Cross Dock Systems / Crossdock
QMI utilizes best in class hardware and software to receive, identify, weigh, and dimension pallets and large freight items for cross docking operations. Some operations require pallet handling while other systems are dedicated to using conveyor for individual products to receive, ID, and sort to the proper shipping line.
Cross Docking Operations
There are many types of operations fit for cross docking. Many warehouses receive several truck loads of product in multiple shipping lanes, often times having several bay doors occupied. The idea is to receive and transfer these items with minimal intervention, less labor, and with a high degree of accuracy and dependability.
As trucks or overseas containers arrive to the warehouse or distribution center, operators offload pallets or single items (boxes, bags, etc.). Even paper based operations have a great opportunity to use semi-automated processes to receive and cross dock product more efficiently.
Individually Packaged Items Not on Pallets
- Typically an extendable or flex conveyor is moved to the trailer to offload materials.
- Workers offload boxes to the conveyor to be transported into the receiving system.
- The fixed conveyor system has scanners to scan and identify each box.
- Each box is transported and diverted to the proper shipping lane.
- A manifest is created for each item as it was scanned, weighed, cubed, etc.
In this scenario, the only manual intervention is offloading the product and loading back to the outbound shipping trailer.
Palletized or large / bulk items
- Trucks and containers are offloaded with forklifts or pallet jacks
- Depending on the operational requirements, each pallet or large item may be scanned manually, then weighed and dimensioned.
- Each pallet or large item is then transferred to the proper shipping line.
- A manifest is recorded with the receiving data with scan, weight, dim, etc.
Overhead pallet and large item dimensioning system. Freight is scanned, weighed, and cubed as it is received and cross docked to the proper shipping destination.