Optimize order packaging and minimize shipping costs
Online retailers and fulfillment facilities strive to optimize costs and efficiencies throughout their operations. As part of the fulfillment process, it is important to identify the proper packaging for each item or collection of items to minimize shipping costs. Capturing accurate dimensional data from each item enables organizations to optimize this task. In many cases, items are manually measured, and dimensions are compiled to produce an optimal packaging solution. Non-cuboidal (irregular) shaped items present challenges to manual measuring. Not only does manual measurement leave room for error in calculating the correct package size, it becomes an expensive, inefficient process, especially as volumes rise. There are many dimensioning solutions in the market, many of which are expensive and complex to use.
The Cognex 3D-A1000 dimensioning system uses a 3D and 2D camera to quickly capture dimensional data to determine if an object is cuboidal or non-cuboidal. It captures measurements from multiple items on an order tray. This information is output to package sizing applications to determine the appropriate box for packing. The 3D-A1000 is compact, easy to use and quick to setup. Using this solution to automate the item handling helps make the packing process more efficient enabling operators to process more orders in less time. Using the 3D-A1000 dimensioning system improves order accuracy, increases inventory accountability, and reduces order cycle times.