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Bell and Howell to Showcase Criterion APEX Sorting System at Drupa 2012

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Bell Howell Mailing Systems Div.
3791 S. Alston Ave.
Durham, NC, 27713

Press release date: May 14, 2012

Durham, N.C. - Bell and Howell, a leading provider of solutions and services for paper-based and digital messaging, will showcase its Criterion APEX® sorting system at drupa 2012. The Criterion APEX is one of the fastest sorters in the mailing industry, and already has a loyal European customer base.

Bell and Howell will be exhibiting in Hall 4, Booth A24, May 3 through May 16 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

"With the privatization of the European postal systems, businesses are looking for fast and dependable postal equipment to reliably process a wide variety of mail," said Hank Martin, vice president of postal software marketing for Bell and Howell. "The Criterion APEX offers modularity and functionality that allows pre-sort businesses as well as private mail carriers to adapt as their business expands, and has the option to be configured as a multi-line optical character reader (MLOCR) or barcode reader. This flexibility drives down the cost per mailpiece while improving overall productivity."

Designed to handle the full spectrum of letter mail, the APEX sorter efficiently processes mail in uniform batches or mixed with various types and sizes. Processing time is minimized, and throughput is maximized by applying constant gap and pitch control to every mailpiece.

Other options for the APEX sorter include the doubles detector (which helps to maintain integrity by detecting and rejecting doubles), a metal detector, height detector, indicia detector, thickness detector, linerless in-line high-speed labeler, and a significantly extended magazine for more efficient labor utilization.

Bell and Howell's NetSort® sorting software will be demonstrated for the first time to the European market at drupa 2012. NetSort was developed to accommodate the needs of the Intelligent Mail® barcode in North America and has been the proven solution for several years. It provides true client-server architecture with Web-based access, enterprise-level database, robust item-level tracking to ensure accuracy and accountability, reporting and data export to other systems, and a variety of other customer benefits. With a proven track record, NetSort will be able to cover the needs of the changing environments in the different postal markets in Europe.

For additional information, contact or call 1-800-220-3030.

About Bell and Howell
Bell and Howell, LLC is a leading provider of solutions and services for paper-based and digital messaging. The company's complete portfolio includes products that reduce production and postage costs; increase operational efficiency, message impact and relevancy; and ensure integrity and quality. Supporting these solutions is one of the largest dedicated service organizations in the industry. The company is headquartered in Durham, N.C., and maintains facilities in Wheeling, Ill., Bethlehem, Pa., and Rochester, N.Y. For further information, please visit

© 2012 Bell and Howell, LLC. All rights reserved. Bell and Howell, the Bell and Howell Logo, Criterion APEX and NetSort are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bell and Howell, LLC. Intelligent Mail® is a trademark of the United States Postal Service®. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Performance and results may vary depending upon specifications, user environment and other variables.

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