A recent article in Politico (a journalism company distributing political and policy content through television, internet, newspaper and podcasts) recently published an article on failures in innovation at the US Postal Service. USPS Postmaster General Megan Brennan wrote an article defending the USPS and advising of the innovations and extensive use of technological advancements at the USPS. She states that the Postal Service:
- Is the world leader in optical character reader (OCR) technology.
- Uses more than 8,500 pieces of automated processing equipment to sort nearly half of the world’s mail
- Has the largest gantry robotic* fleet in the world, using 174 robotics systems to move 314,000 mail trays per day.
- Deploys and leverages more than 260,000 handheld scanners that provide unprecedented visibility and insights into mail movement, location and speed as well as safety.
To read the entire article click here: Megan Brennan Article
*A gantry robot consists of a manipulator mounted onto an overhead system that allows movement across a horizontal plane. Gantry robots are also called Cartesian or linear robots. They are usually large systems that perform pick and place applications, but they can also be used in welding and other applications.