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Shape Ape Releases Its Scale Integration Tool

Many automated cubing solutions are very expensive. Furthermore, current solutions do not let you use your existing equipment, such as your floor scale and barcode scanner. Therefore, Shape Ape has developed the Shape Ape Scale Integration Tool. The Shape Ape Scale Integration Tool enables you to integrate our flagship Shape Ape Software with your existing […]

Shape Ape Presentation by Founder Robert Bock

Watch Robert Bock, founder of Shape Ape, discuss Shape Ape at Technori Atlanta on December 3, 2015.

What’s Next in LTL Pricing?

What’s Next in LTL Pricing?

From: http://www.joc.com/trucking-logistics/ltl-shipping/whats-next-ltl-pricing_20141204.html

By Satesh Jindel

The less-than-truckload industry saw some resurgence in 2014 with carriers’ ability to dig out of suboptimal returns from low-single-digit operating margins. Third-quarter results for publicly traded LTL carriers show a collective operating ratio of 92, a significant improvement from 94 a year ago. This should give LTL carriers […]

Will the Revolution be Dimensionalized?

Will the Revolution be Dimensionalized?

From: http://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/20141208-will-the-revolution-be-dimensionalized/

The rise of dimensioning machines will make LTL trailer space allocation more efficient than ever. It will also eventually end shippers’ 80-year free rate ride.

By Mark B. Solomon

For nearly eight decades, less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers have been giving away their trailer space. Not all of it, obviously. But enough to make […]

New Technologies for Dimensional Weight Measurements

Now that dimensional weight is here, shippers are forced to analyze its financial impact. Of course, for both FedEX and UPS, revenues have increased, even with lower volumes of packages. As a result, the cost to ship a package is increasing, mostly due to dimensional weight.

Some technologies have been introduced to […]

Cubing and Dimensioning for Warehousing and Distribution Operations

With the growth of e-commerce and the recent implementation of dimensional weighting, accurate dimensional data of products and packages is now critical for warehousing and distribution operations. Shape Ape captures the dimensions of small items, irregular shapes, packages, crates, or large palletized freight for static and in-motion applications.

Static Dimensioning.

Shape Ape is perfect for measuring […]

Low-Cost Cubing and Dimensioning Without 3D Laser Scanning

Dimensional data is more critical now than ever before. Shape Ape captures the dimensions of small items, irregular shapes, packages, crates, or large palletized freight for static and in-motion applications. Shape Ape is a complete and low-cost solution for accurately dimensioning items and packages in warehouse, transportation, and freight handling operations. Designed […]

Cubing and Dimensioning – Inbound and Outbound

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

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

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

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

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

Shape Ape (www.shape-ape.com) 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

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 […]