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Patent Awarded for Revolutionary Mail Sorting Technology

5:35pm on Wednesday 14th February 2018

Engineering Innovation is excited to announce our newly awarded patent for our revolutionary Dynamic Sort mail sorting process. First introduced in 2007, this technology dynamically sorts flats to large numbers of destinations in a single pass. This enhanced Automation mail sorting process significantly reduces the time and cost associated with sorting and processing flats.

U.S. Patent 9,827,598 B2 for a

Innovative Mail Sorting Technology

Engineering Innovation introduced Dynamic Sort at the National Postal Forum in the spring of 2007.  This innovative process revolutionized the mail sorting industry by creating an automated First Class mail preparation technique which finalizes the mailing in parallel with running a single pass on their EZ Flats system.  This MLOCR-based EZ Flats solution produces a bundle-based automated First Class mailing at a fraction of the cost of traditional flats sorting machines.

EZ Flats users achieve impressive discount levels for automated First Class mailers of all sizes.  By eliminating additional passes through the automated sorting system, overall handling is reduced and throughput is increased significantly.

Dynamic Sort reduces handling and increases throughput when processing First Class flats.Dynamic Sort Process

EZ Flats Dynamic Sort features automated pockets, an automated label applicator, and a patented software-based, sorting methodology for the most cost-efficient processing of First Class flats.  

Dynamic Sort identifies the tenth piece for bundle-based processing as it is read by the OCR, and then dynamically reassigns the routing designation for the maximum discount. This greatly reduces the amount of time required to bundle and containerize the mailing at the end of the run.  In addition, Dynamic Sort provides a road map for correctly packaging the mail to meet USPS requirements.

Ron Robbins, the patent’s author, stated, “Real-time parallel processing is at the heart of the EZ Flats concept, eliminating the need for secondary passes.  Dynamic Sort accelerates this capability and greatly reduces the amount of time you need to bundle and containerize your mail.” 

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about how Engineering Innovation’s EZ-Flats Systems can earn you the maximum discounts on First Class flats, give us a call at 800.350.6450 ext. 4110, or send us an email at sales@eii-online.com. Please view our EZ-Flats video by going to https://youtu.be/S8cMadsqX_M

  

Engineering Innovation introduces LightSort to the Reverse Logistics Industry

9:37am on Wednesday 17th January 2018

Engineering Innovation Inc. (Eii) announced that it is introducing its LightSort parcel sorting solution to the reverse logistics industry at the RLA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, February 6-8, 2018. Clark Cassell, head of business development, said, “LightSort is a great fit for companies wanting to apply simple and cost effective automation for returns processing.” Engineering Innovation received the 2017 Innovation and Digital Award by the United States Postal service for the solution.

Eii initially designed LightSort for a consolidator wanting to both increase throughput and reduce errors while sorting lightweight parcels and poly bags for induction to the U.S. Postal Service. The customer also wanted a system that was both flexible and mobile so that changing sorting configurations was quick and easy.

LightSort accomplishes this with a modular sorting rack that features several bin locations outfitted for sacks or shelf stacking. When the sorter scans a barcode on a package, the correct bin destination “lights up.” Guesswork is eliminated and sorters can get the package to the right location every time.

In the returns environment Cassell said, “Like incoming inventory, having a barcode on the return label is the best way to making automation work in Receiving. With LightSort, you scan incoming packages and quickly place them into a rack location for later re-location in the operation. The key is taking out the guesswork, reducing error and rapid sorting.”

The solution’s ease of use begins with quick assembly and intuitive operator training. For operations that have ongoing changes in sorting requirements, racks can be moved around in differing arrangements and bin locations instantly re-designated with new sort plans. Any number of racks can be integrated into a sorting system, and the racks can be designed to handle a large variety of merchandise. Existing racks can also be retrofitted with the technology.

LightSort features a wireless ring scanner that’s integral to the solution’s success. It allows for hands-free operation and barcodes can be sorted from any angle. Another key attribute is the organization of bags into the bin locations. Up to ten bags can be preloaded into each location. When a bag is full, the operator can quickly unhook it, push it out the back and lift the next one into place.

With LightSort, Eii has once again shown that throwing more automation at a problem isn’t always the optimal approach, especially if that automation is prohibitively expensive. LightSort leverages low cost technology, giving operators the opportunity to do their job more quickly with greatly reduced error and less stress.

For more information on the LightSort and to see a short video, click here.

To learn more about RLA Conference & Expo visit www.rltshows.com/vegas.php

You can also call 800-350-6450, extension 4110, or email Sales@eii-online.com

Engineering Innovation, Inc. honored with USPS award at the 2017 National Postal Forum.

5:04pm on Wednesday 28th June 2017


NPF Group PhotoEngineering Innovation (Eii) was awarded the USPS Mailing Innovation and Digital Award for the Great Lakes Area. The award was presented by Postmaster General Megan Brennan at the 2017 National Postal Forum. The National Postal Forum, the largest annual trade show for the mailing industry, is a four-day event held every spring. It attracts over 4,000 industry professionals from USPS executives, leaders of the mailing and shipping industry, and the industry’s major suppliers and partners. Don Caddy, COO of Engineering Innovation, accepted the award on behalf of the numerous Eii team members who helped create the ground-breaking new LightSort Parcel-Sorting System. 

From the United States Postal Service Customer Awards Program:

This award is presented to customers who have demonstrated creativity by finding new methods to use the mail to drive significant business results and mail growth. They have taken a calculated risk by using the mail in new and innovative ways to help achieve their business objective with successful and quantifiable results. 

USPS AwardEngineering Innovation, Inc., located in Lafayette, IN, specializes in postage saving solutions. Its offering includes letters, flats, and parcel solutions for all size mailers. Engineering Innovation is the creator of the EZ-Flats manifesting system, which simplifies presorting flats for automation discounts. Engineering Innovation designed its latest offering, LightSort, for a customer who wanted to increase throughput and reduce errors when sorting lightweight parcels and poly bags.

LightSort is quick to assemble, intuitive to operate, and is flexible to simplify changing sorting configurations. For operations that have ongoing changes in sorting requirements, customers can move racks easily into different arrangements and bin locations, and instantly re-designate them with new sort plans. LightSort features a wireless ring scanner allowing a hands-free operation that reads barcodes from any angle. To speed up changing out full bags, Engineering Innovation designed LightSort to hold up to 15 bags per location. Through the LightSort Systems low-cost technology, Engineering Innovation has shown that automation doesn’t have to be expensive. 


Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to create this innovative new product!

Leran more about the LightSort here.

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