Update on the Advanced Letter Processing System (ALPS) pilot program

There are now two vendors Solystic and Siemens. These vendors have developed machines to be installed in Richmond, VA and Oklahoma City, OK. The Solystic prototype is currently being installed in Richmond, VA and tentatively scheduled to be running in November, 2017. The Siemens prototype is scheduled to be running in Oklahoma City, OK tentatively in December 2017. It is anticipated that the pilot program would only run until January 2018, with an alleged possible extension. During this pilot period the machines will be manned by the suppliers (vendors). There is currently no plan for any future pilot sites. We were also told that that the APWU will be invited to a site visit at each installation once these machines are up and running.

A diagram of the Siemens machine is attached. This machine consists of one (1) DBCS machine, an auto-feed /auto-induction module, a tray management system and a mobile staging farm. The machine is totally automated and requires staffing of ½ person. This machines can allegedly sort 5 delivery zones simultaneously. Pass 1 and Pass 2 are completely automated.


The diagram for the Solystic machine is forth coming. The machine consists of two (2) DBCS machines and the staging area is in the center between the two (2) machines. This machine has the same capabilities as the other prototype described above. The machine is totally automated and requires staffing of ½ person. This machine also allegedly sorts 5 delivery zones simultaneously. Pass 1 and Pass 2 are completely automated.

APWU was first notified of the ALPS machine at a Mech and Tech meeting – March, 2016. Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Please share with your state and local leaders.

Lynn Pallas-Barber
Assistant Clerk Craft Director
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-842-4220

Source: Trenton Metro Area Local

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *