Swiss Post progresses automation plans

As part of Swiss Post’s automation plans, the postal operator has signed a contract with NEC corporation for culler facer cancellers (CFC).

The 13 NEC systems are on order for three of Swiss Post’s large scale mail sorting centres and will be installed in February 2019. The three mail centres where the CFC systems will be installed are Mülligen, Härkingen and Eclépens.

According to NEC: “The CFCs automatically identify the destination of small postal items and process them based on their size, thickness and weight, as well as adjust their alignment and manage the application of postmarks, all of which was formerly carried out by hand.”

Once fully operational the CFCs will be capable of processing up to 38,000 postal items per hour.

The Swiss Post automation plans are part of the Re Engineering of Mail Automation project. This is intended to improve the sorting structure of the postal operator’s mail process. NEC has also supplied eight Flat Sorting Machines that automatically read the destinations and sort large postal items.

In other news from Switzerland, Swiss Post has agreed a ten year research partnership with the Zurich Information Security and Privacy Centre (ZISC) at the ETH Zurich. The postal operator has said that this cooperation will be very promising, particularly in the fields of security, analytics, machine learning and robotics.

As mail volumes continually plummet globally, manpower is a part of the process that postal operators around the world are trying to replace with machinery. Compared to drone delivery systems automated sorting systems are a minor step in that direction though very much in line with industry trends.  
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