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Performance of Bar Code Sorters (BCSs)

Performance of the BCSs has not been in dispute. USPS has already procured 248 units from Bell and Howell at a capital cost of approximately $129,000 each. The BCSs sort 24,000 to 28,000 letters per hour depending on the type of sort, with an accept rate

of 96 percent. USPS procurement, and has agreements with five summer of 1984. The

plans to procure an additional 452 BCSs as part of the Phase II budgeted approximately $154,000 per unit. USPS has signed BCS manufacturers to conduct release-loan tests during the manufacturers are:

Bell and Howell (U. S.) Hotchkiss-Brandt Sogeme (France) Leigh Instruments (Canada) National Presort (U. S.) Telefunken (Germany)

USPS will require that at [east 75 percent of the machine cost be of domestic manufacture. Therefore, any foreign manufacturer whose equipment tests satisfactorily will have to license a U.S. company to produce all or most of the machines in order to qualify for the competitive procurement.

Performance of Multi-Line OCRs

Over the last few years, multi-line OCR technology has emerged from the laboratory and prototype stage to operational units. OTA examined available research

and data on multi-line multi-line OCRs is that the single-line machines

OCR performance.

The major difference between single- and

the multi-line machines read up read only the bottom line (with

to four lines of the address city, state, and ZIP).

while

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