Behind the Aegis Name
When managing your operations, why would you settle when you could have the ultimate protection of your time, volume, and resources? Aegis Sortation is poised to change the freight and parcel industry with our Smart Shoe technology and sorter designed to increase your volume while reducing your downtime.
The story behind our name – Aegis – begins nearly 3000 years ago, encompassing centuries of myths and legends, while including amazing technological advances.
To understand how Aegis Sortation can protect and elevate your operations, we first have to travel back to the origin of the word “Aegis” in the 700BC.
Aegis – Shield of the gods
Aegis dates back to the time of Greek gods and goddesses. In Greek, the word “Aegis” has various meanings, including violent windstorm and divine shield. In Greek mythology, Aegis was the name given to Zeus’ shield. The shield was said to have displayed the head of a Gorgon (an ugly monster with snakes in place of hair) and it made a monstrous roar during battle. The Aegis shield was Zeus’ primary form of protection, and caused opponents to hide in fear.
Myths also say that Athena, daughter of Zeus and the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, used the shield for battle. Some versions say that Athena’s Aegis shield was more like protective garment. Even the Iliad mentions the shield Aegis. It was said that Zeus sent Apollo the shield to save Hector.
Throughout history, the word Aegis developed a lot of influence with a strong connection relation to power and protection. Centuries after the tales of Greek gods, the name Aegis would be used by the U.S. Navy for an advanced defensive missile system.
Advanced Radar Protection with Aegis
Prior to the introduction of Aegis Combat System in the 1970s, U.S. Navy ships operated with individual radars. As anti-ship missiles became a more common threat, the U.S. Navy recognized the weaknesses of their existing systems. The Aegis Combat System centralized detection, tracking, and targeting of ballistic missiles using a single radar platform.
Today, Aegis Destroyers and Cruisers use this advanced radar system to better track and defend against incoming ballistic missiles, which allows shipboard personnel to respond appropriately to different threats. The Aegis system can simultaneously attack land targets, submarines, and surface ships while protecting against aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. The Aegis system also connects ships together to improve accuracy and timing. Every ship within the network can use other ships around it to deploy defensive missiles. Before the Aegis system, ships would have to rely on independent gunners to make the decision of when and if to fire which wasted the time, resources, and the effort of those on board. As of 2017, the Aegis system is now deployed on 84 U.S. Naval vessels.
The Navy adopted the Aegis name because it served as a shield to those on and around a ship. Aegis Sortation has taken this a step further – using the name to represent the dynamic protection that our technology gives your operation.
Less Downtime, By Design!
Our goal is to not only help you increase volume, but to also preserve your operation by decreasing downtime. Downtime can be detrimental to your production and the longer it takes to repair, the more resources you waste. Benefits of our Aegis technology include:
- Lightweight, yet durable construction
- Missing Shoe and Missing Pin Detection technology in order to individually identify and track shoes and pins, elevating operational times and reducing the time it takes for maintenance
- Dedicated raceways for controls and network cabling to make installation quick and easy
- Vertigate divert design for accurate and reliable divert operations
- Delivered in pre-assembled and pre-tested segments making installation quick and easy
Aegis – Better By Design!
If you’re interested in learning more about how Aegis Sortation’s technology stands up to its name, check out our product specs, and then schedule a time to talk about how our technology can benefit your specific operation.