Inbound Item Categorization

Prevent damage to fragile items during the sorting process

Many retail distributors and fulfillment facilities routinely handle a variety of package types, from normal boxes, to poly bags, to odd-shaped items which are not considered “cuboidal” or box-like. Based on the shape, type of packaging, and contents, many of these items require special handling during the inbound conveyance process or they may need to be stored in a specific place in the warehouse based on sell-through. For these reasons, warehouse management systems need to categorize goods so they can be both handled and stored correctly. Capturing and recording dimensional data as well as type of packaging helps make this process more efficient. In the absence of this information, operators must manually key this information into the system, which adds time and cost to the process. Automated categorization systems exist, but many are bulky, expensive, and hard to use which can be a deterrent to adoption.

The Cognex 3D-A1000 dimensioning system, a compact 3D + 2D smart camera that delivers precise dimensional measurements at high speeds. It helps automate the inbound item categorization process which increases traceability, improves inventory management, and lowers the overall cost of operations. Using patented technology and advanced inspection capabilities, this powerful, yet easy-to-use system provides accurate dimensioning data without any complicated setup or maintenance. It differentiates items, such as boxes and poly bags, to help route incoming products to the right handling equipment and sort objects based on size for proper warehouse storage. Using the 3D-A1000, distribution, fulfillment, and parcel processing organizations can perform static (manual) or dynamic (tunnel) dimensioning as part of the inbound receiving process.