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Title: Automated Package Processing System APPS Update February 23, 2006


1
Automated Package Processing System APPS
Update February 23, 2006
2
Agenda
  • System Description
  • Deployment Status
  • Bundle Processing
  • Address Visibility
  • Bundle Integrity
  • APPS Singulator Design

3
APPS System Description
Dual Induction, 100 Output
4
Mail Characteristics
APPS System Description
Maximum weight 25 lbs
5
APPS Deployment Status
  • Phase I - 74 Machines, 62 sites
  • First Article Test completed May 2004
  • Deployment from Aug 2004 to Aug 2006 Currently
    have 55 machines in operation

6
Bundle Processing
Address Visibility
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Reads both Optional Endorsement Line (OEL) and
    address block information to sort the mail
  • Current read rates for OEL bundles is around 80
  • Read failures occur due to
  • Address block obscured by opaque strapping
    material
  • Address block is obscured by opaque shrink wrap

7
Image Capture
Gray Scale Image 5,807Kb
OCR decodes Binary Image
Binary Image 201Kb
8
APPS Images
  • Opaque Material
  • Address Block Location

9
Clear Strapping
10
APPS Image - Polywrap
  • Poly weld seam through address block
  • Image captured at semi-auto induct station
  • Piece was rejected by video coding operator

11
Address Visibility Rule
  • DMM Change - Address visible and readable to the
    naked eye
  • Where the label WILL be covered
  • If practical - move the address to one of the
    four quadrants
  • Clear smooth strapping (recommend less than 70
    haze ASTM D1003)
  • Clear shrinkwrap (recommend less than 70 haze
    ASTM D1003)

Effective April 30th, 2006
12
Bundle Processing on APPS
Bundle Integrity
  • Automatic Singulation
  • Bulk input to single bundle output
  • Designed for wide variation in frictional
    characteristics
  • Destacking produces tumbling

13
Bundle Processing on APPS
Bundle Integrity
  • Shrinkwrap no longer required on bundles on BMC
    pallets (Implemented in 2005)
  • Two straps on all non-shrinkwrapped bundles
    (Tentative effective date April 30)
  • Information sharing
  • Bundle Blitzes
  • The Perfect Bundle Recommended quality test for
    bundles
  • Electronic Mail Improvement Report (E-MIR)

14
Bundle Processing on APPS
Bundle Integrity USPS/Mailer Study
  • Define characteristics of bundles
  • Design an experiment to measure bundle
    performance on APPS
  • Greensboro PDC test site
  • Preliminary meeting in early February
  • March 2006 data collection

15
Bundle Processing on APPS
Bundle Integrity
  • Singulator Design Study
  • Engineering task to evaluate destack module
  • Assess feasibility of reconfiguration to reduce
    tumbling
  • Findings in 6 months

16
Questions?
The Perfect Bundle
A secure bundle with a fully visible address is a
thing of beauty
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