Autonomous 3D Load Volume Scanner Technology For Trucking
Loadscan is a company based in New Zealand that is deeply involved in trucking logistics. Within the supply chain lines that connect primary sectors to secondary sectors is Loadscan’s Load Volume Scanner (LVS) technology.
LVS is an autonomous technology that reduces the time taken to weigh materials being prepared for transportation. Thanks to its advanced volumetric 3D scanning to weigh materials in a matter of seconds, truck loading has never been quicker or more accurate saving both time and money!
Accurate 3D Volumetric Measurements
LoadScan Load Volume Scanner systems use 3D scanning to weigh any truck load’s materials effortlessly. The tech scans the loads and sends back a volumetric measurement to the operator. Within a matter of seconds, the operator will have accurate measurements with +/- 1% accuracy.
One example of Loadscan’s amazing technology in action is in the Rio Tinto mines found in Western Australia. Iron ore is extracted from the pits using a fleet of autonomous trucks. Loadscan is involved in this process supplying their payload scanners (LVS) to quickly and accurately measure the payloads the trucks pull from the mines.
The technology is so advanced that it can scan the material using 3D imaging and deliver real-time measurements of the true load quantity of the truck. This laser-based truck profiling system is effectively automatically scanning trucks as they enter and exit the Roi Tinto mins and the software behind the system is recording the weight of material pulled onto a central system that is monitored by staff.
Thanks to the use of Loadscan’s high-tech payload scanners, the Rio Tinto mine is kept in-motion 24/7 without the need for human intervention on the mine itself or to weigh any materials. Furthermore, each and every load is accounted for, reported, and recorded thus the problems of inaccurate measurements caused by traditional weight scale systems is eliminated.
Loadscan’s payload scanner measurement systems are in action across the globe. The measurement systems are now relied on in the mining sectors, supply chain sector, and construction as well as many other industry sectors that require autonomous 3D scanning
The scanners allow shippers and miners to move the maximum amount of material in the most efficient and cost-effective ways possible. As a result of Loadscan’s implementation of autonomous payload scanners, the company’s clientele has stated that they have experienced up to a 15% increase in trucking factors.
Why are LVS Systems becoming so important for autonomous projects?
Load Volume Scanners have so many benefits for the businesses and industries that implement them on their projects. The systems provide the user with real-time data as opposed to waiting for that same information coming from a contractor measuring the load manually. In addition to this, human error is no longer a concern because of the fact that LVS systems send the data digitally and immediately.
There are so many points at which human error can occur in the manual measuring process. The measurement could be wrongly taken, the wrong data could be noted down, or if using electronic handheld systems to transmit measurement data, the data could be typed in incorrectly.
Furthermore, the 3D scanning technology used by Load Volume Scanners is highly accurate. The 3D payload image can measure the material with +/- 1% accuracy. In addition to this, the LVS systems can measure trucks from point of pick up to the point of delivery. This allows mines, shippers and construction teams to be able to manage and monitor and wasteful haul-back.
Last but not least, load volume scanners require little effort when it comes to installation for use on any trucking system. There are also no wear parts reducing the need for expensive maintenance. And finally, the tech is so well designed, it almost seems too simple – due to the way 3D measuring works, there is no need for ongoing recalibration of the payload scanners.