Tale of the Tape: CubeFreight and the Future of Freight Dimensioning
For years both LTL freight companies and shipping departments have struggled to properly weigh and collect dimension data on palleted shipments to ensure that correct pallet information is stated on waybills. As the freight industry expands its services to reflect the needs and concerns of all shipments, dimensioning is factoring more and more into rate calculation and therefore must be properly stated on waybills. That leaves both freight companies and shippers in a race against time.
Until now the only way to properly state shipping weight and dimension were the use of floor scales and a measuring tape. By far the most accepted method as it provides both weight and dimension, and requires no investment other than time. However, it is time that leaves almost all LTL freight carriers looking for a better way. The amount of time it takes to pick up a pallet on the cross dock, travel to the closest floor scale and then run a tape measure the height of the pallet simply cannot be consistently performed and still keep pace with shipping time standards. Lest frequently used due to significant cost and spacial concerns are the use of static dimensioning scanners mounted to the ceiling above a floor scale. While the static dimension systems automatically capture the dimension data with weight output the bulky systems create a difficult travel path for cross docks with several lift trucks and still do not meet freight shipping time standards.
Integrated Visual Data Technology has been manufacturing on-board lift truck scales for over 30 years and now provides CubeFreight technology to its SkidWeigh Plus on-board systems.
Introducing CubeFreight allows both freight carriers and shippers to accurately get the weight of the palleted shipments and match and record the dimensions of the load as well without the operator ever leaving the lift truck. This shipment data can be collected against a pro number or waybill in less than 10 seconds without out the need to move the pallet from its most efficient path to or from the staging area or trailer. CuberFreight works with scanners, printers and can also work wirelessly via RF communication to send load data in real time to a network connection.