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03.06.2024  |  667x
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Please smile - increasing efficiency through the use of cameras

In bulk goods logistics, camera systems and visual analysis methods are of central importance for optimizing automation processes and increasing efficiency.
FROM QR CODE RECOGNITION TO AUTOMATED BULK GOODS LOGISTICS

Image processing systems pave the way for efficiency and automation The areas of application for camera technologies have developed far beyond personal use and have become a central element in bulk goods logistics. They not only simplify everyday processes, such as scanning QR codes via smartphone, but also play a key role in industrial automation and efficiency improvements. The logistics industry, especially in the bulk goods sector, confronts people and machines with demanding challenges. Processes are often complicated, and everyday stress and time pressure are omnipresent. In this context, image processing systems that are integrated into camera modules prove to be indispensable helpers that effectively support personnel in recognizing license plates and checking loading areas.



USE OF IMAGE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY FOR PROCESS OPTIMIZATION

The integration of image recognition technology in bulk goods logistics is a prime example of the many possible applications of camera systems. The manual identification and condition assessment of objects or surfaces often involves considerable effort and is sometimes impossible without technical aids - such as inspecting a loading area from a bird’s eye view. High-resolution cameras and advanced image processing algorithms offer valuable support here. With the help of artificial intelligence, they make it possible to immediately analyze and evaluate the inspection results and initiate appropriate process steps. If irregularities are detected - such as soiling or damage - warning messages can be sent automatically to the operating personnel. This helps to reduce the workload for employees and significantly increase efficiency in bulk goods logistics.


APPLICATION AREAS AND THEIR ADDED VALUE IN AUTOMATION

Camera technologies have become a cornerstone of automation in many industrial sectors, especially in bulk goods logistics. Here are some areas of application and the associated benefits:

Automatic license plate recognition (ANPR)

Cameras make a significant contribution to the identification and reading of vehicle license plates in industrial facilities. This technology simplifies automatic vehicle recognition and enables smooth initiation of follow-up processes such as access control, parking management and traffic monitoring. Vehicles can be automatically recognized at plant entrances; a self-service terminal of a plant logistics solution, such as the Axians VAS, is already equipped with all the necessary delivery information so that the driver is granted access after a brief confirmation. A similar process also takes place at the exit. This makes conventional identification systems, such as RFID tags, printed QR codes or TANs, increasingly obsolete. Similar systems can also be used at loading stations, where camera recognition of the licence plate provides immediate information for loading control and thus optimizes the process.

Monitoring loading areas and wagons with cameras

Camera technologies are essential for monitoring and documenting the condition of loading areas on vehicles and for identifying wagon numbers during rail loading. They detect damage or contamination, check the correct loading and ensure the integrity of the freight. These procedures are essential for documentation and proof in the event of damage. The records at entrances and exits and at loading points make it possible to determine exactly which vehicle and possibly which driver was responsible for a delivery and whether the vehicle or loading area was in perfect condition.

Quality assurance through visual sorting techniques

Camera technologies are revolutionizing quality assurance in the bulk materials industry by enabling precise inspection and sorting of materials. Advanced differentiation based on color, shape, size or other characteristic properties helps to minimize false loads. This is particularly important at open loading points where accurate sorting is critical to the process flow.

Optimizing transport and storage with cameras

The use of camera technologies to monitor conveyor belts and silos is a decisive step towards ensuring a smooth material flow. These systems make it possible to continuously monitor the transport process, detect potential problems at an early stage and thus prevent interruptions to operations. The resulting process optimization leads to increased efficiency and higher safety standards in bulk goods logistics.

Automation strategies in bulk goods logistics

For the various areas of application in bulk goods logistics, it is very important to evaluate the existing workflows by means of a detailed process analysis. In doing so, the effort required for any adjustments must be weighed up against the potential savings. It is important to critically question at which points in the process full automation is effective and where manual checks or confirmations by personnel remain necessary. The final confirmation of the delivery processes at the factory exit by the truck driver, for example by means of an electronic signature to verify the delivery and transfer the data to the smartphone, can be a conscious step. Working with an experienced partner such as Axians IAS, which has in-depth expertise in bulk goods logistics, is crucial in order to develop customized solutions that meet specific requirements.

INTEGRATION OF CAMERA TECHNOLOGIES AND YARD MANAGEMENT

Advanced image processing technology and camera technology are key elements in modern plant logistics. They allow accurate recording and evaluation of visual data, which in turn significantly improves efficiency and quality within bulk goods logistics. The integration of these camera systems into yard management solutions enables precise control and automation of logistics and loading processes on the factory premises. An effectively implemented yard management system, such as the Axians VAS, which works seamlessly with camera technologies, simplifies and optimizes logistics processes and helps to increase efficiency.


