Automated Smalls Sort question.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by PT Crazy, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. PT Crazy

    PT Crazy Active Member

    They are building a new automated smalls sort. Not NGSS. Does anyone on here work in that department? How many union employees usually work in that department?

    Management is keeping it a giant secret. Maybe most of our department will be moved back to loading trailers. Maybe it is a good thing that I still load and unload too as needed.
  2. Northbaypkg

    Northbaypkg 20 NDA stops daily

    The automated small sort still requires a ton of people. You still need debaggers. Then you have inductors. In our hub, there are 5-6 inductor stations. These people basically place each small on the belt in an empty slot and that belt takes off for the scan tunnel. Then after the scan tunnel the smalls are automatically sorted into the correct bag. Then there's even more people who zip up the full bags, slap the proper label on it, and throw it on the belt. There's about 8-10 people that do this. Then depending on how many smalls you have, they'll still have stations using the old system where you have a person sorting the smalls into the correct bin that lights up automatically and a person on the other side bagging them.

    So no need to worry about less people. The automated system will have the ability to process a lot more smalls per hour, but will take the same amount of people to do it.
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  3. PT Crazy

    PT Crazy Active Member

    "Northbaypkg, Thank you for the helpful information!!
  4. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    This is why the board was created . I want to go ahead and thank you two . Keep up the good work.
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  5. burrheadd

    burrheadd KING Of GIFS

    This is why you’re The Best Mod ever
  6. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Thank you .
  7. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    No, they are not keeping it a giant secret. They clowns know as much as you. Zero communication at UPS.
  8. Superteeth2478

    Superteeth2478 Active Member

    Oh, eat my nuts...
  9. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

  10. Superteeth2478

    Superteeth2478 Active Member

    Don't get too excited, they're hairy and they probably wouldn't fit in your mouth. And no, that's not a challenge...
  11. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Hairy and unused , must be married .
  12. Rick Ross

    Rick Ross I'm into distribution!!

    If you're stuck bagging it sucks. I had to do it for a few days when ours first came in and my section was putting out 100+ bags an hour. That was in an automated building where they send huge packages to smalls, maybe yours wouldn't be as bad.

    They also wouldn't turn on fans because they were worried about letters being blown into the wrong bag but I see they now have fans aimed indirectly down the rows.

    In an automated building I think loading is now the best scanning packages and they are always standing around in the buildings I go into.
  13. eats packages

    eats packages I have depth perception issues

    whatever benefit they get finishing the smalls sort earlier gets lost on preloaders who have to deal with all the no-read pal labels that get slapped on em, bags arriving late in the shift. Not that it matters to a few of us who can sort and load old school.