FORTNA Launches OptiSweep Robotic Solution to Automate Post-Sorting Process in High-Volume Distribution Centers

Mobile robots and software integration automate labor-intensive sorter destination changeover tasks in eCommerce and sortation facilities

ATLANTA (March 11, 2024) - FORTNA, a leading automation and software company for the full logistics value chain, today announced the launch of FORTNA OptiSweep, a robotic solution to automate the consolidation and transportation of small orders away from sortation systems in high-volume eCommerce and sortation distribution centers. This innovative solution automates what is typically a labor-intensive process by using Geek+ robots to collect orders from sorter divert locations and bring them to specially designed goods-to-person locations to deposit orders for bulk consolidation and outbound processes. FORTNA WCS™ software and its proprietary algorithms seamlessly orchestrate the workflow, managing the mobile robots and communicating with the sorter and consolidation stations to maximize efficiency and balance product flow.


FORTNA OptiSweep brings an innovative, proven and flexible robotic technology to the sorter close-out process, replacing both manual operations and legacy technologies such as the bombay sorter. Traditionally, high-volume distribution centers use large linear and loop sorters to organize packages into categories, diverting them down appropriate chutes into destination-specific bags. These processes often have workers assigned to monitor specific destinations, physically remove items and walk them to a consolidation station for downstream processes. The FORTNA OptiSweep solution significantly reduces these labor requirements and provides ergonomic improvements. It eliminates the need for workers to bend and reach into bags to move items and substantially cuts the distance and time spent walking in the warehouse.

"Labor challenges are ubiquitous across supply chains, and this post-sorting process is a prime example, marked by frequent over- or understaffing," stated Rob McKeel, CEO, FORTNA. "Businesses need automation solutions that provide consistent outcomes and can scale to match the spikes and dips of eCommerce. OptiSweep exhibits how FORTNA is merging robotic proficiency with unmatched design and implementation capabilities to effectively address issues related to labor dependency, variable throughput demands, capacity constraints and more."

FORTNA OptiSweep easily integrates with sorter systems and can match a range of throughput requirements, offering processing flexibility from 4,000 to more than 34,000 pieces per hour. This throughput does not come at the price of reliability, as the solution also minimizes the recirculation rate in high-volume distribution centers. By mitigating the need for excess labor to accommodate demand fluctuations, OptiSweep enables businesses to maintain prolonged runtime without disruption, scale effectively and optimize facility-wide efficiency.

To learn more, visit www.FORTNA.com/solutions/robotics/optisweep.

About FORTNA
FORTNA partners with the world's leading brands to transform omnichannel and parcel distribution operations. Known world-wide for enabling companies to keep pace with digital disruption and growth objectives, we design and deliver solutions, powered by intelligent software, to optimize fast, accurate and cost-effective order fulfillment and last mile delivery. Our people, innovative approach and proprietary algorithms and tools ensure optimal operations design and material and information flow. We deliver exceptional value every day to our customers with comprehensive services and products including network strategy, distribution center operational design and implementation, material handling automated equipment, robotics and a comprehensive suite of lifecycle services. Visit https://www.fortna.com/.

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