Monthly Archives: March 2015

Cubing and Dimensioning – Inbound and Outbound

March 31st, 2015|

In today’s world, warehouses and distribution centers need low-cost solutions to determine the dimensions of products and packages for reducing costs and increasing process efficiencies. Existing solutions use high-cost laser scanning technology, which lead to high systems costs.

Shape Ape accurately measures the dimensions of products and packages for both static and in-motion […]

Defect detection with 3D machine vision

March 20th, 2015|

3D machine vision is rapidly replacing 2D machine vision for quality inspection and defect detection. Advantages of 3D machine vision include: 1) effective for low-contrast and highly-reflective products; 2) does not require complex lighting; 3) surpasses the capability of legacy 2D vision systems; 4) provides additional dimensional data to improve vision inspection tasks; 5) […]

Cubing and dimensioning using your existing conveyors

March 20th, 2015|

Most cubing and dimensioning systems on the market today are sold with their own conveyor – leading to high system costs. Shape Ape saves you money because you can mount Shape Ape above any conveyor – no need to buy a separate conveyor.

Background: Many existing solutions for 3D machine vision use laser […]

How to reduce the impact of the new FedEx & UPS dimensional weight rules

March 18th, 2015|

Starting in 2015 FedEx and UPS began using dimensional weight to determine shipping costs. This will help ensure that the costs they incur to deliver a package are more closely aligned with the amount they charge the shipper. Since all packages are now subject to dimensional weight, shipping fees are increasing dramatically in […]

Dimensioning cuboidal and non-cuboidal items

March 17th, 2015|

In today’s world, warehouses and distribution centers need low-cost, inline, and above-the-belt systems to determine the precise dimensions of packages. These measurements are needed for a wide range of applications, including: to automate the matching of client parcel information with measured data, to calculate transport capacities and optimize vehicle loads, and to optimize the […]

Shape Ape for warehousing and distribution applications

March 14th, 2015|

Shape Ape ( was developed to fill a need for low-cost and precise inline dimensioning and quality inspection of products and packages. Current solutions use expensive 3D laser sensors, which lead to high system costs. We use low-cost 3D time-of-flight sensors that were developed for military, gaming, and mobile robotics applications. As […]

Packaging on demand

March 12th, 2015|

Lean packaging is now an essential practice for companies engaged in shipping packages as they search for ways to reduce costs. As of January 1, 2015, FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. began “dimensional weight pricing” for all of their ground packages, forcing shippers to improve their packaging efficiency. Dimensional weight is determined by […]