Ship Sorter Scanning
Improve traceability, increase sorting throughput, and reduce manual handing
Ship sorters are the backbone of the distribution facility and are often the last scanning point prior to going onto a truck. No reads at this point means re-circulation and manual handling.
Packages often contain multiple labels and codes which must be read quickly and accurately to meet delivery commitments. Achieving efficient operations relies on maximizing throughput (read rates) and minimizing gaps between packages on the line. Fulfillment and distribution centers are constantly seeking ways to reduce the number of no reads on their sorting system and need operational data to better understand the causes. Having this data is critical to improving efficiency. Many traditional laser-based scanning solutions do not provide these valuable insights.
Cognex's Modular Vision Tunnels, using DataMan image-based barcode readers, have the speed and accuracy to accommodate high-speed ship sorting demands, ensuring that packages are properly sorted and delivered on time. The multi-sided scanning tunnels read codes on packages from any angle, so operators do not have to spend extra time aligning packages to the barcode scanner.
Vision tunnels are designed to read damaged codes at extreme perspectives on all sides of the box, even with the high speed and small gapping requirements of today’s ship sorters. This allows a facility to increase throughput, without impacting sort accuracy. Cognex vision tunnels improve throughput by reducing gaps, decreasing system costs through less rework, and providing customers with system performance feedback for process optimization. Performance feedback data includes image offload for visual feedback and photographic proof of errors, code quality metrics, and heat mapping providing insights into the root causes of no reads and fix issues that are happening elsewhere in the facility.