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Mettler Toledo Cargoscan's Pallet Measuring System Keeps Large Pallets Moving At DHL's London Gateway

09 July 2008

A pallet measuring system from METTLER TOLEDO Cargoscan is ensuring large pallets are quickly and accurately weighed, measured and scanned at DHL's International Gateway in London Colney.

"When large parcels and pallets have a low overall weight, we calculate their shipment cost according to their volumetric, or dimensional, weight – the amount of space they take up in a vehicle or aircraft," commented DHL's International Gateway manager Angus MacDougall.

"While measuring smaller parcels is standard practice in the transport and logistics industries, measuring large pallets is often very difficult using conventional technology, so their dimensions often have to be manually measured and recorded. This is obviously a time-consuming process and is not cost-effective. What we needed was a product that could quickly, reliably and accurately capture and record a pallet's weight, volume and barcode information and transfer this information in a format compatible with our information management system," he added.

The solution from Mettler Toledo Cargoscan was the CSN840 Pallet™, a complete data capture system that automatically collects dimensions, weight and identification information from virtually any kind of pallet, even with dark or glossy surfaces, in less than five seconds. The standard unit can handle approximately 200 pallets per hour, but throughput can be increased by optimising traffic on the floor. The non-intrusive overhead dimensional scanners can be floor-, wall- or ceiling-mounted. This not only reduces the system's footprint but also provides operators with the flexibility to place pallets under the measuring system from any direction and in any orientation.

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