OCR boxes clever

Lockheed Martin Systems has developed a Carton Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Video Coding Subsystem (VCS) product that automatically reads labels, addresses and barcodes on cartons.

The Distribution Technologies unit of Lockheed Martin Systems has developed a Carton Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Video Coding Subsystem (VCS) product that automatically reads labels, addresses and barcodes on cartons. Image-capture capabilities range from a single side up to six sides.

Data on nonbarcoded cartons previously had to be captured using manual data entry and processing. This manual data entry of handwritten and machine printed labels or addresses has been a significant bottleneck in distribution centre processing.

The Carton OCR/VCS system from Lockheed Martin eliminates these manual tasks. It is capable of reading cartons from one side or up to six sides, and it has several patents pending. It is claimed to be the only system that integrates machine-printed label, handwritten label and barcode reading software into one product.

It can locate and read alphanumeric labels, addresses and barcodes with 360 degrees of rotation. The VCS option can be used to efficiently capture data from any remaining unreadable items.

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