Parascript, LLC, the image analysis and pattern recognition technology provider, today announced that Mail Room Service Center, a first class presort and standard mail processing bureau servicing mid–Michigan, has implemented Engineering Innovation’s EZ-Flats transport with Parascript’s optical character recognition (OCR) software.
Mail Room Service Center processes over 20 million pieces of mail a year and has used Parascript technology on their two BÖWE BELL + HOWELL’s PTI High-Speed Multi Line Optical Character Readers for many years with excellent results. Recently, Mail Room Service Center selected Engineering Innovation’s EZ-Flats, which incorporates Parascript AddressScript CM as a single OCR engine, to presort and comingle flats.
While Mail Room Service Center currently processes 2,000 flats per day, it is beneficial for the company to have room to scale to 10,000 flats per day when needed.
Before implementing EZ-Flats with Parascript’s AddressScript CM, Mail Room Service Center was manually processing this mail and not able to earn postal discounts. Upon implementing the integrated mail processing solution, Mail Room Service Center was able to immediately obtain the discounts and achieve a return on investment after one month of operation.
“EZ-Flats transport with Parascript’s OCR engine is the ideal solution for obtaining greater postage discounts and efficiency in processing flat size mail at our Saginaw, Michigan facility,” said Richard J. Blazejewski, owner of Mail Room Service Center. “With discounts on First Class Flats now as high as 50 cents, we can earn more on a weekly run of 5,000 mixed-weights flats than on 50,000 letters. The return on investment and discounts we are getting far exceeded our expectations.”
Engineering Innovation’s EZ-Flats OCR Essential system, incorporating Parascript AddressScript CM as a single OCR engine, achieves address recognition and interpretation rates of 95 percent on machine print and handwritten addresses. EZ-Flats tracks every mail piece to its maximum discount level for easy verification and billing.
“We are delighted to be helping so many small and medium size mailers obtain greater postal discounts and increase efficiency with our EZ-Flats system and Parascript’s OCR technology,” said Ron Robbins, CEO of Engineering Innovation, Inc. “Our integrated mail processing solution makes a big difference with a low level of investment risk.”
In incorporating Parascript’s AddressScript technology, EZ-Flats automatically reads addresses with the highest read rates achievable, greatly reducing time, cost and labor commonly associated with mail processing. It locates and captures an address block on envelope and flats images to efficiently process the entire mail stream. It reads any character type—cursive, handprint and machine print—in any combination to provide a universal address recognition and validation solution.
“The cost-savings and efficiencies we are enabling at Mail Room Service Center is another great example of the successful partnership between Engineering Innovation and Parascript,” said Kaz Jaszczak, director of product planning and operations for Parascript. “Together we can offer mailers of all sizes highly-efficient, cost effective solutions for mail processing with our best-of-breed OCR technology.”