Whether contract logistics or freight forwarding, time expenditure and accuracy have a direct influence on profitability. The measurement and re-measurement of packages is still particularly time-consuming. A new solution by Dallmeier promises a savings potential of up to 95 %. By using camera and software technology developed in-house, the system can be employed very accurately and flexibly for the most diverse packages.
Manually measuring packages is still one of the most inefficient logistics processes. For a forwarding agent with, for example, 1.8 million packages per year, a re-measurement of only 10 % of the packages would take almost 3000 hours for manual measurement. With the automatic ‘on-the-fly’ volume measurement by Dallmeier, logisticians can optimise several processes at once, from loading to invoicing to the calculation and monitoring of shipping costs.
Three seconds per pallet, or 70 000 euros per year
A process analysis of the industry-standard manual measurement with the MTM (Methods-Time Measurement) method reveals a process time of 61.92 seconds for the entire manual measurement and logging process, including the recording of the data in the warehouse management system (WMS). According to measurements by Dallmeier, the video-based system can reduce this process to just under 3 seconds. Using the sample calculation, with a calculated 0.38 euros per pallet, logistics companies can achieve savings of up to 70 000 euros in personnel costs.
Maximum flexibility through camera technology
The measuring system is camera-based and therefore efficient and accurate: It also measures difficult packaging materials and special packaging dimensions with maximum precision. The system is particularly efficient in detecting and recording the exact dimensions of poorly packed pallets and overhangs. The measurement can be performed at a speed of up to 10 km/h (2.77 m/s). The system correlates the determined volume data with the scan data and automatically transfers it to the WMS. The result: completely automated recording and transmission of all relevant packaging data. In addition, logistics companies can connect the system for volume measurement with existing hand scanners or permanently installed scanning systems and weighing systems.
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