UPS Deploys New Scanning Device in its Package Sorting Operation

Discussion in 'UPS Pressroom News' started by cheryl, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Improved Process for Scanning Provides Better Visibility for Customers, Faster Loading

    In another significant technology upgrade within its package handling operation, UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the deployment of a new type of "wearable" scanning system for employees that accelerates the loading of packages into vehicles and the delivery of visibility information to customers.

    The new device, made by Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) consists of a hands-free imager that is worn on a finger and a small terminal worn on the employee's wrist or hip. The ring imager represents a major advance because it automatically scans based on label-sensing technology, allowing UPS employees to more quickly image barcodes compared to the current "point and shoot" method with existing equipment.

    The improved technology enables UPS to accelerate the transfer of package tracking data to customers and improves package travel reliability through the system. Internally referred to as "link and load," the scans are key to providing the tracking data that feeds the 32.1 million tracking requests viewed daily on

    With the new equipment, the ring scanner sends each package's tracking information via Bluetooth to the terminal worn on the wrist or hip. The data is then transmitted over Wi-Fi to the UPS facility network and ultimately to UPS's global data centers to be stored and processed to be quickly accessed by customers.

    The data captured by the imager includes two-dimensional and traditional one-dimensional barcodes. These barcodes reside on all UPS shipping labels and contain pertinent shipment tracking information about the package destination. The imager reads the service level and ZIP code and verifies whether the package is being loaded into the proper trailer or air container. An audible and visible alert identifies any package that's about to be loaded incorrectly to help UPS avoid service disruptions. The two-dimensional imager also has improved the tracking number "read rate," reducing the need for key entry by employees.

    "UPS is always examining new ways to improve our delivery reliability and provide timely and accurate shipment information to our customers," said Juan Perez, UPS vice president of information services. "Effectively deploying mobile and pervasive computing technologies like this allows us to achieve those goals, with higher performance, and a more rugged, longer- lasting piece of hardware."

    UPS began deploying the new system last year and 28,000 ring imager and terminal devices are currently in use at 480 facilities. The deployment will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2013 with more than 38,000 ring imager and terminal devices in use at 1,383 facilities.

    "UPS is known for its dedication to exploring innovative solutions to improve productivity, so we view the deployment of this equipment as recognition of Motorola Solutions' industry leadership position in enterprise solutions such as barcode scanning," said Girish Rishi, corporate vice president and general manager of mobile computing, Motorola Solutions. "The RS507 Bluetooth ring imager, in combination with our robust wireless network and wearable mobile computer, increases scanning efficiency and streamlines the barcode reading process, ultimately improving worker output and cost efficiencies."
  2. TearsInRain

    TearsInRain IE boogeyman

    me gusta
  3. Acc0rd

    Acc0rd Member

    weve had this for along time now. Old news. They rub your fingers raw alot so I just hold the ring deal if im ever in the sort aisle filling in. And, it gets super sweaty under the battery pack on your arm, yuck. Definitely faster than the scan and a sticker pops out meathod. However many dumb employees love to put the stamp marking right on the black writing which boggles the mind...hard to read then..../facepalm.
  4. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    These are not the hand scanners used for spa in the preload
  5. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    We still have center that used a pad and paper to deliver but they keep inventing new technology that is already out of date by the time it gets implemented.
  6. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Few more management just lost their jobs to pay for this.
  7. PT Stewie

    PT Stewie "Big Fella"

    Still need a trigger in small sort the continuous scan is a pain with a lot of bar codes you can hit by accident . To sensative it closes bags when you don't want it to it picks up the wrong load etc.
  8. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Not to mention the few thousand drivers never hired. :wink2:
  9. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    In the US? Where?