Tompkins Robotics t-Sort System

Remarkably flexible robotic sortation

Tompkins Robotics t-Sort is the world's first portable automated sortation system. This innovative robotic solution offers flexibility to meet seasonal peaks, requires minimal space, and is capable of handling a wide variety of products and parcels.

The t-Sort features independently moving robots that transport products across a raised platform from an induction station to a designated divert. This system is a great alternative to traditional sorters with faster implementation, lower capital cost, and the flexibility to add robots or induction stations as needed. 


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How t-Sort Works

The Tompkins Robotics' t-Sort Solution is a more flexible, efficient, and cost-effective alternative to a traditional conveyor sortation system. It consists of a raised platform on which independently-moving robots sort goods from an induction station to the designated divert. It's like having a tilt tray sorter without a track, where the trays can move independently along the shortest path to their destination. 

The t-Sort robots come in three sizes to handle a variety of different package and product types, from extremely small items to large, heavy boxes. The standard t-Sort robot carries goods up to 33 lbs, with two different tilt tray sizes or a crossbelt option. The t-Sort plus is for larger goods up to 66 lbs, with the option for a tilt tray or two different cross belt sizes. Lastly, the t-Sort mini handles small items up to 5 lbs on its tilt tray.

This modular system can be configured to any unique situation and easily expanded with additional induction stations or diverts added without disrupting operations. Induction can be automated or manual, and diverts can be bins, chutes, or conveyor. Typical installation can be completed in 3-4 months. 

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System & Robot Specifications

  • Sorting capacity: 2,000 to 50,000 pcs/hr
  • Grid size: flexible, typically 100-1,000 chutes
  • Charging time: 5-8 minutes
  • Robot working time: up to 4 hours per charge
  • Battery life: 5 years / 10,000 cycles
  • Battery type: Lithium Titanate
  • Divert angle & speed: variable

t-Sort standard robot

  • Travel speed: up to 2.5 m/sec (8.2 ft/s)
  • Sort mechanism: Tilt Tray & Crossbelt
  • Load capacity: Up to 33 lbs

t-Sort plus

  • Travel speed: up to 2 m/sec (6.6 ft/s)
  • Sort mechanism: Tilt Tray & Crossbelt
  • Load capacity: Up to 66 or 120 lbs

t-Sort mini

  • Travel speed: up to 3 m/s (9.8 ft/s)
  • Sort mechanism: Tilt Tray
  • Load capacity: Up to 5 lbs
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Features & Benefits


  • Independently moving robots are more efficient than traditional tilt-tray sorters
  • Typically requires less than 25% of space needed for traditional sortation systems
  • Fully-utilize footprint with multiple levels of t-Sort platforms stacked on top of each other

Cost Savings

  • Capital cost is 40% to 50% less than a traditional tilt tray or cross belt sortation system
  • Faster implementation, typically under 6 months
  • Faster payback period than a traditional sorter due to faster implementation and lower capital cost

Performance & Flexibility

  • Capable of handling a wide variety of products and parcels
  • Robots can be added as needed to meet increased demand
  • Diverts and chutes can be assigned on the fly
  • Seamless integration with warehouse execution systems
  • System can be expanded as needed without disrupting operations



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