APC Overnight has just invested a six-figure sum in a Freight Analyser scanning system at its new hub at Essington, Wolverhampton. The equipment, manufactured by Danish company Caljan, checks the weight and dimensions of each consignment by volumetrically scanning each parcel through a 3D laser scanner.
The new system accurately checks weight and volumises the parcels and compares them with the barcode reading against information held on the mainframe computer. The Caljan system legally checks weight, dimensions and identification, enabling APC to handle 10,000 packages per hour, each machine processing up to 5,000 parcels per hour.
Vince Friery, director of communications for APC Overnight, says that the principal benefit to customers is that they pay only for the weight of parcel they put into the APC system. “It safeguards everybody in the chain, from the customer to the depot and APC at the centre,” he says.
This latest investment brings APC’s total spending in sortation equipment at the National Sortation Centre at Essington to just under £500,000 since it began operating at the new site in mid-July.
The company, which has a network of 120 depots, is growing consistently at the rate of more than 30% per year and is on course to achieve a turnover in excess of £30M this year.