DB Schenker weighs and measures individual items in containers, with iForks

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Logistic service provider DB Schenker measures weight and dimensions of all individual items in containers destined for Brazil. From this data it computes the total weight of packed containers.


"The RAVAS mobile scales, integrated in our WLAN system, speed up our productivity significantly. Providing us the right information for our data and documents processing."


Specialised logistic services

DB Schenker provides specialized services in the fields of European Land Transport, Multimodal Transport, Air- and Ocean freight, Contract Logistics, Fairs & Events and Supply Chain Management. One of DB Schenker’s customers, located in Brazil, imports goods from over 200 subcontractors in Western Europe. All suppliers deliver their cargo to the DB Schenker warehouse in Rotterdam, where the goods are labelled, stored, picked and consequently loaded into dedicated containers as per customer’s order.

DB Schenker handles appr. fifty 40 ft. HC containers per week for this particular customer only. Weight and dimensions of every item in each container needs to be known. For custom purposes, as well as for SOLAS requirements. Thus the challenge was to implement an efficient process delivering the highest accuracy and productivity. Direct communication with the Warehouse Management System (WMS) of DB Schenker was one of the key requirements.

Individual weight data computes container weight

Incoming shipments are offloaded by forklifts equipped with iForks. All data is entered into a PDA. A barcode is scanned for ID, the weight is received from the RAVAS iForks. From the PDA the data set is sent to the WMS via WLAN. This provides a real-time processing of all data, such as weight, dimensions, the origin of the package and the sender. When loading lists are created for outbound containers, the weight of all items on the list is known, and total weight of the packed container is computed by the ERP system.