Australia’s largest automated parcel sorting system installed at $40m Perth TNT DC

TNT’s new 20,000-square-metre flagship depot at Welshpool, near Perth in Western Australia, is now in full operation with CROSSORTER, an automated parcel sorting system from Vanderlande Industries and Agito Group.

The CROSSORTER is reportedly the largest fully-automated parcel sorting system in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and was selected by the company as part of its strategic plan to become a leader in Australia’s express freight delivery service industry.

TNT officially opened the AUD $40 million depot in February this year. The depot is part of the company’s two-year $100 million investment to enhance parcel and freight delivery across Australia and internationally.

According to TNT managing director Bob Black, the new depot has the potential to redefine efficient freight transport.

“The new Welshpool depot is an important step in further improving customer service,” Black said in a statement.

“The advantage of developing on a greenfield site is that we have been able to plan for future growth and the increasing demands of our customers for efficient handling and innovative services.

Black says partnering with Vanderlande Industries has helped the company to move closer to reaching its goal.

The CROSSORTER 900 reportedly provides a high flexible solution for handling mixed flows of postal and express parcel products of widely varying sizes, including odd-shaped items such as bags, shrink-wrapped products and mailings.

The system can handle parcels up to 1.2 metres in length and weighing up to 50 kg. Flexibility and capacity are said to be maximised by the use of two crossbelts on one carrier.

“These can operate together to carry large items, or individually to carry smaller items on each belt,” Black says.

The two-belt CROSSORTER is said to offer a compact footprint, compared with conventional crossbelt sorters providing equivalent capacity with a single, large belt. It reportedly combines energy-efficiency, low maintenance and high availability to ensure optimum Total Cost of Ownership.

Furthermore, the CROSSORTER has a low noise level, which contributes to good working conditions for operators.

In addition to providing the sortation solution, Vanderlande will provide 24×7 after-sales service and support to TNT may require.

Vanderlande Industries key account manager Roald de Groot, says providing support throughout the life cycle of the system is key its service and will ensure consistently high system availability.

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