Labeling containers for shipment has traditionally been difficult to automate. Now, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has developed a system called CAMS (Container Automatic Marking System) that uses a laser beam controlled by a micro computer to burn the destination address directly on the shipping container surface. The system, said by DLA to be 20 times faster than stencilling, uses a laser beam invisible to the eye. The "burn" is so fast that there is no danger of setting fire to the container and the system has been certified as safe by OSHA. It works on corrugated, wood and even coated metal containers. DLA estimates the cost of a complete system at about $95,000; $80,000 of which is for hardware and installation, and $15,000 for the materials handling equipment necessary to move the packages through the marking device. Patent rights to the system are owned by the U.S. government.

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    Traffic Service Corporation

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    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Publication Date: 1977-10-17

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  • Accession Number: 00172701
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Development News
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM