Siemens Dematic has won a $370 million order from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to supply systems and equipment that will improve existing mail sorting machines.
The scope of supply includes new software and hardware components to enhance the Reading/Coding functions of existing Siemens Dematic mail sorters in around 300 USPS offices.
Upgrades to Multiline Optical Character Reader Systems (MLOCR), the system for reading and coding of mail, will increase the machine’s address reading speed by about 20 percent and also raise sorting depth fourfold.
USPS’ Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCS), which mechanically sort mail based on the information fed to them by MLOCRs, will also be capable of handling the increased performance. To this end 395 new DBCS machines will also be installed at a number of mail sorting centres.
Siemens expects to install the new mail systems from January 2006 to March 2007.