Tilt tray sorter


Tilt Tray Sorters are probably the most versatile of all sorting machines. Aimed at larger and irregular shaped items, they provide an inherent facility for recirculation of items which differentiates them from many other sorting technologies. Above all, they provide for very high levels of throughput with a highly controlled sorting action, designed to minimise damage to items which can be associated with mechanical handling processes.

The Model 700RF Tilt Tray Sorter represents the most advanced sorter available today. It uses an electrical tip action controlled via a radio frequency signalling

system, which permits unprecedented levels of control over the items to be handled. It also enables facilities to be provided which have not been feasible with previous generations of tilt tray sorter designs, for example, tray banking on curve sections.

When this sorter is coupled with state of the art dynamic induction units, developed by Logan Teleflex, a complete, capable and comprehensive package for sortation needs is provided.


  • Linear Induction Motor Drive
  • Advanced LIM Technology
  • Non Contact Design
  • Maintenance Friendly Design
  • Totally Enclosed Sorter Track
  • High Availability
  • Controllable Tip Profile
  • Extensive Detection Arrays
  • High Performance Inducts with Re-Synchronisation
  • RF Signalling System
  • Hinged LIM Support Frame
  • Split Tipper Module
  • Tip On Bends
  • Plug & Play
  • Quiet Running During Operation
  • Modular Design
  • State of the Art PLC Controls

Application Benefits

  • Quiet, wear free operation
  • Reduced running costs
  • Reduces downtime for planned maintenance
  • Routine maintenance activities are simplified by design, thus are faster to complete
  • Eliminates problems associated with stray product, improves machine maintainability
  • Proven high reliability (typically in excess of 99.5%) with fast repair times gives high availibility
  • Minimises impact to products during sorter tipping and gives the ability to tip on curves
  • Minimises machine and product damage caused by exceptional conditions
  • Give high throughput rates whilst reducing operator attendance at induction points
  • Infinite number of software defined tip positions. Simplified addition of chutes. Tray banking on curves. Straighten trays where required
  • Gives easy maintenance access to LIM drives via drop down support frame, improves MTTR of sorter
  • Simplifies carriage replacement by eliminating the need to split the sorter train
  • Permits greater density of chutes per metre of sorter
  • Key maintenance elements fitted with plug socket connections: LIM drives, Tipper and Tray modules
  • Noise level of 62 dB(A)
  • Facilitates complex installations and subsequent modifications, simplifies maintenance activities
  • Use of standard PLC technology enables clients sorting/screening schemes to be complemented


  • Tray Pitch Options: 1200 mm
  • Product Sizes:
    Maximum: 900 x 750 x 900 mm (Single Tray)
    Minimum: 150 x 150 x 75 mm
  • Maximum Single Tray Load 60 Kg
  • Maximum Linear Speed 2 m/sec
  • Maximum Incline Angle: 10 degree
  • Induction Angles of 30 and 45 degrees
  • Track Bend Centerline Radius:
  • 3.0 meters (Speeds < 1.5 m/s,  All Pitches)
  • 4.0 meters (Speeds > 1.5 m/s;  All Pitches)
  • Totally Enclosed Track
  • Cable Routing Built Into Track Design
  • Tip Angle of 38 degrees

General Description

The Model 700 Powered Tilt Tray Sorter consists of a series of linked carriages powered around the sorter track by specially tuned Linear Induction Motors (LIMs).

Carriage Removal Without Splitting Sorter Train

The carriages comprise of powered tilting units, which support product-carrying trays. These trays are used for the transportation of products and can be energised to tilt to both sides of the machine at any software programme discharge position.

The tipping action of the tray is such that the rotational profile remains constant throughout the product weight range, without causing launching of the lightest product.

The tipping action is generated through the control of a specialisedbraked geared motor unit, removing the need for mechanical latches, cams and switch devices. This contact-less approach removes the necessity for maintenance and setting up associated with other mechanical designs. The other main benefit of this approach is that the tipping profile is not affected by the linear speed for the sorter.

When a loaded tray arrives at the required discharge position, it is remotely signalled to tip by a Radio Frequency (RF) sub system. When the tip has been completed the on board controller is instructed to straighten the tray prior to the next induction point ready to accept the product.

LIM Drive Mounting/Access Arrangement

Tilt tray sorter

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