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ESTIMATION OF VOID VOLUME SPACE IN CONTAINERS

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Publication Date: 2016-Dec-20
Document File: 25 page(s) / 51K

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Abstract

A void volume estimation is calculated using a void estimation system that includes sensors communicatively coupled to a computing device. The sensors acquire image data and depth data of a container having one or more objects placed therein. The computing device detects an outer container within the image data. The computing device detects one or more objects within the image data. The computing device determines two-dimensional measurements of the container and the one or more objects from the image data. The computing device parses the depth data to determine depth data corresponding to the outer container and the one or more objects. The computing device calculates a void volume estimation based on the measurements of the container and the one or more objects and the determined depth data corresponding to the outer container and the one or more objects.

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ESTIMATION OF VOID VOLUME SPACE IN CONTAINERS

ABSTRACT

A void volume estimation is calculated using a void estimation system that includes sensors communicatively coupled to a computing device.  The sensors acquire image data and depth data of a container having one or more objects placed therein.  The computing device detects an outer container within the image data.  The computing device detects one or more objects within the image data.  The computing device determines two-dimensional measurements of the container and the one or more objects from the image data.  The computing device parses the depth data to determine depth data corresponding to the outer container and the one or more objects.  The computing device calculates a void volume estimation based on the measurements of the container and the one or more objects and the determined depth data corresponding to the outer container and the one or more objects.

REPORT

Shipping facilities typically use products, such as cushioning or packaging material, to fill void areas in shipping containers.  These products are generally known as dunnage material.  When shipping articles, especially fragile articles, it is desirable to make sure that the articles are safely packaged using one or more forms of dunnage material.  Dunnage materials include such things as inflated bubble sheets, bubble paper, styrofoam pellets (commonly known as "peanuts"), ordinary tissue paper, embossed paper, foam-in-place materials, and the like.  These dunnage materials may provide a certain effectiveness as packaging materials to protect items in shipping containers during transit.

Having information about void volumes of containers enables more efficient and secure packaging of shipping containers.  In one example, having information about the void volume of a container may allow for a proper amount of void fill material to be used in the container.  This is especially helpful where void fill materials are created based on the amount of void space in the container, such as foam-in-bag materials, crumpled paper dunnage, inflated air bags, and the like.  In another example, having information about the void volume of a container may allow for a substitute container to be used in place of the original container to reduce the amount of void space for the shipment.  This may be accomplished by measuring the void space for the shipment in a first box and then replacing the first box with a smaller second box before shipping the shipment.  This may also be accomplished by measuring the void space for the shipment in a first box and then creating a customized second box to replace the first box before shipping the shipment.  In yet another example, having data about the void volumes of a number of containers may allow for optimization of the sized of containers (e.g., shipping box sizes) to be stocked in a shipping facility.  There are many other examples where having the void volume of containers may be ...