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Medical package courier increases automation with OCR

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Geodis Ciblex Benelux, a carrier for companies in the optical and medical sector, has implemented a camera OCR system at its distribution hub in Zaventum near Brussels to capture address data automatically. The system from Prime Vision provides a read rate of more than 98 per cent.

Central to the handling system provided by Vanderlande Industries is a camera system whose images are interpreted by the Prime Vision OCR. The ParcelVision label identification tool is responsible for reading the machine-printed address data on pre-defined label formats to 28 European destinations. Currently there are fifty format variants. In addition to country and postal codes, the system is designed to recognise several different product codes such as those relating to delivery time such as within 8 or 24 hours.

The system has been operational since January 2010 and is able to handle up to 4,000 parcels per hour. 'Ciblex Benelux was impressed by the ease of system integration and is very satisfied with the overall project outcome,' commented Prime Vision's Rob Pieterse.

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