Divert Systems Conveyor Overview

Diverting conveyors and divert systems automatically sort, direct, and route materials from one line of conveyor to another, so that materials are moved to the appropriate destination. By automating this process, a conveyor diverter system allows for a streamlined and organized flow of materials that is efficient and fast.

There are a large variety of processes that allow accurate diverting and sorting, including:

  • Skewing of product
  • Merge systems
  • Photoelectric sensors
  • Barcode readers
  • Pop-up wheel sorters
  • Sliding shoe sorters
  • Narrow belt sorters (NBS)
  • Cross belt sorters

Each process uses a different method to sort and direct items to the correct place.

The type of divert system that is best suited for a particular environment depends upon several factors, such as:

  • Weight and size of items to be diverted
  • Throughput requirements
  • Conveyor speed
  • Conditions of the location
  • Budget
For in-depth details regarding Divert Conveyor Systems, please explore our Sortation Solutions page.

Benefits & Features

  • Efficiency
    By streamlining the route of material flow, conveyor diverters automatically send the materials to the correct location, increasing efficiency by reducing manual labor and reduce or eliminate jams and bottlenecks.
  • Faster Speed and Throughput
    Diverting systems combine speed and throughput rate, which is the volume of items able to be transported, to fully optimize the performance of conveyor systems.
  • Sortation
    Divert systems combine transportation and sortation capabilities together on the same line. By using these processes together, performance is improved, and value is added.
  • Automation
    Much of the diversion process can be automated to transport and sort using variables such as weight, barcodes, and destination. This helps streamline the conveying process.
  • Customization
    Lines can be customized in unlimited ways, for a truly customized solution to conveying needs. The high level of customization also allows for the option of future growth and changing times.
  • Error Reduction
    Using automation in sorting and diverting reduces human errors such as shipping the wrong product to customers or misrouting to the wrong area.
  • Continuous Reporting Data
    Many modern divert conveyor systems work in conjunction with software and sensors, which gives the operation real-time data on the product flow.
  • Cost Savings
    Even though the initial purchase and installation may seem complicated and expensive, cost savings occur relatively quickly. This is due to a reduction in labor requirements, elimination of human errors, and overall speed and efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a divert conveyor system, and how does it differ from other conveyor types?

    A divert conveyor system is designed to selectively redirect products or materials from one conveyor path to another based on predetermined criteria. Unlike standard conveyors, divert conveyors have the capability to make dynamic decisions about product routing.

  • How do divert conveyor systems make decisions about which path to divert products onto?

    Divert conveyor systems use sensors, scanners, or vision systems to gather information about each product on the conveyor. Based on this data and predefined criteria, they determine the appropriate path for each product.

  • What types of criteria can be used for diverting products?

    Divert systems can use criteria such as product size, weight, barcode or RFID information, destination, or even the current status of downstream equipment to make routing decisions.

  • What are the benefits of using divert conveyor systems in distribution and sorting operations?

    Divert systems improve efficiency, accuracy, and throughput by ensuring that each product is directed to its intended destination, reducing the risk of errors and congestion in the conveyor system.

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