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Tompkins Robotics, a Tompkins International Company, Introduces t-Sort Plus

Published: Feb 20 2019
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t-Sort Plus is a new product offering in the t-Sort unit and parcel sortation system suite.

t-Sort Plus

Raleigh, NC - Tompkins Robotics, a Tompkins International company, introduces t-Sort Plus. t-Sort Plus is a new product offering in the t-Sort unit and parcel sortation system suite. The t-Sort system is an innovative robotic material handling system and has applications for both unit and parcel sortation. This revolutionary and innovative automated sortation system consists of autonomous robots. The technology is solving distribution and order fulfillment problems of leading retailers as they adapt to the realities of unichannel customer demands with unmatched flexibility and throughput.

The t-Sort system uses independent robots that can go to any divert and induction station autonomously along the shortest path. Robots, chutes, and induction stations can be added modularly at any time with no interruption to operations. Additionally, robots can be added for peak seasons and taken out of service when not needed.

The t-Sort Plus standard payload is up to 30 kg with a load size of up to 19” X 40”. The system has an alternative configuration for up to 55 kg. Induction is performed in a manual or automated mode. t-Sort Plus moves in any direction and is easily programmed to meet large item or parcel sorting needs. The robots run up to four hours on a five to eight minute charge, recharging automatically when needed. 

Tompkins Robotics’ designs can accomplish volumes ranging from a million units a day to a few thousand an hour in both large and small sites. The applications for this technology are broad and include eCommerce fulfillment, store replenishment, store-based fulfillment, returns, and parcel sortation.

The t-Sort system allows for lower investment, shorter lead times, faster implementation, and reduced space and labor. The system enhances fulfillment at the store and consumer level through its unique features. It facilitates retailers and supply chain operators to have a quickly deployed, mobile, and flexible solution for the ever-changing landscape and requirements of today’s marketplace.

Tompkins Robotics continues to help further evolve supply chain logistics automation, improving the efficiency of logistics operations.

About Tompkins Robotics

Tompkins Robotics, a business unit of Tompkins International, is focused on the robotic automation of distribution operations. Our primary system t-Sort consist of autonomous mobile robots that sort a wide range of items and parcels to consolidation points. t-Sort is the world’s first portable, automated material handling sortation system that is creating a huge paradigm shift in the supply chain and how the basic distribution function of order fulfillment is accomplished. We continue to expand this core system with complementary robotic systems to automate processes in fulfillment operations. Our systems maximize performance with mobile, scalable, flexible, and portable robotics solutions. We create profit and value for our clients; making them more agile and adaptable to the highly dynamic changes in the marketplace. For more information about Tompkins Robotics visit: www.tompkinsrobotics.com.

About Tompkins International

A supply chain consulting and implementation firm that maximizes supply chain performance and value creation. We enable clients to be more profitable and valuable, while also becoming more agile, flexible, and adaptive to the marketplace. Tompkins collaborates with client teams to develop improved operations strategies, supply chain planning, and execution across all the Mega Processes of supply chains (PLAN-BUY-MAKE-MOVE-DISTRIBUTE-SELL). Tompkins is headquartered in Raleigh, NC and has offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. For more information about Tompkins International visit: www.tompkinsinc.com.

In response to COVID-19 and limiting travel, Tompkins Robotics is now offering interactive virtual tours using a variety of stationary and roaming cameras throughout the facility.  We have the capability to demonstrate five t-Sort systems with various configurations, robots and functionalities.  The main demonstration system includes three different induction types: manual, robotic and A-frame.  Our systems are capable of e-commerce order fulfillment, store replenishment, backroom and parcel / postal sortation.  We can demonstrate the original t-Sort robotic system in multiple dual level configurations and an elevator system to move robots between the levels.  Our larger t-Sort Plus robots run on single level systems with both tilt tray and crossbelt options.  In the very near future we will demonstrate the new t-Sort Mini in an additional system. We have a wide variety of inventory to demonstrate products including general merchandise, apparel, grocery, fragile goods, odd sizes and shapes and a wide range of product weights.  You will also have a chance to learn about the technologies that are integrated into our system such as automated induction, automated charging, integrated weight and dimension capture, our proprietary wireless network and Warehouse Execution System (WES), new innovations such as our automated sorter exit solution and more.  And if mobility and flexibility are important to you, we can demonstrate how easy it is to reconfigure a system, remove or add a sort table, and even fold a table into a smaller footprint for move or transport.