CN110548683A - apparatus and method for sorting articles - Google Patents

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CN110548683A
CN110548683A CN201910867389.2A CN201910867389A CN110548683A CN 110548683 A CN110548683 A CN 110548683A CN 201910867389 A CN201910867389 A CN 201910867389A CN 110548683 A CN110548683 A CN 110548683A
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Abstract

The application discloses a device and a method for sorting objects, and belongs to the technical field of automation. The device comprises: the suspension type conveying chain, the cochain unit that links up mutually with the transport beginning of suspension type conveying chain, the suspension type letter sorting chain that links up mutually with the transport end of suspension type conveying chain, set up a plurality of lower chain units of suspension type letter sorting chain below, set up the first scanning unit on the lower chain unit and the show unit of being connected with first scanning unit electricity. This application is through setting up first scanning unit and display element on the lower chain unit for article loop through cochain unit, suspension type conveying chain and suspension type letter sorting chain after, the accessible display element checks whether article letter sorting is correct based on the article information that first scanning unit scanning obtained. Therefore, the staff at the lower chain unit can finish the sorting of the articles without manually scanning the marks of the articles, the sorting efficiency is high, and the sorting effect is good.

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Apparatus and method for sorting articles
Technical Field
the present application relates to the field of automation technologies, and in particular, to an apparatus and a method for sorting articles.
Background
In a logistics transfer system, an identifier is often set for an article to be transferred, and the identifier is used for indicating article information, such as a receiving address. Thus, the items can be sorted by the identification.
the related art provides a method of sorting articles. The method comprises the steps of firstly scanning an identifier to obtain article information, and determining a target downlink device according to the article information. Then, the articles are conveyed by the conveying chain toward an endless sorting chain including a plurality of lower chain devices, and the time required for the articles to reach the target lower chain device is estimated based on the moving speed of the articles. When the estimated time is reached, a lower chain device closest to the article in the conveying direction is opened, so that the article is sorted to the lower chain device, and the sorting of the article is completed.
However, the rate of movement of the articles during transport may vary, resulting in a bias in the estimated time. That is, after the estimated time has been reached, the one of the lower chain apparatuses closest to the article in the conveying direction is not the target lower chain apparatus, resulting in the article being sorted to the wrong lower chain apparatus. Therefore, the staff of the lower chain device needs to manually scan the identification to confirm that the articles are correctly sorted, so that the articles can be sorted, and the sorting efficiency is low and the sorting effect is poor.
Content of application
The embodiment of the application provides a device and a method for sorting articles, which are used for improving the efficiency of article sorting.
The technical scheme is as follows:
In one aspect, there is provided an apparatus for sorting items, the apparatus comprising: the system comprises an upper chain unit, a suspended type conveying chain, a suspended type sorting chain, a plurality of lower chain units, a first scanning unit and a display unit;
One end of the upper chain unit is connected with the conveying starting end of the suspended type conveying chain and used for lifting articles onto the suspended type conveying chain, and the conveying tail end of the suspended type conveying chain is connected with the suspended type sorting chain and used for conveying the articles onto the suspended type sorting chain;
the suspension type sorting chain is annular and is provided with a plurality of lower chain openings;
the plurality of lower chain units are arranged below the suspension type sorting chain; each downlink unit comprises a first part and a second part; the first part is obliquely arranged, the upper end of the first part is connected with the lower chain opening, and the lower end of the first part is connected with the second part, so that the articles sent out through the lower chain opening slide to the second part along the first part; the second part is horizontally arranged;
The first scanning unit is arranged on the lower chain unit and used for scanning the mark of the article passing through the lower chain unit to obtain the article information of the article; the first scanning unit is electrically connected with the display unit and used for transmitting the article information to the display unit.
Optionally, the display unit comprises: a display screen;
Each lower chain unit all corresponds and is provided with a display screen, the display screen is used for showing the article information of receiving.
Optionally, the apparatus further comprises: the alarm unit is electrically connected with the first scanning unit, the first scanning unit is used for transmitting the article information to the alarm unit, and the alarm unit is used for giving an alarm based on the article information;
The alarm unit includes one or both of an indicator light and a speaker.
Optionally, the uplink unit has a second scanning unit thereon, and the second scanning unit is configured to scan an identifier of an article passing through the uplink unit to obtain article information of the article.
optionally, the apparatus further comprises: a pick button;
the goods taking button is arranged on each lower chain unit and used for releasing the goods sliding to the second part of the lower chain unit.
