New sorting technology for NZ Post

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Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has equipped New Zealand’s largest mail sorting centres with new Open Mail Handling Systems (OMSs) for flats sorting.

The new OMSs at New Zealand Post’s Auckland and Christchurch facilities can process up to 25,000 magazines, flats, small parcels, letters and postcards per hour.

“The wide range of mail types it can handle combined with its fast sequencing and sorting processes are what makes the Siemens technology especially impressive.” SPPAL said in a statement. “Whereas open or plastic-wrapped magazines previously had to be separately routed to manual sorting, for example, the new system is able to handle these items automatically.”

Vanessa Ellis, General Manager – Network Transformation, New Zealand Post noted that the company is very satisfied with the systems, and the implementation of the project.

“Siemens’ high-performance technology enables us to process a very large range of mail types and formats processed in New Zealand, significantly enhancing our efficiency,” she said.

“The systems are connected to statistics software that allows us to monitor system capacity utilisation, providing a constant overview that lets us respond rapidly to changes.”

Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics, added: “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to deliver our OMSs to New Zealand Post, a system proven worldwide that meets our customer’s high requirements in terms of efficiency, flexibility, ergonomics and customised solutions. The OMS is capable of processing a broader range of mail types and formats than any other sorting system on the market.”

New Zealand Post’s previously existing sorting machines will also be integrated into the overall system.