Tompkins Robotics, a Business Unit of Tompkins International, Partners with Bastian Solutions to Deliver Advanced Warehouse Automation Systems

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Raleigh, N.C. – Tompkins Robotics, a leading provider of flexible, scalable, portable, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), has announced a strategic partnership with Bastian Solutions to expand delivery of its powerful t-Sort solution and product line to help clients improve efficiency and capacity in the warehouse.

As a leading systems integrator, Bastian Solutions combines the powers of scalable material handling systems, innovative software and custom automation engineering to deliver world-class distribution and production solutions that help clients across a broad spectrum of industries create a competitive advantage. Through the new partnership, Bastian Solutions will utilize Tompkins Robotics’ t-Sort systems to help its clients optimize warehousing and fulfillment operations across a wide range of end customer applications and sites.

“As market demands continue to change and grow at lightning speed, supply chain operations must adapt to remain competitive,” said Marvin Logan, Vice President, Consulting & Integration at Bastian Solutions. “Tompkins Robotics’ flexible, scalable t-Sort solution enables our clients to reap maximum operational gains with minimum investment. These advantages are driving an increasing interest in this technology among our client base with several opportunities in the works. We look forward to partnering with Tompkins Robotics to deliver faster, more efficient sortation solutions.”

Ideal for small to large distribution operations, t-Sort is a portable, scalable robotic sortation system that operates similar to a tilt tray sorter without a fixed track, moving freely to any divert or induction station along the shortest path. Capable of handling parcels and units as small as a penny and up to 66 pounds, the t-Sort system can process a wide variety of items including apparel, shoe boxes, general merchandise, shipping bags, small-to-medium boxes and more. Its applications include e-commerce, retail replenishment, returns, shipping and can even be deployed in the backroom of a postal or retail location. While automation can sometimes require a large upfront investment, the t-Sort system is fully modular and additional robots can be added or removed instantaneously without any interruption or downtime—a great perk for retailers that need to ramp up for holiday or peak seasons.

Faced with rising costs, a current labor shortage and unrelenting e-commerce growth, many companies have started implementing AMRs in the warehouse to support their fulfillment operations. According to market intelligence firm Interact Analysis, more than 580,000 order fulfillment robots will be deployed over the next five years.

“Bastian Solutions is highly regarded for their ability to design and deliver cutting-edge technologies and solutions to help clients optimize supply chain operations,” said Mike Futch, president of Tompkins Robotics. “We look forward to partnering with them and supporting our shared mission to provide clients with best-in-breed automation solutions that meet the dynamic requirements of today’s environment.”

“The prolific growth of digital commerce has created many hurdles and complexities for traditional supply chains,” said Jim Tompkins, chairman and CEO of Tompkins International. “We are excited to partner with top providers like Bastian Solutions to deliver industry-leading robotic solutions that help clients adapt their warehouse operations to meet these evolving needs and achieve long-term profitable growth.”

To learn more about Tompkins Robotics’ t-Sort solution, please visit

About Tompkins Robotics

Tompkins Robotics, a business unit of Tompkins International, is focused on the robotic automation of distribution operations. Our primary system, t-Sort, consists of autonomous mobile robots that sort a wide range of items and parcels to consolidation points. t-Sort is a portable, automated material handling sortation system that is creating a huge paradigm shift in the supply chain and how the basic distribution function of order fulfillment is accomplished. We continue to expand this core system with complementary robotic systems to automate processes in fulfillment operations. Our systems maximize performance with mobile, scalable and flexible robotics solutions that grow and change on demand to meet customer needs. We create profit and value for our clients; making them more agile and adaptable to the highly dynamic changes in the marketplace. For more information, please visit

About Tompkins International

Tompkins International is a global supply chain consulting and solutions firm dedicated to helping clients achieve supply chain excellence and profitable growth. Founded in 1975, Tompkins has integrated its decades of experience in strategy, commerce, logistics and technology into an ecosystem of six business units: Supply Chain Consulting, Material Handling Integration, Robotics, Applied Technologies, Fulfillment Services and Digital Commerce. By combining best-in-breed services and technologies, Tompkins delivers a true end-to-end supply chain solution enabling clients to improve the customer experience and ensure long-term success. Tompkins is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and has offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit

About Bastian Solutions

Bastian Solutions, a Toyota Advanced Logistics company, is a trusted supply chain integration partner committed to providing clients a competitive advantage by designing and delivering world-class distribution and production solutions. By combining data-driven designs, scalable material handling systems, and innovative software, the company helps clients across a broad spectrum of markets become leaders in their industries. For more information, visit

In response to COVID-19 and limiting travel, Tompkins Robotics is now offering interactive virtual tours using a variety of stationary and roaming cameras throughout the facility.  We have the capability to demonstrate five t-Sort systems with various configurations, robots and functionalities.  The main demonstration system includes three different induction types: manual, robotic and A-frame.  Our systems are capable of e-commerce order fulfillment, store replenishment, backroom and parcel / postal sortation.  We can demonstrate the original t-Sort robotic system in multiple dual level configurations and an elevator system to move robots between the levels.  Our larger t-Sort Plus robots run on single level systems with both tilt tray and crossbelt options.  In the very near future we will demonstrate the new t-Sort Mini in an additional system. We have a wide variety of inventory to demonstrate products including general merchandise, apparel, grocery, fragile goods, odd sizes and shapes and a wide range of product weights.  You will also have a chance to learn about the technologies that are integrated into our system such as automated induction, automated charging, integrated weight and dimension capture, our proprietary wireless network and Warehouse Execution System (WES), new innovations such as our automated sorter exit solution and more.  And if mobility and flexibility are important to you, we can demonstrate how easy it is to reconfigure a system, remove or add a sort table, and even fold a table into a smaller footprint for move or transport.