The Skyfall system developed by Ferag has rapidly penetrated a wide range of applications ranging from automotive, construction chemicals, food & beverage and fashion logistics to hospital laundry logistics, to name just a few examples. The Swiss company’s latest innovations come in the area of loading and unloading conveyed goods, in other words the upstream and downstream interfaces of an overhead conveyor technology that is both highly efficient and tailored to economical energy consumption. The pocket sorters, which are used mainly in goods distribution, can now be loaded and unloaded automatically. In a parallel effort, the Swiss engineers have designed devices for users in the fashion sector that make the same thing possible for textile goods suspended on hangers. What’s special: with SkySorter, a random mix of pocketed and suspended goods can be automatically checked in, sorted, buffered and checked out again.
Ferag has newly designed SkySorter merchandise pockets with sides made of elastic synthetic fibres, built for optimal automated filling and emptying. The level of performance is highly impressive: “Being able to load and unload up to 2000 pockets per hour is unheard-of in this context; typical for the industry are rates of 800 to 1000 pockets per hour,” says Ferag CEO Jürg Möckli. He proudly points out the possibility to even fill several items into one pocket.
At the loading point, products automatically drop into the prepared pocket; at the end of the Skyfall line a tilting mechanism tips over the pockets so those items can slide out in a controlled manner. Small rubber flaps and retention flabs ensure that this is extremely easy on products. Conveyed items or items for sortation then proceed to goods issue or order picking and are packed for dispatch to the consumer. “Both of these new developments are interesting for Skyfall users looking to extensively automate their goods distribution,” continues Möckli. The only limitation: the weight of the pocket plus its payload must not exceed ten kilograms.
Ferag AG, with its headquarters at Hinwil in Switzerland’s Zürcher Oberland, specializes in innovative conveyor and processing technology. The company is regarded as the world market leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of postpress processing systems. Meanwhile the traditional, family-owned company is stepping up activity in intralogistics and the packaging industry. Like its affiliate companies Denipro AG, WRH Marketing AG with its 20 WRH Global subsidiaries, and PMC Print Media Corporation, Ferag is part of the Walter Reist Holding AG corporate group, which employs a staff of more than 800 worldwide.
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