Behind the rather intimidating jargon of dimensional weighing systems lies a beautifully simple concept. Traditionally, dimension weighing systems used in commercial contexts, especially in shipping and freight industry, relied on the simple gross weight of the shipment.
Clearly, such a simplistic system was biased in favor of low density shipments that otherwise occupied a large amount of space. A dimensional weighing system, also known as cubing systems and dimensioning systems, factors in the length, width and height to arrive at a true and multidimensional measurement of the package being shipped.
The success of this elegant and advanced method can be gauged from the fact that it has been adopt
ed as the standard pricing technique in commercial freight, shipping, and courier industry. Since this weighing methodology promotes efficient use of space, there has been a spurt in the growth of automated dimensional and cubing systems for the purposes of calculating dimensional weight and invoicing.
Progression of Dimensional Weighing Systems
As stated above, automated dimensional weighing systems (also variously called cubing systems) have become massively popular among transport and logistics companies. The reason is simple. While the concept behind a dimensional weighing system is elegant, the actual process of manually measuring dimensional weight is painful and time consuming.
Dimensional weighing equipment and technology massively simplify the weighing procedure and take very little time. Instead of fumbling with tapes and rulers, all you have to do is place the shipment onto the device and an accurate measurement is recorded on the computer within a matter of seconds.
1) Unrivaled accuracy: Along with speed, dimensional weighing systems also deliver accurate results. For example, when measuring a shipment in motion on a conveyor belt, they get within one-fifth of an inch in terms of accuracy. When measuring a static shipment, the accuracy is a staggering one-thousandth of an inch.
2) Software integration: It would be big mistake to imagine that cubed weighing system are limited in their role to merely measuring multi-dimensional weight. Advanced automated cubed weighing systems integrate themselves to other logistics software such as warehouse and transport management to reduce cost and enhance operational efficiency.
3) Turn-key design: Automated cubed weighing systems can be seamlessly integrated in the current design of shipping dimensioning systems. With accurate data available at hand, warehouse management software can design the optimal storage profile for pallets or individual items.
4) Infrastructure design: Reliable and accurate dimensional data also enables companies to come up with optimally designed pallets in terms of stability. Beyond building pallets, reliable dimensional data can also assist in coming up with efficient load value for trailers and conveyor belts. The data is essentially taken from the cubed weighing system and fed into transport management software which comes up with an efficient space usage model while staying well within weight regulations.
5) Packing: Last, but not the least, data from automated dimensional weighing systems are consistently used for space efficient package designs. Using big cartons leads to inefficient use of space and leads to tremendous waste in terms of resources. Cubed weighing systems cuts down such inefficiencies and makes transportation costs relatively affordable.
Package dimensional weighing and scanning systems are vital for a wide range of industries. As online business continues to thrive, the demand for more advanced package dimensioning systems will continue to increase.