In another aspect, a method for sorting articles is provided, the method being applied to any one of the possible apparatus for sorting articles provided in the embodiments of the present application, the method including:
Lifting an article by a chain loading unit to a suspension type conveying chain, wherein the article corresponds to an identifier used for indicating article information;
Conveying the articles to a suspended sorting chain by the suspended conveyor chain;
The suspended sorting chain is used for sorting the articles to a lower chain unit, the articles are sent out through a lower chain opening arranged on the suspended sorting chain and slide to a second part of the lower chain unit along a first part of the lower chain unit;
Scanning the identification of the article through a first scanning unit on the downlink unit to obtain article information;
And displaying the article information scanned by the first scanning unit through a display unit, wherein the article information displayed by the display unit is used for checking.
optionally, after the lifting of the article by the winding unit to the suspended conveyor chain, the method further comprises:
Scanning the identifier corresponding to the article through a second scanning unit on the chain loading unit to obtain article information;
Said sorting said articles by said overhead sorting chain to a lower chain unit comprising:
And sorting the articles to a lower chain unit through the suspension type sorting chain according to the article information obtained by scanning of the second scanning unit.
Optionally, the display unit includes a display screen, and displaying the article information scanned by the first scanning unit through the display unit includes:
and displaying the article information scanned by the first scanning unit through the display screen.
Optionally, after the first scanning unit on the downlink unit scans the identifier of the item to obtain item information, the method further includes:
And alarming based on the article information through an alarming unit.
optionally, the item information includes order information to which the item belongs, where the order information is used to indicate an order, and the method further includes:
for any one of the chain-down units, if two or more articles included in the order enter the chain-down unit, the display screen displays the order information of each article according to the sequence of each article entering the chain-down unit.
Optionally, after the sorting of the items to the lower chain unit by the overhead sorting chain, the method further comprises:
And if the goods taking button on the lower chain unit is detected to be selected, releasing the goods on the lower chain unit.
The beneficial effects brought by the technical scheme provided by the embodiment of the application at least comprise:
According to the embodiment of the application, the first scanning unit and the display unit are arranged on the lower chain unit, so that after the articles sequentially pass through the upper chain unit, the suspension type conveying chain and the suspension type sorting chain, whether the articles are correctly sorted or not can be checked through the display unit based on the article information obtained by scanning of the first scanning unit. Therefore, the staff at the lower chain unit can finish the sorting of the articles without manually scanning the marks of the articles, the sorting efficiency is high, and the sorting effect is good.
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Fig. 1 is a schematic structural diagram of an apparatus for sorting articles according to an embodiment of the present application;
FIG. 2 is a schematic structural diagram of a downlink unit provided in an embodiment of the present application;
Fig. 3 is a flow chart of a method of sorting articles provided by an embodiment of the present application.
The reference numerals in the drawings are explained as follows:
1 cochain unit, 11 second scanning units, 2 suspension type conveying chains, 3 suspension type letter sorting chains, 4 a plurality of lower chain units, 5 first scanning units, 6 display element, 61 display screens.
Detailed Description
to make the objects, technical solutions and advantages of the present application more clear, embodiments of the present application will be described in further detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings.
The present application provides an apparatus for sorting articles, as shown in fig. 1, the apparatus including: an upper chain unit 1, a suspended conveying chain 2, a suspended sorting chain 3, a plurality of lower chain units 4, a first scanning unit 5 and a display unit 6.
Wherein, the one end of cochain unit 1 links up with the transport top of suspension type conveying chain 2 mutually for on lifting article to suspension type conveying chain 2, the transport end of suspension type conveying chain 2 links up with suspension type letter sorting chain 3 mutually, is used for carrying article on suspension type letter sorting chain 3.
the suspension type sorting chain 3 is annular and is provided with a plurality of lower chain openings;
A plurality of lower chain units 4 are arranged below the suspended sorting chain 3; each drop link unit 4 comprises a first portion and a second portion; the first part is obliquely arranged, the upper end of the first part is connected with the lower chain opening, and the lower end of the first part is connected with the second part, so that the articles sent out through the lower chain opening slide to the second part along the first part; the second part is horizontally arranged.
