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Parcel Dimensioner vs
Pallet Dimensioner

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When it comes to shipping and logistics, accurate dimensional measurements are crucial to ensuring that packages and pallets are transported efficiently and cost-effectively. This is where parcel and pallet dimensioners come into play. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between the two and how they can be used in various industries.
A parcel dimensioner, also known as a cubing system, is a device that measures the length, width, and height of individual packages. It’s commonly used in industries such as e-commerce, retail, and distribution centers, where packages come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Parcel dimensioners can accurately measure packages down to a millimeter and weigh them to within a fraction of an ounce.

On the other hand, a pallet dimensioner is designed to measure larger shipments that are placed on pallets. These systems can measure the length, width, and height of the entire pallet, as well as the individual boxes on the pallet. Pallet dimensioners are commonly used in industries such as manufacturing, wholesale, and logistics, where large volumes of goods are shipped on pallets.

So, which dimensioner is right for your business?

Let’s take a look at a comparison table:
Aspect Parcel Dimensioner Pallet Dimensioner


Very High
Ease of Use
Industry Use
E-commerce, Retail, Distribution
Manufacturing, Wholesale, Logistics
Cost Efficiency
Cost-effective for individual packages
Cost-effective for palletized shipments
As you can see, both parcel and pallet dimensioners have their strengths and weaknesses. While parcel dimensioners are more accurate and faster, pallet dimensioners are designed for larger shipments and can measure the entire pallet, saving time and effort. It’s important to consider the specific needs of your industry and business when choosing which dimensioner to use.
In addition to this, here is another comparison table that highlights the key differences between the parcel dimensioner and pallet dimensioner:
Aspect Parcel Dimensioner Pallet Dimensioner
Use Cases
Ideal for businesses that ship individual packages, such as e-commerce retailers, fulfillment centers, and postal services.
Essential for businesses that ship large quantities of products, such as manufacturers, distributors, and warehouses.
Measuring Capabilities
Measures parcel DIMs using lasers. Can measure packages of various shapes and sizes.
Measures pallets DIMs using lasers or cameras. Can measure pallets of various sizes
Highly accurate, with some models measuring within 0.1 inches or less.
Highly accurate, with some models capable of measuring within 0.1 inches or less.
Size and Weight Limitations
usually handle packages up to 150 pounds and 40 inches in size
Can manage pallets weighing several thousand pounds and measuring 10 feet or more.
Costs vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars based on device features and capabilities.
Costs vary from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars based on device features and capabilities.
In a nutshell, parcel and pallet dimensioners are essential tools for accurately measuring packages and pallets in the shipping and logistics industry. By choosing the right dimensioner for your business, you can save time, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.

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