The Intelligent Mail barcode (formally known as the 4-State Customer Barcode) is the next generation of barcode technology used to sort and track letters and flats, which combine the capabilities of the POSTNET barcode and the Planet Code barcode. Typically this barcode will be produced with an inkjet or laser printer at the time the mailing label is produced. In high volume production environments, it is not possible to rely on the machine operator to verify each document for QA purposes.

During production, things can go wrong with the address label printing, from streaks and skewing, to ensuring the correct barcode was printed. To overcome these challenges, Formscan has developed an automated Intelligent Mail Barcode verification solution, which can make sure that the barcode on the address label is not only correct, but also meets the
USPS standards for mailing.

With an area inside the barcode for the customer serial number, IMB can also be used for piece level tracking, reconciliation, reprints and other Document Integrity applications such as:

Optimizing Postage Discounts
Base Stock Verification
Sequence Checking
Address Masking
Piece Level Reconciliation and Reporting
Split Collations
And many more...

As an extension to Formscanâ¬s Docucheck system, a powerful and flexible range of capture and verification solutions, the IMB engine allows for the following:

Auto Locate - minimizes the need to change setup, software or hardware between jobs
Auto Orientation - automatically detect IMB in any orientation
Decode - Decode every code that is read
Audit - Record every code (time and date stamped) that is read to a file or database
Quality Check - Check that every code meets USPS requirements in real time at production speeds
Archive â¬" Stores the captured image as well as the quality information
Piece Level Tracking - Use customer serial number code area for tracking and sequence check
Closed Loop Reconciliation - Match IMB codes to an input file or database forreconciliation
Automated Reprints - Generate exception reports for reprints
Speed - In excess of 100,000 reads per hour
Compatible with all of Formscanâ¬s application suites and ADF solutions

Formscan has over 15 years of printing and mailing integrity experience. With over 1,000 solutions installed worldwide, Formscan is ideally positioned to help with your unique variable data tracking needs. For further information, contact one of our specialists today at 1-866-617-4675, or