The first scanning unit 5 is arranged on the lower chain unit 4 and used for scanning the mark of the article passing through the lower chain unit 4 to obtain the article information of the article; the first scanning unit 5 is electrically connected with the display unit 6 for transmitting the article information to the display unit 6.
Wherein for any of the lower chain units 4 a first part of the lower chain unit 4 is arranged obliquely with respect to the horizontal plane such that the first part forms a reference angle with a second part of the lower chain unit 4. In the present embodiment, the reference angle is set to an obtuse angle, for example, the reference angle may be 135 ° (unit: degree), 150 °, or the like, so that the articles on the first portion smoothly slide down to the second portion.
in addition, the electrical connection between the first scanning unit 5 and the display unit 6 is a communication connection through a wireless or wired network. Therefore, the first scanning unit 5 can transmit the scanned article information to the display unit 6 through a wireless (wired) network. After receiving the article information, the display unit 6 may also transmit feedback information to the first scanning unit 5 through a wireless (wired) network, where the feedback information indicates that the display unit has received the article information. It can be seen that through the above electrical connection, an information interaction between the first scanning unit 5 and the presentation unit 6 is achieved.
In the sorting process by the device provided by the embodiment, the articles are firstly placed on the chain loading unit 1, and the articles are lifted to the hanging type conveying chain 2 by the chain loading unit 1. The article can be a package containing one or more materials, and the article is provided with a mark. The identification may be used to indicate item information such as a shipping address, recipient contact, etc. The identification includes, but is not limited to, bar codes, two-dimensional codes and the like.
cochain unit 1 can be the conveyer belt that the slope set up, and this conveyer belt takes place to slide under power equipment's effect to drive the slope rebound of article, accomplish the lifting of article. Since the upper chain unit 1 is used for lifting the article, if the article is directly placed on the upper chain unit 1, the article may slip off during the lifting process. Therefore, the present embodiment provides the article and the upper chain unit 1 with the matched fixing structures respectively. For example, the article is contained by a package with a hook, the upper chain unit 1 is provided with a bulge for clamping the hook, so that the article can be hung on the upper chain unit 1, and the connection mode is stable.
After the chain loading unit 1 lifts the article to the hanging type conveying chain 2, the article can slide to the conveying starting end of the hanging type conveying chain 2 through the joint between the chain loading unit 1 and the hanging type conveying chain 2. Then, the suspended type conveying chain 2 conveys the articles from the conveying beginning to the conveying end, and the articles can further slide to the suspended type sorting chain 3 through the joint of the suspended type conveying chain 2 and the suspended type sorting chain 3.
It should be noted that the suspension type conveying chain 2 and the suspension type sorting chain 3 are both fixed by a building body with a reference height from the ground, that is, the suspension type conveying chain 2 and the suspension type sorting chain 3 are both suspended in the air with the reference height from the ground. Therefore, the air space is fully utilized, and the floor area of the device is saved. In the present embodiment, the reference height is not limited, and the reference height may be set according to actual needs or experience, for example, the reference height may be set to be more than 3.5 meters.
in addition, the suspended conveying chain 2 can be formed by connecting a plurality of sub-chains in sequence. For example, a first interface is disposed at one end of a first sub-chain, and a second interface matched with the first interface is disposed at one end of a second sub-chain, so that the first interface and the second interface are engaged with each other, and the first sub-chain and the second sub-chain can be connected. And the end of the second sub-chain not provided with the second interface can be connected with other sub-chains, and so on, so that the suspended conveying chain 2 comprising a plurality of sub-chains can be formed. The suspension conveyor chain 2 may also be provided with a fire-proof swing rail to ensure the safety of the transport of articles. Furthermore, one suspended sorting chain 3 can be used in conjunction with a plurality of suspended conveyor chains 2, and a plurality of articles can be conveyed to the suspended sorting chain 3 via different suspended conveyor chains 2, so that the conveying efficiency is increased.
after the articles reach the suspended sorting chain 3, the articles rotate continuously along with the annular suspended sorting chain 3. During the rotation, the suspended sorting chain 3 opens one of the lower mouths from which the article is fed out onto the lower chain unit 4 connected to the lower mouth. Since the first part of the lower chain unit 4 is arranged obliquely and the second part is arranged horizontally, the articles delivered through the lower chain exit can slide down along the first part to the second part.
