"Our sorting process had to continue without interruption while the new systems were installed – a task that was like performing open-heart surgery while the patient was awake."
Jim Zimmer Project Engineering Manager UPS
Number of parcels that can be handled every day
Increase in hub capacity after completion of Phase II
Total project hours completed without any lost time relating to incidents
Capacity (pph) – 206,000
Building size – 300,000m2
Transport length – 150km of conveyors
Sorting system comprises of POSISORTERS and VERTISORTERS
General customer information
UPS has built the world’s largest air hub at Louisville International Airport, from which the company provides a worldwide air parcel service. The Worldport centre receives, sorts and dispatches millions of parcels a day, and transportation is handled by 80 to 120 flights a day, as well as by road freight. A key element of the project was the integration of the new sorting phases by Vanderlande. Over four years an impressive system was installed that included over 64 kilometres of conveyors, 76 POSISORTERs and 174 VERTISORTERs.