Postal Service contract furthers automation efforts

Postal Service contract furthers automation efforts

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

MARCH 7'The Postal Service awarded a $73.4 million contract to Lockheed Martin Federal Systems Inc. of Manassas, Va., for 42 smart parcel sorters in 21 bulk mail centers.

The Singulator Scan Induction Units will align, measure and sort bar coded parcels of up to 21-inch dimensions, reducing labor costs by $24 million annually, according to Postal Service estimates.

The bulk mail centers will use an assembly line system to process the parcels, sending the mail through the SSIU's Omni Scan Tunnel, which reads all six sides to identify the bar code. The data collection component then weighs and sorts the parcels to determine transportation and other delivery requirements.

USPS tested prototypes in Dallas and Pittsburgh. Lockheed Martin will deploy the units between June 2000 and July 2002.

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