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Camera systems for warehousing and logistics supplier Vitronic, to Wow visitors at Logimat 2012

Vitronic, the leading supplier of camera systems for warehousing and logistics, is taking part in this year’s Logimat, the international trade fair for distribution, materials handling and information flow, which takes place between 13 and 15 March at the New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre in Stuttgart, Germany.

The focus of the exhibition will be on innovative products, solutions and systems for procurement, warehouse, production and distribution logistics. Logimat attracts international exhibitors and decision makers from all over the world, who come to learn about new products and find new business partners. Located in Hall 3, booth 410, Vitronic will present its VIPAC D2, a laser-based volume-measurement system.

It works by using lasers to set measuring points on an object as it flows through the system on a boom conveyor and using these points to calculate length, width and height, before working out the volume. It also performs contour inspection.

In a busy warehouse or distribution centre, goods are delivered in different sized cartons and boxes. Deformed items it can cause problems in automated storage, retrieval and sorting systems, causing throughput to decline. In addition, deformed cartons and boxes can be a sign of damaged goods.

VIPAC D2 counters this problem by automatically inspecting the contours of cartons and boxes. It detects deformations and flags offending items, allowing operators to manually inspect and deal with them if necessary.

VIPAC D2 also identifies bulging sides or protruding parts by calculating the smallest cube that will enclose an item and looking for deviations. This is helpful because these issues can cause pallet robots, which automatically palletise goods, to malfunction.

The system operates at speeds of up to 3 meters per second and works on packages measuring up to 2500 x 1000 x 1000mm (L x W x H). VIPAC D2 passes all the data it captures to warehouse management systems via an interface and can be used for additional automated processes, such as invoicing, optimising transit space in delivery vehicles and planning their routes to make the most efficient use of fuel, as well as statistical purposes and analysis to optimise the internal flow of goods.

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