Optical Character Recognition Upgrade

 Main Features:

  • To match text that is identical on all mail components (i.e. "Dear John" and "John Smith, 123 Main St., Boston, MA 02101." or "Dear Mr. Smith" and "John Smith, 123 Main St., Boston, MA 02101.")
  • To match sequence numbers that are identical on all mail components.

Other Features:

  • To write the results of the OCR to a file.
  • To verify that sequence numbers do not skip.

User Defined Options:

  • Set a tolerance of mismatches or sequence number order skips.
  • Define whether it is required that the operator perform an action before inserter restart such as press an OK/Ignore button.

The Picture Perfect Match System can perform Optical Character Recognition on the images using the cameras of the basic visual match system and determine within the program whether the components of the mail piece match and output an alert for a mismatch.

The inserter can cycle at 10,000 per hour on a three way match on well printed mail components.

The Run Screen

The Set Up Screen

How It Works:

The Optical Character Recognition works by taking the images captured from the cameras of the Picture Perfect Match System and using an OCR engine to look at each pixel of the image, determine if these pixels make up characters and return the characters as text. This text is compared to the text from other image to determine if the mail components match based on parameters set by the user. Because the OCR engine must look at each pixel and its relationship to adjacent pixels, the more text there is to process, the longer it takes to return the results.

The PC used to operate this application has the fastest processor available at the time of purchase but there are still some limitations as to how fast an inserter can run using the OCR. Given optimum conditions, the system can operate at 10,000 per hour on a three way match. Some things that affect the speed of the system are: Quality of print, font, font size, lighting, distance and angle of the camera to the area of the mail piece being read, and the camera and mail piece being stationary while the image is taken.