GreyOrange high-performance Linear Sorter to enable high-speed handling at Ninja Van
GreyOrange, a multinational robotics company that designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotics and automation systems at distribution and fulfilment centers, and Ninja Van have announced the commission of the first high-speed advanced Sortation System, capable of handling 6,000 parcels an hour, at the Singapore hub of Ninja Van, Southeast Asia’s fastest growing last-mile logistics company.
Recognised as one of the world’s Top 50 Robotics Companies by Robotics Business Review, GreyOrange has been at the forefront of warehouse automation innovation, democratising such solutions for various industries. The sortation system for Ninja Van will further strengthen GreyOrange’s hold in the last-mile delivery space, after successful implementations in the e-commerce, retail and FMCG sectors across various markets such as India, Japan and Hong Kong.
Nalin Advani, CEO, GreyOrange Asia-Pacific, said, “The Linear Sorter has been adopted by many leading ecommerce and logistics companies such as Flipkart, Myntra, Delhivery, and DTDC among others, and we are proud to welcome Ninja Van to this family. Both our companies share a similar history in recent years operating in a fast-paced logistics industry that has seen explosive growth in ecommerce and last-mile delivery. We are confident that our high-speed sortation system will help Ninja Van set new industry benchmarks.”
Tan Bo Xian, co-founder and COO, Ninja Van Southeast Asia, said, “At Ninja Van, technology is always at the heart of everything we do, and we are always looking to optimise and automate processes to improve efficiencies. We have been studying a solution such as this since our early days, and are happy to have grown to the point where our volumes well justify the investment. The GreyOrange Sortation system allows us to operate round the clock with a much leaner team of staff, reducing labour costs significantly. We are also pleased that the line is very compact, optimising space utilisation while increasing productivity.”
The proprietary embedded system of the GreyOrange Linear Sorter combines advanced software and two lines of high-speed sortation conveyors capable of sorting thousands of parcels in various shapes and sizes including polybags, plus irregular and fragile packages. The system starts at the Auto-spacer where sensors determine how the parcels are spread to ensure gaps between the parcels are even. Each parcel is then identified by 1D or 2D barcodes where both its gross and volumetric weights are automatically recorded, before it quickly moves along the high-speed conveyor which sorts the parcels according to dispatch time, destination and other parameters as determined at different times of the day, including service levels such as same-day and next-day delivery.