Royal Mail has installed a new, fully automated parcel sorting machine which can process 180,000 parcels per day at its Tyneside Mail centre.
The machine – officially opened by Gateshead MP Ian Mearns last week – is an intelligent system of conveyor belts and scanning technology that automatically sorts parcels for despatch within Royal Mail’s network and uses its 200 sorting trays to process up to 10,000 parcels per hour.
Built by automated technology company Bowe Group, the sorting machine is about the same length as six double-decker buses and can handle a variety of parcel shapes and sizes weighing up to 31kg.
Royal Mail is investing in such machines to replace significant manual sorting processes that can be both time consuming and physically demanding.
Achim Dunnwald, chief operating officer, Royal Mail, said: “We are transforming the way Royal Mail processes parcels which are rapidly growing in popularity thanks to the boom in ecommerce and new online shopping trends accelerated by the pandemic. Our investment in state-of the-art parcel sorting machines and automated technology enables us to compete more effectively for business and meet the demands of our customers, while helping to secure quality jobs for the future of Royal Mail.”