BÖWE BELL + HOWELL will have a major presence at this year?s National Postal Forum, May 17 through May 20 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to displaying unique, industry-leading products and solutions in Booth No. 367, the company is hosting a Customer Symposium designed to inform participants of the latest innovations and cost-saving solutions.
The Symposium will present an opportunity for BBH customers to learn how to maximize postage discounts and ensure compliance with USPS regulations with particular focus on Intelligent Mail barcode (IMB), Move Update and the USPS Rate Case for 2009. Customers will be able to interact directly with BBH product managers and executives on these topics and more.
?We developed our IMB-ready solutions for mailers to not only meet USPS mandates, but also go far beyond it for maximum postal savings and improving quality,? said Mike Swift, president of BBH?s Postal Software and Sorting division. ?Our focus at NPF will be to help our customers and visitors to the booth identify the best solutions for their individual operations.?
?Given the current economic climate, our customers are looking for solutions that will produce genuine cost savings and efficiencies,? says BÖWE BELL + HOWELL President John Lombard. ?BÖWE BELL + HOWELL?s innovation, industry expertise and customer service can point them toward previously unrealized opportunities.?
Product and Service Lineup Announced
Visitors to Booth No. 367 will see a number of cutting-edge solutions that incorporate BBH?s renowned modularity with new, increased flexibility.
· Criterion APEX Sorting System, Powered by NetSort
The Criterion APEX sorter is designed with the latest technology to increase productivity, process a wider variety of mail, and ensure greater flexibility for ever-changing needs. The Criterion APEX sorter runs smoothly at speeds up to 35 to 40 percent faster than previous models while providing the ability to read more mail than ever before. The APEX sorter can be configured as a multi-line optical character reader (MLOCR) or barcode reader, and is available in multiple models.
Designed to handle the full spectrum of mail, the APEX sorter efficiently processes mail in uniform batches or mixed with various types and sizes. The BBH Controlled Gap Feeder features constant gap and pitch control, constant pressure and pick-off speed to ensure the highest throughput, keeping the processing time of every job to a minimum.
Other options for the APEX sorter include the doubles detector (which helps to maintain integrity by detecting and rejecting doubles), a metal detector, height detector, indicia detector, thickness detector, the WayMarkâ in-line weighing module (future), linerless in-line high-speed labeler, and a significantly extended magazine.
· PTI?45 Multi-Tier Sorter, Powered by NetSort
The PTI?45 has long been recognized for its quality, performance and ease of maintenance. With a focus on providing customers with cost-effective solutions, the sorter features more bins per square foot than competing models, enabling deeper sort on the same footprint and higher revenue potential. The newly developed Friction Feeder provides additional flexibility by handling most mail types the standard vacuum feeder cannot.
Optional upgrades include: NetSort sorting software, which meets full-service Intelligent Mail requirements and allows both PTI and BBH sorters to combine/share mailing information; using the existing one-tier bins to expand the sorter to two tiers; and the BBH Sorter Control, which allows the use of all the OCR and BCR reading technology and other software upgrades available from BBH.
· NetSort Sorting Software Platform
NetSort supports full-service use of the Intelligent Mail barcode. IMB-specific functionality includes the ability to manage unique mailpiece IDs for the required 45 days across multiple sorters and sites; manage uniqueness and relationship of/between trays and containers; and create and submit electronic mailing reports.