Outbound Scanning

Load outbound trucks faster while increasing traceability and reducing manual handling

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Fixed-mount barcode readers solve complex, high-throughput manufacturing and logistics applications with ease.

Retail distributors and fulfillment facilities are seeking ways to improve traceability from the inbound dock door to the outbound dock door. To achieve “zero loss” of goods as they travel into and through a facility, management teams are becoming increasingly focused on quality of operations and asset management (minimizing loss) so verifying what goes on the outbound truck is more important than ever. In many organizations, operational methods rely on ship sorter accuracy to ensure the right products are loaded on trucks. However, this approach does not always meet loss objectives. Packages get lost, stolen, or get put on the wrong ship lane. For products that make it through the sorter, incorrect sorting can occur due to poor code quality and the scanning system’s inability to read the codes. It is not uncommon for distribution centers to lose several dozen packages per day and tens of thousands over a year. In addition to internal costs, customer expectation and brand reputation are negatively impacted when products are not delivered on time or at all.

Many companies use hand scanners as a basic point of traceability or nothing at all at the dock door. This causes unwanted delays as operators need to take extra time to pick up a scanner, scan a box, put the scanner down, and load the box onto the truck.

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There are a few ways Cognex improves traceability at the outbound dock door. Solutions range based on factors including how many operators your facility requires as part of the outbound logistics process as well as throughput requirements. Adding touch points (operators) can add time and cost to the operation, so figuring out the right balance of automation and operator resources is key.

Cognex Modular Vision Tunnels, featuring DataMan barcode readers, offer a hands-free solution to reading codes quickly, efficiently, and accurately. Using advanced algorithms and decoding technology, Cognex barcode readers offer up to 99.9% read rates even for damaged, smudged, and torn codes, or even codes covered in shiny material. Additionally, these readers capture and send output data and images that facility managers can use for quality metrics and to identify problems more quickly from upstream processes, which saves time and money as well as minimizing rework.

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Hands-Free Barcode Reading at the Dock Door

Cognex’s hands-free barcode reading solutions, featuring DataMan image-based barcode readers, offer a solution to reading codes quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

The overhead scanning configuration means operators can read and load more boxes per minute than if using handheld or ring scanners. In addition, this dock door hands-free approach ensures distribution or fulfillment facilities ship the correct items, improves inventory accuracy, eliminates costly returns, and improves overall package traceability.

Outbound Vision Tunnels

Cognex Modular Vision Tunnels, designed for high-volume distribution facilities that require fast throughput and higher levels of automation, increase traceability with less manual handling, and lower the cost of operations. These vision tunnels, featuring DataMan image-based barcode readers, provide complete, high-speed barcode reading coverage regardless of the position or condition of the codes. In addition, Cognex vision tunnels use advanced algorithms, such as 1D/2D QuickSort, 1DMax with Hotbars technology, 2DMax with PowerGrid technology to accurately read codes at extreme angles (up to 85 degrees) to enable packages and parcels to be placed closer together to increase throughput.

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