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Investment in integrated package measurement and bar-code scanning from SICK (UK) has been paid back in half the anticipated time at Norsk-European’s UK headquarters.

Installation of two SICK dimensioning weighing and scanning (DWS) systems, incorporating OCS dynamic weigh scales and separation conveyors, is boosting profitability through automated revenue recovery and providing further benefits in warehouse efficiency and accuracy.

Norsk-European’s UK depot in Colnbrook, Berkshire, handles some 2,000 parcels a day.

The DWS systems have enabled real-time accurate measurement of parcels by weight or volume/weight, integrated with Norsk’s invoicing system to provide accurate billing and improved workflow.

Norsk-European’s technical director Gary Bartoletti said: ‘The DWS systems are already an indispensable part of our operation.

‘Previously we had to rely on customer-declared weights and dimensions to calculate charges, which unfortunately were not always accurate.

‘Since the installation of the DWS systems we are able to capture correct weights and dimensions and charge accordingly.

‘There has also been a benefit to our customers as we now provide weight and volume information that they can use too.

‘The SICK system automatically enables an accurate price to be charged, based on either the weight or the volume, whichever is greater.

‘The option of weight or volume/weight is important as road and air transport costs depend on the space occupied.’ A unique identifying bar code label is applied to each package on entry to the Norsk-European handling facility.

It then travels via the OCS separation conveyors to a SICK VMS 520 laser volume measurement system that measures the maximum width, height and length of the package (up to 90cm high by 150cm long and 90cm wide).

The dimension measurements are incorporated with the OCS dynamic weigher, which can accurately weigh the package as it is in transit.

The measuring systems are integrated with a SICK OPS490 omni-directional bar code reading system, comprising of an evaluation unit and several standard CLV490 series scanners.

These scanners, with integrated real-time autofocus, generate a reading field of 90cm by 90cm so at least one scanner can always read the bar code label, no matter what the package orientation.

The data is collated and the billable weight computed by the SICK MSC 800 Modular System Controller, which is integrated directly with the Norsk-European internal tracking and accounting system.

The MSC800 combines the billable weight and bar code data and communicates it to the Norsk-European host server, allowing real-time generation of all the transportation and delivery paperwork so that identifying documentation is available without any delay.


SICK is a global leader in sensors and sensing systems for factory automation, logistics automation and process control. SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification in use by customers all over the world. Established for over 70 years, SICK products range from simple optical devices through to embedded intelligent systems, ready to meet the needs of Industry 4.0.

SICK sensors: At the heart of automation

SICK is one of the world’s leaders in sensors and sensing technologies for factory automation, logistics automation and process control.

SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification. The company also provides process instrumentation for gas and fluid flow and for chemical and pollutant detection.

From simple optical sensors and barcode readers to complex safety systems; from machine vision to emissions monitoring, SICK’s intelligent sensor solutions facilitate advanced automation and process control.

SICK products are designed with simplicity of installation and operation in mind. They help customers to achieve greater reliability and productivity, increased production flexibility and more efficient use of resources.

Founded in Germany more than 70 years ago, SICK employs more than 7,400 employees worldwide. The company invests heavily in research and development and is leading the way in smart sensor development to support Industry 4.0 objectives.

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