Datalogic fast tracks logistics for DHL as it completes automated sorting installations in all courier’s Italian bases

Bologna, 13th March 2014 – Datalogic, a global leader in Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation markets, has solidified its dominant position in the Transportation & Logistics market with an innovative installation of imager solutions at DHL Express Logistics’ new hub in Bologna – completing Datalogic’s presence in all of DHL’s bases in Italy.

Datalogic technology has strengthened their alliance with DHL with this new installation, which is similar to a previous solution installed in 2012 at the express service and logistics company’s major European hub based in Carpiano near Milan. Once again, DHL chose Datalogic’s top of the range industrial high-end camera system the NVS9000™, equipped with powerful and innovative image acquisition and reading capabilities. Winning this competitive bid was due to both the reliability of a technical solution already tested and proven at DHL Carpiano and the longstanding relationship Datalogic has with DHL.

The NVS9000 vision system is designed to dramatically improve the productivity of mail carriers and distribution centers. The solution combines the most advanced image capture technology currently on the market with exceptional reading performance, ease of integration and installation at a significantly lower operating cost.

The new deal with DHL consists of the installation of 15 NVS9000 cameras in different configurations on four reading stations in a sorting system provided by the system integrator Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company. The system includes multi-sided stations of 5 sides with 6 cameras on a sorter, multi-sided stations of 6 sides with one camera, a single-top for reading from above, as well as a single-bottom for reading from below.

Datalogic’s solution is integrated into the sorting system that distributes parcels and flyers, which arrive in Bologna from all destinations. These must then either be routed directly to the mail customers or forwarded to the local hub for a specific region in Italy. With the image-based solution in DHL Bologna, parcels and flyers running at a speed of 2,3 m/s are read per hour by a system which is fast and autonomous – reducing manual sorting and increasing throughput.

In addition, through video-coding, ‘no read’ barcodes can be captured using imagery by system operators and historical records of the images can be maintained, adding controls in the case of queries or legal claims for lost or damaged parcels. The quality and the ease of installation and replacement allow Datalogic to offer services such as HOT SWAP, a maintenance program for the timely replacement of any defective products within 24 hours of indication of failure, without costly machine downtime or system reset.

In addition, Datalogic’s customized package of services includes annual checkups for preventive maintenance, facilitated by the powerful Datalogic WebSentinel™ software that provides diagnostics, statistics and alerts activation e-mail anywhere and at any time.

Datalogic is strongly focused on its customers with in the ability to offer them the widest wide range of products and technologies on the market – from traditional laser barcode scanners to the latest generation imagers. The range of solutions provided to DHL across Italy demonstrates Datalogic versatile portfolio and its ability to allow customers to choose the best solution –for their application, without relying on any one type of technology.

Datalogic also combines its DS8100A/DX8200A laser scanning solutions for use in some of DHL's regional sorting centers, with the NVS9000 vision system installed in the industrial hubs of Carpiano and Bologna, ensuring process efficiency and precision in every situation.

With our 40 years of experience in technology investments and the T&L industry, Datalogic has proven once again it is well placed to meet the needs of leading companies such as DHL Express who continue to choose Datalogic not only for its innovation, but for our flexibility and willingness to analyze and develop tailor-made solutions, which can be integrated seamlessly into host systems,” said Dr. Romano Volta, Chairman and CEO of the Datalogic Group.