Image Processing for Logistics Automation

High-performance process automation in logistics

Smart Factory automation is changing not only traditional industrial manufacturing processes but also logistics systems. Intralogistics, in particular, is facing major upheavals as a result of increasing digitization and automation. The efficient design of logistics processes gives small and medium-sized enterprises an important competitive advantage. Transparency, simple workflows, a reduction in space requirements, intelligent data capture and processing, increased machine speeds and, of course, lower resource requirements and costs are decisive factors in this respect.

Measuring of volume and dimension in logistics applications

In almost all industries and, in particular, the highly successful e-commerce sector, warehouse optimisation, inbound and outbound goods processes and the automation of measurement and sorting procedures are important considerations where goods have to be stored in a restricted space with rapid and complete data capture and transported and processed quickly inside the company using intralogistics systems. The main priorities in this area are reducing downtimes and ensuring the highest possible level of automation. Because of the highly complex machinery, large quantities of goods and interdependent processes, the hardware and software used for recording the volume, dimensions and weight of the products must be easy to integrate. An essential component of these digitization and automation solutions are sensors, with image processing-based systems being particularly important because of their high levels of performance and flexibility. FRAMOS, a company which specialises in image processing, develops solutions for the logistics industry and lays the foundations for automated logistics processes.

Image processing-based automation in logistics systems

  • Warehouse optimisation

    • Automatic capture of master data
    • Assigning goods to warehouse locations on the basis of size
    • Monitoring the maximum size for different warehouse areas

  • Inbound goods

    • Evaluating and guaranteeing compatibility with machines and conveyors (Measuring and assessing contours and deformation, Monitoring tolerances, Evaluating item shape)
    • Sorting by size, type, colour and other features as well as manual or automatic processing
    • Number and documentation

  • Outbound goods

    • Picking checks (Comparing total volume and number of items)
    • Quality inspections (Deformations, maximum size, protrusions and packing quality)
    • Documenting outbound goods
    • Automatic assessment of dimensional weight for the best freight rates

  • Automation (Measuring, sorting, recognition, reading codes and text, assessment)

As a company specialising in image processing, FRAMOS supports individual automation projects and retrofit initiatives for solutions ranging from the automation of a large-scale warehouse and returns management in e-commerce to the compact capture of master data for small and medium-sized businesses. FRAMOS has extensive expertise and many years' experience of 2D and 3D image processing and works with a wide variety of logistics service providers and systems. The focus is on systems that are easy to integrate and use, can be adapted to meet customers' requirements, offer a large number of software features and have a low total cost of ownership. These are the key success factors in logistics automation projects.

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