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New machine to speed up post

Isle of Man Post Office has been showing off the success of its new sorting machine – which can even read handwriting.

The new Optical Character Recognition letter sorting machine is based at Postal Headquarters and can read addresses and postcodes at the rate of 50,000 items an hour.

The Post Office says it’ll help improve efficiency as it delivers 120,000 items every day and despatches 65,000 every evening.

Operations Director Peter Cropper describes the million-pound machine as “phenomenally fast”, processing 800 items per minute.

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