FKI Logistex (Frederick, Md.), has won a $20 million (17 million euro) contract from Norway Post to supply seven of its new Multi-Sorter systems. The new systems are for Norway Post operations in Vestfold, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, and Oslo. FKI Logistex is the first company in the material handling industry to supply this type of system.
The FKI Logistex Multi-Sorter design allows for the simultaneous sorting of flats, letters, packages and irregular mail fed from a number of different induction sources. Other systems require multiple sorters to perform these separate tasks.
The FKI Logistex Multi-Sorter design joins an electrically driven cross-belt sorter with high-capacity flat/letter feeders and automatic package/parcel induction units. The systems sort to totes, containers, unit load device (ULD) roller containers, and bags, and have a capacity of more than 14,400 items/hour. Multi-Sorter control and information systems provide image capture and read barcode data.
The Multi-Sorter design offers efficiencies to both small and large postal agencies and facilities. On one hand, Multi-Sorters handle the high volumes of unusually shaped or sized mail (irregular mail) found in large facilities that can justify automation. Irregular mail can include sample envelopes, blister packets, soft packets in odd shapes or without firm edges, cylinders, and small packets.
FKI Logistex begins the Norway Post project in Vestfold in early 2006. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2008.
Source: FKI Logistex North America