Process bulk packaging quickly and accurately
In a distribution center, items are typically received and shipped on pallets. Pallet scanning systems are used in many ways in a distribution facility. Incoming pallets are scanned as they enter the facility. Outgoing items are scanned as they are placed on a pallet and the pallet itself is then scanned as it is loaded onto the truck. Codes on pallets are used to route items to their appropriate locations and provide information about the materials on the pallet.
A pallet of boxes can contain many barcodes, making it difficult to read the right one. Barcodes can be printed on or covered by reflective material, such as tape or plastic. Labels can become damaged or fall off during transport or upon unloading from the dock. Using handheld scanners is not efficient when building pallets since the operator must constantly pick up and put down the scanner or limited to working with one hand. When an operator either cannot scan a barcode or needs to manually rework a pallet, this costs the facility time and money.
Cognex fixed-mount barcode readers, such as the DataMan 370 or DataMan 470, scan pallets as easily as boxes. With a large depth-of-field and wide field-of-view, Cognex barcode readers capture a pallet label quickly and accurately, even when it is surrounded by other labels. They can be deployed “hands free” side-mounted to a dock door, on a pallet conveyor, or overhead for building pallets. Cognex barcode readers increase a distribution facility’s efficiency and lower costs by using advanced algorithms to decode even the most damaged, distorted, blurred, or low-contrast label-based barcodes, delivering industry-leading 99.9% read rates.