3D Scanning for Packaging and Distribution

3D scanning and computer vision system are used at packaging and distribution centers.  The 3D scanners are used to maintain quality, for example a 3D scanner might be used on a conveyor belt to identify packages with defects such as scratches, dents, mis-folds, etc.  A computer vision system might be used on the same conveyor belt to help identify mis-printed or mis-aligned labels.  Computer vision system are also used to identify packages by reading bar codes or other identifying characteristics. Once identified the package can be managed, classified, and/or sorted. 

SICK IVP or Cognex are manufacturers of equipment for this industry.  Factory automation systems such as the ones described above are usually installed by 'integrators' like Intelligrated.