Before the Hytrol system was installed, this company had gotten to the point where the mailing operation had begun to produce a negative impact on the company’s throughput. This new system removes any obstacles and allows maximum output while maintaining mail date schedules. The company’s unique operation is dependent on maximum product throughput to be competitive with the single step process that is common in the industry.
Prior to the new Hytrol system, the only automation in the building was nine slider-bed conveyors receiving product from the discharge end of nine presses. Product was bundled and banded, then placed into a tote or box and palletized directly off these units.
This new system is much more efficient and the whole operation is automated. As they anticipated, the mailing automation system has improved product flow within the facility, improved working conditions, and allowed flexibility in scheduling that had not been afforded in the past.
The Hytrol Model SC horizontal belt sortation conveyor provides a reliable method of tracking and sorting the company’s direct mail packages. The sorters feed into seven Hytrol Model 190-ACC sort lanes and one 190-ACC overflow line where the product is banded, strapped, sealed, shrink wrapped, and palletized.
Product (printed direct mail pieces) is placed into totes or cases and manually loaded onto Hytrol Model 190-ABEZ (live roller zero-pressure conveyor; EZLogic™) and Model ACC (horizontal power accumulating conveyor) which feed nine continuous vertical lifts (photo at left). Lifts feed into ceiling hung 190-ABEZ conveyors (photo above) that move product to the back of the facility where it is declined and fed into two SC sorters.