In the process that the article slides from the first part to the second part, the first scanning unit 5 arranged on the lower chain unit 4 can scan the mark on the article to obtain the article information of the article. The first scanning unit 5 may be an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) device or an NFC (Near field communication) device, which is not limited in this embodiment.
after the first scanning unit 5 obtains the article information by scanning, the obtained article information is also transmitted to the display unit 6. Thus, a worker of the display unit 6 may check the article based on the article information displayed by the display unit 6. It can be seen that the staff need not manual scanning article sign alright confirm suspension type letter sorting chain 3 correct to the letter sorting of article, therefore letter sorting efficiency is higher, sorts effectually.
In an alternative embodiment, the winding unit 1 is provided with a second scanning unit 11, and the second scanning unit 11 is configured to scan the identifier of the article passing through the winding unit 1 to obtain the article information of the article. The second scanning unit 11 may also be the RFID device or the NFC device. The second scanning unit 11 can be disposed at any position of the upper chain unit 1, for example, at the joint of the upper chain unit 1 and the suspended conveying chain 2, and the disposed position of the second scanning unit 11 is not limited in this embodiment.
It should be noted that the information of the article scanned by the second scanning unit 11 can be used for the hanging type sorting chain 3 to sort the article to the lower chain unit 4. Wherein each lower chain unit 4 on the overhead sorting chain 3 can correspond to a sorting condition. In the sorting process, when the second scanning unit 11 scans the article information, the lower chain unit 4 corresponding to the sorting condition satisfied by the article information may be determined as the target lower chain unit. Then, the time required for the article to reach the target lower chain unit is estimated according to the moving speed of the article, and after the estimated time is reached, the lower chain unit 4 closest to the article in the conveying direction is opened, so that the article is sent out through the lower chain port and slides down to the lower chain unit 4, and sorting is completed.
In this embodiment, the sorting condition may be an order condition, for example, the plurality of drop link units 4 correspond to the order a, the order B, and the order C, respectively, and the article information may be order information to which the article belongs. For example, if the scanned item belongs to the order a, the drop chain unit 4 corresponding to the order a may be determined as the target drop chain unit, so as to complete the sorting in the manner described above. Of course, the sorting condition is not limited in this embodiment, and other article information may be used as the sorting condition as needed, for example, a mobile phone tail number of a receiver may be used as the sorting condition.
Alternatively, referring to fig. 2, the display unit 6 comprises: a display screen 61, the display screen 61 includes but is not limited to an LED (Light Emitting Diode) display screen. Wherein, each lower chain unit 4 is correspondingly provided with a display screen 61, and the display screen 61 is used for displaying the received article information. Since the first scanning unit 5 transmits the scanned article information to the display screen 61, the display screen 61 can receive the article information and display the article information, so that the staff at the lower chain unit 4 where the display screen 61 is located can check whether the articles are sorted correctly based on the displayed article information.
The display screen 61 correspondingly disposed on the lower chain unit 4 may be directly and fixedly connected to the lower chain unit 4, or may be disposed at a reference position around the lower chain unit 4 without being connected to the lower chain unit 4. In the present embodiment, the position where the display screen 61 is disposed is not limited as long as it is satisfied that the worker at the drop-link unit 4 can view the article information displayed on the display screen 61.
for example, if the order to which the item scanned by the first scanning unit 5 belongs is an order a, the display screen 61 may display that the item belongs to the order a. If the article is sorted to the lower chain unit 4 with the sorting condition of the order a, the staff at the lower chain unit 4 with the order a watches the sorting result to be matched with the sorting condition through the display screen 61, and then the correct sorting check result can be obtained. If the article is sorted to the lower chain unit 4 with the sorting condition of the B order, the worker at the lower chain unit 4 of the B order can see through the display screen 61 that the sorting result is not matched with the sorting condition, and a checking result of a sorting error can be obtained, and the worker at the lower chain unit 4 of the B order can take the article off the second part of the lower chain unit 4 and send the article to the lower chain unit 4 of the a order.
further, the item information displayed by the display screen 61 can also be used for ordering the items belonging to the same order. For example, if the display screens 61 correspondingly arranged in the two lower chain units 4 both display that the article belongs to the order a, it indicates that the articles on the two lower chain units 4 are both the articles in the order a. Therefore, the articles on the two lower chain units 4 can be combined and packed, so that the combination is realized.
