Kentucky Patent of the Month – May 2024

Aegis Sortation, LLC, an innovator for the material handling industry, has been granted a patent for an automated sorter, achieving new levels of efficiency in package sorting processes. 

At its core is the smart bin, a sophisticated component featuring a moveable gate controlled by an intelligent system. This gate can shift between open and closed positions based on data received from sensors, ensuring precise control over the release of items.

When the sensor detects that the smart bin is full, the gate opens, allowing the accumulated packages to drop onto a collector conveyor below. These packages are then conveyed in logical zones to maintain their grouping throughout the sorting process. This system eliminates the need for physical bags, reducing the risk of mis-sorted items and enhancing overall efficiency.

The smart bin system is further integrated with a cleated conveyor and a hopper system. Packages are first transferred from the smart bin to the collector conveyor, then to the cleated conveyor, which moves them into a hopper. The hopper, equipped with a gate, drops the packages into chutes leading to designated areas for further processing.

Aegis Sortation’s innovation addresses the inefficiencies of traditional sortation systems that rely on physical bags. By grouping packages logically rather than physically, the system ensures seamless tracking and handling of items. The intelligent control of the gate via sensors and data inputs, such as volume and weight, enables precise and automated sortation, significantly reducing manual intervention and associated errors.

This automated sortation system represents a significant advancement in logistics technology, offering a more reliable, efficient, and scalable solution for package handling and distribution. With its innovative use of smart bins and logical grouping, Aegis Sortation is setting a new standard in the industry.

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