Twenty years ago, automation was perceived as a lethal weapon to use on your own employees. But as companies struggled to compete with their new, low-cost competitors, people began to see automation in a whole new light.
Accurate calculation of "dimensional weight" is carrying greater, well, weight in parcel shipping rates. That's leading to greater interest in tools that measure up to the demands of high-speed cubing and weighing.
Companies have little trouble justifying investments in equipment used to make goods—it's understood that machine tools, assembly equipment and the like are necessary to create wealth. But when it comes to material handling equipment, it's a different story.