in addition, it is possible to use the same suspended sorting chain 3 with a plurality of different suspended conveyor chains 2, as is clear from the above description. Thus, if the same order comprises a plurality of articles originating from different overhead conveyor chains 2, the articles comprised by the same order may arrive at the overhead sorting chains 3 in sequence with a certain time interval. In the related art, if all the articles included in the same order do not reach the hanging type sorting chain 3, the reached articles will stay on the hanging type sorting chain 3 until all the articles included in the order reach the hanging type sorting chain 3, and then all the articles are sorted to the same lower chain unit 4. It can be seen that the related art not only increases the power consumption required for the operation of the suspended sorting chain 3, but also makes the sorting efficiency low.
based on the above consideration, the item information in this embodiment may further include order information to which the item belongs, and the order information is used to indicate an order. Any article can be sorted directly to the lower chain unit 4 after reaching the suspended sorting chain 3, and the display 61 of the lower chain unit 4 displays the order information for each article in the order in which the articles entered the lower chain unit 4. Under the condition that a plurality of articles included in the same order enter the lower chain unit 4 at certain time intervals, the staff at the lower chain unit 4 can still determine all the articles belonging to the same order according to the order information of the articles displayed in sequence on the display screen 61, so that all the articles belonging to the same order are packed.
for example, order A includes item A1 and item A2, and order B includes item B1 and item B2. If the above-mentioned items enter the same lower chain unit 4 in accordance with items a1, B1, a2, B2, the display screen 61 may display A, B, A, B in the order of entry. The worker can thus package the first and third items as order a and the second and fourth items as order B by viewing display 61.
In this embodiment, the display 61 may further display (the order of the current item to the drop-link unit among all items/the total number of items included in the order to which the current item belongs) to prompt the staff whether all the items included in the same order arrive, so that the staff can select an appropriate packing time. For example, still taking the example above where order A includes items A1 and A2, then item A1 is displayed on display 61 when it arrives at drop chain unit 4 (1/2), and item A2 is displayed on display 61 when it arrives at drop chain unit 4 (2/2), thus providing a visual completion prompt.
Further, still referring to fig. 2, the device provided in this embodiment further includes a pick button. Each lower chain unit 4 has a pick button thereon for releasing an article that has slipped down to the second portion of the lower chain unit 4, i.e. causing the article of the second portion to slip off the second portion. In practice, the second portion may be provided with a projection. When the goods taking button is not selected, the protruding piece protrudes out of the surface of the second part, so that the goods on the second part are prevented from sliding off. If the goods taking button is detected to be selected, the protruding piece retracts into the second part, so that the second part forms a flat surface, and the goods in the second part can slide off. The goods taking button is convenient for the staff to take the goods from the lower chain unit 4, so that the time for the staff to take the goods is short, and the logistics transmission efficiency is improved.
In an optional implementation manner, the apparatus provided in this embodiment further includes: the alarm unit, alarm unit and first scanning unit 5 electricity are connected, and first scanning unit 5 is used for transmitting article information to alarm unit, and alarm unit is used for reporting to the police based on article information. Wherein, referring to fig. 2, the alarm unit includes one or both of an indicator light for performing a light alarm and a speaker for performing a sound alarm. The ways of triggering the alarm unit to alarm include, but are not limited to, the following two ways:
the first trigger mode is as follows: triggering an alarm based on the article sorting result.
In the triggering mode, the first scanning unit 5 may send the scanned article information to the processor, and the processor determines whether the article information satisfies the sorting condition corresponding to the downlink unit 4 where the article is located, i.e., whether the article is sorted incorrectly. After the processor obtains the judgment result, the processor can send a signal for indicating the judgment result to the alarm unit, so that the alarm unit gives an alarm according to the signal.
taking the alarm unit comprising the indicator light and the loudspeaker as an example, if the processor judges that the article is sorted incorrectly, the first signal is sent to the indicator light and the loudspeaker, the indicator light sends out red light according to the first signal, and the loudspeaker sends out a 'dripping' sound effect according to the first signal so as to prompt a worker at the lower chain unit 4 that the article is sorted incorrectly. Correspondingly, if the processor judges that the article is correctly sorted, the second signal is sent to the indicating lamp and the loudspeaker, the indicating lamp can emit green light according to the second signal, and the loudspeaker emits a sound effect of 'biting' sound according to the second signal so as to prompt a worker at the lower chain unit 4 that the article is correctly sorted.
the second triggering mode is as follows: an alarm is triggered when the article reaches the drop link unit 4.
if the first scanning unit 5 obtains the article information by scanning, it indicates that an article has arrived at the downlink unit 4, so that the first scanning unit 5 can send a signal to the alarm unit, and the alarm unit can prompt a worker that an article has arrived at the downlink unit 4 by alarming.
it can be seen that no matter which kind of trigger mode triggers the alarm unit and reports to the police, can both in time handle article through the suggestion staff that alarm unit is comparatively audio-visual, has not only improved staff's work efficiency, has still avoided the staff to omit article, has improved letter sorting efficiency and logistics transmission efficiency.
in summary, according to the embodiment of the application, the first scanning unit and the display unit are arranged on the lower chain unit, so that after the articles sequentially pass through the chain loading unit, the suspension type conveying chain and the suspension type sorting chain, whether the articles are correctly sorted or not can be checked through the display unit based on the article information obtained by scanning of the first scanning unit. Therefore, the staff at the lower chain unit can finish the sorting of the articles without manually scanning the marks of the articles, the sorting efficiency is high, and the sorting effect is good.
Based on the same concept, the embodiment of the present application further provides a method for sorting articles, which is applied to any one of the possible apparatus for sorting articles provided by the embodiment of the present application, and referring to fig. 3, the method includes:
step 301, lifting an article by the upper chain unit to the hanging type conveying chain, wherein the article corresponds to an identifier for indicating information of the article.
Optionally, after the article is lifted up the suspended conveyor chain by the winding unit, the method further comprises:
Scanning the identification corresponding to the article through a second scanning unit on the uplink unit to obtain article information;
Sorting articles by a suspended sorting chain to a lower chain unit, comprising:
and sorting the articles to a lower chain unit through the suspension type sorting chain according to the article information scanned by the second scanning unit.
In step 302, the articles are conveyed to the overhead sorting chain by the overhead conveyor chain.
And 303, sorting the articles to a lower chain unit through the suspension type sorting chain, sending the articles out through a lower chain opening arranged on the suspension type sorting chain, and sliding the articles to a second part of the lower chain unit along the first part of the lower chain unit.
Optionally, after sorting the articles to the lower chain unit by the suspended sorting chain, the method further comprises:
and if the goods taking button on the lower chain unit is detected to be selected, releasing the goods on the lower chain unit.
and step 304, scanning the identification of the article through the first scanning unit on the downlink unit to obtain article information.
Optionally, after the first scanning unit on the downlink unit scans the identifier of the article to obtain the article information, the method further includes:
And alarming based on the article information through an alarming unit.
And 305, displaying the article information scanned by the first scanning unit through a display unit, wherein the article information displayed by the display unit is used for checking.
Optionally, the displaying unit includes a display screen, and the displaying unit displays the information of the object scanned by the first scanning unit, including:
And displaying the article information scanned by the first scanning unit through a display screen, and checking based on the displayed article information.
Optionally, the item information includes order information to which the item belongs, the order information is used to indicate an order, and the method further includes:
for any one of the chain-down units, if the articles included in two or more orders enter the chain-down unit, the display screen displays the order information of each article according to the sequence of each article entering the chain-down unit.
It should be noted that the working principles involved in steps 301-305 can all be referred to the above description of the apparatus for sorting articles, and are not described herein again.
In summary, according to the embodiment of the application, the first scanning unit and the display unit are arranged on the lower chain unit, so that after the articles sequentially pass through the chain loading unit, the suspension type conveying chain and the suspension type sorting chain, whether the articles are correctly sorted or not can be checked through the display unit based on the article information obtained by scanning of the first scanning unit. Therefore, the staff at the lower chain unit can finish the sorting of the articles without manually scanning the marks of the articles, the sorting efficiency is high, and the sorting effect is good.
All the above optional technical solutions may be combined arbitrarily to form optional embodiments of the present application, and are not described herein again.
it will be understood by those skilled in the art that all or part of the steps for implementing the above embodiments may be implemented by hardware, or may be implemented by a program instructing relevant hardware, where the program may be stored in a computer-readable storage medium, and the above-mentioned storage medium may be a read-only memory, a magnetic disk or an optical disk, etc.
the above description is only exemplary of the present application and should not be taken as limiting the present application, as any modification, equivalent replacement, or improvement made within the spirit and principle of the present application should be included in the protection scope of the present application.

