X hits on this document

336 views

0 shares

0 downloads

0 comments

39 / 122

For example, USPS awarded development contracts for first generation OCRs to Philco Corporation in 1960-65, and for second generation OCRs to IBM and Philco-Ford in 1968 and 1969, respectively. Both companies developed successful OCR designs and

were OCRs and time

subsequently were installed

awarded prototype contracts. in Boston in November 1971 and

The Philco-Ford second generation

successfully tested in early 1972;

IBM OCRs USPS had

were installed in New York in June 1972 settled on a postal automation strategy and

and tested solicited

in late 1972. By manufacturers

the to

provide OCRs on a line OCR business Philco-Ford second the IBM OCR units

release-loan basis in 1979-80, the only companies left in the single-

were foreign manufacturers. generation OCR units in Boston in New York are still in service.

This was remained

despite the fact that operational until 1982,

the and

Thus, it is at least arguable that USPS could have reasonably opted for wide deployment of single-line OCRs in the early 1970’s, perhaps using a 5-digit bar code (5- digit ZIP code use had reached 84 percent by 1972). Had USPS opted for this strategy, some U.S. manufacturers of single-line OCRs might well have stayed in the business. And it would be reasonable to expect that OCR technology would be further advanced than it is today.

On the positive side, USPS has established a good track record in narrowly focused R&D on improvements to upgrade existing equipment. For example, the multi-position letter-sorting machine (MPLSM), in wide use since the late 1960’s, has been upgraded several times, most recently by a not yet fully implemented electronic ZIP retrofit (known as EZR) that allows four-digit keying of ZIP+4 codes. Facer cancellers, single position letter sorting machines, and flat sorting machines also have been, or will be, upgraded. USPS equipment upgrades are highlighted in figure 3.

31

Document info
Document views336
Page views336
Page last viewedTue Dec 06 17:05:04 UTC 2016
Pages122
Paragraphs3734
Words24057

Comments