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NEC Provides Norway Post with the Latest Mail Processing Systems

The Latest Mail Processing Systems (Flat Sorting Machines)

The Latest Mail Processing Systems (Flat Sorting Machines)

*** For immediate use September 27, 2010

Tokyo, September 27, 2010 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today that it has handed over two advanced Flat Sorting Machines (FSM) to Norway Post (Norway's national postal service), marking the conclusion of a project that started in July 2008. The FSMs are in operation at the new Oslo Sorting Center, which officially opened with a ceremony attended by the King of Norway on 29 January, 2010 and will process 60% of all Norwegian mail.

The center's two FSMs reached full operation in May 2010 and represent the 3rd and latest generation of machines developed by NEC, which are characterized by high performance and an ergonomic design.

Each machine is equipped with 4 high performance feeders that make use of the latest technology to allow a feed-in rate of 10,000 items per hour across a vast range of sizes and materials, such as paper envelopes, plastic wrapped mail and open magazines, which enables a total machine throughput of up to 40,000 items per hour. Moreover, each feeder is equipped with a tray unloading and mail feeding assist robot that is designed to ergonomically assist machine operators and maintain optimum system performance.

Key features of NEC's Flat Sorting Machines are as follows:

  • 300 Sorting outlets
    • Mail stacking level detection system in each outlet for high quality mail stacking in a tray
  • 4 High-speed Flat Feeders
    • Maximum 10,000 items per hour per feeder across a wide range of mail items
    • Color scanner equipped with state-of-the art LED illumination for recording addresses on the surface of mail items
  • Semi-automated tray unloading and mail feeding assistance mechanism at each feeder
  • Integrated tray handling system for full and empty trays
    • Fully automated empty tray supply and full tray take-away system
    • Fully automated tray label print and application system
    • Expandability of fully automated sequencing function

In 2003, Norway Post initiated a Reengineering of the Mail Process (REMP), a project to implement changes in the mail process sorting structure. NEC delivered the FSMs together with 3 sets of Culling Facing Cancelling machines (CFC) as part of the REMP. NEC is honored to play a role in the REMP and to be contributing to Norway Post's mail process automation and service improvement.

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