SICK has released the VMS 410 volume measurement system for determining the volumes of consignments at courier, express and package services (CEP) as well as at logistics centres. It consists of a sensor head with integrated evaluation for object measurement. The VMS 410 is designed for the detection of individual cuboid objects.
The sensor head is installed centrally above any flat conveyor system. It emits a fan-shaped laser beam with an angular resolution of 0.125°. The time-of-flight of the laser beam is evaluated to within a few millimetres in the sensor head and the length, height and width of the package is determined. Objects are measured even if they have a reflectivity level of just 10% (typical of dark parcels, for example).
The manageable size of the sensor head and the connection technology allow rapid installation and commissioning. During operation the volume measurement system offers high levels of accuracy and availability. The transmission of measurement data to the controller of an entire system can take place via the serial RS-232 interface or the Ethernet connection. The latter permits convenient and simple parameterisation and diagnosis with the assistance of the volume measurement system parameterisation software.
The VMS 410 allows cargo space to be used efficiently while also invoicing transport and distribution performances on the basis of the unit numbers and volumes actually transported.