Chronopost installs vision technology

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The French logistics company Chronopost has implemented camera-based identification technology from Vitronic at its new distribution centre in Chilly-Mazarin, France.

Up to 30,000 packages per hour are sorted during peak times and the inspection system rotates around two tilt-tray sorters each using two VIPAC systems. Five cameras per system automatically read barcodes and 2D codes (Datamatrix and PDF417) on five sides of the package at conveyor speeds of 2.5m/s (490fpm). The fast and dynamic focusing of the high-speed line scan camera VICAMssi adapts itself in real time to any package orientation. In addition, Chronopost has also implemented the user-friendly archiving system VIPACarchive+. It is used for analysis of the 'no reads' and offers the possibility for optimisation of the reading rates.

Chronopost International is a subsidiary of the French La Poste Group and operates across Europe as an express service provider. The new hub in Chilly-Mazarin is to become the main distribution centre in France.

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