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Sato America, a vendor of technology related to barcode printing, labeling and radio frequency identification, has configured its print engines to support the new Intelligent Mail Barcode. The IMB is a U.S. Postal Service barcode which expands the agency's ability to track individual mail pieces. It includes fields to identify the mailer, class of mail and special services, and can uniquely number each piece of mail. IMB is a height-modulated barcode with four vertical bar types: Full, Tracker, Ascender and Descender. Sato's M84Se Series, S84 Series and Lt408 print cartridges now include the resident capability to print the IMB. Mailers can begin using the IMB now, although they are not required to do so until May 2011. Those who begin using it early may qualify for discounts as soon as this fall. After May 11, 2011, USPS will impose penalties for non-compliance with the IMB regulations.
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