How Pivot Wheel Sorters Work
Pivot wheel sorters use two sets of wheels that pivot independently and in sequence. Placed at each divert, the pivot wheel sorter spaces products out and allows for small gaps between each product. Adequate product spacing is required to ensure that the divert station has had time to cycle and prevents products from accumulating to create a disordered backup.
Sometimes considered alongside high rate transfers, pivot wheel sorters offer more application versatility. These transfers work well in all transfer applications but were specifically designed for high rate transfers within pick modules.
Pivot wheel diverts (PWD), although similar in name and sometimes referenced together, are angular diverts that allow products to maintain speed during transfers. Its modular design means it can easily replace any belted or roller conveyor section. Pivot wheel sorters, on the other hand, position cases for diversion – to the right, left or two-sided.