easy indication of where an emergency occurred, helping to return to normal operations as fast as possible.
Banner’s Q30FF600 background suppression sensor confirms when a product enters the exit chute to ensure it came off the sortation system and that there isn’t a jam in the product chute. The Q30FF600 has long range sensing up to 600 mm, which is the standard width of many chutes.
PresencePLUS Pro II mini cameras are set up on induction stations of the sortation system for easy inspection of all items entering the system. The vision cameras can inspect and detect packages ranging from business card size to massive boxes, as well as detect packages of varying colors. The compact mini cameras and flexible mounting options provide a simple installation without the need for alterations.
Banner’s 30 mm mount E-Stop buttons work well in this type of application because they have an illuminated base that turns from yellow to flashing red when actuated. The red flashing illumination of the E-stop button visibly alerts operators which button was pressed so they can quickly and easily fix the problem to reduce down time and only reset the button that was activated.
Banner’s EZ-ARRAY measuring light curtains detect items as small as 5 mm wide with an edge resolution of 2.5 mm, and have high excess gain for detecting opaque objects. These features allow for reliable detection and measurement of packages that pass through the light curtains. The total number of beams blocked for each pair indicates the size, which is sent to a sorter as an analog signal. A PLC then diverts each carton to the appropriate storage location.
In large distribution facilities, sortation trays deliver products to the proper bin for correct shipment. Before sorting can begin, each tray needs to be empty so that items can be placed on the conveyor and sent to the next location. The 5mp VE Smart Camera recognizes very fine levels of detail and can detect items of almost any size, confirming the presence or absence of items on the trays.