New Barcode Camera Technology Streamlines Distribution Center Holiday Rush

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Vitronic's line scan camera technology increases the rate at which warehouse and distribution centers can direct the flow of merchandise in and out of their sorting facilities . The high speed camera allows distributors to reduce high operational costs during the peak shipping season and streamline their distribution process for maximum efficiency.

VIPAC identifies text and barcodes, at very high read speeds, on up to six sides of an item' s surface.

Our years of experience and industry diversification in machine vision automation give us the advantage of providing our customers with the most advanced and innovative solutions for their individual needs.

Vitronic Machine Vision's line scan camera technology known as VIPAC, is streamlining retail distribution centers for the busy holiday season. As a result, retail distribution facilities have increased the rates at which they distribute and process their merchandise. In addition, this technology allows retailers the benefit of advanced order and inventory control options.

A next generation solution for retail distributors, the VIPAC parcel identification system reads hand-written and machine written address information identifies all barcodes, and specific customer codes. The camera system is easily integrated with automation software to fully direct the flow of goods in and out of distribution facilities. Using this barcode technology, distributors can greatly reduce manual errors that occur with standard barcode tracking systems thus reducing rising labor costs. Depending on package size and spacing VIPAC's throughput is up to 10,800 items an hour on conveyor speeds of 800 fpm. Even information hidden behind plastic film is identified by the camera-based identification system. Compared to traditional laser-based barcode identification system the VIPAC system generates higher read rates at increased processing speeds.

The basis for this optimization is the VICAMssi2 sensor unit, which combines a compact, high resolution, dynamic auto-focus high-speed line-scan camera and LED illumination into one device. Unlike traditional barcode scanners, the camera is able to capture information on non-standard packages as well as standard-sized shipments while measuring parcels volume and enabling automatic invoicing. In comparison to barcode scanners, the camera is faster and delivers improved read rates.

For more than 25 years, VITRONIC has developed and supplied over 3,000 state of the art machine identification systems, both hardware and software, to the leading warehousing, logistics and distribution industries as well as national courier, express, and parcel delivery companies worldwide.

According to Rob King, Vitronic's Vice President of sales and marketing:
"Our years of experience and industry diversification in machine vision automation give us the advantage of providing our customers with the most advanced and innovative solutions for their individual needs."

Headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, VITRONIC Machine Vision, LTD. is an international manufacturer of three-dimensional scanning devices. The company specializes in supplying and developing cutting-edge scanning technologies for the logistics, manufacturing, science, and warehousing industries. VIPAC, the corporation's signature product, is a 3-D machine vision scanner that utilizes a compact, high speed line-scan camera to provide high resolution images of standard and oversized parcels. With a full complement of vision scanning product offering with fully customizable solutions, the VITRONIC team handles 100% of the research, design, development and manufacture of their hardware and software applications. The privately-held company was founded in 1984 by Norbert Stein, Ph.D., and is represented on four continents.


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