New Zealand Post commissions new SPPAL sorting system

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been commissioned by New Zealand Post to equip the postal operator’s sorting centres with mixed mail sorting machines as well as associated software.

SPPAL is to supply three new Open Mail Handling Systems (OMS) that will be installed in Auckland as well as Christchurch. The OMS will be used for sorting small parcels, letters, flats, newspapers and plastic wrapped magazines.

SPPAL’s OMS have two induction lines that can process around 25,000 items of mail per hour. The German electronics company will also put in a suite of software packages that control all mail sorting operations across New Zealand.

The postal operator’s existing sorting machines will also be integrated into the system so that they can interoperate with the new software and hardware.

“We view the collaboration with New Zealand Post as a strategic project that sets an important precedent,” said Michael Reichle, CEO of SPPAL.

“We’re delighted that our technology meets the rigorous requirements set by the customer with regard to process efficiency and individual solutions.”

The key features of the OMS include the high level of automation for letter and flats sorting, coupled with fast sequencing and sorting processes in an ergonomic environment.

The software suite comprises the fingerprint technology, the address reading software ORCA (Open Reading Coding Architecture), and the reliable Address Data and Sort Plan Management system (ADM-SPM).

New Zealand Post has seen a marked drop in mail deliveries through its network, and taking on the SPPAL system that can handle a range of items beyond letters is a move that reflects the changing times.

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