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Rice Lake Dimension Scales
Rice Lake's iDimension® Series captures an image of packages, flats, poly bags, tubes and irregular shaped items in record time to calculate the dimensions of your packages for shipment.

New iDimension® Plus Series available now!


iDimension® Plus
iDimension® Plus

The iDimension Plus static dimensioning system automatically measures parcels and irregular packages in less than 0.2 seconds. A small footprint allows for easy integration into current workstations or retail environments.

iDimension® LTL
iDimension® LTL

The iDimension LTL optimizes dimensional shipping and enhances quality assurance verification in loading bays, warehouses, and shipping and receiving departments.

iDimension® Plus XL
iDimension® Plus XL

The iDimension Plus 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. Optional stand is available for ease of integration over a static roller conveyor at 60.2 inches (NTEP approved) or 79 inches above the platform.

iDimension® Plus XL
iDimension® PWD Pallet Weighing System

The 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.

iDimension® Plus Mobile
iDimension® Plus Mobile

The 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 BP-S
BenchPro BP-S

The BenchPro BP-S digital shipping scale is available in capacities of 150 to 300 pounds, covering larger shipping needs. Software for the BenchPro BP-S is compatible iDimension Plus and with software used by UPS® and FedEx®.



Take Control of Your Shipping With Dimensional Weight

Rice Lake's Dimensioning Resource Center is designed to help you calculate dimensional weight, learn how a dimensioner works, and become empowered to choose the right system for you.
Use the buttons below to visit the product pages for each of Rice Lake's iDimension® Series dimensions and access specific information.

What is Dimensional Weight?

Dimensional weighing is the shift in the shipping industry by determining shipping prices based on a package’s volume 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.
  • Dimensional weighing is not focused on increasing prices for shippers
  • By shipping smarter, you can adapt to dimensional weighing easier
  • Remember, with dimensional weighing, it is all about volume
Take Control of Your Shipping With Dimensional Weight

How do I calculate dimensional weight?

  • 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. Learn how a dimensioning system can help determine an irregular shape’s cubed dimensions in our article How to Calculate Dimensional Weight.
  • 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.

FAQ

Q: Does iDimension Interface with shipping software programs? A: The iDimension Series is a new product. The free API and software development tool kit can help users interface with their current system. In the future, look for iDimension Software Compatibility Chart at www.ricelake.com as new companies are added to the list.

Q: How do I connect my iDimension to a PC? A: The iDimension Series interfaces to an Ethernet port. Connect directly to a PC’s Ethernet port or router switch so that iDimension can be configured as a DCHP or static IP device.

Q: Does iDimension have a operator display or keypad? A: The customer’s computer monitor is used as the display. iDimension’s embedded firmware provides a demo display with image, operator display and customer display. Use a Wi-Fi router to connect to a tablet using iDimension’s web service technology.

Q: Can iDimension connect to a scale? A: iDimension can be configured to add the weight into the iDimension displays or API. There is a selection of common shipping scales to choose from or use a Rice Lake 420 indicator with custom iDimension software that uses an RS-232 to USB converter, providing an FTDI driver. Typically, the end user’s scales already interface to their software program; connection to the iDimension is not required.

Q: What is an API? A: Application Program Interface, or API, is a set of routines, protocols and tools for building software applications. An API is generally a specification of remote calls exposed to software for consumption that will allow the software to perform different operations, or retrieve specific data. The API allows users to interface with the system to retrieve dimensions, weight, a low-resolution image and more valuable data using a simple HTTP request and XML parsing method. iDimension is easily installed over existing conveyors and workstations.

Q: Does iDimension provide a dimensional weight? A: The iDimension Series is NTEP Certified to provide dimensional weight since most shipping software programs provide dimensional weight standard. However, we provide length, width, height, weight, a low resolution image, time and date, sequential capture identification, status, extended status, and identification barcode information.

Q: What is an irregular shape? A: An irregular shape is anything that is not packed in a carton. iDimension is one of the few dimensioning systems that accurately measure an irregular shape with NTEP Certification at 10 mm accuracy.

Q: How do I calibrate the iDimension Series? A: A calibration tool is provided with each product. Simply place the item under iDimension and calibrate using the embedded firmware.

Q: What are the advantages of the iDimension Series? A: iDimension is an innovative, easy-to-maintain dimensioning solution with no moving parts to service. iDimension can quickly capture dimensions in 0.2 seconds from parcels placed anywhere in its zone of interest work area. A high-resolution camera captures an image of the parcel to identify bar codes and OCR data.

Q: What is the warranty? A: One year from date of installation.

Q: What is the repair policy? A: Rice Lake Weighing Systems has a repair depot swap program and easy field replacement.

Q: How do I troubleshoot in the field? A: Using a remote support program like TeamViewer®, Rice Lake’s iDimension service team can quickly provide remote support from our facility without need for a field visit.

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