SICK has released the VMS 420 volume measurement system. It allows logistical, freight, and package handlers to accurately measure the volume of cubic objects.
A space-occupied volume can be determined for non-cubic objects, allowing a sufficiently accurate box volume to be calculated. The system consists of two sensor heads (VMS 420), installed above the conveyor system. It scans cubic and irregular objects at transport speeds of up to 2m/s. Accurate to within 5mm, the time of flight of the laser emitted by the sensor heads is evaluated and the volume calculated.
Together with the value provided by a weighing device and the read information from barcode scanners, all transport-relevant information on the most varied of objects can now be determined as actual data.