Accu-Sort Scanners Keep DPD Shipments on Track

  • May 25, 2011
  • Case Study

May 25, 2011 - DPD Dynamic Parcel Distribution installed AXIOM-X omnidirectional laser barcode scanners from Accu-Sort for its distribution center in Neufahrn, Germany. The investment in automated sortation equipment will further enhance DPD's reputation for fast, accurate parcel processing. Its adoption of a new generation of barcode scanners with improved read rates, high reliability, and a design that allows maintenance work to be carried out by in-house staff, has made the daily distribution of 150,000 parcels even more efficient. The Accu-Sort high-speed omni directional laser scanners allow for up to 1120 scans per second. The new solution has reduced the rate of unread parcels from 1.5 percent to 0.1 percent. This translates into significant labor savings because parcels with barcodes that cannot be read by scanners require manual processing. Another aspect in favor of the system was its ease of support. Monitoring and maintenance can be performed by DPD service technicians. Scan heads are easily replaced and configurations are applied at the push of a button. The upgrade also allows for redundancy. The new system was installed next to the existing scanners so the old scanners could serve as a backup system. According to Guido Lodde, DPD technology manager, the improved read rate, the redundancy that eliminates downtime, and the fact that no maintenance contract is required lead to an anticipated payback of the investment within five years. "Despite the complex technology behind the systems, components can be easily replaced, even by untrained staff. Extensive training, as required for the maintenance of laser barcode scanners in the past, is no longer needed," he explained. A long relationship with Accu-Sort barcode systems The German DPD Depot 0180 Neufahrn, the distribution center where the automated sorting of parcels for final delivery takes place, has a long history with Accu-Sort. The German office of the international provider of parcel delivery services has been using barcode systems from Accu-Sort / Europe GmbH for 16 years. DPD started with a high-end barcode ID system that was followed by the conversion to a three-sided solution a few years later, and recently decided to modernize the two sortation systems. Accu-Sort / Europe GmbH was the only provider during the selection process to provide a test system that could be operated parallel to the existing one. "Even the first tests showed that the new system would be a worthwhile investment. We then switched to the latest AXIOM-X generation and left the test system in place," Lodde said. "The old system is still working well, so it can stay in operation. That way, operations are protected in the unlikely event of a scanner failure," he said. About DPD With more than 2 million parcels a day being delivered in a seamless international network, DPD Dynamic Parcel Distribution GmbH & Co. KG is one of the leading international express and parcel service providers. At over 800 depots in more than 40 countries, more than 24,000 employees and 18,000 vehicles are at the service of 300,000 business customers. DPD offers its customers the full range of parcel services from standard and express parcel to various service options and individual customer solutions. DPD is also the German market leader in B2B parcel shipping. With more than 4,000 parcel shops throughout Germany and an online shipping service, DPD also serves the needs of small and medium-scale customers. Simple, fast and reliable parcel delivery is ensured by 7,500 staff at 75 depots. About Accu-Sort Accu-Sort Systems is a pioneer in advanced auto ID systems with four decades of experience deploying and supporting barcode systems, tracking and sortation solutions in various industries including transportation, logistics, manufacturing, and retail. The company is one of the world's leading providers of high-speed laser and camera-based solutions for barcode reading as well as complete turnkey integrated systems solutions.

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