TNT Express has chosen a Vanderlande automated sorting system for its new regional hub in Hong Kong.
The 7,380 square metre facility, almost three times the size of the former operations centre, is designed to handle up to 600 tons of cargo per day.
The sorting system consists of two posisorters connected in a loop, with one infeed section each from airside and roadside. Both infeeds are equipped with X-ray scanners, and are linked through in-line weighing scales to a central check-weigh-cube device and 5-side barcode camera system.
One of the sorters is used for slow-moving destinations, while the other is used for medium- to fast-moving destinations. For the fast-moving destinations, Vanderlande has created a special operator position at the end of the chute which helps the operator to build the Main Deck Pallets in an ergonomic and safe way.
“Vanderlande showed a good understanding of our processes,” said Rudy Kwisthout, regional director operations development at TNT. “They were capable of translating our requirements into an optimum sorting solution.”