Cargo Handling

WFS becomes first air cargo handler to implement Cind’s ContourSpect 3D modelling software

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, will deploy Cind’s ContourSpect 3D modelling software at selected stations across its Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia (EMEAA) network following a successful Proof of Concept (POC) in its cargo terminal at Copenhagen Airport.

WFS is Cind’s launch partner for ContourSpect in the cargo handling industry. The software has been developed to build ULD’s more efficiently and to optimise cargo capacity, which, in turn, presents opportunities to reduce climate impact.

ContourSpect creates a 3D model of cargo loaded on an air cargo pallet and compares this in real-time with the selected virtual contour.

The tool is designed to eliminate the need for manual measurements and time-consuming quality control by immediately indicating if the ULD build-up is out of contour.

This increases operational productivity and ensures all ULD’s leaving the warehouse are 100% ‘fit to fly’.

ContourSpect uses 3D cameras positioned around the ULD build-up area to monitor the contour frame.

Fixed screens provide the cargo operator with real-time updates, providing one fixed picture from each corner and one rotating contour.

A green frame confirms no cargo is outside of the contour, while a red frame alerts the operator to cargo placed outside of the contour, which could result in an overbuilt ULD being sent to a flight.

Jimi Daniel Hansen, Vice President Operational Excellence EMEAA at WFS, said: “Our POC for ContourSpect in Copenhagen involved hundreds of ULD’s, and the results were impressive on many levels.

“Building ULD’s which are 100% ‘ready to fly’ is an essential part of WFS’ and SATS’ commitment to aviation safety and security.

“This modelling software automates this process, reduces the contour check cycle time, and captures data.

“From a customer perspective, it also presents additional revenue benefits by ensuring optimal use of available cargo capacity, supported by full reporting of the utilisation rate and picture documentation.”

Following the successful trial in Copenhagen, WFS is now planning the next stations in EMEAA which will implement the Cind system.

The software was created by Cind’s research and product development team in Jönköping, Sweden, as part of the company’s focus to advance supply chain logistics and to help companies gain efficiency.

Using 3D image processing for freight dimensioning, ContourSpect provides an automated and cost-efficient solution which optimises labour resources, supports sustainability by reducing duplication in the ULD build process, and provides valuable analytics.

“Since the launch of ContourSpect in early 2023, we have witnessed considerable interest from the entire air cargo industryCind’s CEO, Marcus Schelin.

“I am delighted that WFS, as the first air cargo handler, has partnered with Cind to integrate the service into its network of stations.

“WFS proves to be the ideal partner to extend our solutions, and it is inspiring to observe their strong commitment to enhancing industry safety and efficiency.

“We look forward to collaborating closely with WFS in upholding and enhancing their outstanding services in the years ahead”.

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