Automation is becoming and increasingly standard part of warehouses due to the dramatic gains in efficiency and productivity it offers. Some automated solutions include vertical carousels, horizontal carousels, and vertical lift modules that assist with inventory management, order picking, saving space, and more. There’s no doubt that these solutions are extremely valuable, but transferring from a static to an automated system can be time-consuming and difficult. Automatic dimensioning and weighing systems allow quick loading of parts and inventory into these automated storage systems so you can get back to work faster. Click here for more information on automated storage systems.
Quick Loading into Automated Storage Systems
Though automated systems like horizontal carousels and vertical lift modules are designed to save space, the system won’t be used as efficiently as it could be if items are just “eyeballed” when loading the system up. Manual loading can also eat up a lot of time and resources. Conversely, the dimensioning system only requires one person to use and is designed for boxes and irregularly-shaped items.
When integrated with automated storage systems, it can automatically find the ideal storage location for scanned items so you can take full advantage of the system’s space-saving capabilities. And it saves valuable time and resources, since it requires only one operator and can scan and dimension objects in a few seconds. Typically, a user can complete weighing, dimensioning, and packaging at a rate of two SKU’s per minute.
To use, simply place the item on the scanner and slide the infrared light beam over it. The system automatically weighs and measures the item, which appears on the touchscreen. Your automated storage system will then provide the ideal location for storage. Typically, you can expect this process to increase your capacity by 20-25%. Even if you don’t have an automated storage system, the dimensioning system still provides a high degree of measurement accuracy that can help you save space even on static shelving. (See videos )