USPS upgrades sorting systems

USPS upgrades sorting systems

By the summer of 2002, the Postal Service expects to automatically sort 450 million more mail pieces each year.

Current automated letter sorters cannot scan envelopes that are larger than 6.25 inches high or 0.3125 inches thick or that weigh more than 3.3 ounces. By modifying the bar code sorters, USPS will speed the sorting process and reduce manual sorting.

'Only about 8 percent of the letter mail we receive each day is processed manually, yet it accounts for one-half of letter mail processing staff costs,' said William J. Dowling, the service's vice president of engineering.

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