Optimized processes and greater efficiency with camera-based data capture and recognition of carton deformations at goods receipt
Automatic data capture (PresseBox) (Wiesbaden, ) Wiesbaden, Germany, 24th January 2013 – VITRONIC will present its camera-based identification systems for use in distribution, contract and 3PL logistics at IMHX 2013 in Birmingham. With VICAM camera systems, packages are quickly and accurately identified at goods receipt, deformations on cartons are detected automatically, and the captured data is integrated seamlessly into ERP systems for further processing.

VITRONIC VICAM camera systems capture all data required for inbound inspection, e.g. up to six sides of a package for the handling of returns or carton identification. The systems can reliably identify even the tiniest of barcodes, 2D codes or plain text (OCR) – with read rates that are much higher compared to conventional laser scanners. Even multiple codes on a single package and in any combination with plain text can be handled with ease. The volume and weight of the packages can also be captured inline.
In addition to the goods receipt process, VITRONIC camera systems are also ideal for use in order picking and outbound inspection, or for the sorting of parcels and letters/smalls by parcel service companies.

Automatic contour inspection
VICAM camera systems enable inline capture and measurement of the surfaces and contours of packages placed at any rotational position on the conveyor belt (sorter) at speeds of up to 3 m/s. With an additional software function for contour inspection, deviations from the ideal carton shape (e.g. bulges or dents) can also be captured.
This helps prevent malfunctions of the automatic warehouse technology and a decline in throughput when the cartons are stored in high rack warehouses. In addition, deformed cartons may indicate that the contained goods are damaged. In this case, they can be inspected and dealt with if necessary prior to putting into storage.

Semi-automatic code reading with VICAMsnap!
VICAMsnap! matrix cameras are suitable for data capture during manual package handling as part of incoming inspection. The camera is installed above the workstation. An operator manually moves the package through the large reading field. The codes and data are captured automatically and archived as images. This eliminates the need for additional, costly reading stations and conveyor technology.
Once the package has been captured, a control code can be used to initiate data synchronization with the ERP system and, for example, automatic printing of an internal label. The newly labeled package is then read again using the code, and the goods receipt process is completed and documented.

Automatic code reading with VICAMssi2
The VICAMssi2 auto-focus line-scan camera is the solution for automatic data capture in automated high rack warehouses for cartons, for example, or where packages are processed automatically using conveyor technology at inbound inspection. This compact camera offers maximum read rates at high conveyor speeds of up to 3.0 m/s. It also reduces energy consumption by approx. 50% compared with systems from other manufacturers. VICAMssi2 is already in its seventh generation of production, and has been installed more than 5,000 times worldwide.

VITRONIC at IMHX 2013 from
19 - 22 March 2013, NEC Birmingham
Hall 19, booth 19L148, AMHSA Pavillion


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Hasengartenstr. 14
D-65189 Wiesbaden


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