Parcel dimensioning is becoming critical for the e-commerce and logistics industries as part of their space optimization strategies and dimensional-based pricing models. According to a report from VDC Research, 43% of survey respondents working in warehousing and distribution currently support parcel and carton dimensioning, with a further 30% planning to support dimensioning in the future. These companies rely on automated dimensioning solutions to avoid time-consuming and often inaccurate manual measurements, which sometimes force shippers to forgo certain packing box options that can save precious space and reduce costs.
So what would a 3D and 2D motion-capable smart camera used for dimensioning items of all shapes mean for your distribution or baggage handling operation? Chances are, it would mean that you could more accurately estimate shipping costs, optimize storage density, track registered goods, sort products efficiently, recover lost revenue, and critically eliminate manual dimensioning.
To give you all those benefits, a dimensioning system would need patented 3D technology combined with 2D inspection capabilities to dimension both regular and irregularly-shaped items with precision at high speeds. That system would need to be unaffected by uneven transitions, speed changes, or curved conveyance and provide superior performance on difficult target surfaces. Cognex’s new 3D-A1000 dimensioning system provides all of this in a compact and industrially-rated smart camera.
Unlike conventional methods, the 3D-A1000 uses patented 3D symbolic light technology to freeze motion with a single image. This generates more accurate 3D point cloud data, eliminating the need for complex calibration and encoder integration. Embedded processing enables the use of powerful Cognex vision tools to run additional 3D + 2D inspections.
Other benefits include:
Get to know the new 3D + 2D motion-capable smart camera that’s making fast, accurate, and intuitive dimensioning a reality for distribution, warehousing, and airport baggage handling. Download the 3D-A1000 Dimensioning System datasheet.