Bill of Lading OCR

 

This article walks you through the building process of an OCR API that extracts data from Bills of Lading using our deep learning engine. It will work for any bank company or bank statement template. 

 

 

Prerequisites

  1. You’ll need a free account. Sign up and confirm your email to login.
  2. You’ll need at least 20 Bill of Lading images or pdfs to train your OCR.

 

 

Define your Bill of Lading use case

 

First, we’re going to define what fields we want to extract from your Bill of Lading. 

 

 

Bill of Lading OCR API

 

  • Shipper's name: The full name of the company shipping products 

 

  • Consignee's name: The full name of the company receiving products

 

  • Ship Date: Represents the date when the shipper sent listed products 

 

  • Due Date: Represents the estimated date of delivery to the consignee

 

  • Carrier: The name of the company carrying listed products from shipper to consignee

 

 

That’s it for our use case. Feel free to add any other relevant data to fit your requirements.

 

 

Deploy your API

 

Once you have defined the list of fields you want to extract, head over to the platform and press the ‘Create a new API’ button.

 

You land now on the setup page. Here is the image you can use for setting up the API, and my setup looks like this:

 

 

Set up your Bill of Lading  OCR API

 

Once you’re ready, click on the “next” button. We are going to specify the data types for each of the fields we want our API to extract.


 

Define your Bill of Lading  OCR API

 

 

To go further, you can download this json config to set up your data model or do it manually.


 

Shipper's name: type String that never contains numeric characters.

 

Shipper's Name field for Bill of Lading OCR

 

 

 

Consignee's Name: type String that never contains numeric characters.

 

Consignee's Name field for Bill of Lading  OCR

 

Ship Date: type Date with US format. 

 

Ship date field for Bill of Lading  OCR

 

Due Date: type Date with US format. 

 

Due Date field for Bill of Lading  OCR

 

Carrier: type String that never contains numeric characters. 

 

Carrier Name field for Bill of Lading OCR API

 

 

Once you’re done setting up your data model, press the Start training your model button at the bottom of the screen.

 

Train your Bill of Lading  OCR API

 

 

Train your Bill of Lading OCR

 

 

Deep learning Bill of Lading OCR API

 

 

You’re all set! 

 

Now is the time to train your Bill of Lading deep learning model in the Training section of our API. 

 

 

In a few hours (minutes if you're fast), you’ll get your first model trained and will be able to use your custom OCR API for parsing Bills of Lading in your application.

 

To get more information about the training phase, please refer to the Getting Started tutorial. If you have any questions regarding your use case, feel free to reach out on our chat!