Parcel Sortation System Control and Installation

South West England, September 2019

The Challenge

In 2019, Elmleigh was approached by a UK conveyor manufacturer to help with the design, assembly, electrical installation, and commissioning of a parcel sortation system at a local distribution centre for a large multi-national online retailer. The project required a quick turnaround of just 2 weeks, minimum disruption to avoid a drop in company output, and had a budget of £95k.

The Solution

Elmleigh worked with a large conveyor system manufacturer to design and produce 12 mainline conveyors, 8 sub-line conveyors, and 9 introduction conveyors with 12 harting adaptors and 2 VFDs for the incline conveyors.

On top of this, Elmleigh installed a sophisticated control panel system utilising a fully risk-assessed safety system which incorporated 20 pull-cords and 10 push-buttons on one global E-stop circuit.

The control system is housed in a free-standing, modular, powder-coated Rittal cabinet and uses Schneider control gear and Phoenix connection terminals throughout. Control of the automated conveyor system is through a Siemens ET200SP 1510SP-1 PN PLC with event logging and UPS, presented on a Siemens Comfort 22" HMI, uniquely repeated over Wifi to a remote 55" LCD TV.

The Outcome

Elmleigh were pleased to deliver the project on time and on budget for this large multi-national online retailer with minimal disruption. The new parcel sortation system and control unit has enabled the client to expand their capabilities providing them with the room they need to grow further.

Darren Cornwall, Commercial Manager at Elmleigh, comments: “This was a really important project for us as a turnkey supplier direct to the end customer. It was very last-minute with just 3 weeks between receiving the brief to landing on site with our custom-built control panel. Our mechanical and electrical teams were able to install the entire system, followed by software commissioning, to the customers satisfaction and ahead of schedule.”

If you’re looking for ways to redesign your parcel sortation system for better efficiency and increased capacity, talk to the Elmleigh team today!


Value £95K
Client UK Conveyor Manufacturer
Location Exeter
Time 2 Weeks

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