May 17, 2020

SDI Group launch tilt-tray sorter for versatility, performance and value

automated material handling systems
George at Asda
Freddie Pierce
2 min
UK-based George at Asda and a French logistics company Eurodif are already benefiting from a newly-developed, tilt-tray sorter designed and built by a Germany-based materials handling systems operator
Follow @ShereeHanna Follow @AfricaBizReview SDI Group,the global integrator of automated material handling systems, has developed a highly versatile an...

SDI Group, the global integrator of automated material handling systems, has developed a highly versatile and fast, tilt-tray sorter suited to e-commerce, fulfilment and general applications.

The LS900 is a mid-range carton sorter capable of handling a wide variety of loads from packages and plastic bags weighing up to 35kg to individual items such as shoes, winter jackets and baby clothes.

Developed at SDI Group’s fabricating facilities in Germany, using mainly in-house designed and manufactured components, the LS900 tilt-tray sorter is the result of applied, proven SDI technology and brings together low-friction components, reliable drive motors, easy maintenance, and robust construction, in a modular design.

Proven in the field, SDI Group’s LS900 has been deployed at George at Asda in the UK and at third party logistics company, Eurodif, in France.

Using the latest high-accuracy Cognex camera scanners combined with SDI technology and in-house developed control software, travel speeds of up to 1.1 m/second are achieved, offering a capacity to sort up to 5,500 items per hour.

The design and modular construction allow for great flexibility in the way the sorter can be configured to specific needs – such as tray sizes, tray shapes and the number of chutes.

At George at Asda some 61 chutes are set on a compact foot-print and receive package sizes up to 800 x 600 x 400mm.

Low noise levels and gentle diversion of goods are ensured through the use of plastic covered rollers and spring balancers on the tilt-trays.

Gordon Smith, Chief Executive Officer of SDI Group said: “This is a break-through in tilt-tray sorter design that delivers high configurability, a robust and easy to maintain format, a minimal foot-print, fast sort speeds, high capacity and importantly, great versatility.

“We’ve used our experience in global markets, our specialist skills, and our proven technology to bring to market a fast and versatile tilt-tray sorter that offers value, versatility and performance.

“In a recovering global economy that will be looking for greater efficiencies in the way goods are transmitted through the supply chain to the end user, versatility and value will become increasingly important - we believe the potential for the LS900 is huge.”

About SDI Group - It is a £30 million global integrator of automated materials handling systems with operations in the UK, US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and Chile.

SDI has over 30 years’ experience providing innovative solutions for leading brands in retail, wholesale, fulfilment and e-commerce.

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Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

3 min
US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration. 

The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing. 

“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said. 

In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”. 

In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips. 

Support domestic production of critical medicines


  • A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”. 
  • The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.

Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries


  • The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”. 
  • The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”. 

Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals


  • An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”. 
  • The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.

Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages


  • The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing. 
  • Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”. 

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