Barry Baetu, MD of the Harmonic Group, a South African leader in auto-identification and dimension weighing, says irregularly-shaped items pose the greatest challenge to operators in these industries, both in terms of maximising the storage density within the facility and in reducing dimensional weight (DIM) carrier charges for shipping.
“It’s simply not possible to measure these types of items accurately with a tape measure or even a digital caliper,” he adds.
In automated weighing and dimensioning systems such as those developed by CubiScan, which has over 2 000 solutions installed around the world, dual specialised laser sensors pass over the freight, allowing for ‘full-coverage’ scanning (it sees five of the six sides of the load).
“This means that accurately dimensioning irregularly shaped items as diverse as clothing and chemist softpacks to kitbags, cosmetics, small gifts and golf clubs is now not only possible, but also affordable,” Barry adds.
Dimensioning of articles ranging in size from engine blocks to contact lenses, is also easily achieved thanks to the wide array of solutions that are currently available.
CubiScan 325 is a portable unit that integrates infrared sensing technology as well as four load cells to capture larger, non-uniform objects’ dimensions and weight. It can handle items ranging from 2 – 900mm x 2 – 600m x 2 – 600mm and weighing anything from 2g to 25kg in weight increments of 2g.
“This high level of accuracy can ultimately save anywhere from 5 to 25% in dimensional weight charges,” Barry advises.
Larger and bulkier softpacks such as tents or brooms that won’t fit on the Cubiscan 325, can be measured on the Cubiscan pallet dimensioner.
These solutions can automatically transfer each object’s cube and weight data to the facility’s warehouse management system (WMS).
“The WMS uses the data to determine and direct the packer to select the most appropriate sized box for shipping that item once it reaches a packing station as well as to maximise the storage cube of the facility.
“The same data can also be tied into on-demand box-making equipment that builds a custom box for each order, minimising the amount of total corrugate and void fill, further reducing shipping costs,” Barry concludes.
Harmonic Group,Barry Baetu,
Tel: (011) 887-3333