Singapore Post’s automated integrated sorting system from Toshiba ready for operation

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People in Singapore can now look forward to faster, more accurate mail processing, thanks to new infrastructure installed by Singapore Post. The fully integrated automated system from Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. increases letter-sorting capacity, leading to greater productivity and efficiency.

Singapore Post commissioned Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, to supply an integrated postal automation system comprising 16 various machines that can rapidly sort letters, mail packages and flats (e.g. publications). The new system replaces 26 older machines, and will further boost efficiency of Singapore Post’s mail processing centre.

All the 16 equipment use Toshiba’s advanced optical character recognition (OCR) system to identify and read mail addresses and barcodes. Toshiba is a widely recognized industry leader in automated postal systems. The new energy-efficient system allows processing of 42,000 letters per hour, with a high OCR accuracy rate. The equipment defines the industry standard for this kind of system.

“We see Singapore Post project as a great success for us,” said Mr. Sadao Sekine Vice President, Security & Automation Systems Division, Toshiba Corporation Social Infrastructure Systems Company. “Asia’s e-commerce and logistics industries are increasingly sophisticated, and this project allowed us to demonstrate how Toshiba can deliver integrated, automated mailing systems. Leveraging our 50 years of experience in providing equipment and solutions to the postal business, we are delighted to support Singapore’s postal system in areas of scalability and efficiency.”

Mr Tan Tien Po, Senior Vice President (Domestic Mail), SingPost said: “SingPost remains focused on serving Singapore well. We are investing more than S$100 million to upgrade the postal infrastructure and enhance service quality in Singapore despite mail volume decline and increasing costs of operation. The S$45million integrated sorting machines from Toshiba Asia which were fully operational in late 2014 increase the automation process, sorting capacity and speed of sorting, leading to improved efficiency and accuracy. It also helps handle the changing profile of mail which is seeing rapid growth in packages.”

(Toshiba)

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