ADVANTAGES OF IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEMS IN BULK GOODS LOGISTICS

The practical examples illustrate that camera technologies play a central role in bulk goods logistics. They offer numerous advantages that extend across various areas of application, such as:

Automation and increased efficiency

The automation of processes in the logistics of bulk goods leads to a significant reduction in manual effort and speeds up processes considerably. By using modern technologies and intelligent systems, companies can increase their efficiency, minimize error rates and improve customer satisfaction.

Real-time monitoring for dynamic process adjustment

The implementation of real-time monitoring through camera technology allows for swift and efficient responses to any discrepancies, significantly enhancing the reliability of the processes. This proactive approach ensures that operations are consistently performed at optimal levels, leading to improved overall system performance and customer satisfaction.

Safety and quality control

Cameras contribute to safety by ensuring load security and thus reducing error and complaint rates. They also improve the reliability of evidence and the documentation of processes.

Integration for seamless networking

The integration of cameras into a comprehensive logistics ecosystem is inconceivable without appropriate interfaces. Yard management systems and other logistics software therefore often offer online interfaces to camera systems. The use of standardized interfaces on both sides is crucial in order to avoid costly adjustments, for example when replacing the camera.

Camera technology in the bulk goods industry is already having a significant impact on increasing the efficiency, safety and quality of logistics processes. However, the future promises even more far-reaching developments.


THE FUTURE OF CAMERA TECHNOLOGY IN THE BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY

Artificial intelligence and machine learning:

The advancement of AI models will further increase the precision of existing applications, such as license plate recognition and load floor condition monitoring. Machine learning will continuously improve the accuracy of these systems and could, for example, monitor compliance with safety regulations in the factory.

3D camera technology:

The introduction of 3D cameras will provide additional depth information beyond the capabilities of conventional 2D cameras and improve object identification and volume monitoring.

Integration into the Internet of Things (IoT):

The seamless integration of cameras into the IoT enables seamless collaboration with a wide range of sensors to provide comprehensive data on the condition of loading areas and material flow and use it for process automation.

Automation and autonomy:

The increasing spread of autonomous vehicles and robots that use cameras for navigation and obstacle detection will certainly drive automation in bulk goods logistics forward.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR):

AR and VR technologies will improve operator support by displaying additional information in real time. AR glasses could provide employees working in the field in particular with important information.

Data protection and ethics:

As technology advances, so does the importance of data protection and ethical considerations. It will be increasingly important to inform all parties involved about the use of cameras, to conclude company agreements and to comply with the legal framework.

These developments show that camera technology has a dynamic future ahead of it in bulk goods logistics, in which it will play an even more important role.


CONCLUSION: THE INFLUENCE ON BULK GOODS LOGISTICS

Camera technologies and image processing systems are revolutionizing bulk goods logistics. By integrating them into automated logistics systems such as the Axians VAS, they make a significant contribution to increasing efficiency and safety. They enable the automation of processes such as license plate recognition and the inspection of loading areas, resulting in more precise and efficient processes. With the ongoing development of technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3D imaging and the expansion of IoT solutions, further improvements are on the horizon. Data protection is a key factor that must always be considered in order to utilize the benefits of camera technology safely and responsibly.

Company information

Axians Industrial Applications & Services GmbH
Axians Industrial Applications & Services GmbH
Axians Industrial Applications & Services GmbH is a company that specializes in the development and implementation of software-based logistics solutions for the bulk materials industry. We support you in optimizing your logistical processes and increasing their efficiency and reliability. We offer customized software solutions for the industries cement, ready-mix concrete, sand & gravel, asphalt and calcium carbonate. Our modular and scalable solutions VAS Yard Management and VAS Cloud Logistics enable a seamless integration of all logistic areas and systems. We have more than thirty years’ experience in the bulk materials industry, so we understand the specific challenges that your business faces. Our experts work closely with our customers on projects to understand their individual requirements and provide tailored solutions. We offer not only software solutions, but also professional project management, training and support to ensure successful implementation and use of our solutions. What distinguishes us: - Industry experience of 30 years - expertise in terms of successful project execution, in-depth knowledge and a strong international team - long-standing and cooperative relationships with our customers - Implementation & Dissemination of our solution - Agility within our BU & stability as a member of Vinci Energies We are part of the Axians network: The Axians Industrial Applications & Services GmbH is part of the French construction and industrial group VINCI and belongs to the global ICT brand Axians of VINCI Energies. With 14,000 employees in 35 countries, Axians supports private-sector companies, public institutions, network operators and service providers in modernizing their digital infrastructures and solutions. Whether applications or data analytics, corporate networks, shared workspace, data center, cloud solutions, telecommunication infrastructures or internet security – Axians is a specialist for all current information and communication technologies. Through consulting, planning, integration and a wide range of services, Axians unlocks the full added value of these technologies in the form of needs-based solutions for customers.
Last update: 04.06.2024

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