The Sorting Machine enables you to set up item delivery with military precision. Like the filter it can be used inline (meaning between tubes) or connected to an inventory (usually a chest or a buffer). It will tag items with a color if you select a color using the buttons below the columns. It has five modes of operation:
In "anystack sequential" mode the slider moves from column to column and waits until it can satisfy any single item in that column.
The "allstack sequential" mode moves from column to column pulling matches for all the stacks.
"Random allstack" will satisfy all items in any column. This mode will try to satisfy any item at all, starting at the top left of an inventory.
The last mode is like the one before, but it also provides a default color for items that match no item in any column.