Sorters are usually used by players to just sort a conveyor into two outputs and nothing else. However, sorters are able to do much, much more! This article will start off with the simple mechanics and progress into much more advanced territory.
Sorting by all items Edit
This is a very basic setup that works by blocking sorters from functioning in a direction using a junction. We can use this mechanic to disable output from one side of a sorter completely, and change a messy squiggle of conveyors into a single block of sorters and junctions.
To sort items, it will accept an item into the first sorter, and if the item does not match it will output left to the next sorter as it is unable to output right due to the nature of junctions having no inventory. It will repeat this until it gets a match and then output it down to the output conveyors.
Merging conveyors Edit
The T_Junction is a popular choice by most people to merge multiple conveyors, but contrary to popular belief it is not as efficient as they thought. This is because when conveyors merge, they leave gaps that can add up. The sorter merger bypasses that issue because sorters are instant, and output as soon as they can. To preform this trick, set a sorter to sand and input items from opposite sides.
Making patterns Edit
Have you ever wanted to make that perfect smelter setup where it inputs two iron and then one coal on one line? Well sorters let you do that! All it takes is a sorter with three inputs! The middle input must be the same item as the sorter, and the sides have to be different. Then, when supplied with both items, the sorter will output your intended patterns. This can also be done with the Merging Conveyors above, but this allows for three options.
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