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Dimensional Weighing

Dimensional Weighing

Dimensional Weight is becoming a bigger factor in shipping boxes and packages across the United States. UPS now factors the size of the box in along with the weight on the UPS Ground fees. Therefore, you will need to find a solution that will allow you to accurately measure not only the weight of your boxes but the physical size as well. Below are the dimensional measuring tools we currently offer. These items calculate dimensions very quickly and instantly captures dimensions, weight, barcodes, OCR text and image of static items. Dimensions packages, flats and irregular objects. Converts irregular objects like cylinders, spheres, tubes, polybags and uneven objects to accurate cubed dimensions and uses no moving parts. Interfaces with most shipping scales and select Rice Lake indicators. Please take a look at the items and contact us for a quote.

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    Rice Lake iDimension LTL Pallet Dimensioning SystemThe Rice Lake iDimension LTL optimizes dimensional shipping and enhances quality assurance verification in loading bays, warehouses, and shipping and receiving departments.
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    Rice Lake iDimension PWD System Dimensional WeighingThe iDimension® PWD dimensioner and scale system provides shippers with the dimensions and weight of palletized shipments, empowering users to identify the correct freight class and reduce the risk of non-compliance fees from carriers.
  • rice-lake-iDimension-100-3d-image-system
    Rice Lake iDimension 100Rice Lake iDimension 100 - The industry's fastest, most competitive dimensioning system. iDimension 100 is the future of dimensioning. Designed as an economical solution for low- and high-volume shipping applications, iDimension 100 dimensions packages, flats and irregular shapes in sub-second speeds.
  • rice-lake-iDimension-100xl-dim-weight-calculator
    Rice Lake iDimension 100XLThe Rice Lake iDimension 100 XL is specifically designed for integrators to provide flexibility in the installation of a dimensioning solution anywhere over a conveyor, table or scale from a pole, ceiling mount or support beam.
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    Rice Lake iDimension® Plus MobileThe rugged iDimension Plus Mobile powered carts consist of 30” and 48” long workstations that hold and power the iDimension Plus dimensioner and other hardware including scales, laptops/thin clients/CPUs and printers up to 12+ hours at a time or 24/7 operation
  • rice-lake-benchpro-shipping-postal-scale
    Rice Lake BenchPro Series Shipping & Postal Digital ScaleRice Lake BenchPro Series Shipping & Postal Digital Scale. Models available BP-1214-75S, BP-1214-35P Postal, BP-1214-15R, BP-1214-6R. Capacity: 15 to 150 lb. Accuracy NTEP Class: III

What is Dimensional Weight?

Dimensional weighing is the shift in the shipping industry by determining shipping prices based on a package’s length, width, & height as well as weight, and charge for whichever is greater.

Why has dimensional weighing become such a key focus?

A carrier’s truck is often filled due to space restrictions much sooner than it reaches its weight capacity, such as over-using packing materials, which creates empty space in boxes.

1. Dimensional weighing is not really focused on increasing prices for shippers. It's about charging for the volume that's utilized.
2. By shipping smarter, you can adapt to dimensional weighing easier.
3. Remember, with dimensional weighing; it's really about volume & efficiency.

 

How do I calculate dimensional weight?

First, measure the length, width and height of the item you are shipping. If you are shipping poly bags, tubes or shrink-wrapped items, you need to find the item’s cubed dimensions.

Use the dimensional weight formula. L x W x H inch/ 139 (U.S. domestic shipments) = dim weight in pounds

Next, weigh your item on a calibrated scale and determine if the item’s dimensional weight or actual weight is greater.

The shipping carrier will charge you based on the greater of the two, so use the greater number to compare your available shipping rates.

 

How do dimensioning systems work?

Most dimensioning systems use safe laser sensing technology to determine the cubed dimensions of items. Although each manufacturer has specific selling points, each dimensioning system should provide accurate, cubic dimensions. The following are questions you should ask about each dimensioning system you review prior to purchase.

  • Does the system measure dimensions in less than two seconds?
  • Will I need to account for special placement, or does the system utilize zone placement?
  • Does the system integrate with third-party software, like UPS® WorldShip®?
  • Can I integrate the system in my current shipping setup?
  • Will support and service be provided in the future?

 

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