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1. An apparatus for sorting articles, the apparatus comprising: the system comprises an upper chain unit (1), a suspended type conveying chain (2), a suspended type sorting chain (3), a plurality of lower chain units (4), a first scanning unit (5) and a display unit (6);
One end of the upper chain unit (1) is connected with the conveying starting end of the suspended conveying chain (2) and used for lifting articles onto the suspended conveying chain (2), and the conveying tail end of the suspended conveying chain (2) is connected with the suspended sorting chain (3) and used for conveying the articles onto the suspended sorting chain (3);
the suspension type sorting chain (3) is annular and is provided with a plurality of lower chain openings;
the plurality of lower chain units (4) are arranged below the suspended sorting chain (3); each drop link unit (4) comprises a first portion and a second portion; the first part is obliquely arranged, the upper end of the first part is connected with the lower chain opening, and the lower end of the first part is connected with the second part, so that the articles sent out through the lower chain opening slide to the second part along the first part; the second part is horizontally arranged;
the first scanning unit (5) is arranged on the lower chain unit (4) and is used for scanning the mark of the article passing through the lower chain unit (4) to obtain the article information of the article; the first scanning unit (5) is electrically connected with the display unit (6) and used for transmitting the article information to the display unit (6).
2. The device according to claim 1, characterized in that said presentation unit (6) comprises: a display screen (61);
Each lower chain unit (4) is correspondingly provided with a display screen (61), and the display screen (61) is used for displaying received article information.
3. the apparatus of claim 1, further comprising: the alarm unit is electrically connected with the first scanning unit (5), the first scanning unit (5) is used for transmitting the article information to the alarm unit, and the alarm unit is used for giving an alarm based on the article information;
The alarm unit includes one or both of an indicator light and a speaker.
4. The apparatus according to any of the claims 1-3, wherein said uplink unit (1) is provided with a second scanning unit (11), said second scanning unit (11) is adapted to scan the identity of an item passing through said uplink unit (1) to obtain the item information of said item.
5. The apparatus of any of claims 1-3, further comprising: a pick button;
Each lower chain unit (4) is provided with the goods taking button which is used for releasing the goods sliding to the second part of the lower chain unit (4).
6. a method for sorting articles, the method being applied to an apparatus for sorting articles according to any one of claims 1-5, the method comprising:
Lifting an article by an upper chain unit (1) to a suspension type conveying chain (2), wherein the article corresponds to a mark for indicating article information;
conveying the articles to a suspended sorting chain (3) by means of the suspended conveying chain (2);
Sorting the articles to a lower chain unit (4) by the suspended sorting chain (3), wherein the articles are sent out through a lower chain opening arranged on the suspended sorting chain (3) and slide down to a second part of the lower chain unit (4) along a first part of the lower chain unit (4);
scanning the mark of the article through a first scanning unit (5) on the downlink unit (4) to obtain article information;
and displaying the article information scanned by the first scanning unit (5) through a display unit (6), wherein the article information displayed by the display unit (6) is used for checking.
7. method according to claim 6, wherein after said lifting of the article by the upper chain unit (1) up the suspended conveyor chain (2), the method further comprises:
scanning the identifier corresponding to the article through a second scanning unit (11) on the chain loading unit (1) to obtain article information;
-said sorting of said articles by means of said suspended sorting chain (3) to a lower chain unit (4), comprising:
And sorting the articles to a lower chain unit (4) through the suspension type sorting chain (3) according to the article information scanned by the second scanning unit (11).
8. The method according to claim 6, wherein the display unit (6) comprises a display screen (61), and the displaying of the item information scanned by the first scanning unit (5) through the display unit (6) comprises:
And displaying the information of the articles scanned by the first scanning unit (5) through the display screen (61).
9. the method according to claim 8, wherein after scanning the identity of the item by the first scanning unit (5) on the downlink unit (4) for item information, the method further comprises:
and alarming based on the article information through an alarming unit.
10. The method of claim 8, wherein the item information includes order information to which the item belongs, the order information indicating an order, and the method further comprises:
for any one of the lower chain units (4), if two or more items included in the order enter the lower chain unit (4), the display screen (61) displays the order information of each item according to the sequence of the items entering the lower chain unit (4).
11. Method according to any of claims 6-10, wherein after said sorting of said items by said suspended sorting chain (3) to a lower chain unit (4), said method further comprises:
And if the goods taking button on the lower chain unit (4) is detected to be selected, releasing the goods on the lower chain unit (4).
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