Assessment of semi-automated system for counting, measuring and tracking of export logs
Conference presenter: Glen Murphy
C3 are New Zealand’s largest on-wharf logistics company, operating in 15 ports in New Zealand and Australis. Logs are C3’s biggest cargo by volume: the company handles tens of millions of individual logs each year.
Current log scaling systems are highly labour intensive, involving each individual log being measured, ticketed and recorded in a database by hand. At the end of the process, every log has to be accounted for and identified, and the right volume of logs from the right supplier must be delivered to the correct destination. It is a massive logistical challenge.
C3 are well underway with trials of prototype new ‘COM3TS ‘technology to increase levels of automation in log-scaling. The aim is to improve log-counting and measuring accuracy, and speed up the scaling process. Results from a recent trial of combined photographic and wireless sensor technology were encouraging: the new technology reduced levels of bias and increased accuracy in the scaling process, and was 14-40% faster than the current manual scaling system.
Trials will continue, and automated log scaling will gradually be introduced across ports in NZ and internationally.
Presentation: C3 Scanning Technology