Christmas, birthdays, staff parties, holidays; there are numerous reasons why people send cards and items through the post throughout the year. With 11.7 billion letters being estimated to be sent each year in the UK alone, it’s incredibly difficult to monitor what’s going in and out of mailrooms. Particularly when ensuring that all of these deliveries are safe. This poses a serious threat to mailroom workers and also the wider community. Especially in relation to the ease at which people can send anonymous and potentially dangerous objects in the post. But how can we prevent such threats from causing harm? Our answer; x-ray scanning.

What is x-ray scanning?

X-ray scanning in mailrooms involves a process of filtering through different types of mail – whether this is mail sacks, large boxes, or courier deliveries –  to check and identify whether they pose any potential threat. This is done via the use of a scanner, such as either a cabinet or conveyor x-ray scanner. Within these, an image can be seen on a screen. This can then be further investigated using sophisticated image recognition technology.

What benefits does this have for use in a mailroom?

The welfare of an organisation’s personnel and what the business does to implement such safety within the infrastructure is extremely important. Not only to conform to rules and regulations but also to genuinely ensure the protection or your staff and others.

Having an x-ray scanner within your mailroom is one way to ensure the safety of various individuals. Not only is it cost-effective, but it is also very easy to set up. It’s also very easy to use due to its remote networking capabilities so that you can share and save images quickly and efficiently.

Such systems are able to meet the high demands of a busy mailroom through the advanced technology which they employ. They are both safe and sturdy, as well as offering a variety of features which are beneficial in the day-to-day workings of mailroom safety.

What exactly can an x-ray scanner detect?

An x-ray scanner offers a variety of features which make the mailroom safer and more efficient. Especially when checking for dangerous objects and substances. It can do this without invading the privacy of those sending genuine personal mail. They are able to detect potential problems and threats such as:

  • Contraband
  • Narcotics
  • Letter bombs (explosives)
  • Chemical and biological threats
  • Weapons

A lot of scanners also offer accurate detections of metal and organic objects that may cause harm or be considered a threat to others. This is extremely beneficial when considering previous threats to society such as the Unabomber, who has gained even more status and recognition than ever before due to the publication of the Netflix series ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ in 2017.

X-ray scanners allow you to distinguish between your average post and malicious mail. It lets you confidently carry on with duties and supply mail to the community without any added hassle or stress.

They are also extremely safe pieces of equipment which allow anyone to use them. X-ray scanners are highly user-friendly due to their simple interface and automatic features to identify potential problems for you.

What services do we offer to assist you with x-ray scanning?

The size of your mailroom and the day-to-activities of the workplace will guide which type of x-ray scanner is best for your business. Here at Todd Research, we offer two types of x-ray scanner; the cabinet x-ray scanner and the conveyor x-ray scanner.

Both scanners offer a variety of models to allow you to choose the one which suits your business needs best. All of our scanners offer different features depending on its size, cost, and complexity. However, all of them ensure reliability and accuracy when detecting potentially harmful objects or liquids.

To find out more you can visit our product page here, or call us on 01480 832202 if you have any queries or questions as to how we can help you ensure the safety of your mailroom.