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AP Custom Ramp and Barriers

Australia Post is the main provider of parcel delivery within Australia, and with the increase of online orders, we are seeing a dramatic shift happening in the postal industry. The number of parcels being moved around Australia has exponentially increased in the last 5 years.

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To keep up with postal demands, A&D were recently contacted by Australia Post to assist with streamlining part of their weighing process at one of their distribution facilities.

The customer’s objectives were clear:

  • Improve the current process of recording the weight of large trolley bins.
  • Ensure it can work within the facility’s space limitations.
  • Ensure it is robust to withstand heavy parcels.

The A&D Weighing team went to work and constructed a custom base manufactured specifically to weigh Australia Post’s large trolleys whilst being mindful of the facility’s space limitations. A RS-232 option was also installed in the AD4406 indicator to provide weight data output to their data system.

The customer advised A&D that the cumulative weight of the various express post parcels in the trolleys generally did not exceed 500kg. In this instance however, the scale was set to 600kg x 0.2kg to future-proof the scale for possible heavier bins if required.

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The operators can simply wheel the trolleys into place via the small ramp in front of the drop centre scale. The ramp was specifically designed to ensure a smooth transition onto the scale, and the protective highly visible yellow barriers were also made by A&D to prevent people from walking over the scale.

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The A&D solution:

  • Improve the ease of recording accurate weights.
  • Lower OH&S risk for operators pushing heavy trolleys onto platforms.
  • Incorporate safety barriers to remove likelihood of tripping hazards occurring.

Australia Post appreciated being able to come to A&D to get all aspects of the job done by one contractor, and A&D Weighing continue to prove that economical, Australian designed and manufactured solutions are a vital resource for local industry.