Tompkins Robotics

Tompkins Robotics

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  • t-Sort


  • Goods-to-Person
  • Dynamic AS/RS
  • Goods-to-box
  • Store Replenishment
  • Parcel Sortation


The t-Sort system performs much like a tilt tray or crossbelt sorter. However, the unique and exciting difference is it uses free moving, independent robots. This is the equivalent of having a tilt tray with no track allowing each robot to travel to any divert or induction station independently along the shortest path. This greatly enhances efficiency to maximize your operational capabilities. Robots, chutes, and induction stations can be added modularly at any time with no interruption or downtime. An additional robot can be added in seconds to increase capacity. A unique feature is that the system can be purchased on a seasonal or annual basis deferring the capital investment and fully utilizing the asset at all times. This is unlike a traditional sortation system that one buys for their long-term growth plan, purchasing excess capacity that may be underutilized for years. A typical installation takes only four to six months to go-live. A truly game changing aspect is the system is completely portable and can be relocated to a different space over a weekend.

Tompkins t sort robot

The standard system operates on two levels and allows sortation of a wide variety of goods. Individual items range from extremely small cosmetics to gallon containers of liquids. The system is ideally suited to handle apparel, footwear, general merchandise, single items, and innerpacks. Parcels sorted include bags, boxes, and mailers. Overall the system handles loads up to a 30 x 36 inch footprint. 

Tompkins unique system operates at table top level to move and sort small packages or product into order bins. The vehicles leverage a patent pending navigation aid on the table to keep them oriented and localized on the operating surface. The robots never leave the table surface and as a result, they don’t interfere with human workers. The robot operation can be stacked into two layers to double the production capability of the system.

Tompkins robots sorting

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Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at