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Siemens automated mail sorting in the delivery units of USPS in the USA

  • Increased productivity and lower manual-processing cost
  • New address-reading technology
  • Flexible, space-saving, and easy-to-install solution

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has added new address-reading technology to the mail sorting systems in the delivery units of the United States Postal Service (USPS). “Delivery Schemeless Sortation” (DSS), which is a USPS compact solution, has been enhanced by Siemens to increase the speed and efficiency of a part of the process that was previously performed manually by skilled operators. In the United States, USPS operates thousands of delivery units in which mail is sorted to the carrier route.

“We are delighted that the USPS, the world’s largest postal service provider, has opted for our innovative technology,” said Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics. “Our experience and expertise enable us to support our customers in improving their competitive position in the marketplace.”

Previously, letters in the delivery units were sorted manually by skilled postal workers with a good knowledge of the delivery routes in the various districts. Sorting was thus dependent on the knowledge of a number of staff members. Integrating Siemens technology directly in the sorting environment at the delivery unit can help avoid such dependencies and their inherent problems. Siemens address-reading software lies at the heart of the system. It processes the picture on the individual mail items quickly and reliably, and then compares it with the saved delivery maps. The software displays the mailbox into which the letter should be sorted in a very short amount of time.

The DSS enhanced solution increases productivity and lowers manual cost for delivery unit operations.

SPPAL has its own US company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. With this local presence, SPPAL can ensure optimum customer service and competent local handling of projects. The US team forms part of the worldwide network of SPPAL regional companies and subsidiaries, offering its customers extensive services and project management facilities as well as manufacturing products for the American market.


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Monica Soffritti

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