The trucking industry is moving away from the conventional class-based structure used for Less-than-Truckload (LTL) shipments and migrating to a system based on the freight’s 3D characteristics. Advanced 3D imaging captures pictures of shipments from various angles and uses the images to calculate the volume in cubic feet, enabling shippers to more efficiently utilize cargo space. Moreover, dimensional scanning decreases the number of truckloads, leading to a greener industry.
The Custom Companies began implementing dimensional technologies in its Chicago and Los Angeles terminals in 2015. The scanning system takes pictures of freight placed under a ceiling scanner and provides a single overhead image and four side-views in addition to cubic-foot calculations. Images also display time, date, and bounding box as well as dimensions.