Reading Systems from Promail

PromailPromail can offer a number of different reading systems to suit any purpose within your mailing operation. The Promail solution is cameras from the world-leading Lake Image Systems. These can read almost anything; from barcodes to OMR marks, or OCR characters to 2D images. We can also supply barcode and OMR scanners.

What mailing applications would require cameras or scanners?

  • Accumulation - You might have a need to accumulate several personal documents into one envelope or polybag. A good example of this would be an itemised telephone bill. Find Out More...
  • Selection - Perhaps you want to target certain people differently from others within a mailing by including an extra or different insert. Find Out More...
  • Matching - Possibly you need to match two or more inserts and/or envelopes addressed to a specific person. Find Out More...
  • Security - Cameras can be used to check the integrity of your secure mailing or they can offer disguised mailing. This can give sensitive material a more general appearance and prevent possible fraud. Find Out More...


Automated Selection is when certain documents require either an extra or a different insert to be placed into the pack.

Promail can use either a scanner or camera to read an area of the sheet. Usually this area would be either a barcode or OMR mark, but could also be a set of characters (often numbers) or a specialist 2D mark.

The information on this mark is specific to each sheet of paper and it is interpreted by the camera or scanner to ensure that the complete pack of documents is inserted into the envelope or polybag.

Promail have several ways in which document selection can be achieved.

We can supply a machine such as the Kalmar KC45 Unimailer with a sheet-feed channel. The channel uses a camera or scanner to read the mark and select the required extra or replacement piece from the inserting station(s).

We can also supply rebuilt equipment, such as Bell & Howell inserters with a custom-made channel or a reader built into an insert station. The reader will select the remaining required inserts.

The newer generation Kalmar KC4 and KC5 swing-arm inserters can be custom-fitted with either a sheet-feed channel or a reader within an insert station. The reader will select the remaining required inserts.

Other alternatives include using a specialist Streamfeeder with either an inserting machine or a polywrapper and sometimes this can be custom fit onto your existing machinery.

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