Siemens Logistics has received an order from Deutsche Post for the International Postal Center at Frankfurt Airport in Germany. The contract includes the integration of the high-performance VarioSort cross-belt sorter into the existing infrastructure and putting it into operation, as well as the installation of the innovative ARTread address recognition software.
Growing international mail-order volumes means an increasing number of parcels must be processed at the International Postal Center in Frankfurt. Siemens is supporting Deutsche Post with reliable technology and modern software solutions for efficient processing of international items in different shapes and weight classes, and ensures close to 100% sorting accuracy.
To guarantee optimum working conditions at the conveyors, Siemens will also set up ergonomic workstations, previously tested under real conditions at the Siemens Logistics Test Center in Nuremberg. The initial equipment for the IPZ was already provided by Siemens and is being modernized on a regular basis.
“The new order builds on a proven and reliable partnership with Deutsche Post”, said Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Logistics. “With our VarioSort and the ARTread software, we support our customer to process incoming and outgoing parcels more exactly and considerably faster.”
The new order includes the high-performance VarioSort cross-belt sorter which, with a maximum speed of 2m/s (6.5ft/s), reaches a peak throughput of 18,000 parcels per hour. It allows for efficient sorting of even very small and lightweight items starting from 20g (0.7oz). The VarioSort can be flexibly configured and is characterized by its low maintenance requirements.
Based on optical character recognition, the ARTread software enables reliable extraction and interpretation of address information, logos and labels. Items in different shapes and packing materials, as well as with varying print qualities, fonts and address layouts, can be accurately processed.