Intelligent Sensors for Dimensioning and Weighing of Products for Retailers

With an increased demand in the online retail market, retailers have been challenged with keeping up with the demand in distribution centers and warehouses. This is where intelligent sensor technology can help to improve production and logistics processes. Having more information about the products being shipped can allow for a faster and more efficient production process.

In this five part blog post series, we’re highlighting five applications for intelligent sensor solutions that contribute to a fast, efficient, and economical supply chain in a series of blog post. In this second blog post, we discuss sensors for dimensioning and weighing.

Sensors for Dimensioning/Weighing 

Intelligent sensors in the retail industry can prove invaluable when considering the dimensioning and weighing of products. Dynamic master data acquisition of objects can optimize the utilization of existing storage capacities. For example, the VMS4x00/5×00 track and trace system allows individual objects to be assigned to the most optimal storage space within a facility. The collection of volume and weight data can also detect the optimal packaging sizes for each product, making it especially useful in e-commerce processes.

In terms of static volume measurement, weighing, and identification, SICK offers the DWS5200 Static track and trace system. The system is a complete solution, which integrates roller conveyors to detect bar codes, as well as the weight and dimensions of regular and irregularly formed objects. It is especially suited for low throughput in manually controlled systems or for post-processing scrap. The track and trace system is certified so it can be used for billing (legal-for-trade).

Further implementation of dimensioning and weighing in the retail industry can be seen in dynamic pallet measurement (even with challenging object properties) and volume measurement of objects for the acquisition of master data. In addition to these systems, a retailer would benefit from empty tote and level monitoring, as mistakes can negatively impact the product lifecycle.

Want to learn more about dimensioning and weighing solutions? Contact a SICK representative today! And don't miss the next article in this blog series where we discuss how various sensors can be used to detect tote levels.