With the continued rise of online shopping and eCommerce the trend to ever increasing volumes of express parcel freight for last mile service providers is set to continue indefinitely.
The profiles of these parcels – and all parcels – can range from tiny, low-weight irregular shaped items to large, heavy, irregular shaped items – and all of these need to be identified by barcode scan, weighed, measured, conveyed, and sorted into deliver destination lanes at the rate of thousands and even tens of thousands per hour.
The cost to send a parcel is usually determined by a dimensional weight formula, meaning the price is determined by either the parcel weight or the parcel cubic volume. Parcel Dimension Weigh Scan automation systems enable service providers to capture accurate legal-for-trade item measurements and ensure that parcels are sorted into the correct sortation lanes according to data embedded in the item barcode.
What type of Dimension Weigh Scan automation system you require will depend on a series of factors that include:
With parcel shipping applications the important considerations are:
- What is the volume processing throughput per hour that you require? In other words, if you have a lower volume requirement, that might mean you need to measure 2,000 individual items per day and you have four available hours to do this in. That means you need to measure around 500 items per hour. If this sounds like you then a straight-line solution with top or three-side scanning and manual sorting lanes might be suitable. For higher volumes per hour further questions need to be considered.
- What are the minimum and maximum weights and dimensions (LWH) of the items to be measured? Ideally transport providers want to keep conveyor widths below one meter, but Diverseco can design systems that can handle larger widths as well.
- What are the shapes of the items? Are they all in cartons or are they mostly irregular shapes or are they a mixture of both? The answer to this question will help to determine which CubiScan model is right for you. Think about what is the tiniest item uo to what is the largest item that you want the line to handle effectively,
- What level of measurement precision to you require? This takes into account your pricing and charging models and may be guided by legal-for-trade considerations.
- Higher volume throughput – If you have volume throughout requirements that exceed, say, 3,000 items per hour you will benefit from a fully automated system. Here you will need to consider how parcels will be inducted onto the infeed conveyors, how many sides of the item to scan to ensure the barcode is facing a scanner, what type of barcode scanners are best suited to your barcode types( ie laser or vision scanners), the design of automated conveying, spacing-gapping conveyors, reject lanes, sortation lanes, and physical space available will all need to be considered.
Diverseco have more than twenty years’ experience with over one hundred installations of Dimension Weigh Scan automation systems and can design, supply, and support almost any type of custom bespoke solution to meet your unique requirements.