SICK supplied high-end camera systems for integration with 25 new barcode reading stations installed at TNT Express’ modernised distribution centre in Liège.
As part of the modernisation of the high-performance distribution centre at their international airport hub in Liège, TNT Express has equipped the conveying and sorting facility with 25 new barcode reading stations that incorporate the images-based ICR890 from SICK. The integration of the camera systems was done without interrupting ongoing operations at the air hub.
TNT’s air hub in the Belgian city of Liège is one of the major hubs for airfreight on the European mainland processing about 450 metric tonnes of parcels, couriers and express consignments, which equal close to 15,000 parcel goods consignments.
The new high-end camera systems were integrated into bar code tunnels individually constructed by SICK to detect 1D and 2D codes on five sides of packaged goods.
The scanner tunnels consist of robust aluminium structures equipped with three image-based ICR890 high-end reading systems, each featuring real-time focus control, high-performance decoder as well as a digital zoom function.
With the installation, TNT was able to significantly achieve its objective to improve the reading rate of damaged, contaminated and incomplete barcodes.
Though SICK had a maximum of three days available to install one complete reading unit, stringent planning and implementation reduced the installation time to two days, allowing successful implementation of the 25 new barcode reading stations at the Liège air hub within a mere three weeks.
Alain Lamarche, System Manager Logistics at TNT Liège sees the advantages of having SICK as their new technology partner.
In addition to obtaining the complete solution from a single source including simple integration and expandability to OCR and video-coding applications, TNT also derives the benefits of low maintenance requirements and minimum operating costs.
The high reliability of data detection of 1D and 2D codes by the ICR890 camera scanners during operation has impressed TNT while SICK’s 24/7 hotline offers them a high level of security and dependability.