This system is designed to work with a manned loading dock. At the gate
house, an employee enters a new order and prints out a dispatch paper, with
barcode ID on top.
The driver of the truck takes the dispatch paper to the loading dock, where
the bar code ID is swiped. The bar code reader, integrated with the computer
system, looks up all load information, previously entered at the gate house,
such as who the driver is, which trailer the truck is pulling, what product to
load, how much to load etc. while at the same time processes the tare weight of
Once the weight of the truck is steady and stabilized, an outside display
reader shows the driverís name, product to put on and gross weight to load to.
This information informs the load operator as to the specifics of the load and
guides him/her by showing how much gross weight to load.
When the load is full, the driver presses a button and the computer gathers
total gross weight of the load and initializes the laser scanner. As the truck
idles under the laser scanner, measurements are taken every 1 to 2 inches across
and 2-3 inches down the trailer. The truck proceeds towards the sales clerk, all
while the computer calculates volume based on known dimensions of the trailer,
creates a scale ticket, processes the net weight, prints a load summary and has
load analysis figures ready for the sales clerk
The driver presents the dispatch papers for bar code swiping., allowing the
sales clerk to review the load information and assure the dispatch paper matches
the computers scale slip information. This also allows comparisons between the
weight per yard of this load with the average weight per yard of the 5 previous
loads of the product. Upon approval, inventory is reduced by the net weight or
volume, customer account information is updated and a delivery receipt/invoice
is printed for the driver.